Petals and Paisleys Double Z Fold Card

Double Z fancy fold card with Pretty Paisley DSP. Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Petals and Paisleys Double Z Fold Card

I have been challenging myself to create more cards that break the mold of the “usual” card. This time I’m trying a square card shape with a double Z fold in it. There is a high return on investment with this type of card. It looks very fancy, but isn’t as difficult to make as you would expect.

This card used the very last bit of my Rich Razzleberry paper. It is definitely time to stock up again! A bonus for this square shaped card is that it uses exactly half a sheet of paper. The piece you cut off the top to make the square shape is exactly the size you need to make the second Z!

Challenge Inspiration

My challenge inspiration comes from my monthly card club, with out talented and amazing demonstrator, Jan Viktora. Our November Challenge (I’m working ahead, don’t you see?) is to create a card that features a designer series paper. The motto is “Don’t hoard it, use it!”

A double Z folded card has so many little panels to decorate; it is a great way to combine and show off coordinating designer series papers!

Petals and Paisleys Double Z folded card, design by Natalie Lapakko.

Double Z fancy fold card by Natalie Lapakko, featuring Petals and Paisleys DSP.

Directions to make a Square Double Z Fold Base Card

  1. Cut a card base that is 4-1/4″ (10.5 cm) by 8-1/2″ (21 cm). Score and fold at 4-1/4″ (10.5 cm) to create a square card.
  2. Turn the card over. Score and crease the front of the card at 2-1/8″ (5.25 cm). Crease in the opposite direction as the center fold! This is the first Z!
  3. Use a paper strip that is 1-1/4″ (4.35 cm) by 8-1/2″ (21 cm). Crease and fold at 4-1/4″ (10.5 cm) and in the opposite direction at 2-1/8″ (5.25 cm). Turn it around 180 from the card orientation. This is the second z!
  4. This forms the base for a square double Z fold card. To learn how to decorate it like I did, continue below.

Double Z fancy fold card, design by Natalie Lapakko featuring Petals and Paisleys DSP.

How to Decorate Your Double Z Fold Card

Each panel will be decorated with a piece of paper that is 1/4″ (0.5 cm) smaller than the panels of the card base, giving a nice even border around each piece. Luckily, I’ve done all the math for you (and hopefully have translated it into metric correctly).

  1. Interior panel: Cut a Very Vanilla panel for the interior of the card at 4″ x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm). Whew, starting off easy.
  2. Front Panel: Cut a Rich Razzleberry piece of Petals and Paisley DSP at 1-7/8″ by 4″ (4.75 cm x 10 cm)
  3. Front of belt panel: Cut a colorful piece of Petals and Paisley DSP at 1″ by 4″ (3.85 cm x 10 cm).
  4. Center of belt panel: Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 1″ by 1-7/8″ (3.85 cm x 4.75 cm). Stamp the sentiment, such as Congrats! from Happy Happenings in Rich Razzleberry.
  5. Back of belt panel: Cut a Rich Razzleberry piece of Petals and Paisley DSP at 1″ by 1-7/8″ (3.85 cm x 4.75 cm).
  6. Adhere all the panels together.
  7. Add embellishments. I used a gold foil leaf cut using Paisleys Framelit Dies and a layered medallion created using a combination of Posies and Paisleys stamps, Stampin’ Write Markers, Paisleys Framelit Dies, and a circle die.

How about a diagram for all the visual learners out there?

Square shaped double Z fold card, designed by Natalie Lapakko with stamps and papers by Stampin' Up!

Paper Inspired Color Combination

I pulled my colors for this combination directly from the Petals and Paisleys Designer Series Papers. This color combination is a split complementary color scheme. Delightful Dijon and Rich Razzleberry are opposite on the color wheel, so they have a lot of contrast. Mint Macaron and Might of Navy are close to Rich Razzleberry on the color wheel, so they add harmony.

The overall effect is a mostly cool colored scheme, with splashes of a warm accent color for contrast.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Petals and Paisleys Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Paisleys and Posies, Happy Happenings (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: circle dies, Paisleys Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

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11 thoughts on “Petals and Paisleys Double Z Fold Card”

  1. I absolutely love your tutorial! I’ve seen a few others online, but none that give really clear instructions like yours does! I also love all the pictures from the different angles. On top of all of that, I think you card turned out beautifully! Keep up the great work and thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Thank you for giving measurements, I wondered how to do this card. I will definitely try this.
    June P, uk

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