Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Swingin’ Z


This card is my last post for 2010!  My next post will be January 2, 2011 – I simply cannot believe how quickly the year flew by, and especially how fast my nice “relaxing” week off is going.

I created this one for a 21-year-old, who is saving money for a first trip to Hawaii.  We gave her some funding as a gift, and I made this card to inspire her with thoughts of Hawaii.

The design is called a Swinging Z-Fold, and it was the featured technique in last week’s “Inkling” newsletter from Splitcoast Stampers.  If you make cards, you’d love this weekly email with lots of ideas and great tutorials.  You can subscribe here.  They have a great tutorial for this technique (including a video) – click here to check it out.

On this card, the outside and inside are both decorated.  Here’s the outside:


And here’s what it look like when opened:



Note: finished card size is 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”

Cameo Coral (SU!)

a) 4 1/4” x 8 1/2”
b) additional small scraps

Tempting Turquoise (SU!)

a) 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”
b) 3” x 3”
c) 2” x 4”
d) additional small scraps

Summer Sun Textured (SU!)

small scraps

Real Red (SU!) small scraps
Pink Flamingo DSP (SU!) 4 1/8” x 4 1/8” – 3 pieces
Whisper White (SU!) a) 1 7/8” x 3 7/8”
b) 3” x 3”
c) small scraps


Tempting Turquoise (SU!)


Fifth Avenue Floral (SU!); Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!); Motivational Centers (Cornish Heritage Farms)


Punches: Small and Medium Oval (SU!), Flower and leaf punches (Make An Impression); Octagon Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug (Provo Craft); Scor-Pal; Adhesive Transfer Gun 714 (Scotch); Glue dots; Craft Knife; Rotary trimmer with straight blade (Fiskars); Scissors


Making the Base Card

Starting with the coral paper, score it at 2 1/8”, and 4 1/4”. 

Mount a pieces of the patterned paper onto the un-scored side of the base.  I cut the paper specifically to highlight the sunburst pattern from the paper.

Apply adhesive on the scored side of the cardstock base facing the patterned paper, with additional adhesive on the outside half.  Mount another piece of patterned paper there.  Score the same panel again at 2 1/8" to make it easier to fold later.

Turn the card over, and apply adhesive to the other side of the scored panel, with additional adhesive on the outside half. Mount your last piece of patterned paper, and score once more at 2 1/8”.

Fold the scored side, then place the die template in the center, and trace only the LEFT side of the template, starting at the fold line at the top, and around the left to the fold line at the bottom.

Now, using the craft knife, cut along your traced lines.

Mount the un-scored square panel of the base card onto the large turquoise square.  For this card, I used the back of the turquoise square to write our greeting to the birthday girl.

Now you’re ready to decorate.

Decorating the Card

For the cut out decoration on the outside, use the largest octagon die to cut and emboss a turquoise shape.  Use the next size die to cut a white octagon, and stamp the sentiment in turquoise.  Mount the blue octagon to the card, and then the white octagon onto the blue.

Stamp Happy Birthday in turquoise on a scrap of white paper, and punch out with the smallest oval.  Punch a larger oval in turquoise.  Mount the birthday sentiment on the blue oval.  Adhere it to the inside of the card on the un-scored panel.

Use your remaining scraps to punch out leaves from blue, the largest flowers from coral, the medium flowers from yellow, and the flower centers from red. Mount these using glue dots around the sentiments.

Final Notes

I want to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year and many blessings in the coming months! If you are celebrating away from home, please stay safe on New Year’s Eve, and travel home safely.

Thanks for stopping by.


1 comment:

Helen said...

Lisa Lynne,

What a great card. I really like the "Z-Fold" style! Thanks for the inspiration.

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