How to Make Z-Fold Cards for Valentine’s Day

LEARN HOW TO MAKE SUPER CUTE GNOME Z-FOLD CARDS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY USING YOUR CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE

You all know I am in love with gnomes. I just love them for all occasions. I have been asked before to make a z-fold card and I never had the chance…until now.

This adorable card is so cute and super simple to make. The little pop up portions are optional but add a fun little element to the card.

In this tutorial, I’ll give you my step by step instructions and tell you what materials I think work best when making this project.

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GNOME VALENTINE Z-FOLD CARD – MATERIALS LIST

Gnome Valentine Z-Fold Card

Gnome Valentine Z-Fold Card

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This tutorial will show you how to make an adorable Gnome Z-Fold Card for Valentine's Day.

Materials

  • My FREE Gnome Valentine Z-Fold Card SVG Cut FIle
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper (optional)
  • Glue

Tools

  • A way to cut out your cardstock. I am using my FABULOUS Cricut Maker but you could also use the Cricut Explore series!
  • Cricut StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel or Stylus
  • Cricut Pen. I am using Black.
  • Cricut Scraper
  • Cricut Brayer

Instructions

STEP 1 - DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

Download the SVG Cut file for the Gnome Valentine Z-Fold Card (#114) from The File Vault. Get access by joining the club.

STEP 2 - UPLOAD THE SVG FILE TO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

If you aren't familiar with uploading SVG files into Design Space, take a look at my quick and easy tutorial here. Using your smartphone? Click here for my step-by-step guide on uploading SVG files with the Cricut App.

STEP 3 - UNGROUP CARD LAYERS

The file will upload into Cricut Design Space grouped together. You will want to hit the UNGROUP button to separate the layers.

ungroup the design

STEP 4 - CONVERT FOLD LINES TO SCORE LINES

Scroll down the list in the LAYERS panel and find the envelope. Click the fold line and change the fold lines to score lines by changing the OPERATION from BASIC CUT to SCORE.

highlight the score line for the envelope and change the operation to score

Attach the score line and the envelope by highlighting the GROUP the envelope is under and selecting the ATTACH option in lower right hand corner.

highlight the group and attach

Repeat for the remaining layers with score lines.

The card base.

convert the remaining score lines

The band.

Lastly, the rails for the pop up.

Next, highlight the text for the sentiment layer. Change the text to draw by changing the OPERATION from BASIC CUT to PEN. You can change the pen color as you wish.

highlight the group and attach

Attach everything together by highlighting the GROUP the outer card is under and selecting the ATTACH option in lower right hand corner.

highlight the group and attach

Click the GREEN Make It Button.

click the green make it button

STEP 5 - MAKE YOUR MATERIAL SELECTIONS AND PREPARE YOUR MATS

You will see the nine layers for this card in the mat preview.

Click the CONTINUE button.

click continue

For this tutorial, I am using Medium Cardstock. Select your materials accordingly.

make your material selections

Attach your cardstock to the Cricut StandardGrip Mat using the Cricut Brayer.

STEP 6 - LOADING YOUR MATS AND CUTTING YOUR MATERIALS

To load the mat into the machine, press the double arrows button. Do make sure that the mat is positioned under the mat guides.

load the mat by pressing the flashing arrows

You will know the machine is ready to cut your material when you see the flashing "C" button. Press that to start the cut.

to begin the cut, press the flashing "C" button

Follow Design Space prompts to change out the scoring wheel, pen, and fine point cutting blade.

Once the cut is complete, make sure to peel the mat away from the cardstock rather than the cardstock from the mat. This will prevent any curling of your design.

Repeat Step 6 for until all layers have been cut.

STEP 7 - ASSEMBLE YOUR CARD

Now that everything is cut, we can start to assemble the card.

First, hold the card base with the score lines facing the top. Beginning at the top, fold the card base in a zig zag. The first fold should be a mountain fold and the second should be a valley fold. Burnish with your scraper.

fold the card base along the score lines

Do the same for the band, however, start by folding the first score line as a valley fold and the second as a mountain fold. Burnish with your scraper.

next the band

Add the cover panels to the card base.

attach the cover panels to the card base

Mat and layer the messaging panel and adhere to the back of the card.

attach the messaging panel and mat to the back of the card

Attach the cover panels to the band.

attach the cover panels to the band

With the larger portion of the band on the left, flip it over and add glue to the back. Only apply glue to the very left side.

add glue to the left edge of the band

Place the band onto the card base and adhere. Again, only on the left panel of the card base.

attach to the left panel on the card base

Add glue to the very right backside of the band and attach to the inside panel of the card base.

add glue to the right side of the band and attach to the right side of the card

Next, attach the flowers and heart centers to the rails.

add the embellishments to the rails for the pop up

Assemble the gnome by layering as shown going from left to right.

assemble the gnome in order from left to right

Fold the rail tabs toward you. Burnish the folds.

fold the tabs on the rails toward you and burnish with your scraper

Starting with the smallest rail, apply glue to the outside of the tabs and place into the box that is formed by the card base and band. Secure the tabs directly behind the front of the band.

add glue to the outsides of the tabsplace the rail inside the box and attach to the sides

Repeat for the second rail, placing directly behind the first rail.

repeat for the second rail

Attach the sentiment to the card.

add the sentiment to the inside of the card

Flip the gnome over. Apply glue to the right half only.

add glue to one half of the gnome

With the gnome facing you, place onto the card only securing to the left panel on the card base.

attach to the left panel of the card base

You can add the extra hearts wherever you wish.

add the hearts wherever you wish

STEP 8 - FORM THE ENVELOPE

To make the envelope, begin by folding along the score lines and press the folds with your scraper.

fold and burnish along the score lines of the envelope

Add glue to the back of the inlay panel as well as around the cutout.

add glue along the outer edge of the inlay panel

Place the inlay panel over the cutout on the envelope making sure to center it well.

place the inlay onto the envelope

Add glue to the bottom of the side flaps.

add glue to the side flaps of the envelope

Bring the bottom flap up and press to form the envelope.

bring the bottom flap up to form the envelope

Your card and envelope are complete.

I hope you have the chance to make this one!

Post a photo in the comment section or tag me in your projects on social media @thebeardedhousewife using the hashtag #beardedhousewife! I’d love to see how yours turn out!!

Happy Crafting!

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  1. I am new to your page but I was wondering why you use 2 different types of glue? One is Glitter glue I know that because it is my favorite and the other I don’t think I am aware of the brand. Also, I want to say I love your projects Thank you

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