Double Z-Fold Card

by Beate Johns

Add a few score lines to a cardstock strip to create a unique card fold.


  • One 5 1/4" x 12" piece of cardstock for card base
  • Two 1 3/4" x 5" piece of cardstock for side panel
  • One 3 3/4" x 5" piece of cardstock for inside of card
  • Patterned Paper to decorate panels (optional)
  • Additional cardstock for center panel
  • Scor-Pal™ or other scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape™ or other strong adhesive
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Ribbon
  • Stamps (Verve Stamps Believe used here)
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Score cardstock at 2", 4", 8" and 10".

  2. Step 2

    Fold second score line in.

  3. Fold the first score line back.

  4. Step 3

    Repeat step 2 on other side of cardstock. Your card base is done.

  5. Step 4

    Decorate the 1 3/4" x 5" pieces of cardstock. Adhere them to the side panels of the card base.

  6. Step 5

    Decorate the 3 3/4" x 5" piece of cardstock and adhere to center panel of card base.

  7. Step 6

    Tie card shut with ribbon.

  8. Step 7

    Create focal point panel.

  9. Step 8

    Add dimensional adhesive on the back side of your focal point. Only add adhesive on half of the panel.

  10. Step 9

    Adhere main image over center of card panel.

  11. Your card is done.



    No Ribbon Closure
    Add a smaller image slightly over your main image to keep the card shut (check the Joy Fold Card Tutorial for a sample of that closure).

    Different Sizes
    To change up the size, divide your card length by 6 and score at 1/6, 1/3, 2/3 and 5/6 of the cardstock length. It's easiest if you decide how big you want your panels to be. For example. Your panel width is 1 3/4". Your final paper length will have to be 1 3/4" x 6 = 10 1/2". You would have to score at 1 3/4", 3 1/2", 7" and 8 3/4".

    Smaller Flaps
    After scoring your panels, cut the outer panels a bit smaller to let the second panel peek through.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Double Z-Fold Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is gorgeous. I purchased a scor-pal after viewing your stair step card, so I am all sytems go!!! I will look forward to making this card on the weekend. Thank you Beate.
susie australia  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 3:27 AM
I enjoyed watching your video and love the card. I have a Martha Stewart Scoreboard but when I did the scoring the card does not sit nicely together, it seems to be 1/8" out. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Lindsay  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 5:02 AM
What a beautiful. I've been looking for something different to create for a close friend who recently had a bad car accident. Thank you.
Barb P.  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 5:04 AM
Gorgeous Beate! Love this design!
Dawn Easton  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 6:06 AM
Absolutely lovely Beate. I will be making this over the weekend (Thanksgiving for us here).
Debbie  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 6:50 AM
Lovely card! What kind of ribbon do you use?
Thanks for all the great tutorials you post
Jamie Slater  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 8:11 AM
Hi Jamie,
Thanks for your kind words. I used May Arts Silk Ribbon for this card. I love how easy this ribbon ties into beautiful bows. You can find it in several online stores. I get mine from
beate  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 8:13 AM
I love the card idea, thanks! And Lindsay, the Martha Stewart scoreboard has an 1/8" mark off to the left of the 0" for some reason. So you have to make sure you line it up on the 0" not on the left edge.
Kari  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 8:22 AM
Lovely card! I'm looking forward to making it with my new Simply Scored by Stampin' Up!' The measurements are much easier to use than the Scor-Pal.
Donna Bagwell  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 8:41 AM
I am glad you like your new scoring tool, Donna. I love my Scor-Pal and will never switch! smile
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 8:46 AM
Thanks. I didn't notice the mark before.
Lindssay  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 8:48 AM
Hi Beate!

Love this card, it has my favorite word as the focal point...Believe! I do have to make a card, and am using yours as the template for a "thinking of you" card for a client of my Husband's. It is for a woman recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I would love to locate this stamp set. I will follow this email with a Google Search, but cannot make out the company from your pic of who makes the Clear Stamp Set you used. Could you help me out with the name of the Maker? We have Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, AC Moore and Hobby Lobby near me. Plus Amazon ofcourse. Thank you for sharing your creation, it is inspirational and beautiful!

Jeanine  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 9:19 AM
Another gorgeous card by Beate!!!
Love it! I'm definitely going to try making this for my card club. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
Loretta  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 9:26 AM
When this is completed, what size does it become? A2 size? (wondering about what sized envelope it would fit into).

Jann  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 10:09 AM
Jann, the finished card size is 4" x 5".
beate  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM
Beate, What a stunning card! But I need help. I don't understand measurements too well. On the side panels, what are the measurements for the designer paper? And are those two designs? The flowers and the polka dots, or one paper? Also, what is the measurement for the designer paper on the inside panel and how did you manage to line up the polka dots on the outside and inside? I truly love this card!
Shala  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Muchas gracias por el tuto realmente hermoso!!!
Daniela  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Hi Beate - Beautiful card! I am just wondering what you used as your circular focal point - is this a die or a punch? Who makes it - I absolutely love it! Thanks for the great tutorial(s).
Shannon  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Check this Blog Post for all the measurements.
Yes, those are two different patterned paper I adhered on top of each other before adhering them to white cardstock.
The patterned Paper is from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Two Blush collection.

I love that round die. It's from the Beaded Circle Nestabilities die pack from Spellbinders! One of my favorite Circle dies.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Thanks so much for the measurments.
Shala  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 1:08 PM

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