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Posted by on Aug 10, 2010 in Cardmaking 201, Tutorial | 8 comments

Tutorial – Zig Zag Fold

I’m calling today’s fold the Zig Zag Fold, though I made that name up completely. Other people seem to call it the Accordion Fold, but there are a couple other folds out there called by the same name that look more like an accordion to me.

I was inspired by this card on Splitcoast, but I wanted to adapt it to the A2 size we use at OWH.

Here are the steps:
  1. Start with a cardstock base 12″ x 5.5″
  2. Score fold lines at 4″ and 8″
  3. Measure 1.75″ from the bottom of the left edge and mark it.
  4. Cut from that mark to the score mark at 8″ (see diagram).
  5. Fold at the score lines.
  6. Decorate as desired!
  7. To make the smallest inset panel, start with a rectangle 3.75″ x 3.25″ and mark the short edge 1.5″ from the bottom. Trim from that mark to the opposite corner.
  8. To make the middle inset panel, start with a rectangle 3.75″ x 5.25″ and mark the short edge 3.25″ from the bottom. Trim from that mark to the opposite corner.

Have you tried this fold before? If so, please leave a comment and tell us what you called it. We will have a Linky for you to add your pics as well.


  1. wonderful and excellent directions. Thank you and can't wait to try!

  2. I have never tried this style of card, but I sure will now!

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and for creating such a fabulous card to share!

    WOOHOO! Something new!

  3. This is so cute! I copied & pasted this card & I am going to give it a go. I think I will try using some double sided paper & see what happens.

  4. Thanks for this great tutorial. I can't wait to try it out.

  5. i think Zig Zag says it best 🙂 cant wait to try this one out, and i think double sided paper it is 🙂

  6. Oh I love that! Thanks for showing us how to make it!

  7. I cannot wait to try this card! So cute! Thanks, Kate!

  8. This is the "diagonal" punch card that I made back in June of '09. I added it to the link!

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