There’s something about a Fancy Card Fold that always feels intimidating. Every time I see a card with a Fancy Fold I think “Beautiful! But NO WAY am I going to be making one.” When I finally do, I’m usually surprised at how easy it is to make. Isn’t that true with everything in life? Till we actually do it, it seems over-the-top crazy hard. Then we do it and wonder why we were ever intimidated.
The Double Z Fancy Fold is the same way. Whenever I try something new, I always start with inexpensive printer paper. When it comes out right on the first try, I know I have a winner. LOL. My card came out correctly the first time and I went right to my good paper. So that shows you that Double Z Fancy Fold is really easy peasy. I should come with a new word besides “Fancy” fold. Fancy means complicated, right? This card fold is so NOT complicated. And it fits in a standard envelope. Win win!
How to Make Double Z Card
Step 1 – Cardstock: To make the Double Z Card, you’ll need two pieces of card stock:
- 4 ¼” x 11” card stock scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”
- 1 ¼” x 11” card stock scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”
Tip: The second, thin piece of card stock can actually be cut to any width, but it needs to match the length of the card, so always keep it at 11” long. I chose the width of 1 ¼” for my card, but you can go thinner or wider depending on how you want your card to look in the end.
Step Two – Folding the Paper:
To fold the paper: First, fold in half. Then flip up the small 2 ¾ piece. Do this to both pieces. (Sounds crazy to fold both pieces the same way, but in the end, we’ll flip the smaller piece around so it lays the exact opposite of the larger piece.)
Step 3 – Decorate the Card:
At this point, you are excited to put everything together and want to attach the two pieces. But wait!!! Don’t attach them yet because then decorating the cards will be very hard to do. You can play with the two pieces (as I show below) to see how they will attach, but don’t actually attach them. You’ll be sad. Instead, decorate!
To keep my decoration from taking all afternoon, I just put some beautiful (and coordinating) paper pieces on the first two sides. The paper on the smaller sides measures 4” x 2 ½.”
I also put a layer of paper on my long strip. This layer measures 1 x 11.
Step 4 – Attaching the Two Pieces
Now your card is beautifully decorated and we’re ready to put everything together. Flip over the smaller piece of card stock so it lays as shown below.
- Put adhesive on the wider card stock on the leftmost side of the card (2 ¾”) at the bottom
- Put adhesive on the thin strip of card stock, on the rightmost side of the card (also the 2 ¾” side of the card)
If you’d like to keep a snapshot of these instructions, feel free to Pin this picture to Pinterest.
Extra tips on this card:
To make this card, I used the Succulent Garden suite. This suite included the beautiful paper, stamps, and framelits to cut out the flower. I kept with the same colors that are used in the paper so that everything would coordinate. Easy Peasy!
To create the glitter effect (goodness I love glitter!) I dabbed tombow ink randomly over the paper (okay, not randomly. I quickly put in places where I thought it would look good. LOL. There are different ways to do this, but I wanted to be intentional on where the glitter went.) I then sprinkled some silver glitter over the tombow adhesive. Looks really sparkly in real life!
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