Concertina Fold Card

by Cherie Franklin

Create a unique card fold.


  • Two 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" pieces of cardstock for accordion part
  • One 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" of cardstock for base back of card
  • Sticky Strip or other strong adhesive
  • Decorative Edgelit die or Decorative Border Punch
  • Scoring Tool
  • Ruler
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Extra Cardstock for Stamping and tracing
  • Ink, Stamps and Punches
  • Patterned Paper


  1. Step 1

    Score both 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" pieces of cardstock at 2 1/8", 4 1/4" and 6 3/8" across the long side. Each piece should have three score lines evenly spaced at every 2 1/8".

  2. Step 2

    Place the first score line on the edge of the cutting channel of your paper trimmer and extend the end of the cardstock past the cutting channel 1" and cut at that angle. Do this on both scored pieces.

  3. Step 3 (Optional)

    Use an Edgelit or border punch along the cut angled sides of both pieces of scored cardstock. Start at the shorter angled end and work up towards the un-trimmed straight section.

  4. Step 4

    Fold along the scored lines starting with a valley fold at the tallest section then mountain fold for the next score line ending with valley fold. Do it the same on both pieces.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere one accordion folded piece to the 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" panel using Sticky Strip, lining up the bottom and side with the outer edges. Make sure the fold is in the middle on the panel. Do the same for the other side, butting the second folded edge up against the first one in the middle with no gaps.

  6. Note:
    The card should now be free standing with the front parts loose.

  7. Step 6

    Create section tracing Guides for cutting patterned paper to fit in the different sections by using a piece of scratch cardstock, repeat steps one and two then cut apart at score lines and trim to fit. (These can be saved for multiple uses.)

    When flipped over they will serve as a tracing guide for the opposite sections as well.

  8. Step 7

    Cut strips of patterned paper 2" wide and use the tracing guides to mark and cut the strips to fit in the sections.

  9. Step 8

    Do any stamping on these sections at this point.

  10. Step 9

    Adhere patterned paper to the different sections.

  11. Step 10

    Fold layers flat, position focal point image in the center of both top sections and adhere. This is what unites both sections together and makes it functional as an accordion card. Embellish with ribbon, stamps and punches.

  12. Step 11

    Your concertina fold card is finished.



  1. Try a different angle
    Instead of lining your cardstock up at 1" at step 2, try 1 1/2", 2" or even a higher number for a deeper slant.

    In this sample the cardstock was lined up at 2" before cutting.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Concertina Fold 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.

I've tried a different version of this. A friend sent me a card made with your instructions and I fell in love with it.
Robin  |  Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 8:05 PM
I cannot wait to start on this card. Elegant, whimsical, and looks perfect for any occasion.

Nancy Remling  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 5:40 AM
Beautiful card. What papers and stamps did you use?
kit  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 5:40 AM
Love to make this card into a birthday card. Any ideas?
claire  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 5:48 AM
Just use happy patterned paper and either a birthday sentiment and/or birthday image on front.
Beate  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 5:54 AM
in my opinion you can make it into any themed card you want just change the papers and embellishments. I am imagining thank you cares, welcome new baby cards, Christmas cards..just about any event will do. A gorgeous weding card, too!!
Nancy Remling  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 5:54 AM
Beautiful technique for any occassion! I would like to know also, which paper from My Minds Eye you used. It was gorgeous! Thanks again for sharing your talents with us.
fran  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 6:38 AM
I always list all supplies that I used in my gallery uploads. The My Mind's Eye paper I used is from the Winter Wonderland 6" x 6" paper pack.
Beate  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 6:50 AM
Love folded cards ..can't wait to try this oe!
Sandy Bair  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 6:59 AM
I love this tutorial, will def give it a try. TFS!
Jennyfer  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 7:15 AM
Where can I buy the bicycle postal stamp?
Sandie  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 8:08 AM
Is there a list of supplies that Cherie used?
Kit  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM
I am sorry! Cherie didn't answer any of my emails for about 6 weeks now. She hasn't blogged or posted here either. I hope she is not sick. But no, we don't have a supply list!
Beate  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 8:31 AM
The bicycle postage stamp is from a Stampin' Up! set called Postage Due.
Michele  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 8:37 AM
This is a great idea! My question is: where would you write a note to the recipient or sign your name on the card?
Angel  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM
You can write it on the back of the card.
You can also use a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock, folded in half to tape the two sides down. This way you have a card inside to write on.
Beate  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM
Brilliant idea and tutorial Cherie. Will have to try this.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I have just bought myself a scorpal and I bought it in metric as that is what we use in Australia... wish the tutorials were written in both.
Valerie Smart  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 3:35 PM
Maybe I'm the only one to notice this? But in Step 4, if you fold both pieces exactly the same, you will not end up with mirrored pieces to put on the card base. So the second one needs to start with a mountain fold, not a valley. smile Just so no one else has to start over like I did.
Brittany  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Wonderful tutorial - so inspirational, thanks for sharing
Roslyn Maher  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 5:07 AM

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