Theater Fold Card Tutorial

This is a WOW! card. It takes a little more time to make, but the results are worth it. Once you make one, you’ll see it isn’t too difficult and you’ll want to explore all your stamps for other theater scenes.

Theater Card Tutorial

What You Need

Same Colored Cardstock:
*2 cut at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
*2 cut at 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
(score on long side at 1 1/16″ and 2 5/8″)
*2 cut at 3/4″ x 6 1/4″,
(score on long side at 1″ and 5 1/4″)
*1 cut at 4 1/4″ x 1 1/4″
(cut a notch out by placing horizontally at 1/2″ and making a cut 1/4″ down from top and another cut at 1/4″ up from bottom. Do the same to the other side. Next, place this piece into the paper cutter vertically at 1/4″ and cut between the 1/4″ cuts to make a notch. Do the same to other side.)

Designer Series Paper:
(NOTE: If the DSP is directional, make sure it is the right direction. For example, I didn’t want upside down or sideway birds.)
*Outside Frame – 4″ x 5 1/4″
*Curtain Pieces – 2 cut at 3 7/8″ x 2 1/2″
*Stage Back -1 cut at 3 1/16″ x 4 1/8″
*Stage Sides – 2 cut at 1 3/8″ x 4 1/8″

Focal Image and Decorations:
You will need a focal image for the inside theater and images to decorate the outside.

For my final card, I had to cut the focal image to make it smaller and needed to trade the large flowers for smaller ones.

How to Assemble

  1. Adhere the 5 1/4″ x 4″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) to one of the 5 1/2′ x 4 1/4″ cardstocks. Using the 4th Stitched Rectangle Die or using a paper cutter, cut a rectangle out of the center. Then using a cicle punch, circle die or scissors, cut notches on both 4 1/4″ sides.

2. Fold the 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ cardstock pieces at the score lines and attach to the back of the notched frame on the 4 1/4″ sides.

3. Cut slits in the 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ cardstock pieces. First piece: With the largest section to your left, line the 4 1/8″ side at 3 1/4″ on the paper cutter. Start 1/2″ down from the top and cut a 1″ slit. Move the same piece slightly to the right and repeat. Cut out the slit.

For the second piece and with the smallest section to your left, line the 4 1/8″ side at 1 1/2″ and start 1/2″ down from the top and cut a 1″ slit. Move slightly to the right and repeat. Cut out slit.

Fold both pieces on the score lines to make opposite z folds. Make sure the slits are at the bottom of both pieces.

4. When the Z Folds are folded flat, the front will be the curtain. With this in mind, adhere the 3 7/8″ x 2 1/2″ Curtain pieces to the large sides of the Z Fold.

Adhere the 1 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ Stage Side pieces to the middle portion as shown. Make sure the slits are still at the bottom of each piece and cut the slit in the DSP using the original slit as a guideline.

5. This is the trickiest part of the card. With the Z fold pieces folded, postion them onto the other 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ cardstock base. The side edges of the curtain will line up flush to the sides of the base and the fold of the curtain will meet in the middle. Use a pencil and lightly mark the middle where they meet. The top and bottom of the curtain will be apporximately 1/16″ shorter. This will allow the curtain to slide easier through the holder. When you know it is lined up correctly, use the middle mark as a guide and glue only the shortest end fold to the base.

6. Once the curtain is attached, open the curtain and adhere the Stage Background to the middle of the base.

7. To have a 3D look, fold one end of the notched piece and feed through the slits from right to left. Once through, open the fold so it won’t slide out. OPTION: Cut a 4 1/4″ x 1/2″ strip of the stage background DSP to cover your 3D bar as shown in picture.

8. Decorate Stage. NOTE: Make sure that the focal image is narrow enough to allow room for the curtain sides to slide on closed on the 3D bar. I had to cut my focal image down.

9. Decorate the front frame of the card.

NOTE: Make sure that the front decorations do not intererfere or hide the theater scene when the curtains are opened. I had to make a few of mine smaller.

10. Final Step! Yay!! Feed the side of the curtains through the loops on the back of the frame. Using the notched tabs, pull the curtains open and shut


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