How to make a hanging accordion card – Creativity Abounds Blog Hop Feb’22…

It’s fun fold month with the Creativity Abounds Crew and I have got a super fun hanging accordion card for you today. Now, this isn’t the simplest of cards to make, but neither is it the hardest, so why not grab some card and give it a go!

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A hanging accordion card using the hand penned DSP from Stampin' Up!

I have used the Hand Penned DSP for my card, along with Thick Basic White card and Garden Green card too, but you can use any colours and papers that you want to use for this project. To start, cut a piece of Thick Basic White card to 6″ x 6″, a piece of Garden Green card to 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ and a piece of DSP to 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″. These three layered together will make the base of the card, but don’t stick them together just yet.

For the ‘sides’, cut 4 pieces of Thick Basic White 2″ x 10 1/2″ and score them at 2″, 4″, 6″, 8″ and 10″. Fold and burnish the score lines so that you made a concertina (or accordion, hence the name ‘hanging accordion card’) Cut 20 pieces of Garden Green measuring 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ and 20 pieces of DSP measuring 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″. Stick the DSP and the Garden Green card together and then layer them onto each square of your concertina folded ‘sides’.

A hanging accordion card using the hand penned DSP from Stampin' Up!

On the 6″ x 6″ piece of Thick Basic White card, make a tiny pencil mark at 2″ and 4″ on all four sides, and then stick the concertina folded sides to the base using the 1/2″ tab, placing them between the pencil marks and butted against the outer edges of the white card. Cut some butterflies or other decorations and stick these onto the middle of the panels, if you wish to.

To bring the piece together, cut 4 pieces of Thick Basic White card measuring 1 1/2″ x 7/8″ and score them at 1/2″. Cut a circle of Thick Basic White card to 1 3/4″ diameter, another Thick Basic White to 1 1/2″ and a piece of DSP to 1 1/2″ diameter. Glue each of the 4 small tabs to the top of the concertina folded sides, with the 1/2″ tab sticking out.

A hanging accordion card using the hand penned DSP from Stampin' Up!

Squash the card all the way down and then glue all 4 of the tabs on the upper side only, before sticking the 1 3/4″ circle on centrally. This will be the very top of the card. Poke a hole through the middle of the DSP circle and push a loop of thin ribbon through before gluing the circle to the same size circle of Basic White Card. Use dimensionals to layer this on top of the white circle that you stuck down just a few moments ago.

To add the central butterfly, I simply cut one from Thick Basic White card and then stuck some white twine on using multi-purpose liquid glue. I used a little piece of tear and tape to stick it to the underside of the top (not removing the liner from the tape).

Your card will now fold flat to go in a 6″ x 6″ envelope, and you can write your message on the underside of the card. I think that was more complicated to explain than it was to make!!

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