Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Easter Egg Accordion Flip Card Tutorial

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Mar 28, 2014

Easter Egg Accordion Flip Card Tutorial

Inspired by the Sizzix 3d circle accordion flip card, for this pop up card I created a similar design with an egg-shaped  cut-out, perfect for Easter.

Easter egg accordion flip card

Easter egg accordion 3d pop up card

The Easter egg decorative cut files are adapted from designs by Bird's Cards.

How to Make a 3D Easter Egg Accordion Flip Card

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Download the files: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG .

I also have a circle shaped one here and a scalloped frame one here.

You may want to preview this assembly video (for a slightly different card) for help gluing together the panels.  The assembly part starts about 7 minutes into the video. (The beginning is mostly die cutting and gluing decorations on the card).  I suggest changing the order, however, and gluing the decorative eggs on after tabbing together the egg-shaped accordions, so the glue tabs are hidden under the eggs.

How to Assemble the Card

Cut out panels, as many as you like (I have 4).  Watch your paper grain!  I cut mine sideways and got cracks on the panel creases (oops!).  You want the grain of your card running vertically, parallel to the crease on the long tab of the panel.

Cut out egg shaped liners.  Cut out panel liners.  I used 8 egg liners (front and back of the eggs: red, blue, orange, green) but only 2 panels liners (That's the paper with the leaves and flowers, which is visible on the front and back of the card when it is closed.  I thought it was too busy to cover the entire card with it.)

Glue together the panels, using the long side tabs.  You will have an extra one at the end of the card that you won't use.  Cut it off.   Photo below shows the tabbed together panels.

Accordion card glue tabs

Mountain and valley fold the panels to form a zigzag. Pre-crease the small vertical creases at the tops and bottoms of the eggs.
Easter pop up card glue tabs

pop up card accordion egg detail

The eggs need to zigzag in folds opposite of the panel folds.  See that the red and blue egg join comes forward while the card goes backwards?  The blue and orange tab join is behind the panel fold (which comes forward) and the orange and green join is, then, to the front (as the panel folds to the back).

Easter egg accordion card Bird's cards

Adhere the little side tabs on the eggs. In the photo below you are seeing the finished card.  Glue the tabs before adding the decorative eggs, so they are hidden underneath. There will be an extra tab at one end, which you don't need.  Cut it off.

pop up card assembly

Pop the eggs creases into a zigzag that is opposite of the card zigzag.  Close the card.  The top and bottom tabs will collapse on the creases as the eggs turn, allowing the accordions to fold flat.

Open the card and add decorative eggs and panel liners.

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Stephanie said...

Great card!

1CardCreator said...

Awesome card Carole. ~Diane

Tine said...

Such a lovely fun card and thank you for sharing the photo on the Sil.Plus Forum too.
Tine (Addie24)

yourcyberhelper said...

I had fun knowing more about the history of Easter Eggs. Also in my craze for this fancy craft idea, I came up with few more Easter activities that are related to Easter eggs. Please allow me to share this on my Pinterest Easter board? Thank you so much! I asked my friends, what will you do with your eggs this Easter? Lol!


Carol said...

Yes, you are welcome to share on Pinterest!

Dawn said...

Great project!

I used an A4 piece of paper, cut it in half to make two long thin strips and then "concertina" folded it to give me four pages (no need to glue sections together).

Carol said...

When I make them I tend to combine pieces wherever possible, too!