A Card Within a Card

It’s true. Occasionally card makers get in creative slumps and feel like they are making the same kind of card design over and over again. Why does this happen? As with any craft, the joy of creating is fun until it isn’t and your brain needs a bigger challenge or just something different. And this is why there are so many “fun fold cards” around. Our brains want to find new ways to bend cardstock. Today’s card projects are all about adding inserts into simple cards to spice them up and make them slightly interactive. By adding an insert that is actually a card itself you can create a card within a card that is extra fun.

Today’s projects are all about the INSIDE of the card and how to make it a bit extra special for those special people you make cards for. Here are the outsides of the cards I featured in my weekly video tutorial. Take some time to watch the replay of Papercrafting Playdate #40 and then download the pdf for your own files!

By adding a card within a card you essentially have more space to create more stamped art so that you can:

  • tell a story with stamped images (when you want more room to stamp)
  • build a scene progression or some drama
  • layer your message with multiple greeting sentiments
Three ways to make cards within cards for an extra special effect.

Basic Dimensions

Outside Card base choices:

  • 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” scored at 4-1/4”
  • 4-1/4” x 11” scored at 5-1/2”

Inside Card base choices:

  • 5-1/4 x 8”, scored in half at 4” (wide)
  • 4” x 10-1/2”, scored in half at 5-1/4” (narrow)

Inside Z-Fold measurements:

  • 5-1/4 x 8”, scored in half at 4”, and scored at 2”
  • 4” x 10-1/2”, scored in half at 5-1/4”, and scored at 2-5/8″

Basic Directions: Use a trimmed card base cut either wide or narrow (depending on how you want the insert to open) and adhere it inside a regular card base in the opposite direction that the card base opens. It’s really very easy!

Window Card Directions: Add a window feature on the front of the card base that peeks through to the inserted card within a card. This insert can be any kind.

Stepped-Up Directions: Add a window feature on the front of the card base and change up the inserted card base to a Z-fold card that holds the cut out window feature. This design creates a pull-out feature on the inside.

Trimmed insert choices depending on how you want the insert to open.
Papercrafting Playdate #40 – A Card Within a Card
Basic design is 2 wide card bases. The insert is adhered in the opposite direction as the outside card base.
A window card with insert using Eden’s Garden Suite.
A window card made with a punch instead of a die.
The Picture This Dies make a very easy instant window card!
A window card with a Z-fold insert.

Product List

Thank you for checking out this fun card project today! I hope you think about making the inside of your cards extra special for those special people you care about!

Don’t forget to place your qualifying order ($50) this month to earn your free Wink of Stella from me! Happy Stamping – Robin

10 thoughts on “A Card Within a Card”

  1. First time I’ve watched you. These cards are absolutely stunning and I cannot wait to try them. Thank you so much for sharing and I cannot pick a favorite as they are all beautiful. Ronnie

  2. Cheryl K Price

    Just came across you for the first time! I’m watching your replay and I’m so impressed! I love them all, but I think the bird is my favorite…or maybe the squirrels…but I also like the tree! Out of all the items you used, I only have the tree punch, but I’m going to experiment with what I do have. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Cheryl! I appreciate you telling me how you enjoyed these projects, I think the card within a card concept is super fun! I hope you try it!

  3. Robin these cards are fabulous!! I have never seen anyone make a “ card within a card” I am heading to my craft room to attempt to make some.Thank you .

    1. Hi Sue! You have to try this project ASAP – it is so satisfying to layer the cards this way. I hope your cards turned out fantastic!

    1. I see which card you mean, Lynn! The die that cuts the window is part of the bundle with those bird stamps. It has now retired, and you would have to look for it in a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp sets group.

  4. I really enjoyed watching you make a card within a card. Just got done making Dressed to Impress and love it! Hope to make the Christmas one, for sure. Thank You for the great lesson! First time watching you!

    1. Hi Linda and thank you for leaving me your sweet comment. I’m happy you enjoyed this project and hope you come up with lots of ways to make a card within a card! Come back often!

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