Tutorial - Z Fold

I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy this weekend's blog hop. Here's a reminder that just because the weekend is over, the posts have not gone away. Sandy has put together a handy inlinkz post for quick reference in case you want to go back and see your favorites.

Today we're featuring a tutorial that was posted during the hop, to make sure everyone gets to see it. You guys have repeatedly told us that you like interesting new folds, and this card is one of those, and it includes enough space for our heros to write in. This was originally posted by Nancy at Scrap Happens! Be sure and stop by her blog and say hello. Nancy writes:

I call this a “Z” card because it is built on a fun little “Z” shape base. It sits up like a fun little decoration, and the inside edge matches the front. When closed, it looks like this:

Here is a a few shots of the card when it is standing up:

Here is another example of the “Z” card. . .

This card is fun to make to use up a whole lot of small embellishments, stamps, or leftover bitty things that you might have lying around. It would be a great use for small stickers or punches without causing the “sneeze” effect (just looks like a bunch of small things splattered all over the front of a card, without much organization!)

The instructions for making this card are really pretty simple.

Your base measures 4.25 x 12”. You can use a patterned, or solid piece of cardstock for this as shown. The 4.25 x 12” piece is scored at 3.25 and 6.5” and are folded as shown. Layer the card base with pieces of white that meaure .25 inches smaller than the surfaces that you want to cover. For example, the Red white and blue card has white pieces that measure 4 x 5.25 (inside), 4 x 3” (middle) and 4 x 3 1/8” (front.) Make sure you glue that front piece flush with the right edge so that the blue part doesn’t show when the card is closed.

The squares and 1 x 1” and 7/8 x 7/8” . Decorate each of these squares with your stamps, punches, or various small embellishments. I used a few Close To My Heart stamp sets for this – “Beautiful Day” and “Happy Holidays” stamp sets both have tons of small cute stamps.

The last step is to add these squares to the card as shown. The third row over, is centered on the fold and they stick out over the fold a little. Here is a shot of the card when open:

You can see how those squares stick out a little over this folded edge. The fourth row of squares is adhered to the inside of the card, as shown. Don’t be afraid to use a ruler as a guide to center these squares until they are exactly where you want them to be. Here are a few more helpful hints: Gluing the third row down first kind of gives you a good guide for where to place the rest. Also, you can use a light adhesive first, or some kind of glue that is slightly repositionable until your squares are where you want them to end up permanently.


Thanks, Nancy, for another great tutorial.

Everyone, please remember you can offer a tutorial or a suggestion for one by emailing me at kate@operationwritehome.org.

I also want to encourage everyone to visit the Cardmaking Resources page, where you can find links to all the previous tutorials from the Stars & Stamps blog. I recommend checking there or the Cardmaking Glossary when you're wondering about how to do a technique. Many of the requests and suggestions I received on my hop post this weekend can already be found linked on one or both of those pages.

Julie  – (May 31, 2011 at 7:11 AM)  

Awesome cards, Nancy! I saw this during the bloghop and I can't wait to try it! Thanks!

Susan  – (May 31, 2011 at 4:27 PM)  

I bookmarked her page to go back to, now I do not have to thanks so much...I am gonna make one of these tonight :)


Seongsook Duncan  – (May 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM)  

Thanks very much for the tutorial.

Anonymous –   – (June 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM)  

This is fantastic! I am going to make one of these for Jillian's Birthday Blog Hop. Thanks for the inspiration!

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