Floating Panel Fun Fold Card

Floating Panel Fun Fold Card

Design Team Member Kate here with a quick and easy fun fold card idea. I love to create card templates that can be used again and again for every kind of occasion and this handmade card template certainly fits that description. I used a giraffe die cut on my card, but you can substitute ANYTHING you have instead. Grab your supplies and let's get started.

fun fold floating panel card design


Floating Panel Fun Fold Card Instructions

floating panel fun fold card

To begin, cut your pieces as follows:

  • 4 1/4" x 7-1/4" card base, scored at 5-1/2" (mine is Cream)
  • 1-3/4" x 4-1/4" in same color as card base
  • 1 1/2" x 4" patterned paper, cut 2 pieces
  • 2" x 4-1/4" for background of floating panel (cut 2 to make it sturdy - mine is Navy)
  • 1-3/4" x 4" for background of focal image
how to make a flap card

When you cut your pieces according to the instructions above, you will have a card base with one flap. The flap of the card base belongs at the top of the card. This flap holds the floating panel. Adhere one of the patterned paper panels to the top card flap.

how to make a floating flap card

To make the floating panel, adhere one of the two pieces of 2" x 4 1/4" (navy blue in my case) to the top flap of the card, and one on the back of the flap, lining them up perfectly together to form one sturdy piece. Next, adhere the smaller 1 3/4" x 4" piece onto the front of the floating panel.

how to make a fun fold flap card

The front of this flap is were you will add your diecut, stamped image or whatever you are using for your focal point. 

how to make a fun fold card with a floating panel

The bottom panel is just attached flat on the card base to mimic the top folded panel, though it does not open at all. It just provides a decorative element for the card.   

fun fold card tutorial

Add your sentiment to the inside of the card opposite the flap so it shows through to the front. If you want to write a message inside the card, you can do so beneath the flap on the inside of the card. You could even add a lighter piece of cardstock to the back of the floating panel so you could write more inside the card.

Bonus Tip: *You can move the focal image to the middle of your card, or either side.  You could even change the shape (square, heart, etc.)


kate deignan design team member

Here's another fun fold card idea!



  • Diana

    I tried it! I like it! Came together so cute! Thank you.

  • Valda Ritter

    Absolutely adorable. Thank you for sharing your cards and other items.

  • Karen

    This is a really cute card! Thanks for sharing. Question…in the pictures it appears that the two navy pieces of card are attached together but also to either side of the flap. This is not what the directions indicate you should do, so I was wondering. Thanks again!

  • Kelly Clendenen

    I am confused on a couple of things for the floating panel card. 1. How far down do you make your score line at the top of the card? 2. How do you attach the floating panel? The pic shows the navy rectangle piece attached to the back side of the flap, but the written instructions tell how to make the floating panel but not how to attach it to the card. Please help. Thanks.

  • Abbie

    Such a cute card! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

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