Cris cross cards get their name from the two panels that cross over the front of the card. You'll get different looks depending on your measurements and how you cut and fold the panels, but once you have the basic idea you can easily experiment by altering sizes, shapes and folds.
1. Start with a piece of card stock measuring 5" x 12".
2. Score at 31/2" and again at 81/2".
3. Fold along the score lines pressing firmly to achieve nice, sharp folds.
4. Cut away some of the outside panels using a craft knife or trimmer. The measurement and shape of the cut is up to you and the outcome you are trying to achieve. I cut mine from the top of the fold to 11/2" up from the bottom of the card.
5. Now that you have the basic card you can add some patterned paper and embellishments. I added a 43/4" square of patterned paper to the inside of the card, then cut smaller pieces to fit the panels, inside and out.
6. I used a border punch and some matching card stock to add a trim around the top edges of the card.
7. I added a piece of ribbon all the way around the outside of the card, securing it with double sided tape except in the section where I wanted to add a bow.
8. Your focal image or sentiment can be added to the top front panel of the card. It only needs to be secured on one side. Alternatively, you can create a decorative band that slips over the card and holds it closed.
9. I added a bow on the left side of the second panel, which tucks over the top of the focal image effectively holding the card closed. Easy!
All instructions and images are copyright Beccy Muir 2012.