How To Make a 3D Card [FREE Frame Fold Template]
This free-standing 3D card offers a contemporary twist on a traditional cardmaking design – your recipient will be more than a little impressed when they open up their card and it springs into action before their very eyes! Want to know exactly how to score and fold your card so you too can create a pretty frame fold card just like this one? Download the free template now, and check out Tracey’s step-by-step instructions below…
Cardmaking using templates can be great fun, and a fantastic way to experiment with different card styles, without having to buy lots of clever pre-cut cardblanks! This template will help you to create 3D frame fold card with ease – which you can decorate however you like!
- A4 Card stock
- Paper Trimmer
- Double Sided Tape
- Patterned Papers
- 3D foam tape
- Metallic Pearls
- Tacky Glue
Download the template, and then trim your A4 cardstock down to 28cm x 14.5cm, as per the template.
The next stage is all about the measurements – I have marked these out on the template for you. This can be the fiddly bit, as we aren’t scoring all the way up and down, except on the centre score. You may prefer to use a pencil and ruler to mark out first, then, using your score board or trimmer, score the lines marked in blue dashes, and then cut the lines marked in solid green. You will now be left with a card blank as pictured below…
Next, we need to fold the score lines; I have marked these on the template for ease for you; M = Mountain fold and V = Valley fold. Once you have folded these, you will be left with the base for this card blank design.
Now the card blank itself is ready, we can start to decorate it! I have used these Paper Boutique papers from my own stash – you could use any decorative papers you like! I have cut 2 strips that measure 3.5cm x 13.5cm, and a centre panel that measures 9cm x 15cm, then attached them to the card blank using double sided tape.
I then cut a strip of coordinating paper to cover the panels at the top and bottom, as shown above; these measure: 2cm x 19cm. Again, I simply stuck them down using double sided tape, and then refolded the card so that the papers also crease with the folds.
Now for the decorative elements…
I have used some gingham ribbon, and tied it on either side panel to add extra detailing, but you could add more matts and layers or other embellishments of your choice… it’s totally up to you!
Now for the final finishing touches: I added these two sentiment panels to the card using 3D foam tape, to give lift to the base layer… what do you think?
Remember, the only limit is your imagination when it comes to decorating your card… you could add some bling, like these silver metallic pearls, for instant glamour, or you could add eye-catching detail with adhesive gems, glitter, decoupage and more.