Today I'm sharing the first card from my recent Just for Men class, which was timed to give my lovelies a choice of making their cards for Father's Day, birthdays or anytime they liked.
The thing I really liked about this design is it's so adaptable for any occasion or person. Just change the word & paper to suit. But I digress...
Double z fold cards are hugely popular at the moment and this one shows two of my favourite tips for guys cards:
1. Create interest (& even better, bamboozle the guys) with a fancy fold
2. Use paper to add colour & pattern
3. Make impact with a great sentiment
Here's how the the double Z fold looks when the card's open. Actually it folds more in the direction of an S than a Z looking at it now. Who knew ;)
I stamped the 'happy' letters (Large Letters stamp & die bundle) in night of navy ink, cut them out, then popped them on dimensionals along the front of the smaller z fold so they really pop off the front. I attached the Father's Day sentiment in the space below with the aid of a small piece of card attached to the z fold.
The two paper patterns I've used are from the fab Moroccan DSP & oh my goodness I had one of those perfect cardmaking moments with the tiled pattern. It exactly fit the size & fold locations in the card. I wish I could say I planned it that way but truly was a very, very happy accident.
Here's another pic so you can see that how the 'happy' & Father's Day sentiment pops off the front.
The main z fold base is made with a piece of card 10.5cm x 28cm (approx equivalent to a half sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 inch card) & the second z fold piece is 2.5cm x 28 cm (3/4 x 11 inches). This makes the scoring measurements easy. Simply score both pieces at 7cm & 14cm for perfect folds.
Cutting & Scoring Tips
* As with most fancy folds, accurate cutting & scoring is essential. This is such an easy & effective fold.
* If making multiple cards, cut the base & strip pieces separately. You'll get 2 bases from the one sheet.
* If you're making just one, cut & score the base & strip together, so the score lines match exactly.
This pic shows how the base looks when flat.
and from the back. I stamped a sentiment from Grateful Bunch & drew lines around the panel to reflect the paper colours on the front.
If you'd like me to share my measurements & a tutorial to make my double z fold card, do leave me a comment & I'll see what I can do.
In the meantime, here's a combined image to pin for later inspiration. I hope you'll try making a double z fold card, and I bet you can't stop at making one. The fold is so easy but creates such a fun look. Check out the supply list below to see and order any supplies you need.
I'll be back with another project soon so pop back again on Friday. Until then...
PS: Don't Miss this! - The Moroccan DSP I've used here is part of our Buy 3, get 1 free October DSP offer so check out all the details here.
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