I love the elegance of Grace’s Garden stamp set and the whimsy of Snailed It, so why not put them both together in a 3D Z-fold card! This was such a fun card to make. Z-fold cards can appear complicated at first, but once it’s broken down by steps, it’s pretty easy to follow.

Z-fold 3D card using Snailed it and Grace's Garden stamp sets.

SUPPLIES

  • Grace’s Garden stamp set and dies
  • Snailed It bundle
  • Heartfelt stamp set for sentiment (but any sentiment is fine)
  • Cut outs from January’s Paper Pumpkin kit “Sending Hearts” (optional)
  • Snail Mail DSP
  • Basic White thick cardstock
  • Stampin’ Blends: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Balmy Blue (or colors of your choice)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Stampin Cut & Emboss machine
  • Liquid Glue or Stampin Seal
  • Dimensionals
  • Tailored Tag Punch

Measurements

  • Cut Z-card base from white cardstock 4″ x 11″ – score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Cut Z-band from white cardstock 1 3/4″ x 11″ – score at 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″
  • Cut 3 DSP mat pieces: 2 pieces @ 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ / 1 piece @ 5 1/4″ x 4 3/4″

Instructions

  • Crease the 1st score line of the card base as a mountain fold and the 2nd one as a valley fold. Burnish with bone folder.
  • Do the same with the Z-band
  • Adhere the three DSP mat pieces to the three card base sections
  • Glue the left section of the Z-band to the left section of the card base, then do the same with the right side
  • DO NOT glue down the two middle sections. Those will float freely and fold into the card base when the card is folded.
  • It’s time to start cutting out the pieces and doing some coloring!
  • Using the fence/arbor dies in Grace’s Garden, cut out 4 fence/arbor sections on white cardstock using the Stampin Cut & Emboss machine.
  • Trim off the arbor on three of the fence sections, but make sure to leave one intact.
  • For the fence section with the arbor, snip the center section of fence to create a gate opening
  • Set the fence sections aside temporarily
  • Stamp two of the tall flower images and one of the smaller one and one of the roses that will be placed to go up the trellis. And stamp one image of the small bird. Cut them out with the dies from Grace’s Garden using the Stampin Cut & Emboss machine.
  • Use Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers, leaves and the little bird. I used a combination of Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingto, Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive. I colored in the little bird with Balmy Blue.
  • Glue one of the tall flowers to the bottom left of the card
  • Attach small dimensionals to the sides of one of the fence sections and adhere it to the bottom left section, right in front of the flowers. Attach a small piece of dimensional to the little bird and place it on one of the fenceposts.
  • Punch out an image of a snail from the Paper Pumpkin kit or cut one from the Snail Mail DSP using the dies and glue it directly onto the front of the fence along with a small red mushroom.
  • Moving to the 2nd section of the card, adhere small dimensionals to the bottom part of the arbor and adhere it to the card. Fold the gate out, then glue the small flower image inside the gate and the roses climbing up the arbor as shown in the photo above.
  • In the next two sections, I glued the fence sections directly to the card rather than popping them up on dimensionals.
  • Cut out a small snail image and mushroom from the Snail Mail DSP. Put a dimensional on the snail and stick it on the card in front of the fence. Glue the mushroom directly to the fence and also glue your second large flower to that fence section as shown below.
  • For the final section, glue the last fence piece directly to the cardstock.
  • Cut out a large snail from the DSP, pop it up on dimensionals and adhere it to the front of the fence as shown above. Then cut a few different sized mushrooms from the DSP and glue them to the bottom right to fill in the space.
  • Stamp a sentiment on the first section at the top right
  • I also included a sentiment on the top right of the last section. Both sentiments are from the Heartfelt stamp set. I punched it out using the Tailored Tag punch, along with a second piece in Real Red.
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