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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tutorial Tuesdays: Z Fold Spinner Birthday Card by Leigh!

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For today's Tutorial Tuesday I'm sharing the fun Z Fold Spinner Birthday Card I made my nephew for his 11th birthday plus there's a little video below showing it in action for you to check out too!
Today's featured digi designs are my new Birthday Cupcake, the Party Hat pack with Santa Whiskers joining the party sporting one of the party hats....he's so cute😻
All three are now on FLASH SALE until midnight PDT tonight!

 A Z Fold card is so much fun and including the spinner element adds that extra WOW factor!  Totally makes it a super cool birthday card for boys and girls and adults too of course!

Start off by making a regular side folding card and then fold the front of the card in half creating a mountain fold.  I used white cardstock but you can use whatever colour you want.

Center the largest of Spellbinders' Nestabilities Mega Ovals LG dies on the front fold and die cut out an oval window.

 Adhere decorative paper to the entire front side of the card and then die cut out the window oval again.  Frame the oval window with a metallic gold paint marker.

Emboss a panel of red cardstock with a birthday themed embossing folder and apply metallic gold rub-on creme to enhance the embossed design.  Edge the entire panel with the metallic gold paint marker.  Now for all the digi image fun!

Measure the height and width at the widest part of the oval window and adjust the size of the Birthday Cupcake to fit the space.  You need 2 cupcakes with one being a mirror image.  I also printed out 2 extra candles as well. 

Merge one of the Party Hats onto Santa Whiskers in your art software before printing him out or add the party hat after printing with just a bit of fussy cutting and layering.

Colour all the images with Copics and add highlights with a white dylusions paint pen.
I also added lots of  yummy sparkle with clear Wink of Stella and metallic gold Spectrum Noir Sparkle glitter brush pen to the cupcake frosting, candles and party hat.

Fussy cut out all the images.  For the 2 cupcakes, fussy cut them both out by holding them together back to back.  Then adhere them together and sandwich a length of clear fishing line down the center.  Adhere the ends of the fishing line into the fold crease of the oval window on the back of the card, pull the line taught and trim off any excess.

 Apply Black Soot Distress ink to all the edges of the card including the window crease.

Rubber stamp the birthday sentiments with Onyx Black Versafine ink and adhere the red embossed panel to the inside of the card and add the kitty.   Embellish the left side of the Z fold with metallic gold number stickers and the 2 candles.  I used two 1's coz my nephew turned 11 and mirrored the number with the 2 fussy cut out candles.

 Wind up the spinner by twisting it quite a bit to get a good spin out of it, pop it inside an envelope and its ready for the grand surprise😀

 Check out my little video to see it in action😋
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Birthday Cupcake

Party Hats Pack

 Santa Whiskers

Supplies used:
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Tim Holtz Crazy Talk rubber stamps
Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder 
Spellbinders' Nestabilities Mega Ovals LG die
White Dylusions paint pen
Onyx Black Versafine ink
Black Soot Distress ink
Clear Wink of Stella
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush pen - metallic gold
DecoColor metallic gold paint marker
Neenah white cardstock
Red cardstock 
Decorative paper
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Fishing line
Metallic gold number stickers
Metallic rub-on creme

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Happy Stamping!


  1. Fabulous card and tutorial, love the images too! x

  2. Wow that is fabulous!!! So creative!!! I'm glad you had the video so I could get the whole effect! I don't know if you know about Crafter's Castle monthly challenges but you should enter that. The prize this month is a $100 gift certificate :) Hugs...Janie

  3. Fab card and I love seeing how you made it as well.

  4. OMG, this is brilliant! Great tut! xxD

  5. Too cute and what a surprise when opening! Love it! xx

  6. This is fun! I used to be good in arts in school but it has been a very long time that I touched a sheet or color. It’s good time because my husband’s birthday is around the corner and I cane make an invite or a card for him. We will be celebrating his 30th birthday in one of the Los Angeles venues nearby. I felt great going through this post.


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