How to Make an Interlocking Card with Circle Shapes

Learn how to create an interlocking card with circle shapes! It’s a fun and simple way to create a fun fold style card which stays closed! The cards feature a variety of products from the Lighter Than Air Collection and the Deckled Circles Dies from Stampin’ Up! However, keep in mind you can really use any type of layering circle dies with this card design.

Creating the Interlocking Circles

The layering circle shapes are the key to creating this interlocking fun fold design. To create the interlocking mechanism for these cards, I am featuring the Deckled Circle Dies. You can certainly use any circle shapes. However, they must be able to be layered together. In other words, the circles must differ in size.

The first picture features the three different circle shapes. The Petal Pink circle shape is the largest of the three as it measures about 3-7/8 inches in diameter. The white circle shape is a bit smaller measuring about 3-1/2 inches in diameter. The patterned paper circle shape is the smallest of the three measuring about 3-1/8 inches in diameter. The petal pink and white circles will be layered together on the left side of the card. The blue-colored patterned paper circle will be on the right side of the card.

Lay the circle shapes across a 4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of patterned paper (in this case, the cloud paper). Tuck the left side of the patterned paper circle in between the right side of the petal pink and white circles. This is what creates the interlocking mechanism for the card. Once you have the circles positioned the way you want them, adhere the white circle to the pink circle. Be sure to add the glue to areas around where the patterned paper circle is resting. I recommend watching the video HERE to see the assembly in action!

Hot Air Balloon Cards

Once you have created the interlocking mechanism for the cards, you are ready to decorate them! The card base is simply a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of cardstock. Cut a 4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of patterned paper, in this case, the cloud paper. However, the cloud paper is adhered to the card base once the circles are attached.

Notice how the circle shapes have a flat edge on one side? A small part of each circle shape overhangs the 4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of cloud paper. As such, you must score, fold and secure the small part of each circle which overhangs the cloud paper. Each circle will then become a fun fold flap for each side of the card.

You can use any colors and any supplies you have on hand to decorate the interlocking circle cards. Both cards I am sharing today feature a variety of different products from the Lighter Than Air suite from Stampin’ Up! The Hot Air Balloons are a fun little decoration for these cards.

For more fun ways to use circle shapes in card making, check out the layering circle technique HERE.

Tutorial & Supplies

Now you have some ideas for creating an interlocking card with circle shapes. For a complete list of supplies and step-by-step instructions, feel free to download the printable tutorial.

I hope these card ideas inspire you to play around with your supplies to create an interlocking card. Be sure to watch the video to see the creation and assembly of these cards in action. Have a fun and creative day my friends! ~ Lynn

4 thoughts on “How to Make an Interlocking Card with Circle Shapes”

  1. Great idea & fun fold! It looks so good with the hot air balloons! Thanks for sharing & also the free printable tutorial!

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