One of the things that makes cardmaking so fun is all the folding techniques. There are so many of them that a cardmaker will have a hard time trying them all. That is why I am in a series of articles will review some of the most popular card folding techniques. Today I am reviewing a card folding technique called “Joy Fold Card”.
A Joy Fold Card is easy both to make and to decorate. The only thing you need to remember when decorating a Joy Fold Card is to keep the inside of the card flat. The card will then fold perfect together and will be easy to send by mail.
The inside of the card have quite a big space for greetings – depending somewhat of the actual size of the whole card and in particular the front image.
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The Joy Fold Card is a type of card many cardmakers know how to make and that increases the chance of the receiver having seen a Joy Fold Card before. Some cardmakers may think it makes the card a bit boring, but still that depends on how the card is being decorated.
And when coming to decorations some cardmakers might find decorating a Joy Fold Card a bit tricky. Since the card has one fold and needs to be flat it reduces the actual space you have for embellishments.
When to make a Joy Fold Card
Joy Fold Cards can be made for any occasion and is suitable for both children and adults. A way to alternate the decoration of these types of card is to use a text as focal point. You will find a beautiful example of that here: Joy Fold Card Tutorial with a simple twist
The ones I have shown the card to likes the way is folds out when they open it. They also liked the layers making the card look multidimensional.
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A way to alternate the decoration of these types of card is to use a text as focal point. You will find a beautiful example of that here: Joy Fold Card Tutorial with a simple twist Another alternative to making a Joy Fold Card is to make a double one: Review of Double Joy Fold Card
Gatefold Cards is similar to Joy Fold Card, but Gatefold Cards do not have the fold on the inside and the front opens like a gate.
Joy Fold Cards are so easy to make that anyone who puts in a little effort can make these types of cards.
- Design of this type of card: 3/5
- Usefulness – room for greeting and how the card can be displayed: 4/5
- Difficulty making this card (1 being most difficult): 5/5
- WOW-effect: 2/5
Totally I give the Joy Fold Card 3 out of 5 points.
With so many card folding techniques around it is almost impossible to know who did come up with this idea first. If you know who invented the Joy Fold Card I will be happy to give credits.
Marit Pedersen is from Norway. She has been writing for TPC since 2014. Marit started paper crafting in 2007 and she mostly makes cards, boxes and layouts. Her paper projects are often made in Shabby Chic or Clean and Simple style.