Criss-Cross Applesause Card for InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate Valentine’s Day, so prepare yourself for lots of hearts and beautiful showcases of love. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I have a fun fold criss-cross pocket card for you today.  The outside is cute as can be, with a belly band around the middle and a slide-out card from inside.

Did you notice how the stripes on the DSP are perfectly lined up.  Just want you to know that was totally happenstance.  I didn’t even notice they were perfect until I was looking at this picture.

This is actually my second time making this style of card.  I learned a lot making it and am sharing my measurements and tips here too so you can make one of your own.


It isn’t as hard as it might look but the angles can be tricky.  Here’s what I found works best.

  1.  Cut one piece of 8.5 x 11 cardstock into two pieces 5.5 x 8.5
  2.  Score each piece at 4.25.  You’ll have two standard card bases.
  3. Using a scoreboard or your trimmer, make a tick mark on the 51/2 ” side at 1/2 inch. In the picture below,  the tick mark is at the top.  
  4. Trim from the tick mark at the top, to the score line at the bottom.
  5. Repeat with the other card base.
  6. You should end up with two pieces that look like this.
  7.  Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and score it at 4-1/4 on the long side.
  8. Repeat steps 3 and 4.  Make a tick mark at the 1/2 ” on the short side and trim from there diagonally up to the scoreline. 
  9. Do the same again on the other corner so that you end up with this…
  10. The triangular pieces in the upper right and upper left fit exactly on your card base fronts.
  11. You’ll need to trim a tiny bit off of the bottom point to line up with the card base.
  12. Glue the card bases together by lining up the large sections one on top of the other.
  13. Add Tear and Tape across the inside of each triangular flap right along the bottom edge.
  14. Fold one flap in and repeat with the other flap
  15. I used two different sizes for the belly bands.  The valentine card is 1 x 9-1/2.  The Blackberry Bliss card uses 1-1/2 x 9-1/2.  Wrap loose enough around the card base so it stays on but slides easily.  Decorate as you wish.
  16. The inside pull out card is cut to 4 x 5″. I used a 1″ circle punch to create the notch at the top.  The blackberry bliss card uses two pieces so the peek through portion shows.
  17. TIP – Don’t discard that remaining triangular piece of Designer Series Paper you have left over.  Cut off 1/2″ from the long side.
  18. The cut down the middle on the scoreline
  19. And you have two more perfectly sized triangles for your next criss-cross pocket card.  Try flipping over the paper and using the other side…

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to Shawn’s blog as the next stop on the blog hop, Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!


  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  3. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  7. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  10. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  11. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  12. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  13. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl

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Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. A pretty and unique card is always appreciated! Thank you for the directions.

  2. WOW! What beautiful cards. Thanks for the detailed instructions too. I appreciate all the extra effort it took to do that.

  3. Love love love this, Lynn! Thanks for such great instructions!

  4. Such great cards, Lynn! Makes it really fun for the recipient, too! So happy you could hop with us today! ♥

  5. Love criss-cross cards, and you’ve made them beautiful with the DSP and embelished bands. Now I want to make one!

  6. Love these clever folded cards. Thank you for a great tutorial Lynn!

  7. I like these criss-cross cards with the pull out. They are really cute. Thanks for the instructions. I have not made one of these before, and now I will. The heart designer paper is good to start with. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  8. Thank you so much for the detailed directions! I think this card will show up on one of my future blog posts, with credit given to you, of course. Love these!

  9. Great directions and project Lynn. Thank you!

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