Accordion Card

by Beate Johns

Create an extra long and special card for any occasion.


  • Two pieces of Nestaboard™ or other chipboard pieces around 4" square
  • Four pieces of Patterned Paper, cut with the matching Spellbinders™ die or a bit bigger then your chipboard piece
  • One 3 1/2" x 7" piece of Patterned Paper, or neutral cardstock
  • One 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" piece of Patterned Paper, or neutral cardstock)
  • Additional cardstock and Patterned Paper for decorating and matting pages
  • Ribbon for the cover
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Adhesive
  • Corner Rounder (optional)
  • Ink
  • Stamps
  • Embellishments, Want2Scrap Nestabling™ and Rhinestones used here


  1. Step 1

    Adhere Patterned Paper piece to the front and back of your Nestaboard™ or chipboard covers.

  2. Step 2 (Optional)

    Sand over the edges of your patterned paper for a softer look.

  3. Step 3

    Score your 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" piece of Patterned Paper at 3 1/2" and 7".

  4. Score your 3 1/2" x 7" piece of Patterned Paper at 3 1/2".

  5. Step 4

    Prefold your score lines mountain/valley style.

  6. Step 5

    Add adhesive to one of the outer panels of your longer paper strip.

  7. Adhere one of the panels from the shorter strip to the longer one to create a four panel strip.

  8. Step 6 (Optional)

    Fold your pages together and round each corner.

  9. Step 7

    Decorate your pages.

  10. Step 8

    Apply adhesive to the back side out the outer panels.

  11. Step 9

    Adhere the outer panels to your cover pieces.

  12. Step 10

    Cut a piece of ribbon and place it around your card.

  13. Step 11

    Stamp a center piece for the card cover and adhere it over the ribbon to hold it in place.

  14. Step 12

    Tie ribbon. Your accordion card is done.



    Different Sizes
    Try a matboard cover of 4 1/2" x 3" and pages sizes of 4 1/4" x 11" scored three times at 2 3/4", 5 1/2" and 8 1/4". Or make your card big enough to hold pictures. Be creative!

    Decorate with charms, eyelets, fibers...whatever you have at home.

    Glitter Puzzle Window
    Add a glitter puzzle in the card window.

    Stamp Pages
    Instead of using patterned paper for your pages, try using cardstock and stamping the pages instead.

    Add Pages
    Try a different amount of pages. Make your card longer or shorter just by adding or leaving out extra page strips.

    Creative Covers
    Use fabric on your matboard or chipboard covers, or stamp them instead of covering them with patterned paper. Or, use solid background paper for the cover and distress it with sand paper.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Accordion Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Beutiful & Very unique.
Lisamonet  |  Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 11:02 AM
Could you let me know what stamp set you used to do this project. It's really pretty
Lisamonet  |  Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 11:07 AM
Oh, I love this tutorial! Thanks so much!
Jamie Wilcox  |  Mon Mar 24, 2008 at 5:48 PM
Thanks for getting back to me and letting me know how to make it. did'nt mention what Stamps you used or what colors of ink either. Please let me know because I'd really like to make this card. It's beautiful and simple. I don't have a Coluzzle,but wish to purchase that aso. Could I get that at a Micheals store? Thanks Again..Have a great day. [email protected]
Lisamonet  |  Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 1:28 AM

Click on the link for the accordion card gallery on the bottom of the tutorial. I always upload my samples to the coordinating gallery with a listing of everything I used.

Yes, you can get a Coluzzle at a Michaels store or from a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
beate  |  Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 5:08 AM
This is really beautiful, can't wait to try it!
tanyahcfth  |  Wed Apr 9, 2008 at 5:51 AM
I think it is beautiful and perfect for the upcoming Mother's Day season!
lisabeepianolovin  |  Sun May 4, 2008 at 7:50 AM
I like it. Great git for the teacher with the picture of the kid. Excellent. Kind on the go work. We need people like you.
Magie-Anne  |  Thu Jun 5, 2008 at 1:33 AM
Beautiful card!!!! I am looking for ideas to makek my wedding invitations for about 150, I am pretty new to all of this, was this an expensive and time consumming card to make? jus wondering, it would be nice to come up with some fall colors and make it into an invitation.................lynda
LYNDA  |  Mon Aug 11, 2008 at 4:48 PM
This is very nice. I love the way you put it all together.
che of home decorations  |  Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 1:46 AM
sus tarjetas son preciosas los felicito . Me gustan mucho. he aprendido es maravilloso.MARGGIE
MARJORIE BECKLES CURTIS  |  Thu May 14, 2009 at 9:32 PM
this is wanderkul .esto es maravilloso
MARJORIE BECKLES CURTIS  |  Thu May 14, 2009 at 9:35 PM
this proyet is beatiful thans
este proyecto es marabilloso los felicito por su gran utilidad .tia marggie
Marjorie Beckles  |  Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 8:52 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial. I left it up on the computer screen and made my first accordion card which came out pretty good IMHO. There are a lot of decisions about what to put where, colors, sentiments, etc., but it was technically a pretty easy card to make.
Greywolf  |  Sat Sep 5, 2009 at 8:10 PM
Is there a certain way to score and then fold. Can you score and fold which ever way you need to with out the paper tearing over time with usage. Hope I am making sense. Thanks again
Mari  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 6:59 PM
Hi Mari,
You need to fold your pages mountain/valley style. One fold will go up, the other down.
I would use cardstock for the pages, that way they shouldn't tear.
Happy Holidays!
beate  |  Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 5:35 AM
So Pretty!! I would like to know what stamp set was used.
Thank you,
Martha Menningen  |  Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 8:17 PM
Hi Martha,
The set used is a Stampin' Up! set called Perfect Petals (I think that was it's name). It is now retired.
Beate  |  Sun Mar 21, 2010 at 8:14 AM
As always you make it look easy and it is easy when i follow your directions.
Kat White  |  Sun Jun 27, 2010 at 6:08 PM
Hello can you tell me if they even still make this product (Coluzzle™) anymore
Rj  |  Mon Aug 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM

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