Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Butterfly Accordion Flip Card

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Apr 12, 2014

Butterfly Accordion Flip Card



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I'm still exploring the possibilities of these accordion flip pop up cards!   If this is your first accordion card you may want to review the more comprehensive instruction on the Easter egg card tutorial.

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

I went through numerous butterfly body designs before settling on this one.


Here is an earlier one.  I didn't like the antennae, and the head was too big.  Good color combination, though.

butterfly accordion flip pop up card


How to make the Butterfly Accordion Flip Card
 

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Download cut file set: PDF, Silhouette Studio, SVG, DXF.

Determine the number of panels you wish to use.  Cut required panel pieces.

For 2 panels use: piece C.
For 3 panels: pieces A and B.
For 4 panels: pieces A and C.
For 5 panels: 2 of piece A and 1 of piece B.
For 6 panels: 2 of piece A and 1 of piece C.
For 7 panels: 3 of piece A and 1 of piece B.
For 8 panels: 3 of piece A and 1 of piece C.
etc.







butterfly accordion flip pop up card

Cut panel liners if desired.

Cut butterflies.  If you wish to underlay your butterfly with a different paper, use butterfly liner pieces.

Note: I cut my blue textured card with the texture side face down, and did not mirror the pattern pieces (it's not necessary--they work either way), so depending which side of your card is your "good" side, everything may look horizontally mirrored as you assemble your card.



butterfly accordion flip pop up card


Crease pivots (fold lines at tops and bottom of butterflies on panels), butterfly tabs, and panel tabs.

butterfly accordion flip pop up card

Adhere butterflies to card.  IMPORTANT!! the butterfly head and tail are only glued to the shaped, rotating half of the head and tail hinge NOT the stationary part of the hinge.

butterfly accordion flip pop up card



butterfly accordion flip pop up card

Adhere panel sets together with long side tabs. Adhere panel liners if you are using them.

Decorate the back of the card if you wish.  I used butterfly liner pieces.



butterfly accordion flip pop up card


Fold the card so panel A butterflies come forward and panel A creases to the back.  Zig-zag fold the remaining panels.

Adhere butterfly wing tips using tabs.


butterfly accordion flip pop up card

The picture below shows the tabs adhered to the back, although I had the butterflies flipped the wrong way when I took this picture--whoops.

butterfly accordion flip pop up card

Collapse card, maintaining the pivot on the butterflies.  You should see the front of the butterfly when the card is closed.

butterfly accordion flip pop up card


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4 comments :

claude said...

un effet très printanier, thank you for this tutorial

Gail Robb said...

Beautiful - thank you so much!

Nadine FIQUET said...

superbe résultat, merci pour le pdf! bises Nadine

Vivian said...

You are so talented and generous in sharing. Thank you.