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.

Many thanks Beate. I will be looking out for it. It is a beautiful card. Thank you for inspiring us.
Christine Graham  |  Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM
Hii dear
Very nice

Thank u
zuwaina alsalami  |  Sun Oct 5, 2014 at 10:55 PM
This is a wonderful project! Beautiful! Great detail.
Autumn Clark  |  Wed Aug 5, 2015 at 12:39 PM

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