By Request – Accordion Fold Card

By Request – Accordion Fold Card

Hi everyone!  I am delighted that you have popped by today 🙂  Today I want to share with you a tutorial I made for an Accordion Fold Card that you can create without buying the die!  This can be done free-hand, using other brands of dies or your electronic cutter.  For ease, I used both.

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and a closer look at the details on the panels!

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Products Used:

HCPC 3656 – Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set
HCD 737 – Ornate Gateway Die
HCD 745 – Luggage and Tags Die
HCD 749 – Cut Mat Create 1A Die
HCD1 760 –  Delightful Daisy Die
HCDP1  252 – Peacock Paisley Paper Collection
Paper Shaping Tools & Piercing Mat
Art Institute Glue – Dries Clear Glue
Spellbinders Tool N’ One
Bright Ideas Prills

Project Instructions:

Other products:  White Card Stock, Fleur de Lis Rectangles, Sapphire and Star Dust Embossing Powder, Wild Honey Distressed Ink, Modge Podge Sparkle, Pearls from my stash and die cutting machine.

Instructions:

Start by selecting what die you want to use for your panels.  I chose the Fleur de Lis Rectangles.  You will have to measure the die you are using to determine how big the inside cutout is.  For the die I an using the inside opening is 5″ x 4 1/4″.  Next you will have to determine how big you want your frame to be.  I wanted to have a piece of designer paper on the face of the frame so I made the frame 1 1/4″ larger than the opening.  Now that you know the size of your frame you will need the following, 4 pieces of cardstock for the frame.  Another 4 pieces that look like the frame but have a 1″ wide strip in the middle, 4 die cuts and finally three 1″ wide strips of cardstock that you will use to join the frames together.  Scor the 1″ wide strips in half and attach a strip to one side of one of the frames with the center portion.  Repeat gluing the frames and strips together until you have all 4 pieces assembled.  Once the glue has dried, glue the frames onto the back of the 4 pieces you just assembled to hide the strips that fasten the pieces and also provide some additional strength.  Next you will need to cut 4 more die cuts out of designer paper and also make 4 layers for the face of the frames.  I made the frames 3/4″ wide.  Attach the designer paper to the faces of the frames.  Now it is time to make this card fold like an accordion.  The first think you will need to do is scor the center pieces of each frame in the middle.  This can be accomplished by placing the frames face down on your scoring mat.  You do not have to be exactly in the middle but try to be as close as possible.  Once you have the scoring complete, starting from the left side you will need to make relief cuts so that your panels will fold.  For the first strip, cut on the top and bottom of the frame opening from the right side of the center strip up to the scor mark and then fold the center down.  The next panel will be cut from the left, then the right and finally the left.  Your finished project should look like the below image.  I would suggest that you take you time doing this.  If you cut the wrong side then your card will not operate correctly.  Now let’s assemble the center panels.  Take your 4 White die cuts and assemble them using a small piece of card stock scored in the middle to attach them.  It does not really matter how big the piece of card stock is that you use to join the panels as long as they are secure.  Once the glue has dried, attach the designer paper panels to the front of your White panels.  You will probably find it easier to decorate your panels before you fasten them to the card base (I did!).  Weave the panels into the card frame and starting from whatever side you wish, fasten one panel at a time to the center portion of the frame with the relief cut.  This will allow the panels to flex.  Repeat this step for the other 3 panels.  Ensure that your glue has fully dried before moving onto the next panel.  Finish by adding any decorations and enjoy!  If you have any questions about this project do not hesitate to ask.  It seems a bit imitating at first but it is not that bad once you get into it.

Here are a few Step by step pics to help demonstrate the instructions:

Step 1:

Start by selecting what die you want to use for your panels.  I chose the Fleur de Lis Rectangles.  You will have to measure the die you are using to determine how big the inside cutout is.  For the die I an using the inside opening is 5″ x 4 1/4″.  Next you will have to determine how big you want your frame to be.  I wanted to have a piece of designer paper on the face of the frame so I made the frame 1 1/4″ larger then the opening.  Now that you know the size of your frame you will need the following, 4 pieces of cardstock for the frame.  Another 4 pieces that look like the frame but have a 1″ wide strip in the middle, 4 die cuts and finally three 1″ wide strips of cardstock that you will use to join the frames together.

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Step 2:

Scor the 1″ wide strips in half and attach a strip to one side of one of the frames with the center portion.

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Step 3:

Repeat gluing the frames and strips together until you have all 4 pieces assembled.  Once the glue has dried, glue the frames onto the back of the 4 pieces you just assembled to hide the strips that fasten the pieces and also provide some additional strength.

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Step 4:

Next you will need to cut 4 more die cuts out of designer paper and also make 4 layers for the face of the frames.  I made the frames 3/4″ wide.

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Step 5:

Attach the designer paper to the faces of the frames.

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Step 6:

Now it is time to make this card fold like an accordion.  The first think you will need to do is scor the center pieces of each frame in the middle.  This can be accomplished by placing the frames face down on your scoring mat.  You do not have to be exactly in the middle but try to be as close as possible.  Once you have the scoring complete, starting from the left side you will need to make relief cuts so that your panels will fold.  For the first strip, cut on the top and bottom of the frame opening from the right side of the center strip up to the scor mark and then fold the center down.  The next panel will be cut from the left, then the right and finally the left.  Your finished project should look like the below image.  Take you time doing this.  If you cut the wrong side then your card will not operate correctly.

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Step 7:

Now let’s assemble the center panels.  Take your 4 White die cuts and assemble them using a small piece of card stock scored in the middle to attach them.  It does not really matter how big the piece of card stock is that you use to join the panels as long as they are secure.

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Step 8:

Once the glue has dried, attach the designer paper panels to the front of your White panels.

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Step 9:

You will find it easier to decorate your panels before you fasten the to the card base.

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Step 10:

Weave the panels into the card frame and starting from whatever side you wish, fasten one panel at a time to the center portion of the frame with the relief cut.  This will allow the panels to flex.  Repeat for the other 3 panels ensure that your glue has cured before moving onto the next panel.  Finish by adding any decorations and enjoy!  If you have any questions about this project do not hesitate to ask.  It seems a bit imitating at first but it is not that bad once you get into it.

Thanks again for your visit.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this project.

I hope you will visit the Heartfelt Creations blog where you will find lots of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing.

Have a wonderful day!

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About Castlepark Designs

My name is Joann and I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia with my husband Miles. We have one son who is in the Royal Canadian Navy. I have worked full time in the Finance and Insurance industry for the past 29 years. I absolutely adore all things paper & glue and have been involved with crafting in some way for most of my life. I have a great admiration for creating projects from paper that may not necessarily be made from paper. When not in my craft room, I enjoy spending time at our cottage enjoying all that nature and suburban life has to offer.

27 responses »

  1. Karen O'Reilly

    I love both your projects using the new Heartfelt Creations kit! I have ordered the whole collection! I have to wait a week or two until it is realised in the UK and then have it shipped to Ireland but then I will attempt your projects. Thank you for your creativity!!!

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  2. Oh my that is just gorgeous, wonderful detail and how sweet of you to share how you did it!!

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  3. This is awesome. I want to try it.

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  4. Gretchen Wilson

    Absolutely STUNNING!!!!! Love all the colors and the details and thanks so much for the detailed instructions. You Rock!!!!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous as always!! I gotta try this!!

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  6. I clean forgot I had this die Joann! Love your version! Judy x

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  7. Beautiful projects Joann. I think the folded card , and tutorial are amazing. I may be inspired to give it a try. The trinket box is just darling and such vivid colors! Wonderful! Hugs

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  8. coucou je vous remercie de vos tutos , j’habite en france et même ici vos projets sont réalisés ou du moins j’essaye de faire aussi bien que vous , encore merci et milles merci à vous , pleins de gros bisous de la france ….

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  9. Love both your projects Joann! The accordion card has so many beautiful details on the different panels, love it! You’re amazing with these paper techniques! Blessings! Kathy

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  10. Robin Tharaldson

    Beautiful accordion card Joann!!! Lots of detail; love your design and tutorial!

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  11. I always come here and get blown away by your creative craftiness! The tutorial for this is excellent, I can see how you’re able to easily do this without the dies (that I clearly spent too much money on LOL!) it’s brilliant! Your resulting card is just gorgeous my friend, bravo!!

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  12. What a beautiful accordion card!! Love all the pretty details!

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  13. What a fabulous tutorial! I so appreciate that you took the time to do the step out photos, as it made the directions and process so clear. This is a fabulous design…and oh, so very pretty! You clever lady you!

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  14. Gorgeous Joann!! I love your project. There is so much beauty to look at. You bring something new to every collection, with your creative art.

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  15. My Gosh, Joann, I love the card. Amazing Job. Does your mind ever stop creating??? I hope not!!! Thank you so much.

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  16. Gorgeous !!! Hugs xx

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  17. Absolutely amazing, Joann! So many beautiful elements to take in!
    Hugs,
    Tracey

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  18. Very very nice!!!!!

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  19. Oh wow! This is very cool, Joann!

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  20. Thank you so much! Fantastic tutorial!!

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  21. Thankyou!! Fantastic tutorial!!

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  22. This is so beautiful

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  23. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! This is amazing!

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  24. Wow! this is beautiful! I am glad you gave the picture details, I had not realized it until now but I must be a visual person and your picture tutorial with instructions was wonderful. I haven’t tried this yet but when my little great grandson goes to sleep I think I will. Thank you!

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  25. I can’t wait to try. Most beautiful.

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  26. This is so good. I always wanted to do this.

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  27. This is such a beautiful card. Glad that you have given the step by step instruction because i would really want to try and make this card.it is really beautiful , well presented and color coordinatrd.

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