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!

Questions and Comments

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

This is a really cool card with so much potential. I especially liked the window with the flowers. I also like the fact that you mention that cereal boxes work for the mat. Go Green
Janet S  |  Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM
interesting, bookmarked and link from my blog.
urirwayirrale  |  Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 12:21 PM
Perfect tutorial. Thank you.
C Monzingo  |  Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 10:37 PM
Hi Beate,
I really enjoy looking at your fabulous cards and this one is no exception. I have a question about another card that you made.
How did you attach the frame on the Double Embossing card? Thanks so much for all your help.
Joan Schoppe
Joan Schoppe  |  Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 6:06 AM
Love this and hope to make it sometime soon
Phil Droney  |  Wed Aug 24, 2011 at 5:38 AM
So pretty and such a great video.
Pat (mspfd)  |  Wed Aug 24, 2011 at 6:17 AM
What a gorgeous project, thanks for the awesome picture and video tutorials, you are amazing!!!
Renee VanEpps  |  Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 8:47 AM
This is simply gorgeous. I love to see all of your creations. Thanks so much for sharing!
Jenny Chilton  |  Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 2:58 AM
I like what you do on splitcoast
MARILYN SEXTON  |  Wed Jan 4, 2012 at 8:00 AM
This is a great tutorial....very easy to follow....and a very beautiful card....thanks for sharing....
sherry gardner  |  Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 7:18 PM
I loved this project. It looks very simple to do, but looks beautiful
Nancy  |  Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Beautiful ! I will definitely have to try this.
Craft smiles  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM
I would like to get emails on your different card making.
Hilda Hamm  |  Sun May 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM
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Lydia  |  Sun May 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM
Thank you for this video is very well explained. I love this mini album.
Denise  |  Mon May 14, 2012 at 3:14 AM
What a wonderful project, great tutorial.
Scrapalish  |  Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM
I would buy this in a heart beat if seen in a gift shop. Beauteous Beate!!!!
Rosy Newlun  |  Thu Oct 4, 2012 at 12:51 AM
All your video's are amazing! So easy to understand! Thank You and Happy Holidays to you and your family.
lisa walker  |  Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 4:02 AM
This is a beautiful card, one which I would love to make. Could you please tell me what corner punch you had used in the demo? Many thanks.
Christine Graham  |  Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM
I love that corner rounder. It's made by We R Memory Maker and is called a Corner Chomper.
Beate Johns  |  Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

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