Let’s take handmade Christmas card into an accordion fun fold card, add a slit and create a pop out card! These z-fold cards bring a new twist to an expanding card format with a few easy score and cut lines. 

Not one, but two, Christmas card fun folds plus I’m sharing a fun tea themed z-fold slit card in today’s video. This unique one-piece accordion card layer will create a fun Christmas card but handmade cards all year long. Don’t forget to download your free project sheet below for this creative card idea!

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Handmade Christmas Card Video

This accordion card has it all! It’s a pop out card + a z-fold slit card in one and a great way to showcase your favorite Stampin’ Up! products. Choose remnants of designer paper and a stamp set and you’ll have created a beautiful greeting card in minutes.

z fold slit card tutorial






Handmade Christmas Card | Christmas Scottie

Don’t miss the Christmas Scottie Bundle in the Mini Catalog. This stamp set + punch coordination will create adorable cards all year long!

handmade christmas card

I used the Double Oval Punch to create the plaid coat. Watch my video for a terrific alignment tip!

diy christmas card

Pull out that Gingham Cottage Designer Paper in the Mini Catalog! It provides an abundant array of colors, perfect for year round projects. Mix and match these double-sided papers for endless possibilities.

christmas fun fold card

Best of all, this card is free standing and provides the perfect peek to the inside of the card. If the space on the left hand side of the greeting isn’t enough, add a layer to the inside fold or the backside. 

accordion fun fold card

Step up your images with the two-step image for the bow. Two stamps create a realistic shadow which fit into the coordinating punch! 

handmade christmas card

Handmade Christmas Card | North Pole Mischief 

Strategic alignment makes this card both fun from the outside and the inside! 

handmade holiday card

Cat or dog lover? The North Pole Mischief stamp set includes whimsical images and greetings for your holiday cards that will be enjoyed by anyone who receives your card!

diy christmas card

Get that professional look using the Stampin’ Blends alcohol-based markers! The Sweetest Christmas Designer Paper (a traditional must-have!) to create any holiday card. 

fun fold box card

Cup of Tea

Need to cheer up an ailing friend to wanting to let a loved one know you’re thinking about them? The Cup of Tea Bundle (stamp set + coordinating dies) are perfect for everyone. 

handmade greeting card

Stamp or die cut your cup in any color to create both masculine and feminine cards. And don’t miss the small details! The metallic paper heart, string for the faux tea bag and lemon wedge are a few minor things that take a simple image to eye catching!

diy handmade card

Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive suite of products include coordinating products you won’t want to miss. The Tea Boutique Suite Collection on page 12 of the annual catalog includes the stamps, dies and the designer papers. 

expanding card

Gina’s Projects | Santa’s Delivery

Gina’s loves whimsical imagery stamps and the Santa’s Delivery Bundle provide that and so much more! 

christmas fun fold card

The coordinating Santa Express Designer Paper includes images that can be die cut using the coordinating dies. And that’s exactly what Gina has done here. Talk about a time saver! 

handmade christmas card

She added a panel of Basic White cardstock which was embossed with the Whimsical Woodland 3D Embossing Folder. This embossing folder is perfect for any holiday card.

diy christmas card with a z fold slit

Regal Reindeer

Love nostalgic images? Then the Regal Reindeer Bundle is perfect! Gina’s paired it with the ever-popular Painted Christmas Designer Paper for a terrific winter wonderland look.

reindeer card

We’re both big fans of Stampin’ Blends alcohol-based markers. They are affordable, easy to use and provide professional coloring results. Check out the shadows under the reindeer’s feet! If you’re new to these markers you’ll enjoy my YouTube playlist HERE on various ways to use them. 

handmade holiday card

Gold Foil and gold embossing powder bring in the sparkle of Christmas for this card.

fun fold box card

Apple Harvest

I think the Apple Harvest stamp set might be Gina’s “signature set”. She’s used it many times but for good reason. These images are perfect for fall themes but also for get well and a variety of other occasions.

autumn crafts

One question we get often is “how did you get the inside of the apple to look so real?”. Gina used the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Combo Markers to create this realistic, ripe apple color. 

Gina kept the accessories simple so the combination of designer papers could stand out. Rustic Metallic Dots and Baker’s Twine add just the right amount of ‘fall’ feel!

autumn greeting card


Click on the red tutorial box below to view and/or download the card measurements and the supplies. Click on any product in the download and it will redirected to my online store where you can view them larger and/or add them to your cart. I offer exclusive and generous online ordering REWARDS, too!







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z-fold slit card tutorial



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