Z Box Fold

by Deb Valder

Make a fun Z fold card with a dimensional opening.


  • Cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Papers for layering
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Fun Stampers Journey products used in samples: Autumn Days, Grateful Heart, Thankgiving Traditions, and Tea Time stamps sets; Autumn Prints, Cocoa Powder, Pumpkin Bread, and Oatmeal Cookie cardstock; Cocoa Powder ink; Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer; Journey Heat Gun; Clear Embossing Powder; Crease Tool; Fusion Blender; Blending Brush; Re-Inkers; Easy Glide Adhesive; Detail Pro Shears; plastic plate and dry baby wipes)


  1. Step 1

    Cut the card base to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

    The next layer will be 4" x 9 3/4".
    Score at 5 1/4".

  2. Step 2

    With the short edge of the scored cardstock along the top and the long edge at the 1" mark, cut from the 3" mark to the 7 1/2" mark.

  3. Step 3

    Turn the card so the long side is at the top, and score at the 3” mark down to the cut line.

  4. At the end of the cut line, make a 1” score line from the 7 1/2" mark down to the edge.

  5. Step 4

    Crease on the fold lines so there is a box in the middle of the card as shown. Fold the card flat.

  6. Step 5

    On the back of the folded layer, add adhesive only to the back piece. Center this to your card base.

  7. Step 6

    Add layers to the panels. For the sample, the following measurements were used:

    Squares – Cocoa Powder 2 7/8" x 2 7/8", Pumpkin Bread 2 3/4" x 2 3/4", Oatmeal Cookie 2 5/8" x 2 5/8"
    Rectangles – Cocoa Powder 2 7/8" x 4 3/8", Pumpkin Bread 2 3/4" x 4 1/4", Oatmeal Cookie 2 5/8" x 4 1/8"
    Long Narrow Layers – Cocoa Powder 7/8" x 5 1/8", Designer Paper 3/4" x 5"
    Inside Narrow Layers (cut 2): Cocoa Powder 7/8" x 2 1/8", Designer Paper 3/4" x 2"

  8. Step 7

    Embellish the card as desired.

  9. Step 8

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

Love this card - so easy to make and looks absolutely stunning. I will be trying it out on my Christmas cards. Thank you so much for this great tutorial.
Bridget Keenor  |  Wed Oct 5, 2016 at 4:16 AM
You rock.
Can't wait to try this one!
Audra Schoch  |  Wed Oct 5, 2016 at 5:06 AM
Awesome card. This made my creative juices flow this morning.
Christa Beard  |  Wed Oct 5, 2016 at 6:17 AM
Thanks for the video Deb...it was a lil' blurry from this end!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Oct 5, 2016 at 6:21 AM
Thanks for the feedback Susanne - maybe check to be sure your viewer is set to HD. smile
dina  |  Wed Oct 5, 2016 at 7:36 AM
I have seen this style card a lot lately and really love the look. Thanks for the tutorial because I was making it much harder to create in my mind than it really is!! So fun!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Oct 5, 2016 at 7:54 AM
asa I can come up with $100+ for the supplies I will try to make this card...
Missy Match  |  Wed Oct 5, 2016 at 3:04 PM
nice tutorial - love the tip about how to line up the decorative panels!
Lori  |  Thu Oct 6, 2016 at 4:59 AM
The video was going in and out of focus. Persevered because the idea is great. My first effort doesn't work, the folds don't give me the same shape. Thanks for the cool idea. I'll keep working on it.
Virginia Weston  |  Thu Oct 6, 2016 at 12:57 PM
Very nice card Deb and the video gave every detail to make it. I hope we make this in class!!
Ron  |  Thu Oct 6, 2016 at 10:36 PM
Great tutorial, and I love the card! Such an easy card fold with a nice presentation. And I love the rainbow technique for the leaves. Thanks, Deb! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Fri Oct 7, 2016 at 10:16 AM
What is the paper trimmer / scorer that you used for the Z Box Card?

Evelyn Dick  |  Fri Oct 7, 2016 at 6:12 PM
If used in a class approximately how long for the group to make the card. if the C S pieces are pre-cut.
Charleen  |  Mon Feb 12, 2018 at 11:31 AM
this is awesome
Ibrands  |  Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 1:37 PM
looks great!!
Ibrands  |  Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 1:37 PM
mogu mook  |  Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 1:41 PM

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