My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Accordian Fold Cards!

"She's a Sassy Lady" featured a beautiful Accordian Fold Card today on her blog...
http://shesasassylady.blogspot.com/2011/09/gypsy-made-simple-wedding-accordion.html

I decided to make my version of the Accordian Fold Card using the ornaments from the Cricut Cartridge "Joys of the Season"!
The most difficult part of making Accordian Fold Cards is the folding!  I used a 1/8th inch fold for the accordian.  It is tough to crease paper at 1/8th inch!

Step one...
Using the Martha Stewart Score Board, I creased the light weight paper with a bone folder every 1/4th inch.  Then turned the paper over and creased every 1/8th inch.  This makes the paper fold easier.
Step 2
Using my Gypsy, I cut several ornaments from the Cricut Cartridge "Joys of the Season" at 3 inches on my E2 electronic cutter.  I cut ornaments with the images and solid ornaments.  I cut this set of images two times.  One will be the front of the ornament, the other will be the back of the ornament.
Step 3
I want to cover the front of the "wreath" ornament with glitter.  I am using Martha Stewart "Snow" glitter.  I have covered the top of the ornament with painters tape to prevent the glitter from sticking to the surface.
Step 4
I will be using a sheet of Sticky Dots from Therm o Web to cover the surface to hold the glitter.  This adhesive is very sticky and strong.
The adhesive comes in a pack of 8 sheets (approx 9x12 inches).  Each "sheet" is made up of a top cover, layer of adhesive, and bottom cover.
To use, you peel back the top sheet, place the image on the sticky surface, lay the top sheet back down, and rub to adhere the sticky to the surface. 

When ready to use, peel away the paper backing and cover with glitter.  The back of the image will be placed on the folded paper later.
Step 5
Create the card.  I am using a folded 4 1/2 inches X 6 inches card that will fit an A6 envelope.
*Cut a separate card front at 4 1/2 inches X 6 inches
*Cut 1 large frame (I used a Nestabillity frame). Position the cut frame in the center of the card allowing a larger margin at the bottom.  Adhere to the card front.
*Glue ribbon or trim to the bottom of the card front, folding the ends to the back
*Glue the card front to front of the card base
*Open the card base, using a craft knife and cutting mat, carefully cut out the inside of the frame.  Cut through both layers of the card front




Step 6
Create the ornament by cutting the folded paper to fit between the  two images.  Glue the second image to the back. Remove the painters tape and color the top of the ornament.  Attach a ribbon to the top of the ornament.  Create a hanger,  then hang the ornament over a brad (centered at the top of the card front), fold the brad down to secure the ornament.  The brad is visible on the back of the card front base.  This will allow the person receiving the card to remove the ornament, if desired.
I used an 18KT Gold Leafing Pen to color the tops.
Step 7
To complete the inside of the card, I colored the top of a solid ornament, stamped "Merry Christmas" and glued it where the ornament would hang when closed.  I left space at the bottom of the solid ornament for signing the card.
Step 8
I finished the front of the card by stamping "Santa & Reindeer" (All Night Media, inc) 3 times on Vellum.  I cut each image out and pop-dotted them on top of each other.
Something different...
I decided to use fabric on the cup.  I used a piece of fabric with a "Wonder Under" backing.  Before folding, I removed the paper backing.  The fabric held it shape when folded much easier!  I "folded" the fabric and stapled it together.  Then sandwiched it between the two images.  I glued a piece of gray paper to the back of the image for the vapor.
*The back of the fabric was actually really pretty!  It looked like a lighter version of the front, so I let the unfinished back show!
Here is a close up of the cup made from fabric...
And the finished card...
Here is the finished Poinsetta Card...
The folded paper for the Poinsetta Card is red gift wrap.  The back was white, so I glued two pieces together, back to back, to have a red poinsetta on the back side of the ornament.  The paper is so thin that it fit together easily.
Christmas Wreath Card

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12 comments:

Cricut Couple said...

OMG! These are all so beautiful and the use for fabric on the one with the coffee cup is just BRILLIANT! Love them all!

Lisa said...

Are you kidding me? WOW, these are all FANTASTIC, what absolutely amazing cards, you really went all out. LOVE them all.

jessica said...

this are beautiful!! TFS

Mary said...

WOW, these are gorgeous!!! You did an amazing job, I love them all. I like how you used fabric with the coffee cup. Great job!

Mary

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Carolyn these cards are STUNNING! Love the fabric cup and all the detail in these cards. I also love that the recipient can take the ornament off and use it on their tree! AWESOME! Thanks for playing along and sharing with us at She's A Sassy Lady today!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

WOW.. these are all just breathtaking... you did an awesome job on them.... simply beautiful

Vanessa said...

What beautiful cards! I had never thought to use sticky dots for glittering--thanks for a clever idea!

Scrapper69 said...

OMGOSH! CAROLYN! These are AMAZING! I LOVE how they all turned out... I really like the Fabric one! Your tutorial is soooo helpful! Thanks for sharing your talent! :o)

Theresa

Nadia said...

Carolyn,
Your cards are gorgeous! 1/8" folds-- holy cow!!! Love the fabric too!
Nadia

MelodyR aka RyandMysMom said...

OMG how adorable! You've inspired me to go start on my Christmas cards!

Kimberli said...

What a neat technique, thanks so much for sharing how to make these fantastic cards!!

Lori Apgar said...

What a great accordian project!!! Love your ornament in a card!! Saw you over at Sheila's Linky party!!