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Top folding mini slimline card using letter sized cardstock

Hi friends, have you jumped on the mini-slimline-cards bandwagon yet? I totally have and I love this size. I most like them in the top folding style. So I have been wanting to figure out a way to create them without always needing 12x12 cardstock to make up for the 6in height. And with this card today, I think I figured out an insanely simple way to do it :-) I am sure you all have thought of this before, but I still wanted to share it in case you would find it interesting too :)

Here's the card and I think you will understand the trick as soon as you see it.

Yes! I cut my cardstock at 3.5in (instead of 4.25) and scored it at 6in instead of the normal 5.5inches. I added an additional piece on the card front - Hero Arts heat resistant acetate in this case - to make up for the little bit of height difference between front and back panels. It could really be anything, an extra border, patterned paper, different colored cardstock - anything that fits your design, so you can just play.

Due to the placement of the acetate, there was a see-through window where my message would be. So, on the inside of the card, I added a small side folding notecard where I wrote my message.

I did make a video for this one so you can check out how this came together. I did keep all the pieces of footage where I started with one idea and changed it half way through, because I wanted you to get a feel of what really goes on. This often happens with me and 9 times out of 10, I love the new direction I took. I hope you like it too.

Okay then without further ado, here is the video:


For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

p.s. Just a note about supplies - the dies and embossing folder used on this card were part of Spellbinders club kits and unfortunately are no longer available. I am linking to the subscription products.

Hugs! ~Varada


Beautiful! Thank you for this tip for the slimline size.

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Please use it and tag me when you do 😀 I’d love to give you a shout-out 😊

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