Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

How To Make A Z-Fold Birthday Card

Are you looking for a fun and interactive birthday card design? Well wait until you see the amazing card that EH Design Ambassador Julie Ebersole is sharing today!!!

This simple Z-fold design is easy to make with a few score lines, but the twist happens when the card is opened and our adorable pup automagically grows in length!

NUVO drops are a great way to accent and add color to an otherwise black and white design.


  • Stamp images and draw lines, while card stock is flat and score afterwards; this will enable you to draw clean, smooth lines.
  • Instead of aligning pen to a straight edge or ruler, try off-setting and using the straight edge as a visual guide to maintain a more organic, hand-drawn line.
  • Dental floss threaders make it easier to thread twine through small holes.
  • Magnetic work surfaces are helpful for holding things in position before permanently mounting.
  • Use Washi tape to keep twine out of the way when applying liquid embellishments.
  • After applying NUVO drops, immediately and gently slap the back of the card against the table to flatten then allow to dry in a flat/level position.


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  • Reply maureenkmorton June 1, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Are you kidding me?! This is too cute and fun!

  • Reply Connie Griffin June 1, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Such a fun design, too cute!

  • Reply Marisela Delgado June 1, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    I ‘m a Snail 🐌 Mail Junkie, too, Julie. Super cute card!

  • Reply Kirsten June 8, 2020 at 12:23 am

    Love it, Julie! Making black and white cards with a small pop of color are some of my favorites. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Andrea H June 23, 2020 at 6:21 am

    Great z fold card. You’ve certainly made it look easy enough for me to try so Thank you for that lol.
    I’ve tried doing the slapping of the card before using the drops but it never works for me! More slapping from me needed lol. X X

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