Accordion Style Card Holder

by Jane Matsumoto

Create a beautiful and functional accordion style folder to hold cards.


  • One 6" x 12" piece of patterned paper
  • One 4" x 6" piece of patterned paper
  • Two 3 3/4" x 4" pieces of patterned paper
  • Three 3 7/8" x 5 1/2" pieces of white cardstock
  • Three 1 3/4" white cardstock circles
  • One 2" x 6" piece of patterned paper
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Decorative border punch, optional
  • Ribbon
  • Magnetic closure
  • Stamps, ink


  1. Step 1

    Score the 6” x 12” patterned paper piece at 4-1/2”, 6-1/2” and 11”, creating the base.

  2. Step 2

    Score the 4” x 6” Patterned Paper piece at 2”.

    Use a decorative edge punch on one end if desired.

    Attach this piece along the scored 1” section of the base with Scor-Tape™.

  3. Step 3

    Score the 3-3/4" x 4" patterned paper piece every 1/2" across the 4” side.

  4. Step 4

    Crease scored lines well and attach accordion pieces to the sides of the base. Take care to line up right along the edges of each panel.

  5. Step 5

    To add the ribbon, put Scor-Tape™ on the seam underneath the top flap, and attach the ends of the ribbons, about 1-1/2” from each end.

    Adhere the 2” x 6” patterned paper piece to cover the seam and ends of the ribbons.

  6. Step 6

    Secure a magnet to the inside of the front panel using Scor-Tape™.

  7. Step 7

    The matching magnet will automatically stick to the front panel covering the first magnet. Peel off the magnet's sticker and also the adhesive under it. Replace with Scor-Tape™. Close the flap over the exposed magnet and press so that it attaches to the underside of the flap.

  8. Note:
    Please refer to the video to see how the magnets are attached.

  9. Step 8

    Use stamps to label circles and adhere to the backs of the 3-7/8” x 5-1/2” cardstock pieces. Insert into the accordion slots.

  10. Step 9

    Your accordion style card holder is finished.


Your Turn

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

Questions and Comments

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Thank you so much for this! I need a present for my great Aunt and this will be perfect!!

It is a beautiful little project and a very easy to follow video!!
Jackie H.  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM
What a fun idea...I plan on giving friends cards for gifts and the card holder will be great! Basic Grey was sold out of the magnet snaps, but I did find them on the KMart Web Site for $6.00.
Linda  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 11:36 AM
Wonderful tutorial! Love this project!
Pam Crusberg  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 12:05 PM
How clever- I will be making many of these for gift card sets! Thanks so much.
Diane Stader  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM
Beautiful.... On my list to make next for a friends birthday. Can you tell me the name and who makes the stamps? Thanks.
Nora D.  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I linked to it from today's national scrapbooking news at
Irene at  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM
Can u please tell me how many cards and evelopes this will holds
laura rogers  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 3:45 PM
Jane - I'm glad you had some things prepared ahead of time - it made the video tutorial easy to watch and easy to follow. You did a great job, girl! I feel like I can make this project even though I have a full day wink
Diane  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM
Thanks for sharing. I think this will be my
planner for Christmas, ie: shopping list, receipts, etc.
Debbie  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM
Nora D ~ I used Orchid stamp set from Stampendous for the words on the tabs. The thin acrylic sentiments can be manipulated to fit in the half circle of the punched tabs. You can also try other stamps that come pre-shaped to fit round tabs, such as Signed.Sealed.Delivered by Maya Road

The snowman that sits on the front of one of my boxes in the gallery is from Pink Cat Studio.

The cards that I slipped into the box at the end of the video are from The Greeting Farm.

Jane Matsumoto  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:56 PM
@ Irene ( ~ Thank you for the link! That's awesome!
Jane Matsumoto  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM
@ Laura Rogers ~ The sample that I made with this tutorial can hold three tabs and a couple of cards and envelopes with each tab. The is an inch of room on each end of the base of the box in this tutorial so you add another slot by scoring a larger bottom. I'll try to figure it out and see. It would mean adding more to the accordion sides to fit the larger bottom. You would have to increase the length of the top flap as well. Let me see if I can come up with something if you need a box with four tabs. I'm not sure 5 tabs can be done with one sheet of dp.
Jane  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 7:02 PM
Thank you for your awesome feedbacks and comments. I really appreciate them! Hugs!
Jane  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 7:03 PM
Great idea! Thanks for the inspiration. I appreciate your wonderful video tutorial also.
Jodym  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM
If you're looking for a larger holder, there's one that's linked in a forum around here somewhere. This one holds more cards/larger cards. Here's the link:
I do like this one for gifts though! Less pressure than to try and fill the larger one with 10+ cards. smile
Brittany  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 9:21 PM
Great tutorial! Great idea for adding to a gift set of cards!
Karen Hanim  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 9:50 PM
I love your tutorial,Jane. it was easy peasy, Thank you for sharing. I'm sure it will take a lot practice to get it done in 10min. for me.
DeAnna  |  Wed Jul 21, 2010 at 10:27 PM
Awesome, can't wait to try this. Great video...
Ginny  |  Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 6:34 AM
This will make a terrific gift and your video was awesome. Thanks!
Lorene  |  Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 10:12 AM
Fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing.
Debbie  |  Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 1:42 PM

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