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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This is truly cool! I have been looking for a new storage solution and I think I just found it! Thanks so much for sharing!
Traci  |  Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 6:24 PM
This is so cute. I am so impressed.
Deanna  |  Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 6:42 PM
Your comments are totally making my day! Thank you very much!! Hugs!!
Jane Matsumoto  |  Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 7:34 PM
Wonderful idea!! Love it!! Can't wait to try it. I will use to bundle cards for Christmas gifts.
Michelle  |  Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 5:48 AM
What a lovely, professional tutorial! Thanks so much Jane!
Pami  |  Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 5:24 PM
Great job. Very clear instructions and an extremely interesting project.
pj  |  Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 4:58 PM
This was a great project and I wanted to let you know I made this for my Aunties' birthday....she loved it!
Thanks for sharing and I hope to see more of your tutorials:)

Rosiebudstamp  |  Mon Jul 26, 2010 at 6:05 AM
Jane, this is such a fabulous box for cards; how creative! I love those papers you used; am going to try it right now! grin
Terry  |  Mon Jul 26, 2010 at 1:15 PM
Thank you for for this video! I am going to start making teacher X-mas gifts out of these.
Sonja  |  Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 7:11 AM
Thank you so much for going through the trouble to show us exactly how to make the lovely box. I love it.
Ruth Tycz  |  Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM
The video is awesome--it made the project seem less daunting to undertake. Thanks for the fabulous idea! It's wonderful!!!
Mynnette  |  Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 3:43 PM
Thank you all for your feedback! I am so happy that you are enjoying the tutorial!
Jane  |  Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 6:12 PM
I can't access the video. Any ideas why?
Erin  |  Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 7:42 PM
Hi Erin,
Download the newest version of the Adobe Player and try again. Hopefully that will let you access the video.
Beate  |  Sat Jul 31, 2010 at 7:36 AM
How beautiful!!! I love the pattern!
tiffany  |  Sat Jul 31, 2010 at 11:21 AM
Amazing! Thanks for sharing this great card box!
Kimberly  |  Sat Jul 31, 2010 at 10:41 PM
Thank you so much for your video. I will really enjoy making the card box. If it is as easy as you make it look I know I will enjoy it. Thanks again
Diana  |  Mon Aug 2, 2010 at 3:48 PM
i just want to say How beautiful your little box is,
it took me back to one of my favorite movies,
"Chocolat" but can you tell me were can I get the
clear box pattern, I would love to hand out your pretty box idea. ley me know, Thank you so very much for all your time.
Elisa White of California
elisa white  |  Wed Aug 4, 2010 at 2:57 PM
I wanted you to know I posted a link today to this video/tutorial on my blog, PaperFriendly.

Nancy Ward
Nancy Ward  |  Mon Aug 9, 2010 at 8:46 AM
WOW! Great instructions! I just made one in about 45 min. Next one will go faster -- new gift idea for office folks for Christmas. THANKS!
Jean  |  Mon Aug 9, 2010 at 6:47 PM

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