Heartwarming Z-fold Christmas card

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is a super fun Z-fold Christmas card featuring the Fireside Trimmings Bundle! I’ve had a few ideas bouncing around in my head with this bundle, which is sadly retiring, but how about a fun fold card? I thought creating a scenery with the Z-fold, would be perfect! Adding some shimmery embossing paste to the tree and turning the window into a shaker are just a few fun parts of this card! While there are a lot of steps and elements for this card, I will show you how to create each panel.

The base layer is Gray Granite cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 2 ¾” and at 5 ½”:

For the front panel, use this design from Snowflake Splendor DSP, cut at 4” x 2 ½”. I used both tree dies from In the Woods Dies to die-cut out of Just Jade cardstock, applied Shimmery White Embossing Paste to both die-cut cardstocks as shown, and set aside to dry:

Once the embossing paste completely dries, I used mini dimensionals to “pop out” the detail cuts (cutting some down to fit) and glue dots around the edge to adhere to the outline die-cut:

Use liquid glue to adhere the DSP base layer to the front panel and the tree to the DSP base layer:

For the middle panel, you will need:

1. Snowflake sequins.

2. This design from the In Good Taste DSP, cut at 4” x 2 ½”.

3. The same design from Snowflake Splendor DSP as the front panel, cut at 2 ¼” x 2 ¼”.

4. Use the third and fifth from the largest Layering Squares Dies to die-cut out of Whisper White cardstock, this will be the window.

5. Cut a 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” Window Sheet.

6. To make the window grill, cut two pieces of Whisper White cardstock at 1/8” x 2 ¼”.

7. Stamp the reindeer in Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and die-cut out with the coordinating die. For the red nose, I used a Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blend to color a 3mm Pearl Basic Jewel.

I used Tear & Tape around the die-cut square (the tape is slightly wider than the edges, I just trimmed that off), placed the 1/8” strips for the window grill, and then placed the window sheet on top:

Use Foam Adhesive Strips along the edges, place the amount of Snowflake Sequins that you want to use, remove the backing from the strips, and place the DSP square on top. I used liquid glue to adhere the DSP base layer to the middle fold, liquid glue to adhere the shaker window, and liquid glue to the back of the antler area of the reindeer to adhere to the window as shown:

For the back fold, use this design from the In Good Taste DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

You will need the following accents and die-cuts:

1. Use the opposite side design as the base layer for the fireplace, which is stamped in Memento ink, die-cut out with the coordinating die, and the fireplace area is colored in with a Basic Gray Watercolor Pencil and a Blender Pen.

2. The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive ink on Whisper White cardstock and die-cut out.

3. From a piece of Champagne Foil, use the frame die to die-cut out and stamp the vase stamp in Stazon ink two times, using the coordinating die to die-cut out.

4. Use the three fire dies to die-cut out of Whisper White cardstock and use the Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red Watercolor Pencils to color, blending in with a Blender Pen.

5. The holly garland is die-cut out of Old Olive cardstock, placing some of the adhesive sheet on the back first.

6. Stamp two lanterns on Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink and colored in with the Basic Black and Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencils, blended with a Blender Pen. These are die-cut out with the coordinating die.

7. The trio of trees is stamped in Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock and colored in with Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Real Red, and Early Espresso Watercolor Pencils, blended in with a Blender Pen. This is die-cut out with the coordinating die.

8. The firewood stamp is stamped in Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock and colored in with Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil, blended in with a Blender Pen. I then used the Basic Black Watercolor Pencil in the middle of the firewood (do not blend in) and die-cut out with the coordinating die.

9. The clock is stamped in Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock, colored with Basic Black and Basic Gray Watercolor Pencils, blended in with a Blender Pen. This is die-cut out with the coordinating die.

10. The fireplace grill is die-cut out of Basic Black cardstock.

11. Not shown, use the Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends to color five of the 3mm Pearl Basic Jewels.

To assemble, I first used liquid glue to adhere the fireplace in the middle of the DSP base layer, liquid glue to adhere the trio of trees and vases as shown, and dimensionals to adhere the lanterns:

The clock is adhered as shown with liquid glue, remove the adhesive backing from the garland to adhere as shown, place the red pearls as shown, and adhere the frame and sentiment layers together, using liquid glue to adhere as shown. The grill, logs, and fire are layered and adhered with glue dots, using a couple more glue dots to adhere this piece in the fireplace:


This completed piece is adhered to the back fold with liquid glue:

For the sentiment, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Old Olive ink, stamp the trio of trees in the corner in Memento ink, colored in the same as the back panel, and stamp the reindeer in Memento ink, colored in with Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil, blended in with a Blender Pen:

If you are looking for an “over the top” card for Christmas, then this is it! I decided to bring out my Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen for the coloring, these are an easy way to color and you can use a pencil eraser to correct your mistakes! Sadly, this will be my last Christmas card this season! If you have been following along, you will have plenty of cards as a lot of the cards I have created are also mutliples…so I think I am good for my card sending list! However, starting next week I will see what I can come up with for non-holiday cards, using my left-over cardstock from Halloween and Thanksgiving!!

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Author: Christina Miller

I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Norfolk, Virginia and was first introduced to Stampin' Up! in 2004 when I attended my very first card class with my Mother-in-Law and I was immediately hooked! I first started out by making simple holiday cards and over the years as my stash has grown, so have my card and craft making skills. It has always warmed my heart when family and friends love my cards, but they actually keep them! In 2016 I decided to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and figured I could just do it for a hobby, but now I am going to branch out for all to world to see. So grab your favorite beverage, sit in your favorite chair, and join me as I share my cards and crafts with you! Enjoy!

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