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Z-Fold Birthday Card for Jason

June 25, 2017

It’s fun making a special z-fold card for a special person and today’s card was for my son’s birthday (which was last week).  A bit of Jason’s history:  animal prints are his ‘thing’ and I’ve held on to the now retired Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack just for him.

Go Wild Paper Stack - retired

Go Wild Paper Stack – retired


Despite how it looks, it’s really a fairly easy card.

Jason's b.d. card closed

Jason’s b.d. card closed


Jason's b.d. card open

Jason’s b.d. card open


Card basics:

  • Crumb Cake card stock:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ and 2-1/8″ – make first fold (4-1/4″ score line) as for a normal card; fold at 2-1/8″ score line back on itself, creating a “z”.
  • Go Wild Designer Series Paper Patterns
    • zigzag pattern: 5-3/8″ x 2″
    • leopard pattern: 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″
  • Whisper White card stock: determine this by the size of framelit/stamp set used.  Mine are about 3-3/4″ square.   Adjust yours to what looks right to you.
  • Basic Black accent layer: 1/8″ smaller on two sides than the Whisper White base layer
  • Whisper White layer: 1/8″ smaller on two sides than Basic Black layer


Supplies Used:

Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack

Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack

Big Shot




Here’s my big tip for this card:

It took me two tries to properly die cut the Happy Birthday Thinlit with the adhesive backing on the right side!


Adhesive sticker paper

Adhesive sticker paper – Cut a section of Adhesive Sticker paper to the size needed for your image.  Peel one side of the protective wrapper and lay it on the card stock.


Happy Birthday Thinlit

My first attempt:  WRONG:  I laid the thinlit on the protected (non-sticky) side of the Adhesive Sticker Paper.  (The exposed sticky side is adhered to the Crumb Cake card stock.) After running the thinlit through the big shot the adhesive was on the front.  If I applied it to my card you would read the words backwards!  Not good.


Adhesive positioned on card stock

Second Attempt:  RIGHT:  I attached the Adhesive Sticker Paper to the card stock but then………


Place Thinlit on reverse side of cardstock

I placed the thinlit on reverse side of card stock, ran it through the Big Shot and then the sticky part of the paper is on the back side of the words.


Adhesive is now on back/proper side of die cut thinlit

Adhesive is now on back/proper side of die cut thinlit–peel the protective layer from the back of the cut out words and stick them onto your layer.


easy to place on card front layer

Apply adhesive only to the left side of this layer and attach it to the folded back part of the card front — after you attach Designer Series Paper layer.  Then you have a completed card.


Now it’s your turn to try a z-fold card.  You can change the Designer Series Paper, the greeting, the thinlit or framelit and have a card that’s totally yours.  Be sure to go to my online Stampin’ Up! store for any supplies you need for your card.  And if you don’t already have a demonstrator I’ll love it if you’d select me as your new demonstrator.  I’m always at the ready to help you with questions and guidance.






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