Make a z fold card in 7 simple steps

Before you even start picking out papers or deciding which die cuts and decorations to use, you can have great fun by getting creative with your card bases and learning how to make a z fold card.

Making an alternative base shape is a simple way to add extra interest for recipients, especially as you can create lots of different sections to show off your chosen embellishments and sentiments – the more the merrier!

Here, Debbie Simpson shows you how to make a z fold card and just how versatile you can be with your designs, to create that all-important ‘wow’ factor.

For this project, Debbie used The Hobby House Sweet Blossom Collection paper and toppers to decorate her z fold card design.

Once you’ve mastered z fold cards, find more great guides, card-base ideas and other papercraft projects in our How to… section.

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How to make a z fold card

Step 1. For the card base, cut A4 card into two pieces measuring 14x28cm and 5x28cm. Score each piece on the long edge at 7cm and 14cm then mountain and valley fold each piece.

Step 2. Cut one piece of patterned paper to measure 13.5×13.5cm and two pieces to measure 13.5×6.5cm. Mat and layer the paper onto coloured card then adhere onto the card base.

Step 3. Cut a piece of patterned paper to measure 4.5×13.5cm and two pieces to measure 4.5×6.5cm. Mat and layer onto coloured card before adhering to the 5x28cm strip from step 1.

Step 4. Position strong adhesive, such as Red Liner Tape or wet glue, to the reverse of the end panels of the 5x28cm strip – but only going half way along the 4.5×13.5cm panel, as shown. 

Step 5. Adhere the strip to the base card, making sure the short panel is positioned on the right-hand side. The longer panel should overhang the left-hand base panel, as shown. 

Step 6. Die cut embellishments. Mat and layer a die-cut image topper onto a scalloped circle then glue it onto the card – be careful not to adhere the panels together when adding this element. 

Step 7. Add a double-ribbon bow to the left of the image and a sentiment tag to the panel. To finish, add your die-cut embellishments and a few paper flowers along the centre strip.

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