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NC Demos September 2020 Blog Hop – All Things Fall


Welcome to the NC Demos September 2020 Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping by, we are glad you are here! If you have already visited Ariel Matera’s page, then you  already know this month’s theme is all things Fall. If you haven’t visited Ariel’s post, please do!

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of Fall but also the memories of fall – back to school, apple picking, trick or treating, etc. The sentiment on this card says it all ‘the chilly air and autumn beauty everywhere.’ Growing up in New England, I was very spoiled by the awesome color we were treated to every year.

I have been wanting to make a Z-fold card for awhile and thought this style would provide a little more real estate to showcase fall colors and the incredible images from the Autumn Goodness stamp set.

I am going to outline the cardstock and measurements first, since that seemed the most daunting thing when I started out, then I’ll go through the rest of the instructions.

Cardstock measurements (all in inches):

Cherry Cobbler

  • 4 ¼ x 11, scored at 2 ¾ and 5 ½ on the long side (back of card)
  • 3 ½ x 9 ¾ , scored at 2 ¾ and 5 ½ on the long side

Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper

  • 4 x 2 ½ (2 of these)
  • 4 x 5 ¼

Very Vanilla – Thick

  • 3 ¼ x 6 ½ (cut into two pieces after sponging – 3 ¼ x 4 and 3 ¼ x 2 ½)
  • 3 ¼ x 2 ½
  • Scraps for greeting, flowers, and pumpkin images

Cajun Craze

  • Scrap to die cut wheel barrow

Early Espresso

  • Scraps to die cut two fences

Brushed Metallic Cardstock

  • Small scrap or scraps to back sentiment


Adhere the Gilded Autumn DSP to the Cherry Cobbler back layer of the card. Make sure to align your pattern paper right side up if that matters with the design you choose.

On the 3 ¼ x 6 ½ inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, sponge layers of Balmy Blue, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive inks from top to bottom, blending carefully between colors so as not to create a green area under the Balmy Blue layer. Once the sponging is completed, cut the piece of Very Vanilla into two pieces, 3 ¼ x 4 and 3 ¼ x 2 ½. Adhere vanilla cardstock to first two panels on the front (smaller) piece of Cherry Cobbler.

Stamp the corn stalk image onto the remaining 3 ¼ x 2 ½ piece of vanilla (this was not sponged in the last step) with third generation of Crumb Cake ink. Stamp the image off twice onto scrap paper and then the third time, stamp onto the vanilla cardstock so that the image is very light to allow for writing or stamping and additional greeting over the image.

Use the Autumn Wheelbarrow dies to cut the wheelbarrow out of Cajun Craze cardstock, two fence images from Early Espresso cardstock, and then cut the spoked wheel out of Brushed Metallic cardstock. Trim one end of each of the fences as needed to fit into the vanilla layers and then attach to card with your adhesive of choice.

Stamp the flower and pumpkin images onto Very Vanilla cardstock using Early Espresso ink. Color images with Stampin’ Blends in various colors. The colors of Blends I used are down in the product list below. Once these two images are colored, use dies to cut out the images.

Adhere the pumpkin image to the middle panel with adhesive of choice. I did not pop this layer up since it would not work well when the card is folded if mailing. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the wheelbarrow and flowers to the left front panel of the card; the wheel was adhered with a tiny dab of liquid glue.

Adhere the front layer (with the fences on it) to the back card layer. Fold in the front layer so that the wheelbarrow is centered on the front of the card (see photo below). Put adhesive on the back of the front card layer on the far right, then once that side is stuck down, put adhesive behind the wheelbarrow portion of the front layer only on the very left side so that the whole wheelbarrow portion does not stick to the back panel.

Using the chosen greeting was a challenge because it was too big to fit on the front of the card. In the spirit of creativity, I decided to split the greeting by stamping half on one piece of Very Vanilla Thick scrap and the other half on another scrap. You could do this one of two ways: by cutting your stamp apart (did you cringe at the thought of that, too?) or by masking off the stamp when you ink it using a post-it note. I chose the second option. I put post-it notes on the comma and bottom two lines of text then inked the stamp with Early Espresso ink, removed the post-it notes (very important!) then stamped onto cardstock. I repeated the same steps with the second two lines of the greeting, this time covering the top two lines. Note that I changed the comma to three dots; it seemed to work better with the card layout. The three dots were drawn with the fine point of the Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker.

I cut the two pieces of the greeting into rectangles and then matted them with the Brushed Metallic cardstock, using the same color as the wheel on the wheelbarrow for continuity (used copper on this example).


That’s it! I hope you have enjoyed this stop on the blog hop! Please visit Laurie Meier’s post next to check out her incredible project.

Thanks for stopping in,


10 Responses

  1. Wow, Dawn, your card is fantastic! I love a Z fold but I think I’ve only made one. I need to try it again! Thanks so much for joining the hop this month. I look forward to seeing you back next month!

  2. Wow! I love this one. What a great job. It is hard to believe that you have not joined us before on the blog hop. I do hope to see you in the future hopping along with us. I love the Z-fold you did here and may try this one out as well. Thanks for the detailed instructions.

    1. Hi, Amy. Thanks so much for your kind comment. I just barely got my blog up and running a couple of weeks ago. Even though the blog is a work in progress, I’m looking forward to future hops!

  3. Dawn – Fall is also my favorite season. And, we have another thing in common since I’ve spent quite a lot of years living in New England (New Hampshire and Massachusetts)! Your Z-fold card is so pretty. It is the perfect backdrop to show off the Autumn Goodness bundle. I love the way you continued the fence design around the front two panels! Thank you so much for sharing the details for making the card, and, yes, I do absolutely cringe about cutting stamps in half 🙂

    1. Hi, Laurie. Thanks so much. I grew up in Maine and then went to school for a few years in Vermont. I’m hoping since the weather has been a bit cooler that we might get some good color this year!

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