Joy Fold Card Tutorial with a Simple Twist

I’ve created joy fold cards in the past but this set of cards have an added feature that I really like!

Today’s joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. This latch element allows the card to stay shut more securely, plus it’s just more fun to open and close making it more of an interactive card.

My cards today feature, the Welcoming Window Stamp Set, Layering Circles Dies, and the awesome Pattern Party designer paper! I have three finished cards to show you but you should also know that in my video tutorial I’ve shared some other ideas for additional alternatives using the backsides of this paper too.

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

For all my cards, I’ve heat embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder however, I’ve used different colors of cardstock to coordinate with the papers on each version. On this first version, I’ve used Poppy Parade cardstock for the die-cut sentiment piece. I just love how bright and cheerful this card is!

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

Since this is a club card and I only had four pieces in each pattern, I needed to come up with some other combinations of designer paper so I’d have enough for all my club members to make two each of this card layout. This was pretty easy to do because it’s an amazing pack of fun patterns and designs!

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

Before I share the other versions of my card I want to share some of the details for putting this card together.

Now as they say “a picture is worth a thousand words” so the next few photos are intended to provide a basic joy fold card tutorial for you.

You’ll also find a video tutorial at the end of this post.

Here is my card body when it’s open. I’ve simply attached two of my designer paper panels and then attached my internal folding piece to the inside of the card. I’ll be using the Tear & Tape in the next step.

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

Next, you’ll attach your third piece of designer paper (the small piece above) and put two pieces of Tear & Tape on the backside. The photo below only shows one piece of Tear & Tape, but I recommend that you add a second one right next to the first one.

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

Attach this assembled piece so that it’s flush with the left side of the card as shown below.

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

After attaching the latch piece you should be able to slip your internal folded piece under it easily as you see here:

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

Here’s a top view of the card:

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

Next, put Dimensionals on the flap and die-cut scallop circle to attach it to the latch element.

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

Important Tip:

About half of the circle will be hanging off the edge of the latch on the right, so make sure there are no Dimensionals on that part, otherwise, you’ll seal your card shut and will not be able to open it.

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

This next version is the one you’ll see me make in my Joy Fold card tutorial video.

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

All the basic elements are the same here, although I’ve used a piece of Pool Party cardstock for the sentiment piece to coordinate better with the designer paper.

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

This next card is the last and final version I’ll be sharing in this post.

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

For this final version, I’ve used Bermuda Bay cardstock for the sentiment piece.

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Joy Fold card tutorial using the Pattern Party designer series paper!

Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

This designer paper, (shown below) is a host-only item which means you can only purchase it using host rewards. To get host rewards you need to either…

  • Purchase $150 in merchandise or more, to earn host rewards on your own order OR
  • Get a host code to use so you can gather orders for a party. Contact me if you have questions and/or to request your very own host code.
Today's joy fold card tutorial includes a set of colorful cards with a latch closure. These feature the awesome Pattern Party designer paper!

You should also know that it’s an awesome time to host a party because Sale-A-Bration is going on NOW and you can get a FREE stamp set in addition to host rewards!

In fact, during Sale-A-Bration you can Get FREE Items when you Buy Products, Host a Party and Purchase the Starter Kit!

Here are the basic details:

  • Customer Benefits:
    • For each $50 in merchandise you spend you earn a Level 1 Free item.
    • For each $100 in merchandise you spend you earn two Level 1 items or one Level 2 item.
  • Host Benefits
    • Get a Free Stamp Set called “In Your Words”, when you host a party with $300 in sales or more.
    • That’s in addition to the regular host rewards you earn.
    • Get Host Rewards for your own order or request a host code below to gather orders!
  • For Starter Kit Purchasers
    • Get $125 in Products for just $99 plus tax PLUS,
    • Get a FREE Bundle! There are 12 bundles you can choose from the new mini-catalog!

As a reminder, today’s project is a Stamper’s Club project so if you join a club soon you can get the parts and pieces to make this card, plus two additional cards for FREE.

In fact, you get the pieces to make 2 each of 3 different designs, and the cutting, dry embossing, and die-cutting will be done for you! A PDF with the dimensions, supplies, and photos of each of the three projects will also be provided. Here’s a photo of the current kits:

Note: The materials for just one of each project are shown below so you’ll receive double what you see if you join the club.

Jul/Aug 2021 Club Kits

Learn how you can get a FREE Class-To-Go every other month plus FREE Stampin’ Up! products by clicking on the button below!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for project dimensions and a complete supply list. Plus, make sure to check out my video tutorial for some alternative ideas and tips for making these Joy Fold cards.

Thanks for spending some time with me today and Happy Crafting!

Melissa 🙂


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The July to December 2021 Mini Catalog is now LIVE!

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Learn how to make this project in my video tutorial:

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Project Dimensions:

  • Basic White Card Body: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 2-3/4″ & 5-1/2″
  • Inside Designer Paper Piece: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Basic White Inner Card: 3-1/2“ x 7”
  • Inside Card Designer Paper Piece: 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • White Front Flap: 1-7/8″ x  3-3/4”
  • Front Flap Designer Paper Piece: 1-3/4″ x 3-5/8″
  • Side Front Designer Paper Piece: 2-1/2″ x 4”

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