1 piece DSP cut to 8-1/4” x 7”
1 piece solid color card stock approximately 3-1/4” x 6” (I used very vanilla)
1 piece solid color card stock approximately 2-1/4” x 4” (I used very vanilla)
Dainty Delight Stamp Set
Dainty Delight Die Set (optional)
Stylish Shapes Die Set
Old Olive Stampin’Pad
Mini Stampin Dimensionals
Tombow Mono Liquid Glue

Directions To make the fancy fold card base

*Flip your 8-1/4” x 7” piece of DSP so the ‘back- side’ is up. Your score lines should be placed so when you turn your paper over, the folds will be toward you.

*From top left hand corner, measure down 2-3/4” and score a horizontal line.

*From top left hand corner, measure across 2-3/4” and score a vertical line.

*To make your diagonal score line, measure down 5-1/2” and make a small mark. Next measure 5-1/2” across the top and make a small mark. Connect the two marks with a diagonal score line.

*Turn you paper right-side up. Fold all of the score lines toward you. Fold on the diagonal line again towards the back, this will give the fold line a little extra flexibility.

*Now valley fold along the diagonal line by bringing those two 5-1/2” marks together at the front. This will form a square in the upper left corner.

*I suggest you print the PFD, I have drawn a full size example/template for you to use. The instructions are written down the side so you don’t have to flip back and fourth.

Time to decorate

*If you want a greeting on the inside be sure and stamp it first before attaching your decorations. This may save you a bit of grief (ask me how I know).

*Using the old olive Stampin Pad, stamp one of the two longer vertical images from the Dainty Delight Stamp set onto the smaller 2-1/4” x 4” piece of card stock. If you have the Dainty Delight Die Set you can use the matching die to cut our your image. If you do not it is relatively easy to fussy cut the image out.

*Die cut the greeting focal point from the 3-1/4” x 6” piece of solid card stock. For the exact fit use the 2-1/2” square die from the Stylish Shapes Die Set. Stamp your greeting with the old olive Stampin pad.

*Now die cut the frame from the bottom half of the 3-1/4” x 6” piece of card stock. I found it is easiest to tape the 2” frame inside of the 2-1/2” frame using a bit of removable tape. This way you can run it through the machine only once.

Note this particular paper has a directional pattern on the reverse. I used the “decorations” to cover up the the fact that when the top bit is folded down the pattern is upside down. The pattern on the corner box shape is sideways. Since the bottom right side showed in a correct upright position I left it as is. In doing so your eye/brain assumes all of the pattern is running in the correct direction. Isn’t the brain a lovely construct? Now that you know, look back at the picture and it will stand out, maybe I should not have told you… Of course you always have the option to place a small rectangle in the bottom space and cover it up as well. If you feel you need one a 2-3/8” x 1-1/4” piece of card stock should do it.

And speaking of Designer Series Paper, at the time I made the card the DSP I used was in the current Mini Catalog, it has now been discontinued. At the bottom of the post in the Supply Shopping area I have posted two of the brand new Designer Series Paper packs. There are papers in both of these new packs that would work well with this pattern. When my new stock arrives I will add pics to this post.

Also the Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper is quite hefty so I did not feel the need to place a a piece of card stock on the back for strength. If you are using a different paper you may wish to back it with a piece of card stock 5-1/2” x 4-1/4”. This is the finished size of the card.

Special Thanks to Robin Armbrecht at
She has created some fantastic examples of this fold and gives you directions for making a vertical and a square version of this Squash Fold Card. Here is a link to that awesome blog post: Please go and check it out, there is also a great video (be sure to click the thumbs up!). After watching her video I wanted to try this fold and just happen to have the DSP sitting on my desk so I had a play, and now you know how it turned out.

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