Monday, April 2, 2018

Z-Fold Popup Box


What a perfect day for a card making project.  The sun is brightly shining, white clouds in a beautiful blue sky; but with a cold wind blowing, it is only 52 degrees not counting wind chill.  So I just settled myself into my studio and got started.

Since I've been wanting to make one of the Z-Fold Popup Box cards for a long, today is the day.  I wanted to make my box into a wooden crate, but not having the crate die that is on the market, I set about designing my own with what I materials I already have.  It was certainly a challenge, however it was tremendous fun.  Here are a couple of pictures showing the finished card.

Card open.

Card closed.

Card Base 4 1/4" x 11"; scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
Panels: two at 2 1/2" x 4" and one at 4" x 5 1/4" designer paper 
Crate/Box Panel 2" x 5 3/4", scored at 1/2", 2 3/4", 3 1/4", and 5 1/2" (see diagram below)
Crate/Box Inside Cross Bar one at 1/2" x 2 3/4", scored at 1/4" on each end 
Green Background for Inside the Crate 1 3/4" x 2"
Green Grass Strips two at 1 3/4"
Flower Tabs two 1/4" x 1"
Cheery Lynn Designs Daisy Strip B259
Impression Obsession Grass DIE060-1

Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain S5208

Stamp Pad
Tim Holtze Distress Ink Walnut Stain

Cricuit Happy Day (free image)

Fiskers Hand Held 1/4' Hole Punch
Stampin' Up Word Window Punch

Card Stock
Flowers - Bright Yellow and Tan
Crate/Box - Tan
Flower Centers, Grass, Sentiments - Green

Other Items
Green Gems (7)
Mounting Tape
Redline Tape 1/8" or Score Tape 1/8"
Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue Pen (dries quickly)
Double Stick Tape
Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade or Score Board
Glossy Accents

Card Back Panels
4" x 5 1/4" (the same as the designer paper for the front panels)
3 3/4" x 5" White (stamp a sentiment and sign name)

1.  First, prepare all the various elements, having them ready for assembly.
2.  Assemble the Z-Card base as shown in the photo.
3.  Crate/Box
     a. Stamp the Crate/Box panel with the woodgrain stamp.  
     b. Punch two windows in the front side of the Crate/Box.
     c. Glue the grass pieces inside but so they are sticking through the windows.
     d. Glue the green background panel on the back of the windows panel.
     e. With redline tape, adhere the tab to the backside box panel, and then to card base. 
     f. Put redline tape on the left side panel of the crate/box and adhere to the second "Z" panel.
     g. Glue the the cross bar strip to each side of the box (inside) about 1/2" from the top.

On this diagram please ignore the 5" score line - DO NOT score at 5".  Instead score at 3 1/4".  Sorry for this mistake in the diagram.

4. Flowers
     a. Glue the flower tabs to the two smaller flowers. Glue the smallest flower to the back of the front panel of the crate/box.  Glue the middle size flower to the cross bar.  Mount the large flower to the card base (arranged in place with the other two flowers.
    b. Glue the tiny green circles (from the hand punch) to the center of each flower and three on the lower right side of the front panel of the card.  Glue the gems on the small circles with Glossy Accents.
    c. Complete the card according to the photo.

Let me know if you have trouble with the directions or have any questions.


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