Swinging Z-Fold Card

by Beate Johns

Create a unique card with some cuts and an extra score line.


  • Scor-Pal™ or other scoring tool
  • 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" Cardstock
  • 4 1/2" x 9" Cardstock (optional)
  • Three 4 1/4" pieces of patterned paper
  • Scor-Tape™ or other strong adhesive
  • Craft knife and cutting mat
  • Cutting die (Spellbinders Nested Hearts used here)
  • Additional cardstock for main image
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Score the 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock at 2 1/8"

  2. and then at 4 1/4".

  3. Step 2

    Adhere one of the patterned paper pieces to the unscored side of the cardstock base.

  4. Step 3

    Apply adhesive on the scored side of the cardstock base. Add additional adhesive on the outer panel.

  5. Apply patterned paper over the adhesive.

  6. Step 4

    Score panel again at 2 1/8". It will make folding the side easier later.

  7. Step 5

    Turn the cardstock over. Apply adhesive, and again add more adhesive on the outer panel.

  8. Adhere last piece of patterned paper over the section.

    Score the side again at 2 1/8".

  9. Step 6

    Fold scored side of the card base.

  10. Step 7

    Place die template in the center of the folded side of the cardstock. Trace shape onto the left panel of the scored side.

  11. Step 8

    Cut traced shape out on the left hand side.

    If you have a hard time cutting through three layers, trace and cut shape before the last piece of patterned paper is adhered. Then adhere paper piece and cut through the last piece.

  12. Step 9

    Cut and decorate shape using the same die, cut out of additional cardstock. Adhere shape to the center of the folded card side.

  13. Step 10

    Decorate the inside of the card.

  14. Step 11

    If desired, adhere to a bigger card base or square.



    Simple Z-fold Card
    Skip Steps 7 to 9. Adhere main image over the center of the folded side.

    Different Sizes
    You can create any size card into a Z-fold card. Just score your cardstock at 1/4" and 1/2" of its length.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Swinging 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.

Very pretty card, excellent tutorial.
Love the heart template, perfect at Christmas time.
kris  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 7:16 AM
This is so pretty....but I don't know if I can do this.....you make it look so easy.....I will have to try it....thank you for sharing this tutorial with us....Merry Christmas!!!
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 7:52 AM
Wow this is just beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing I have to try this.
Maria Cruff  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM
Wow this is wonderful. Thank you so much!
Linda Lapotka  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM
Your card is beautiful, thank you for sharing this technique
Lynda  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM
Magnifique !!!
Nicole  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM
You always inspire me, Beate! Your work is always beautiful and your tutorials are so easy to follow. TFS!
Katherine  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 9:54 AM
Oh Beate this is totally wonderful. Love how you used the nested hearts. Wow. Gorgeous. Fantastic idea.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 10:19 AM
HOW VERY LOVELY!!!!! This is REALLY ATTRACTIVE!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!! GOTTA TRY THIS!!!! smile
Becky Green  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM
Beautiful card, you challenge me again. Thank you sooo much. It is a great idea. love your video's. I am visual learner.
Have a Merry Christmas.
Pattie Jones  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 2:33 PM
Thank you for sharing your beautiful card and technique.
Barb  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 2:55 PM
A beautiful card - will be trying it today - just hope it looks like yours - Happy Christmas
Lynn  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this. You create such beautiful works of art beyond belief. Merry Christmas
Melissa  |  Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 11:12 PM
Great tutorial and inspiration! I linked to it from today's Examiner.com scrapbooking news article at http://exm.nr/hMKn3W smile Have a terrific weekend!
Irene  |  Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 1:41 PM
Great tutorial and a beautiful card Beate - boy that cutting out is tough! Cannot post my card until after 30th as my niece browses my gallery occasionally and it is for her 20th Birthday! Happy Christmas.
Janine Brain  |  Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 6:02 PM
The heart can be cut out using the Cuttlebug. By placing the heart centre on the 2 1/4" score line and placing the B plate up to the score line, thus cutting only half the heart. This is done with the card open. I saw this done on u-tube by an English lady using a scalloped circle. (I used a scalloped oval) worked very well. Love your videos, really good instructions. Thank you.
Carole McAllister  |  Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 3:47 PM
Your instructions are great. Can't wait to try it. I think it is very helpful to have the video to back up the instructions. Thank you.
Joyce Wilson  |  Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 11:06 AM
I can't wait to try this wonderfully different card grin
Carol Hodson  |  Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 3:22 PM
Fantastic tutorial...I've added it to my YouTube playlist...I definitely want to give this a shot! Beautiful work!
Ruby Taylor  |  Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 8:59 PM
Shucks, I left my score thingy up in Halifax... I might try to make this once I get back. I just wanted to comment as this is a very beautiful card!
Julie  |  Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 10:44 AM

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