Simple Diagonal Tri-fold Tutorial

I wanted to have a little fun this morning with the color challenge. Joshua is sick again! This time a cold and fever…yesterday afternoon and evening, he did nothing but cry. Poor little guy! This spring weather is going to help right?! Soon I hope! Anyway….I decided to take some creative time for me this morning while Joshua is content on the couch watching Veggie Tales. He adores Veggies Tales movies. Joshua still doesn’t talk but he has been able to “sing” the theme song in tune for almost 6 months now!

Happiness Simple Diagonal Tri-fold


For this card I wanted to give my simple diagonal tri-fold another whirl. It is a really simple fold/card design to do once you’ve done one. I’ve had a few requests so I thought I’d combine today’s color challenge and a quick tutorial to give you a better visual.  (For the original card I made in a more traditional style click here.)Today’s color challenge was to use Cool Caribbean, Cranberry Crisp and More Mustard together with the option of adding Old Olive.  I decided to pair them up with lots of white for a fresh and fun look to these colors.  My central image panel is stamped SU’s Petal Prints stamp set. I just love how flexible these daisies are and I also wanted the image to still work well once it is pivoted. To ink up the daisies, I first colored the centres with my More Mustard marker. Because Cranberry Crisp is one of SU’s “In Colors” there is no matching marker. I really hope they change that next year! I just carefully inked the petals by inking them carefully along the side of my ink pad and turning them until totally inked. Not as fast but it works! The images are all stamped with first and second impressions…I love how this saves time but also, how it adds depth to the panel. It appears that some of the flowers are more to the background. After randombly stamping the leaves in Old Olive, I stamped the whole panel with Cool Caribbean and Magenta’s fabulous crackle background stamp. I just love this 3×3 inch stamp to fill in space, add texture and pull things together. Because of its random crinkle look…it is so easy to use and doesn’t leave obvious lines when you repeatedly stamp it over large areas. I added a retired K & Company charm to the center of the Prima flower for a touch of black “pop” and added the row of black brads to the bottom for balance and interest.

Quick Tip…If you don’t have the exact color you need of your silk or paper flower embellishments…sponge them with ink or rub with chalk. This also adds interest!

Open viewnotice how front panel has swung to the inside and turned 90° (for close up click on pic)


Supply List:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cranberry Crisp, Cool Caribbean, Old Olive – SU

Stamps: Petal Prints, Warm Words – SU, Crackle Background stamp – Magenta

Ink: Cool Caribbean, Basic Black, Old Olive, More Mustard, Cranberry Crisp

Other: Prima Flower, charm – K & Company, black brads – unknown

Simple Diagonal Tri-fold Tutorial

And now finally the tutorial! This is a great square card variation as it requires no extra tools than you would normally use to make a card…just your papercutter, adhesive and if possible, a bone folder. If you need to see a picture in greater detail…just click on it!


1. Cut a large 5 1/4″ x 10.5″ rectangle from your cardstock. Fold in half into a 5.25″ square. Make sure the hinged side of the card is on the left.


2. Take top right hand corner “A” and fold across on a diagonal to the bottom left hand corner “B”. Press with bone folder to get a crisp crease. You now have your basic card.


3. Make an square image panel for your card front. The largest mat on both my cards is 4″ square.


4. Apply adhesive to bottom left half of the matted image panel. Do NO adhere the entire panel…it will stick the the inside of your card. Adhere to card front being careful to line up the corners of the image panel with the diagonal fold.



5. Decorate inside of your card. This will peek up from behind your central image panel  and become part of the design so take this into consideration when you design it.  I chose a 4.5″ square panel that I matted with a 4 5/8″ mat. For ease of writing on the inside, I also added a smaller 3 1/2″ square layer with a stamped off image. This panel is smaller than the 4″ front panel and is not visible until you open the card.


6. Add any extra embellishments if you desire.


21 responses to “Simple Diagonal Tri-fold Tutorial

  1. Thanks for the tutorial. I hope Joshua is feeling better soon. It is never fun when our children are not feeling well.

  2. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I WILL have to try it now. I hope Joshua feels better SOON! So he loves the Veggies too. My son Matthew just loves them. Did you get the new one already Moe and the big Exit? It is great!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial. I can’t wait to give it a shot.

  4. Great tutorial – I’m a visual learner and I think I can do it. Hope your blog issues get straightened out!

  5. Thanks for this tutorial Julia…I just finally did Beate’s and I up for another new design!

  6. Oh goodness, you make this so simple even I can do it! LOL! I love the colors and the stamp set you chose! I may just have to sit down and try this tonight. 🙂

    Hope Joshua starts feeling better soon. Not much worse than a sick (little OR big) guy in the house.

  7. This is a beauty! Love the colors and the brads along the bottom!

  8. Wow, I love your new card!!! It’s so springy and I love the beautiful flower!! Thanks for the tutorial, I will have to go and try one myself!!

  9. Thank you so much for the tutorial, Julia. THat really helps us visual learners to get the idea! That is cool how it folds open. I hope to try one soon. I too pray your little Joshua is better real soon.

  10. melody aka lacyquilter

    GReat tutorial, Julia. I need to try this. Hope your little guy is better soon. Love your card.

  11. Awesome tutorial. Love the color combo and have been wanting to learn this technique. I learn by watching, not reading so this was perfect for me. Hope your little guy is bettersoon. We are all thinking of your guys!

  12. Wow that is a great card; thank you so much for explaining how to do it!

  13. Julia,
    I love the card and the two sided trifold! Hugs!

  14. Linda (LSN on SCS)

    Beautiful card Julia and great tutorial! Your cards always have such amazing depth (the girl has skilz!).



  15. Hi! Just wanted to say this card is beautiful!!!

  16. Thank you for the tutorial. I can’t wait to try it out!

  17. Love the card–its beautiful! And you directions
    were so easy to follow–especially loved the pictures
    too–made it easier to see if I was doing it right.
    I made one and really like the technique!! TFS

  18. looking forward to trying this out! thanks for sharing.

  19. Hi Julia,

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I have just finished making my version of this card which I have uploaded to my blog if you want to look.

  20. Okay Julia, I didn’t do this the night I was orginally going to try, but here is my version! 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. Jeanne Campbell

    Thanks for sharing your great new idea! I think this will be easier to make than the original tri-fold card. I can’t wait to try it!

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