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Z-Fold Card Design Options

Hi! I think it is fun to give cards with fun folds… something different than a store-bought card. Today I share a few different z-fold card designs. Super easy!

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

My first z-fold design is the easiest to do and is the most common. You can create a card like this using any stamps or dies! I started by covering a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ side-folding notecard with soft stripes… using the Hero Arts Soft Vanilla Ink (SSS | HA) and the new Concord & 9th Stripes and Saying (SSS | C9). I then scored at 2 1/8″ down the center of the card and folded it back to create a z-fold. I added a Concord & 9th Laurel Frame (SSS | C9) flower so it was just attached to the front of the card. (I list the ink colors in the thumbnails below.)

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

When you open the card, you can see a spot for the personal message.

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The sentiment is from the Concord & 9th Laurel Frame Dies (SSS | C9). I also added Pretty Pink Posh Buttercream Jewels.

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Another design option is to use partial die cutting. I really like this look! I started with a 4 1/4″x 5 1/2″ side-folding notecard and did partial die cutting with the Concord & 9th Triple Step Thank You Die (SSS | C9). I then scored down the center of the card to create the z-fold. (Watch the video to see this in action.)

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Next I stamped the “thank you” using the Concord & 9th Triple Step Thank You Stamp Set (SSS | C9) and the Concord & 9th Sunshine Turnabout Stamp Set (SSS | C9) on the backgrounds.

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

By the way, during the month of July, proceeds from the Concord & 9th Triple Step Thank You go to The Sharing Place: Grief Support for Children. I love when crafters support a good cause – thank you Concord & 9th!

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also use either of the first two techniques to make a bottom-folding card. For the background on this one, I used the new Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Turnabout Stamp Set (SSS | C9) and lots of colors of Gina K Ink! (See them listed below.) I then folded the front half of the card down to create a z-fold.

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a framed label from the Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Dies (SSS | C9) to the front fold and the inside of the card, lining them up. The sentiment is from the same die set… and I used a bit of Concord & 9th Neutrals Glitter Paper (SSS | C9).

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This design works with just about any products!

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also have a few bonus cards featuring the new Concord & 9th Dip Dyed Cards & Envelopes (SSS | C9). These cards and matching envelopes are great for super quick cards. So pretty! I used mine with the Concord & 9th Heartfelt Smile Stamp Set (which is free for a limited time with a $60+ purchase) and WOW Silver Glitter Embossing Powder.

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Z Fold Card Designs Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Enjoy!

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or from Concord & 9th. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Concord & 9th July Release Bundle
[ C&9 ]
Concord & 9th Stripes and Sayings…
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Laurel Frame Stamp Set
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Laurel Frame Dies
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Laurel Frame Bundle
[ C&9 ]
Concord & 9th Triple Step Thank You…
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Triple Step Thank You Dies
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Triple Step Thank You…
[ C&9 ]
Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms…
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Bundle
[ C&9 ]
Concord & 9th Lovely Blossoms Dies
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Sunshine Turnabout…
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Heartfelt Smile Stamp Set
[ C&9 ]
Concord & 9th Dip Dyed Cards & Envelopes
[ C&9 | SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Scor-Pal Scoring Board
[ SSS ]
* Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express
[ SSS ]
Gina K Key Lime Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Lucky Clover Stamp Set
[ SSS | GNK ]
Hero Arts Soft Vanilla Ink
[ SSS | HA ]
Gina K Sweet Corn Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Wild Dandelion Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Hero Arts Fresh Peach Ink
[ SSS | HA ]
WOW Silver Sprakle Embossing Powder
[ SSS ]
Pretty Pink Posh Buttercream Jewels
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Ranger Glossy Accents
[ SSS ]
Concord & 9th Neutrals Glitter Pack
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS | AMZUS ]


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29 thoughts on “Z-Fold Card Design Options”

  1. Love your video with all the neat tips and different ways to do the same Z-Fold Technique. Might have to add to my wish list for the color printed cards you used for a bonus; awesome.

  2. Fun fold cards are SO much fun! I love your techniques!! Concord & 9th has a beautiful new release!! That new turnabout is gorgeous! Thank you so much for all the ideas and inspiration ❤️😞

  3. Jennifer, your creativity never ceases to amaze. Super fabulous cards. Thanks for the ideas to make our cards more unique and special.

  4. Your cards are beautiful and this new release from Concord & 9th is a must have. Thanks. I love your videos.

  5. I love z-folds and have been making them for a number of years. It was probably my first “fancy” fold. But, of course, you always bring it up a notch, and I get so many ideas and lots of inspiration from your beautiful creations. Thank you. And I’m loving the little dots you’ve added in the last couple of videos. Way cool!

  6. Brilliant bright ideas for the folding cards, all three looked very different & I liked them all, my favourite was the third downward folding card, that’s a must try for me. Those new cards are gorgeous with the dip dye effect & in so many colours very stunning I can see why you like them. Thanks for an amazing video again , please keep them coming x

  7. Oh my gosh, I love each and every card, especially the ones that use my favorite color in the whole wide world, yellow. I wonder though if I could make any of these cards without a die cutter? I suppose I could make the folds but not the rest. They are so different from the cards you see in the stores. I have tons of scrap paper from where my mom works so I could practice the folds until I get them right enough to make a card. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do. Thanks for the great inspiration! I’m going to work on one and when I get it just right, I’ll let you know.

  8. I, too, love cards with unique folds, and you’ve given me so many wonderful ideas. I love the partial die cut card. Your projects always inspire me.

  9. You’ve done it again. These cards are beautiful and love how you did them, especially the last Z fold. Breathtaking! Thank you, again, for all you do!

  10. Great cards and great idea’s Jennifer, thank you for always be an inspiration for me.
    I love the new gorgeous Concord & 9th Dip-Dyed Cards and Envelopes!

  11. These are great ideas and your cards are always lovely. It is so much fun to design card a new way and I really like this different way of folding. Thanks so much for all you share!

  12. Fantastic cards, Jennifer! Just once I would like to watch a video and not add a new product to my wish list. But, not going to happen! I have to have the Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp! Thanks for inspiring…and enabling!

  13. Jennifer, your card designs and ideas always amaze me. The Turnabout stamps look awesome and although I don’t have any yet, I hope to at some point.
    Your bonus cards are fantastic too, thanks for sharing them, they are awesome!

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