Z Box Pop-Up Card

by Deb Valder

Combine elements of a z fold and pop-up box in this fun interactive card.


  • Cardstock (Pool Play, Limeade Splash, Whip Cream, Oatmeal Cookie, and Eggcellent Prints Double Sided Designer Paper by Fun Stampers Journey used here)
  • Scoring tool
  • Stamps (FSJ Eggstravagant and Bunny Bum stamp sets used here)
  • Ink (FSJ Black Licorice used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Dies (FSJ Cloud Dreams bundle, Border Details, and Egg Party used here)
  • Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Coloring medium of choice (Pan Pastels and FSJ Color Burst Pencils used here)
  • Adhesive
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project


  1. Step 1

    Cut 2 pieces of cardstock, one 4 1/4" x 11” and one 2 1/8” x 11”. Score both pieces at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2". Fold as shown in opposite Z folds.

  2. Adhere the narrower strip to the front of the card as shown to form a box in the card.

  3. Step 2

    Cut an inner layer of cardstock to 2 1/8” x 11. Score at 7/8”, 3 5/8”, 4 1/8”, 6 7/8”, 7 3/8" and 10 1/8”.

    Fold as shown.

  4. Step 3

    Add double sided adhesive to the folds as shown, then repeat on the 1/2” sections on the opposite side.

  5. Step 4

    Adhere the front tab and the back tab to the inside of the “box” then press so the other two 1/2" sections adhere to the sides of the box. These are the dividers.

  6. Step 5

    Prepare die cuts, stamped images, or other embellishments to fill the box and decorate the various panels of the card.

  7. Step 6

    Decorate the card, taking care to keep all the elements within the boundary of the card’s edges when closed.

  8. Adhere elements to card front and inside, and to the cross pieces inside the box.

  9. Step 7

    Complete the card.


Your Turn

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

Deb, These are just the cutest and your directions made it seem easy. I can't wait to make some of my own. Thanks so much. I appreciate the time you took to explain everything and service your customers even with small orders.
Nina Williams  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 5:54 AM
Hello Deb: This is one of the most entertaining, fabulous, perfectly explained and super beautiful videos EVER!!!!!
When I first saw this card I thought it was going to be a difficult one to make but, after watching and listening to you create this amazing card, I'm so totally ready to give it a try.
Thank you for taking the time to make this fantastic video!!
Big Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria A. Rodriguez  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 6:11 AM
Really enjoyed the tutorial. There are adorable pop-up cards and adorable pop-up boxes, but putting a pop-up box in a card is a great idea. Thanks.
Becka  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 7:19 AM
I just made this card last night and it is so easy to do.

Thanks for sharing and I can see that this card base could be used for so many holidays and other occasion cards too.
Romaine  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 7:24 AM
Awesome video. Seems like I could even do that. Deb made it so clear and easy to follow. Thank you so much.
Lori McGarrity  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 7:34 AM
That video with the Easter card was wonderful and you made it look very easy. I'm psyched about making one. Another unusual card. Thank you and you're a great teacher.....
Patricia Wilson  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 7:43 AM
Planned on getting started on my Easter cards--and this will be the first one I am going to make! So cute and great directions. Think this card style will be used a lot.
Barbara  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 7:56 AM
You are so creative! Awesome tutorial!
Phyllis Strickland  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 8:45 AM
Wonderful concept - just what I was looking for!
Sonja Van Laar  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 10:18 AM
Deb - this is an adorable card! Thanks for the great tutorial.
Sheree Dilley  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 1:14 PM
Love, love, love this!
You always do a fantastic tutorial.
Thanks so much!
Many blessings, Sheri
Sheri J  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 2:07 PM
Super tutorial Deb! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the inspiration!!!
Maureen Scripa  |  Wed Feb 15, 2017 at 6:01 PM
Absolutely LOVE it Deb!!! Definitely will make one!!!
Bev Petriski  |  Thu Feb 16, 2017 at 9:02 PM
Shouldn't the inner strip to fill the box be 10", not 11" ? When I added all the measurements, and hinges, they totalled 10."
I attached most of the scenery on the base strips before assembling the Z-box. Less "fiddley." Also easier to stamp clouds in the sky, and ladybugs in the grass, and stipple some shading where needed.
Theda Heinzkill  |  Sun Feb 19, 2017 at 3:09 PM
P.S. Great to make a card out of ONE sheet of 8.5" x 11" card stock! The rest comes out of the scrap box.
Theda Heinzkill  |  Sun Feb 19, 2017 at 3:12 PM
Theda, the measurement is correct on the inner strip - the last score line is at 10-1/8", leaving a 7/8" tab on the end for gluing.
Dina  |  Sun Feb 19, 2017 at 7:17 PM
I loved this project but getting the inner layer of card stock in with tape was a little challenging. I think next time make it I will use wet glue to gain a little wiggle room.
Thank you Split coast stampers for all the neat projects. What I like the most is not only getting the new project, but a reminder of an old project not tried yet, new hint or a missed one - three bonuses added to your gift project.
Maureen Sparrow  |  Thu Feb 23, 2017 at 5:29 PM
Hi Deb, you probably don't remember me but I took several of your card classes in Saratoga Springs several years ago. I live in Michigan currently.
Ruby Wilkes  |  Mon Jan 22, 2018 at 5:38 PM
Loved this and where can I get the dies you used?
Connie  |  Thu Feb 28, 2019 at 5:01 PM
Connie, Fun Stampers Journey products are available through Spellbinders now.
dina  |  Thu Feb 28, 2019 at 7:42 PM

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