Happy Easter Accordion Fold Card

Happy Easter Accordion Fold Card

Hi everyone,

Happy Wednesday, Today is brand new release day with Heartfelt Creations.  Today we are debuting the gorgeous Flowering Dogwood Collection!

Heartfelt Creations invites you to usher in the spring season with the new Flowering Dogwood Collection!  Immerse yourself in this newest springtime assembling of designer papers, divinely detailed cling stamps and coordinating dies steeped with beautiful meanings and symbolism perfect for the Easter Season!  The dogwood tree is surrounded by a mesmerizing legend within the Christian faith…once the size of a mighty oak tree it was chosen to be used to construct the cross on which Jesus was to be crucified.  The tree became unhappy with its purpose and would never again grow large enough to ever build another cross.  Its branches would become narrow and crooked and no longer suitable for construction.  The delicate dogwood flower itself is a wonderful symbol of the Easter season…four petals that resemble the shape of a cross, the center laid as a crown of thorns, at the tip of each petal an indent resembling nail punctures, and a reddish hue around those indents resembling the blood of Jesus.  Soft and pastel in coloring, this newest paper collection reveals beautiful springtime shades of pinks, peaches, and greens which set stunning backdrops for scripted lettering and graceful swirls, while darker hints of blues and blacks bring out the gorgeous detail and coloring of the showy dogwood florals.  Bountiful blossom filled branches, peaceful white doves and hillside chapels are just a few of the beautiful illustrations found within the cling stamp sets!  Assemble the perfect dimensional dogwood flower using the varying sized petals within the Flowering Dogwood Cling Stamps Set and die cut using the coordinating dies.  The ideal collection to send out springtime and Easter wishes to friends and family!


Products Used:

HCPC-3773 – Flowering Dogwood Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3774 – Flowering Dogwood Branches Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3775 – Flowering Dogwood & Doves Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3776 – Dogwood Chapel Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-7129 – Flowering Dogwood Die
HCD1-7130 – Flowering Dogwood Branches Die
HCD1-7131 – Flowering Dogwood & Doves Die
HCDP1-275 – Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection
Brilliance Ink – Pearlescent Orchid
Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black
Memento Dye Ink Pad – Bamboo Leaves
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
Art Institute Glue – Dries Clear Glue
Spellbinders Tool N’ One
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board

Project Instructions:

Other products:  White Card Stock, Green Card Stock, Spellbinders Fairmont Decorative Elements, Spellbinders Fairmont Labels, Versamark, Rose Quartz Embossing Powder, Vintage Pink Opaque Sparkle Embossing Powder, Dove Blending Pen, Distressed Inks (Weathered Wood, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo), Glimmer Mist Sparkle, Crystal Glitter and die cutting machine.


Start by selecting what die you want to use for your panels.  For my project, I chose the Spellbinders Fairmont Decorative Elements.  You will need to measure the die you are using to determine how big the inside cutout is.  For the die I am using the inside opening is 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.  Next you will need 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 thing 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 your 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.  I have done this card in the past and for a step-by-step tutorial click here the dimensions are slightly different but this will give you the idea.

The Dogwood flowers on the outer panels were stamped on white cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed with Rose Quartz embossing powder and cut with the matching die.  They were distressed with Orchid Ink before shaping the flowers with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and finishing off with a stamen die cut from green card stock.  The Dogwood flowers on the inner panels were stamped on white cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed with Vintage Pink Opaque Sparkle embossing powder and cut with the matching die.  They were distressed with Orchid Ink before shaping the flowers with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and finishing off with a stamen die cut from Green card stock.  The images of the Chapel and Crosses were stamped on white card stock with Tuxedo Black and die cut with Fairmont Labels before coloring with a Dove Blender Pen and distressed inks.  The Doves were stamped on white card stock with Tuxedo Black and cut with the matching dies before being lightly sprayed with Glimmer Mist Sparkle and dusted with Crystal Glitter.  The leaves were stamped on white card stock with Bamboo Leaves and cut with the matching dies before being distressed with Pistachio ink.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Have a wonderful day!

joann sig 2

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.

8 responses »

  1. Oh My, that is absolutely gorgeous, Joann. Love the design, colors and the message. Thank you


  2. Beautiful card……never tried such card ….would love to make one. Thanks for inspiring!!!


  3. Absolutely Gorgeous!


  4. Elaine Chapman-Smith

    That is gorgeous. I just wish I was clever enough to make it.


  5. Beautiful card! Thank you for the tutorial! Your flowers and doves are stunning!


  6. Beautiful display for Easter!!


  7. love this Joann



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