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Mar 25, 2018

Accordion Fold Card in a Box



Happy Birthday accordion fold card in a box

This accordion birthday card comes in a little box and unfolds into a surprisingly long card. The "Happy Birthday" letters flip up from the accordion pleats in opposite directions, like a flag book.





The finished size is slightly larger than 2.5" x 3.5";  and 5/8" tall.

accordion fold card in a box size with ruler


accordion fold card in a box,  size of box


Don't mind the funky color scheme of the sample.  I used contrasting colors to help you see the construction of the box and the birthday card.

How to make an accordion fold card in a box


Dec 19, 2015

Town and Country Extreme Christmas Card

This year's extreme Christmas card's theme is Town and Country.


I am completely enamored of  the Gotham / Got Ham witticism.






Daughter #1 lives in New York City, daughter #2 spent the summer working on a sow farm, and we parents live in the suburbs.


The envelope is printed, and shows farm, suburbs, and city.




















The inside.  I was going for something smack in the center between snarky and offensive.

The words were printed first on each sheet, then the outline cut with the Cameo.

It took a while to get the settings right to cut those tiny building spires and the legs of the pig without tearing.

I put a white gel pen in my Silhouette Cameo to write the greeting on the blue card back.






This photo is on the back.  I created it with Photoshop, using the polar distortion filter.




The card stands when unfolded.























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Apr 12, 2014

Butterfly Accordion Flip Card



butterfly pop up card accordion card

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
 

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 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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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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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

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 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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Mar 27, 2014

Egg Frame Accordion Card




We were talking about the Sizzix 3d circle accordion flip card on Card Making & Paper Crafts with Silhouette and it inspired me to create a similar pop up card with an egg-shaped  accordion.

Easter egg accordion card how to make




Easter egg accordion 3d pop up card



















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

This pop up card is not hard to make, although there's quite a lot of cutting and some fiddly gluing to tab the eggs together.

Tutorial is up!




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Jun 23, 2010

Pleated Center Pop Up Card Tutorial

flower pop up birthday card

The card has a series of pleats across the center to hold the flowers, which stand straight up when the card is opened flat.

See some more ideas--and a instructional video (!!)--at Valita's Fresh Folds. Note that her design has only two center pleats, adhered together. I added more pleats to keep the center from falling over once the standing elements were added.

Make the pleated card

On the back side of an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper, in landscape orientation, score 9 vertical lines 1/2" apart, beginning at the center of the card. (On my card this is the green grass paper.)

flower accordion card

Mountain fold green lines, valley fold red lines.

Spread glue between all the pleats on the back (wrong) side of the paper. Close pleats. Clamp or weight. Allow to dry.

Turn paper right side up.

The pleats will form three valleys on the right side of the card (numbered 1, 2,3).

flower accordion card

Make the flowers

Download flower and stem templates: PDF, SVG, Silhouette Studio, DXF.


Size the flowers so that the largest pieces, like the yellow daisies, are about 2" across. The smaller flowers should be about 1.5" across.

Cut flower parts from colored card stock and assemble. I used DaPino's illustrations for inspiration. Remember your flowers will be viewed from both front and back so make them two-sided.

accordion fold card flowers

Assemble flowers and card

flower pop up card

You will need three rows of flowers. I arranged each row separately and then laid them on top of each other in three layers to see what they would look like in the assembled card. Add extra leaves as needed to fill in between the flower stems.

Start with the middle valley (marked #1). Glue the flowers in the valley and then glue the valley shut. Let dry.

Glue a row of flowers in crease 2, and another row in crease 3, but do not glue these valleys shut. If you glue the folds together the combined weight can cause the entire center to flop over instead of standing up straight.

Do glue together just the ends of all the folds. Clamp or weight and allow to dry completely.

flower accordion card

Trim the pleated paper, lengthwise and width wise, to a pleasing proportion.

Base card

To accommodate the pleats of the flower card, make a base card with a book-like spine down the center rather than a single center fold.

Lightly mark the center line of the base card. (My base card is blue.) Do not fold on the center line. Measure out from the center line, both directions, a small amount, somewhere between 1/16" and 1/8". Score and fold.

Center the pleats of the flower piece on the base card. Glue the flower piece to the base card. Allow to dry with the card fully opened. Prop up the center flowers to keep them upright while the card dries.

Here's one made by Eunice from A Star for Chiemi.

puppy pop up card

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Jul 23, 2009

Accordion Fold Victorian House Pop Up Card

house pop up card

I've been struggling to get an accordion fold card to work with these scherenschnitte Victorian houses from paper cutters. I tried different sizes and arrangements of stair step folds, but none of them worked right. Either the pieces tilted toward the back, or leaned on each other, or just plain fell over backwards. Bleh.

I finally came up with an accordion fold card that works pretty well, with some strategic gluing together of folds to hold the pieces upright.

The nitty gritty

The house is from paper cutters. The house size is 3.25" wide and 3.5" high. The postcard is from a Flickr set of old postcards. I re sized the postcard to 7" wide by 3.75" high. I got the frame from UKScrappers and re sized it to 7/5" x 4.25".

The base card started out 12" by 8.5". After I was done I trimmed all around the edges a little.

How to make the accordion pop up card

With the card base in landscape position, measure the center line of the card (6" from either edge). Score.

Measure out and score three lines on either side of the center line. Mine are at 1 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm away from the center line in both directions. You will have seven lines scored on the paper.

house pop up card

Mountain and valley fold into an accordion shape with the center line bumped up into a mountain fold.

You will have three "humps", one of which is on the center of the base card. Glue the two side humps closed. Leave the center hump unglued.

house pop up card

Glue the postcard to the inside face of the left hump, with the picture side of the postcard facing the right.

house pop up card

Glue house to the inside face of the right hump, with the "good" side facing the right.

house pop up card

Front view

house pop up card

Let dry. Stand the card upright. If the postcard flops over toward the back, cut a strip of card stock about 1" high and as wide as the postcard. Reinforce the postcard from the back by gluing the strip to the back of the hump, across the top of the hump and onto the back of the postcard.

house pop up card

If your house flops forward you can anchor the front hump to the center hump. I started with just two glue dots, one on each outer edge (red arrows), to attach the front hump to the center hump. My house still tilted too much so I added another pair of glue dots (blue arrows) closer to the house.

Close the card and trim the edges.

house pop up card