A fun birthday card done in the Z-Fold style whooo's thinking of you? :P

I created this card to showcase the Z-Fold technique, and decided to share it on the day that is Mark Zuckerberg's birthday. Do you think the uber-rich and influential guy would appreciate this care? I would certainly hope so – I love the owl on this card; he is just too cute! This Z-Fold card is in a vertical orientation, and I'll share a future post that describes how to do the Z-Fold in the horizontal orientation.

The center piece with the owl has a little funny story, too. I actually started creating this card by building the center embellishment. When I was punching out the pieces I had an epiphany. I had always thought that the little heart in the builder punch was to place on his chest. (Pardon my gender assumption for the owl.) And then, Shazam!, I realized it is actually to use as his beak!!! I've had this punch for two years, and never realized it before now. I felt so silly that I just had to share with an on-line demonstrator community to belong to because I thought they could use a good laugh. Well, lo and behold, lots and lots of them thanked me for sharing that tidbit because they always thought it was for his chest, too. Ha! I was vindicated! Although one gal pointed out that he should still have a heart on his chest, too.

I used the following materials to make this card:

  • Stamps: On Your Birthday
  • Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Whisper White
  • Ink: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso
  • Accessories: Labels Framelit, Adorning Accents Edgelit, Owl Builder punch, Bird Builder punch, Just Add Cake DSP, Square Lattice embossing folder

Here are the steps to create a Z-Fold card that is oriented vertically:

  1. Cut your cardstock and DSP in the following dimensions:
    1. Cardstock base, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    2. Back panel cardstock mat, 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
    3. Back panel DSP, 4" x 5 1/4"
    4. Front panel cardstock mat, 5 3/8" x 2 1/4"
    5. Front panel DSP, 5 1/4" x 2 1/8"
  2. Score the base at 2 1/8" and 4 1/4".
  3. Fold on the score lines so that it makes a "Z" shape. The center fold is a "valley" fold and the left side fold is a "mountain" fold. Use your bone folder to make the folds nice and crisp.
  4. Adhere the DSP to the cardstock mat for the front and back panel. For my sample, I added an accent strip along the right edge of the front panel using the Edgelit die.
  5. Stamp your greeting on the back panel in a position that will end up being covered when you have completely assembled the card.
  6. Attach the larger matted DSP panel to the back section of the card. Attach the smaller matted DSP panel to the front of the "Z". Note: When you are attaching the panel to the front, don't put adhesive on the rightmost edge of the panel because it extends beyond the edge of the left section of the "Z".
  7. Put glue on the left side of the piece that you will attach to extend from the front section to overlay the stamped area in the back section.
  8. Adhere your adornment piece so that the left edge is stuck to the front "Z" panel, and the right side is free. Place it so that it will hide your stamped greeting on the back panel.