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Back Slider Fun Fold Card

Got some card stock with a great motif in the corner or along one side? Learn how to make the best use of its design with a back slider fun fold card. It is super fast and super fun. After all it’s a fun fold card. What’s a fun fold card? Folds are strategically placed to give the card action or let the card open in unexpected way. Why call it a back slider card? Because the back slides out from behind the front of the card to reveal your greeting and special message. Warning! They are additive.

Fantastic birthday, special or every day card!

Watch the video to the end to catch all the tips.

Let your card stock dictate the size of your card. We made the height one inch less than the width. You can also use paper stock -just mount it to a piece of card stock to give it stability. We like the look of a border around paper stock.

For inside mechanism, cut the width of letter sized card stock (8-1/2″) by a least 1/4″ less than the height of the card. Score in half and then in half again – at 2-1/2″ and 4-1/4″. If your front is smaller, adjust size accordingly. We used some stock that was only 7-1/2″ long, scored at 1-7/8″ and 3-3/4″, and it worked out fine.

A word about theses product recommendations- Tombow Glue is the adhesive of choice for this project. We love ceramic rotary cutter blades for durability, safety and the ability to swap between paper and fabrics projects without changing blades. We like the ergonomics of the Fiskars cutting tool. Add an eighth and quarter rules are great for simple yet accurate borders. We like Creative Grid rulers for the stability provide – less slippage. There are lots of fine scoring board and cutting mat options. Choose what suits your size needs.

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Merry M Fold Card Tutorial

Whether you call a W fold or a M fold card, whom receives your homemade greeting card will be merry upon opening it. These action cards have a pop-up motion thanks to the…you guessed it the M-fold.

See the M-fold in Action

Best suited to display small designs stamps, stickers, and the like or just pretty paper. These are simple to make with spectacular results.

Cutting and Scoring Chart

DescriptionQuantityCut SizeScore at
Base/Back14-1/4″ by 11″5-1/2″
M-fold12-1/4 by 11″2-3/4, 5-1/2, & 8-1/4
Front Artwork (Landscape)13-3/4 by 5″
Pieced for Stamping42″ by 3″
Border for Stamped Pieces42-1/2″ by 3-1/2″


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Double Z Fold Card Tutorial and Reveal

Wonder what is in Echo Park’s Christmas Salutations 6×6 card stock package? Check out this quick reveal.

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Next check out how ideas on utilizing this pack with the fun and quick double z fold card tutorial.

What is a z fold card anyway? It’s an action card that seems to move as you open it. These fun folds are extremely addictive. Watch the video until the end to learn from some of my boo-boos plus all my tips for making them.

Let the size of your art work for the front of your card dictate how to make your card. Typically you have 4 1/2″ in length by 3 to 4 inches high to work with. In our samples, we used greetings from a card stock package. Into stamping? This is a great place to feature your designs. Cut-outs, stickers, drawings – the sky in the limit. So let your talents shine!

If your split an letter sized piece of card stock in half lengthwise at 4 1/4 inches, you will have 2 card bases. This is the recommend size and shown in red in the cutting chart. The front should be 1/2″ narrower than the back and 1 inch shorter than the back.

Rectangles have two size options. Option A will have a eighth inch border whereas option B will have a quarter inch border. One rectangle should be a light color as it is a place to write your personal note. The second rectangle is purely decorative and depending on the front card stock you may decide not to use a second rectangle.

Cutting Chart

Back/BaseFrontRectangles ARectangles B
4 x 113-1/2 x 102-1/2 x 3-1/4 2-1/4 x 3
4-1/4 x 113-3/4 x 10 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 2-1/4 x 3-1/4
4-1/2 x 11 4 x 10 2-1/2 x 3-3/4 2-1/4 x 3-1/2
4-3/4 x 11 4-1/4 x 10 2-1/2 x 4 2-1/4 x 3-3/4
5 x 11 4-1/2 x 10 2-1/2 x 4-1/4 2-1/4 x 4

Score or fold the 10 and 11 inch pieces in half lengthwise. Next score or fold one half in half again.

Score Guide

ItemScore 1Score 2
Front (10″ Long)2-1/25
Back/Base (12″ Long)2-3/45-1/2

Watch the video for assembly tips, tips to make the most of your materials and learn from my mistakes.

Tools and Materials



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