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

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Hi, i just watched your video for this card. I decided to make a christmas card with what i learned. I anxiously wait every week to see what the next tutorial is gonna be. I just love this site. I have created so many beautiful cards from using what i have learned. thanks so much for sharing your ideas. love them. smile!/photo.php?fbid=10150303678682461&set=a.445679092460.246097.590617460&type=1&theater;
Candy  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 2:37 PM
I'm going to attempt to make one of these lovely cards!! Thank you so much for sharing, its gorgeous..
Sandie Louise  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 5:27 PM
Hi Beate, Another great tutorial looking forward to making one of these thanks for sharing xxx
Flo  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM
I love this card! I have to try it tonight! Do you have the ribbon tied all around or is it attached to the cardstock?
yvonne  |  Fri Oct 7, 2011 at 7:20 AM

Your sample is beautiful. What a fun fold. So elegant yet so easy too. This is something I can do. Thank-you for sharing this.
kristine  |  Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 5:08 AM
Hi Beate,

Thank you for making, yet again, another wonderful video. I seem to learn much easier by seeing and hearing the directions. Your cards are always amazing...and this is no difference. And, your papers are always so straight, and it seems you do it with just a glance of your eyes! Practice I guess!

He IS Able!
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM
peggy  |  Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 11:19 AM
I have been wanting to try and make these types of cards. This card is lovely and I will be giving it a try
Elegant Stamper  |  Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 5:57 PM
Fab-u-lo-so! My brain is whirling with many ideas on how I can use this lesson. Thanks!
Linda Soloski  |  Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 10:14 PM
Hi Beate

Thanks for the inspiration !
I looked for an other closing mechanism as you challenged us
Here is my card with a little twist :
- closed :
- and open :
niki1  |  Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM
I really love this card and the different ways you can fold it and close it.

However, I have a Scor Pal and also the new Stampin' Up Simply Score, and find on both that the Stampin' Up 12 x 12 inch paper isn't actually 12 x 12 inches and when I score at 2, 4, 8 , and 10 inches, the first panel is not the same wideth as the last panel. So, how do you compensate for this? I've tried putting the paper evenly between the edges, however, that still doesn't work, so what am I doing wrong?
Norma Woodward  |  Tue Nov 8, 2011 at 4:46 PM
Love this techique thanks for sharing!!
Myra Conover  |  Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 8:08 PM
Love the look of this card. Want to try it for various occasions.
Gail Weinert  |  Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM

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