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

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This is a beautiful card!!! Loved the tutorial, can't wait to make my own.
Gail McDowell  |  Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 2:55 PM
What a wonderful card.
Sharon  |  Fri Dec 24, 2010 at 12:03 AM
How did you prepare the card front with the nested heart? I bought the set, thinking it would cut the scroll too. I don't understand why part of it is white, and part blue.
Martha  |  Sun Jan 9, 2011 at 3:37 PM
can you tell me what you used for the snowflake on the heart?
renee  |  Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 10:00 PM
LUV this, Beate!
Definitely goes on my 'must try' list!

TexasGrammy  |  Mon Aug 8, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Awesome tutorial, Beate. I love this card.
Beverly  |  Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 8:55 AM
I really like this tutorial!
adrian vazquez  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM
This is a nice tutorial i will try it someday
karla test  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM
this is my final test
Bhavisha Patel  |  Wed May 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM
This tutorial is cool
karla test  |  Thu May 30, 2013 at 9:44 AM
Thanks for sharing very nice I will try to us
Jacqueline Price  |  Sun Mar 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM

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