Expressions in Ink Z Fold

Another Expressions in Ink Suite card for the holiday weekend. Happy Memorial Day! A great big shout out to all those who served in the military to keep our country/world at peace. It’s a sacrifice not only made by the loved one but the family as well. Both of my fathers served in the military during their lifetimes. I’m so thankful I still have them in my life!

I’m still working with the same sheets from the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Paper, it’s remarkable just how many cards you can create with a few sheets of paper. I made several of these with different greetings to send out to customers and friends.

This beauty began with a Just Jade card base of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″, on the landscape side. Folded it in half first, and then the front panel back to the left. I decorated the front flap with a 4 1/8″ x 2 5/8″ piece of Just Jade card stock and the inside base with a 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ piece. Both were run through the Stamp and Cut Emboss Machine using the Painted Textures 3D Embossing Folder. Next, I cut an Evening Evergreen base of 3 1/4″ x 10″, scored at 4 1/2″ and 7 1/4″ on the landscape side. It was folded in half and the backside was folded back to the right. The front was decorated with a 3″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Paper, the middle 3″ x 2 1/2″ designer paper and the inside a 3″ x 2 1/2″ piece of Basic White card stock. The two bases were then attached to each other using Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive. When attaching them together the 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ side of the Evening Evergreen base is attached to the front flap only of the Just Jade Base with a 1/2″ margin at the top, bottom and left side. The reverse side of the Evening Evergreen inside greeting flap only is attached to the inside greeting area of the Just Jade card base 1/2″ from the top, bottom and right side.

The front greeting was stamped in Evening Evergreen and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder for a real WOW! The greeting is from the stamp set Elegantly Said. The flower is from Artistically Inked and stamped in Magenta Madness and Just Jade with the blossom attached to a die cut tag from the Tailor Made Tags Dies with Dimensionals. The center of the blossom was stamped in Versamark and dusted with Heat and Stick Powder. After heating with the Heat Tool, Gilded Leafing was applied. The color matches the gold foil in the paper perfectly. Coordination is Stampin’ Up’s strong suit! The inside greeting area is decorated with the smaller blossom stamped in Magenta Madness and Just Jade with the blossom on Dimensionals.

I’m having a great time playing around with different fun folds this weekend. I’ve got one more for tomorrow, so come back for a little more inspiration. Hope you’ll consider giving this one a try. Please tag me when you post your creation. If you’d like to purchase supplies to recreate this one please shop with me in my online store. I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up demonstrator.

Have fun and happy stamping!

Dacia Smith

Expressions in Ink Accordion Card

I’m working with the Expressions in Ink Suite this weekend. It’s featured on the cover of the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. The color selection for the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Paper includes Polished Pink, Magenta Madness, Pale Papaya, Gold Foil, Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, Just Jade, Shaded Spruce and Evening Evergreen. The gold foil accents are stunning, a must have for your crafting stash. All the paper selections are so gorgeous it was hard to decide which to slice into first.

For this one I began with a Just Jade card base of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 2″, 3 1/8″, 5 3/8″ and 6 1/2″ on the landscape side. Folded it up, down, down and then up again to form an accordion. Folded flat it is a little smaller than a card front so it fits inside a standard Medium Envelope. I chose three coordinating patterns of the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Paper and went to work decorating the panels. For the focal point/center panel, I attached a 1 3/4″ x 5″ piece of designer paper to a 2″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Evening Evergreen card stock. Next I used a 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Basic White attached to a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Evening Evergreen. The greeting was stamped in Evening Evergreen and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder for a real WOW! The greeting is from the stamp set Beauty of Friendship. The flowers were from Artistically Inked and stamped in Magenta Madness and Just Jade with one of the blossoms on Dimensionals. The inner panels measure 7/8″ x 5 1/4″ and include the gold and white striped designer paper. The two outside panels are 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ of Evening Evergreen and 1 1/2″ x 5″ of the designer paper.

Since the card doesn’t open and close, I placed a 2″ x 5 1/4″ Basic White panel on the back side of the center panel with another Magenta Madness blossom.

This type of fun fold card works great as a beautiful display for the recipient’s special occasion. Wouldn’t it look great sitting in their kitchen window or table next to their favorite chair. We send over 100 cards a month to elderly who are confined to home because of their health or the inability to drive. They find the cards to be such a great source of encouragement. I want to give this accordion fun fold a try for the July mailing.

I found inspiration for this card from Julie Davison over at Julie’s Stamping Spot. She has a great how to video if my instructions aren’t clear. Hope you’ll consider giving this card a try. You can substitute another suite or work with the Expressions in Ink. I’d love for you to tag me when you share your creation.

If you need any supplies for recreating this gem, I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up demonstrator if you don’t already have a connection with someone. Just send me an email at and I’ll get back to you right away. You can always shop in my online store at anytime. Hope you have a great day!

Happy Stamping,

Dacia Smith