Make This Traditional Mother’s Day Z Fold Card

This traditional Mother’s Day Z Fold Card is the last of my deep dive into Z fold Cards. Tell Mom she is “The Best Mom Ever” with this homemade card.  I have made a wide Z fold get well card  in my Z fold card study, and a diagonal Z fold Easter card.  Follow the links to see those cards.

This card may look complicated, but it isn’t.    This card folds for mailing and becomes a 6 inch square.  I haven’t been able to find an envelope that size at craft stores so, unless you can, you will need to make one.  Lucky for you, I have a tutorial to show you how to make your own custom envelope!  See it here.

You will need:
Paper Selection

I used spring pastels for this Z Fold Mother’s Day Card.  All the paper for the card is two sided but it doesn’t have to be.  It just has to be fairly heavy (110 lb. wt.) so that it can stand up.  The pink, blue and yellow colors work nicely together, but if you want something different, go for it.  If you want to know more about color selection, in the Reference library I have a paper called “Coloring Your Designs” that can help with color theory.  Try it here

Cutting the Mother’s Day Z Fold Card

Some of the embellishments are VERY thin and difficult to cut and remove from the mat.  Be very careful.  As a tip, when cutting very intricate items always use a mat with a good amount of sticky left.  This will help keep the paper in place while you cut the rest of the image.  Also, it helps to cut twice.  Press the C on your machine when cutting is finished and it will cut again.  This takes time but a clean cut is well worth it.

I used a black Cricut marker for the words and a font called AR Bonnie.  You can get it for free at the Font Zone.  I love the Art Deco style of this font.

Assembling the Mother’s Day Z fold card
First, start by re-creasing the folds.  The folds on the front piece (from left to right) are mountain then valley starting with the big section.  The folds on the base card are the same but the left side is the little section.  That is what makes it stand up and stick out.  Assemble the base card by placing the overlays between the folds.  Center them as near as you can on the card. 

Next put the embellishments on the overlays.  The vine faces one way on the first small overlay and the other way on the second one.  The flowers on the small sections and all the  butterflies are two layers.  Glue the cut out layer on top of the solid layer. (DUH)  Make sure you line them up properly.  It is very easy to get them turned upside down while waiting for all the parts to be cut.  

The simple dark pink flowers fit over the flowers in the yellow cut out.  It is very hard to get them rotated properly so test them before gluing them.  But if you don’t get them exactly right they still look great.  Glue the little butterflies randomly on top of the intricate cut yellow piece and the flowers.  

A Nice Variation

A nice variation for the flowers and the butterflies is to glue them at the center area only and gently fold them out to make the card more 3 dimensional, but this only works if you aren’t going to put the card in an envelope.

Finishing Up The Assembly of Your Mother’s Day Z Fold Card

And then, assemble the front piece by putting the overlays and then put the images on top.  Place glue on both the left and right edges of the back section and attach the top of the card in the middle of the base card.  Center it on the base card as best as you can.  Only glue the edge of the  section where it touches the base card .  Be sure to let all the glue dry.

And to finish, fold the card closed and make sure it closes properly.  If you have any questions about the placement, see the pictures above.

And your Get Well Z Fold Card is done.  Again the finished folded size is 6 inches square.

My Mom
Statistics About Moms
  • There are 2 billion Moms in the World (82.5 million in the U.S.)
  •  4.3 babies are born each second
  • 72% of moms with children over 1 year old work (about the same as childless women) , vs. 39% in 1976
  • Preschooler requires mom’s attention once every 4 minutes or 210 times / day
  • 88% is done by moms, totaling 330 loads of laundry & 5,300 articles of clothing each year
  • Mother’s Day was made a national holiday in 1914 by President Wilson

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