My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Spring Cottage Birthday ZPlus Card

There is a lot to share today!
This is a Birthday Card made using the Circut Cartridge "Spring Cottage".
The card is a ZPlus card!  I hope you enjoy this tutorial!
A Z Card is a card that opens in a zig-zag fashion with lots of little squares and rectangles.  Those that are familiar with this type of card have probably already seen what makes this card different.  Read on for more info...
This Z Card begins with a 5 1/2 inch x 12 inch piece of cardstock
Lay the cardstock horizontally on a scoreboard.  Score at 2 inches, 4 inches, 8 inches, and 10 inches.  I have marked the score lines with blue ink so the score marks are easily seen.  The blue ink lines are for demonstration purposes only.
Turn the cardstock vertically on the score board.  Using a metal ruler measure in from both long edges 1 1/2 inches.  Using a craft knife, cut a straight slit between the 2 inch score and the 10 inch score, as shown with the white lines above.  The white lines are for demonstration purposes only.
Now it is time to fold the scored lines.  This can be a little confusing.  I have laid the folded card on its side for better visibility.  Notice the top and bottom layers are more narrow than the middle layer.  The top and bottom layers are folded in the same direction.  Fold the middle layer in the opposite direction.  I had to practice a couple of times before I got the technique down.  Once I understood the folds, everything just folded together very well!
Here is a view looking down on the card.  Notice the top and bottom layers are folded the same.  It is the middle layer that is different.
This is another view of the folded card.
Now for the "PLUS" part!  I wanted a larger front for this card.  I cut an additional piece of cardstock the same size as the left section.
I put double-sided tape on the right side.
Lined up the edges and adhered the extra piece of cardstock to the front.  Now I have a complete card front to decorate.  This is the card completely folded.
I cut a piece of white cardstock slightly smaller than the card front.  I wanted an outside scene. To create the scene, I used ColorBox inks to give the illusion of an outside scene.  This was the fun part of the card!  I rubbed the ink on the paper to show sky, mountains, grass, etc.
With a few stripes of dark brown and green and I had a tree!
The fountain is an image from the Circut Cartridge "Spring Cottage".
I cut the parts of the image 3 times.  I noticed that the top lid of this ColorBox ink set had fallen off.  The top ink pad was just about dry.  There was enough ink to dull the white on the fountain.  The flowing water is colored using a silver glitter pen.  The water is Tim Holtz Distress Stickles "Faded Jeans".  The extra white fountain will be used on another project.
I found this little flower punch in the $1.00 bin at Michaels Craft Store.  I have used it frequently!  It was perfect for the little flowers around the water fountain.
To create the flowers, I indented the flowers and then added just a dab of 'Smooch'.
I put a dot of glue on the back of each flower and glued it to the card front and around the base of the fountain.
I added dimension to the card by using foam tape to glue the fountain to the card front.  There are 3 layers to each section of the water fountain to give it depth.
Close up view of the front.  All the outside scenes were created using the ColorBox ink pads.  The sentiments were stamped on Vellum and then adhered to the card.  I left a small section blank for comments/signature.
Another close up of the card.
A view of the ZPlus Card completely open.  When turned over the back is completely blank.  I added a white piece of cardstock to the back for additional comments.
Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Have a wonderful week!


snappy scrappy said...

Beautiful! Lee-Ann :)

Ohhh Snap said...

Beautiful card! I've been thinking about making a Z-card and now I'm pining even more for Spring Cottage lol. Thanks for sharing :D

Michele said...

Wow! I never thought cats eye ink pads could be used like that!!! That's amazing! The card is beautiful!

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Sandy from Ukiah said...

What a beautiful caed Caroryn. I love that waterfall.

Vickie said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!! I may have to scraplift this idea Thank you for sharing.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Wow, is this card pretty. I love all the folds and the unique design to it. Beautiful! TFS

Newbie2crafting said...

Beautiful Job!! WOW! TFS


Tammy said...

WOW! Carolyn your card is well, WOW. LOVE IT.

Missy said...

Saw this on the MB today, and still cant' get over this chalking you did--incredible! Looks perfect with the fountain. (AND I didn't realize you were a retired FACS teacher---that's what I teach!!! Soooo sad to see July ending!!! :()

Lori said...

Beautiful card! It is peaceful looking. It makes me want to take a walk and sit right by that fountain. Thank you for sharing your card.

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

Wow!! This is breathtaking, Carolyn!! I love the background look you achieved - and your fountain is gorgeous, especially with the beautiful little flowers surrounding it. Thanks for all the details too!