Little Birdie Purple Passion Zig-Zag Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Purple Passion Zig-Zag Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Purple Passion Zig-Zag Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends! I’ve created this Purple Passion Zig-Zag Card Tutorial for my Little Birdie Crafts Guest Designer post this month.  Purple is such a great color for spring!  Think Grape Hyacinths, Crocus, Pansies, and Iris…all great spring blossoms!


This 5″ x 7″ zig-zag card base is an original design.  It may look complicated, but it’s actually quite simple to make.  I have a few step out photos and measurements to help you make your very own.

Getting Started

First, score an 11″ x 7″ piece of lavender cardstock at 1″ and again at 6″.  Then accordion fold with a mountain fold at 1″ and a valley fold at 6″.

First,  we will cut the slope.  Start at the left hand edge of the card and measure up 4 3/4″ from the bottom edge.  Make a light pencil mark as seen in the photo.  Place the paper in your cutter.  Then cut on the diagonal from the pencil mark on the left to the top of the 6″ score line. Now accordion fold the card base so that the 1″ flap is on the front right hand edge.

Cut a 4 3/4″ square from grey cardstock.  Then mat a 4 5/8″ square of Purple Passion designer paper on the front flap.  Cut a second 4 5/8″ square from a complementary pattern and adhere it to the back side of the flap.

Lining the Card Panels


If you wish to line the card panels with grey paper, that is the next step. Cut (4) 4 5/8″ x 6 7/8″ panels of grey cardstock.  Adhere 2 of the rectangles to the front and back of the 5″ x 7″ rectangular panel on the card. To create the sloped liners, measure up 4 5/8″  on the left and make a pencil mark.  Then measure up 6 7/8″ on the right and make a second pencil mark.  Cut on a diagonal line between these 2 marks.

To cut the patterned paper for the sloped panels on the zig-zag card, place your patterned paper behind and trace as seen in the photo above.  You will add pockets to the bottom of the sloped pages to cover any gaps.

The Front Cover:  Hidden Pocket with Tags

Mat a 3″ x 3″ panel of designer paper on both white and grey cardstock.  Place foam tape on the top, bottom and left hand side to form a hidden pocket.  Decorate the front with a Little Birdie Chipboard Oval Frame, Fairy Rosa Purple Passion Flower Cluster and the glittered lavender basket from the Ephemera Die Cuts Package.

Now die cut some tags with your Little Birdie Square and Oval Tags Dies.  These cut like butter with the Dream Cut Die Cutting Machine!  Stamp a little sentiment on white cardstock and finish the tags with designer paper, glittered ephemera, ribbons and charms.

A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of the card with a little die cut banner, a pocket and more tags.

I love the stitched edges on the Little Birdie Tags dies. It gives everything such a beautiful finished look!

Here’s a peek at the card fully opened.  These cards are great for display on a table or shelf.

Fussy cut the large lavender basket and the butterfly from a 4″ x 6″ Journal Card.  Mat the bottom of the butterfly journal card on folded paper to make a note card insert.

This is a great place to tuck in a gift card…

…or a little treat!

I hope you’ll have fun making this unique card design.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Charms from my stash

13 thoughts on “Little Birdie Purple Passion Zig-Zag Card Tutorial

  1. Susan Steele

    Such a gorgeous burst of lavender colors everywhere!!! Luv every single detail and inch of this card design …the cutest little banner …the white flecks of white …and all those beautiful flowers and ribbons and bows!!! I told you …luv every single detail! Thanks for sharing and for the great inspiration! Hugs, Suzy Q

  2. MaryH

    Delicious! You created just a marvelous card. I love that not only is the color so beautiful with such flowing embellishments but I also adore the banner & plethora of flowers. Did I mention the goodies? (Of course you knew I peeked at them first!). Even the flowers and leaves mirror the patterned paper! So cleaver and magical!

  3. Claire Gagne

    Goodness Kathy, I love this card. The colors are just amazing, the flower pot with the lavender in it, the banner, everything. You are one talented & amazing crafter. Be safe & TYFS

  4. lynn legge

    whhooo looks like spring all dressed up in my favorite colors…and dont think i missed the white paint you flicked on there…you talented lady…it just makes it pop……sending hugs

  5. Gena Krannig

    Wow, Kathy! What a gorgeous card! I love this design. You have created a zig zag butterfly garden! The colors and images are just breathtaking. Love your little signature buttons and the way you did that cute little banner. I think this is one of your prettiest cards ever! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  6. Martie Rollin

    My eyes are immediately drawn to that sweet little banner,,,really nice placement, Kathy. Purples, in all tints, shades and tones, seem to be quite popular this year. I find that half the papers in this pad are a bit too blue. Still, a nice selection with which to create. I like to use lavenders on sympathy cards…seems quiet and soothing for my specific purpose. This card design has lots of surfaces to be decorated!! I think RRR should thank you for including such a nice amount of their ribbons! Nice work!

  7. Charlotte

    Spectacular. Purple will have to be part of my day today! Thank you for the how-to.

  8. Helen Budz

    So lovely, Kathy. Your card reminds me of a walled garden! The colors truly are a burst of Spring. Thanks for sharing your card and the tutorial for the zig-zag design. The added piece concept adds a special touch and invites some special touches for the card front. Hugs!

  9. Terry Law

    Gorgeous card Kathy! Love the design! And yes, purple is just such a beautiful spring colour and I cannot wait for it! So its fun to be able to use this fabulous colour while we wait! Hello from Quesnel, BC

  10. soozyb2013

    Beautiful card Kathy. Your details are always amazing. Love to have my morning coffee and read along with your blogs. 🙂 Have a lovely day and hope you have sunshine like we do at the moment. Hugs from Victoria, BC

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