This weekend I made a Z fold butterfly card. I felt like creating something a little more fancy. Well, fancy for me. I had a look through Pinterest (who doesn’t love Pinterest?) to gather ideas and inspiration. Here is what I came up with:
A Z fold card is basically a normal card with its front folded back on itself. Imagine you’ve got your half sheet of cardstock – in this case you want the long, narrow half sheet – you score it and fold it in half. Then you take the right side of the card and fold it back over to the left hand side where the scored fold is. It’s not very tricky at all, but looks really great and a little bit fancy depending on how you decorate it. Most Z fold cards use something on the front to hide the sentiment inside – in this case I’ve used the largest Deco Label framelit and adhered only the left hand side to the front of the card.
I’m on a bit of a designer series paper (DSP) kick at the moment. I have a lot. A LOT. I’m trying to make the most of my craft supplies this year. Too often we put our pretties in the *can’t touch” basket and they sit there until we forget about them. Not this year! I’m using everything, no matter how pretty, no matter how much or how little I have of a particular product. I’ve bought them because I obviously liked them – so why not use them?
I challenge you all to use something you’ve put in your *can’t touch* basket this week. Let me know how you go!
Back to today’s card.
I’ve used the Pretty Petals DSP stack. The colours aren’t ones I’d normally use, but for some reason this past little while I’ve been drawn to this stack. I used to find Very Vanilla tricky to work with, but this DSP stack makes it really easy to work with. And a Z fold card uses as much or as little paper as you want. I’ve used a little bit on the left front of the card, then a tiny strip on the inside of the card. The main circle body of the front of the card has been stamped with images from the Butterfly Basics set in stamped off Pacific Point and Old Olive. Even stamped off the blue of Pacific Point looked a little out of place so I cut a circle of the Sale-A-Bration Botannical Gardens vellum stack (which you can earn for FREE until March 31st – ask me how!) and overlaid the stamped circle with it to mute the colours. It worked very well, I think.
The butterfly was cut using the Butterflies Thinlits, first the big filigree butterfly from Calypso Coral and then the smaller solid butterfly from the same Sale-A-Bration vellum stack. A few rhinestones down the centre and the butterfly is done. I’m not sure how well it shows up in the photo, but I’ve completely covered the Calypso Coral butterfly in Wink of Stella glitter. I’ve oversharpened the image to hopefully make it stand out a bit more.
Here’s the inside:
I had loads of fun creating this Z fold butterfly card, so much in fact, that I’ve already made another Z fold card and will be making more in the next few weeks.