Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Star Accordion Flip Card

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Apr 4, 2014

Star Accordion Flip Card

Last week I made an Easter egg version of this accordion flip card.  This week I tried a star shape, which was much more challenging to design. 

3d star accordion flip card


How to make a Star Accordion Flip Card

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.






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

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

Decide how many  pop up card panels you want.  Use the chart below to determine which pieces you need. You will assemble the numbered panels in the order given, from left to right.

2 panels: pieces 1,2
3 panels: pieces 1,2,3
4 panels: pieces 1,2,3,4
5 panels: pieces 1,2,3,4,3
6 panels: pieces 1,2,3,4,3,4
For longer cards keep adding additional pieces 3 and 4 to the right-hand end of the card.

Cut panels.  Cut panel liners and star liners as desired.

Lay out the panels in order.  Glue panels together using the long vertical panel tabs.

3d pop up card star flip accordion


Decorate the panels with panel liners. (I didn't use any.)

You can add some of the star liners now. Cover all of the star fronts. Cover the backs of the stars on the far right and far left panels.  Hold off adding the other star liners until the star tabs are adhered so the liners will cover the tabs.

3d pop up card star flip accordion
Front of Card

3d pop up card star flip accordion
Back of Card


Fold the card into a zig zag, creasing at the panel joins. The crease between panels 1 & 2 should come forward (mountain fold) and the crease between panels 2 & 3 folds to the back (valley fold).


 Pre-crease the swivel folds at the top and bottom of each star. Crease all star tabs.

3d pop up card star flip accordion

Glue the single tab connecting the stars on panels 2 & 3.  The tab is glued to the back of panel star 2.

Front of Card


Glue the double tabs connecting the stars on panels 1 & 2, and 3 & 4.  Again, glue the tabs to the backs of the stars.  Repeat as needed if you have more than 4 panels.

Back of Card

Cover the remaining star backs with star liners.

Need more detailed instructions?  Check out the Easter egg version for more photos, and a link to video instructions.








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5 comments :

Stephanie said...

Great cards. Thanks for the free file.

Gail said...

Love this card - thank you!

1CardCreator said...

Great card, I imagine that took a bit of engineering! ~Diane

Nadine FIQUET said...

Merci pour ce partage Nadine

Aliselle said...

Merci merci pour ces explications!...
Bon week-end