Stampin’ Up! Wetlands Z-Fold Birthday for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

Mornin’, y’all –  welcome to another edition of the Happy Stampers Blog Hop.  This week was a color challenge for us to play with – that usually leaves things pretty wide open, so I hope you’ll take a minute to browse all the projects brought to you by the ladies-who-hop!

Here’s our color challenge:

Now – when I first saw this color combo, I was a little thrown.  The colors just didn’t seem “right” to me and I couldn’t imagine how to put them together to look good!

And then I realized it….Mother Nature puts these colors together every single day! 🙂  So, I pulled out my Serene Scenery DSP Stack to be my inspiration and picked one of my favorite designs in that stack.  I’d also been seeing some Z-Fold cards around on the internet/Pinterest, and wanted to try one of those, too.  Since, at the time, I wasn’t mad at Duck Duck – I decided to add a Wetlands goose.  Take a look-see:

Wetlands Z-Fold 5 - Stamps-N-Lingers
I just love this beautiful sun-washed grassy meadow in the Serene Scenery DSP stack, don’t you?

Okay – so let’s get started.  First, I made the z-fold card base.  I used Pool Party card stock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Then I scored it at 4 1/4″ and at 1 1/2″.  Like so:

Z-fold Template - Stamps-N-Lingers
Then I folded it – gently for now and then, once all the additional parts were on it, with my bone folder – making the light blue dashed line a valley (like you would normally do to create a center fold in the card.  The green dashed line is a mountain – so it will fold back over the middle panel.

Then I took one of my Serene Scenery pieces, cut the three panels I needed and matted each one on a Delightful Dijon card stock panel,

Wetlands Z-Fold 2 - Stamps-N-Lingers
I SNAILd two of the panels to the card base – the smallest and the middle panels.  For the inside, I SNAILd a piece of Very Vanilla to a Delightful Dijon mat and then SNAILd the already-matted Serene Scenery panel (this is the 1 3/8″ x 5 1/4″ DSP panel) on top of that.  And then I SNAILD it all into the card.

Wetlands Z-Fold 4 - Stamps-N-Lingers
The Wetlands artwork is stamped on a Very Vanilla oval – that I cut with the Ovals Layering Framelits.  I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up the birthday sentiment, which I stamped in Old Olive.  The goose is stamped in Delightful Dijon – and then I cheated just a little bit and used a bit of my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to add some color to the goose’s body and head/neck.  The Old Olive Marker was used to add some color to the grass.  I added a few Pool Party Enamel Shapes, too.

Wetlands Z-Fold 8 - Stamps-N-Lingers
I SNAILd the sentiment oval to a scalloped Delightful Dijon mat and then popped it onto the small panel with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Now – you don’t have to use an oval.  You can use whatever kind of central art piece you like – it just needs to be sized and placed so as to remain inside the confines of the card when its closed (or it won’t fit in a regular Medium envelope!). 🙂

Wetlands Z-Fold 3 - Stamps-N-Lingers
And that was it for the card.

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a Delightful Dijon Wetlands goose – and I colored him just like I’d done the dude on the card…

Wetlands Z-Fold 6 - Stamps-N-Lingers
…and then I used a little more of the Serene Scenery DSP Stack to add a custom envelope flap.

Wetlands Z-Fold 7 - Stamps-N-Lingers

Et Voila!  I kind of love this fun-fold card – it’s ridiculously easy to do, but looks like a million bucks.  And the addition of the Serene Scenery DSP – I think when it’s closed it looks like one of those 3-panel triptych paintings!  Hope you like!

Card cuts and all the products you need to make this one for yourself are at the bottom of this post…

Now that you’ve seen my card, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Stampers Team blogs today!

If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page.  And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!

Sandi MacIver

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Heather Wright-Porto

Have fun on the Hop!



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Pool Party Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″ and 1 1/2″)

Delightful Dijon Card Stock: 1 3/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mat for smallest DSP panel); 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mat for center DSP panel); 1 1/2″ x 5 3/8″ (mat for DSP panel on Inner Liner); 3 1/2″ scallop-edge oval (sentiment mat); 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mat for inner liner)

Very Vanilla Card Stock:  3 1/4″ straight-edge oval (sentiment); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner)

Serene Scenery DSP Stack: 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (smallest DSP panel); 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ (center DSP panel); 1 3/8″ x 5 1/4″ (DSP panel on Inner Liner)

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20 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Wetlands Z-Fold Birthday for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

  1. Sibylle

    I love your beautiful card. I’ve been thinking about getting this lovely paper and your card has convinced me. Thank you for sharing the directions.

  2. So pretty Mary! Love that designer paper and the goose (or duck duck) image is just perfect! Great use of those colors. 🙂

  3. Beth's Fancy Stamping

    Mary, I really like your use of the DSP! And Duck-Duck! Z fold perfect here.

  4. I agree, this does look like a million$ Awesome card, Mary. Perfect use of the paper with Duck Duck, I mean the goose. Thanks for the great directions, too! 🙂

  5. Priscilla Steelman

    Your Z fold idea for this card is brilliant. It relaxes the intensity of this particular color combination. LOVE it., THANK you for the idea and WHAT a GREAT CARD!

  6. Mom

    A goose named Duck Duck will never be gone! Very nice card, Mary.

  7. This is beautiful. That Z fold really highlights the DP. I have that paper and stamp so may just give this a try for a masculine birthday card I need.

  8. For sure give it a go – it’s super easy! Thanks, Donna! 🙂

  9. Karen L.

    Great card!! I have also been on the fence about this paper stack…..but as of late, I have seen so many beautiful cards made with it………I just might have to cave & get it!! I can hardly wait until you get home & see what happens with Duck-Duck……….it might be a great homecoming!! Later……

  10. Ha – you’re picturing me in a flowing sundress running (in slow motion and with soaring music) across a daisy-strewn field….and Duck-Duck is waddling majestically towards me, singing her goose song….it could happen! 🙂 Thanks Karen – and you NEED this stack. Really! 🙂

  11. Great use of that DSP! And I love the stamp you coordinated it with – great card!

  12. Debra Anderson

    Thanks for the inspiration, Mary, and the permission to CASE. I made mine with an Early Espresso base. LOVE,LOVE, LOVE IT!!! A great masculine birthday card.

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