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Easter Accordion Fold Card

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, Distressed Inks (Weathered Wood, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo), Glimmer Mist Sparkle, Crystal Glitter and die cutting machine

Watch this video https://youtu.be/gI8RqHAt3vE to learn different shaping techniques using the dogwood flowers.

Instructions: View a larger project image here. 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. Score 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 score 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 score 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 above 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.



Created By: Joann Jamieson-Larkin



Dove Blender Kit
241159

$11.99

Spellbinders Tool N' One
359848

$14.99

Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
HCST1-401

$39.99

Flowering Dogwood Die
HCD1-7129

$29.99