Z-Fold Card Tutorial

Hello sweet friends.  Today I want to share a Z-fold card tutorial with you.  I've broken the tutorial into two parts.  Part 1 is how to create a 4x4 and 4x6 size.  The second part is for a 4.75x6.75 size, which is the size of this finished card here.  

To decorate the card, I cut and adhesive the Spellbinders Nestabilities Elegant Labels Four fancy frame over the white Z-fold card with Elmer's spray adhesive. The sweet baby image is a rubber stamp calls "Cradled by the moon." It's a Whimsy Stamps - part of Crissy Armstong collections.  I stamped it with Memento tuxedo black ink onto copic blending paper and colored with copic (skin: E21, E00, E000,YR000 and R000). In the last fold, I die cut the medium fancy frame twice, cutting the 2nd frame in half to create a pocket to hold 3 mini note cards for personal message to the family.

Part 1: 4x4 and 4x6 Z-Fold Card Tutorial

Both the 4x4 and 4x6 Z-Fold card steps are similar.  So I will demonstrate with the 4x6 instead.
1 sheet - 12x12 cardstock (color of your choice)
Scoring bone
Paper trimmer

1.  Cut the cardstock to 6x12 (for 4x6 z-fold card) or 4x12 (for 4x4 z-fold).
2.  Place the cardstock on the scoreboard, with the 12-inch going across.
3.  For both 4x4 and 4x6 card, score the cardstock at the 4-inch and 8-inch mark like this...

4.  Now fold at the score lines in a form of the letter "Z" like these.   Then, decorate.
To create a larger size Z-fold card, it will take two cardstock.   For today, I will walk you through creating a 4.75x6.75 Z-fold.  But once you get this step down, you can create as large as a 6x12.

Part 2: 4.75x6.75 Z-fold Card Tutorial


2 - 8 1/2x11 size cardstock (color of your choice - I used white)
Scoring bone
Paper trimmer

Decoration - for this baby card, I used the following materials to decorate...
Fancy die frame:  Nestabilities 5x7 Elegant Labels Four (Spellbinders)
Die - butterfly die, Cherry Lynn Designs' Coved Rectangle Stitch Nesting set
Rubber stamp image:  Cradled by the moon (Whimsy Stamps -  part of Crissy Armstong collections)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Colored with: Copic markers
Paper: Copic blending paper, solar white
Adhesive: Elmer spray adhesive
Machine: Sizzix Big Shot, Sizzix metal shim plate

1.  Cut first cardstock to 6.75x10.50 and second carstock to 4.75x6.75.  
2.  Place the 6.75x10.50 cardstock on the scoreboard, with the 10.50-inch going across.  Then score at the 4.75-inch and 9.50-inch like this.  Leaving 1-inch at the outer end.

3.  Fold at the score lines, like this...

4.  Place adhesive on outer 1-inch.  Like this...  

5.  Now, adhesive the 4.75x6.75 cardstock piece on...like this...that's the back part. 

6.  Flip the card over and this is the side you will decorate with.  See, no joint line.

Tip for working with thinlets and intricate dies

Here is my finished baby card one more time.  I love working with fancy frames.  They make it very easy and quick to add an elegant finishing touch to cards.  But without the proper cutting tool, fancy frames as well thinlets can be quite frustrating to work with.  Because of their intricate details, they might not cut through all the way and cleanly no matter how many times you crank it through the Big Shot.  I found the solution to this problem by using the Sizzix metal shim plate.  It's a bit pricey.  But if you are constantly working with fancy dies and thinlets, the metal shim plate is worth the investment.  All you do is place the metal shim plate on top of the die, then the top sandwich plate like you normally do.  Then just crank through the Big Shot.   

I hope you enjoy this little Z-fold card tutorial.  Thanks so much for stopping by today friends and may you have a lovely, fun weekend ahead.