starburst_double_z_foldThe March club gathering was all about birthday cards. The gals seemed to really enjoy this card and several mentioned that they were planning on using the layout for future projects. I enjoy making cards that have unique folds, and this one is no exception. This design is called a "double z-fold", and it is really easy to make. The biggest challenge with this card is that it requires 12" cardstock for the base. Don't fret tho – it is possible to adjust the dimensions so that it will work with standard 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock.

starburst_doubl_z_fold_openThe ribbon helps to hold the card closed for mailing, and when it is untied you can see the inside panel. Because the front panels stick out a bit, they help prop the card very nicely for display. The birthday hats on the front panel make this a great card for anyone. This is one of the patterns in the Birthday Basics paper pack. I'm going to be very sad to see this paper go away because it has several wonderful patterns and great colors.

To create the double-z-fold base, cut 12" cardstock at 5 1/4", then score that at 2", 4", 8" and 10". The panels on the front as follows: Bermuda Bay mat – 1 3/4" x 5", DSP – 1 5/8" x 4 7/8". To adjust to different size papers, determine the length of paper you have and divide by 6 – that will give you the measurement of the panels. For your sanity, I highly recommend picking a number that is easily divisible by 6, but if you are up to the challenge I say 'go for it'!

I used the following materials to make this card:

  • Stamps: Starbust Sayings, Bring on the Cake
  • Cardstock: Basic Gray, Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Gumball Green
  • Accessories: Birthday Basics DSP, Starburst Framelits, Gumball Green Satin Stitched ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals