Aug 07 2008

Scor-It Accordion Card

There’s been several things that I haven’t done in ages — boxes and accordion fold cards. Thought I would start today by doing an accordion fold card — love these!!! They are so fun to make, to give, and for the recipient to display!!! And yes, I must admit, I was dying to use up that sheet of Penny Black stickers I started the other day, so — here you have it — almost all of the stickers (just a few left) and a few stamped sentiments. Here it is:


I’d like to start with how I made and scored the card base. Cut 2 pieces of cardstock for your card base — one is 5 x 11 and the other is 5x 7. I used my Mini Scor-It for this project, but the full size Scor-It would work just as well.

Starting with the 11″ piece, score at 3.5″,flip the paperover to the other side, and put your score line on the 3.5″ ruler marking and score, then flip the paperover again, putting the last score line on the 3.5″ ruler marking and score — you will have 1/2″ left over, and that’s correct. Now, take the 7″ piece and score it in the center at 3.5″. (The reason we are flipping that first sheet is because we want each score to fold the way it is supposed to, and with an accordion fold, each one folds the opposite way — so we need to flip the paper over — is that clear?? When you look at your score — one side is dented in and one side is humped out — see? OK, the side that is dented in is the side that is on the OUTSIDE of the fold.) Here are the sheets once the scoring is done:


It’s really hard to see on this purple paper, but on that 1/2″ strip, can you see the strip of red line sticky tape? Well, just adhere the 2 pieces together as shown in the photo and your card base will be done, ready for decorating! Now each panel of the cardis 5 x 3.5″, so I’ve cut my plum colored mats at 4.75 x 3.25, and the white panels 1/8″ smaller. Here’s a close-up of the first 3 panels:


  • Stamps: Penny Black Stickers.SU Small Script and Small Sayings
  • Paper: SU Elegant Eggplant, Prism Plumish color, PTI White, Basic Grey DP.
  • Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black. Love is written with a black Copic fine tipped marker.
  • Accessories: Ribbon from Wal-Mart (gingham and velvet), SU Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware, White Pearls, Black Rhinestones by Kaiser, SU Black Brad, Cuttlebug Corner Dies, SU Photo Corner Punch, Long Rectangle Nestabilites and Petite Oval Nestabilities by Spellbinders, Red Sticky Tape.


And these are the last 2 panels. Love was handwritten. Hello is a sticker.

Quite some time ago I did a post comparing the Scor-It to the Scor-Pal. That post generated a lot of interest, and especially interest in a brochure produced by the people at Scor-It. It’s really an interesting brochurethat teaches us a lot about paper, grainand scoring.I have an improved copy of that brochure which I am happy to email you — again, I just can’t figure out how to link it, but I’m happy to email it to anyone who would like to see it — just shoot me an email(click CONTACT ME on the left sidebar)and put SCOR-IT BROCHURE in your subject line and I’ll forward it to you right away. And you may have to SAVE the brochure before opening it. It is a full color brochure with pictures, and saving before opening will usually insure you get to see it in it’s completed form.


I demoed both the full size Scor-It(pictured above)and mini Scor-It (pictured below) atour smallSCS gathering last week. The girls loved them, but the universal question was — which one do I need — big or small? Well, that depends on what you do. They both are exactly the same, work the same, constructed the same — the only difference is the size. The full size Scor-it has a longer measuring ruler and bed (6″ on each side of center) as opposedto the shorter measuring ruler on the Mini (4.5″ on each side of center). For instance, the way I make cards, I always cut my paper 11 x 4.25 and score it at 5.5 for a top fold, or tent fold, card. I realize this is not the common fold for most people, but it is MY common fold. I can not do this score on the Mini — I don’t have enough ruler to be able to score at 5.5″. But I can easily do this on the full size Scor-It.


The Scor-It Mini works wonderfully when you score a standard side fold card — you need to meausure in on the ruler 4.25″, and you can — so for most of you — the mini works wonderfully on how you do your cards. The Mini worked great for my Accordion card today. Just remember, the ruler on the mini is only, 4.5″ from each side of center, so beyond that, you would need to use a full sized board. And if you like to pack up and go, the Mini is really small and easy to tote along!!!! (Though the full sized one is not hard to bring along either!)

Whichever board you use, the full sized or mini, the superior score made is the same. Although you can get a ton of info on these boards from the Scor-It site, I don’t believe they sell directly. I found both boards at Ellen Hutson, and her service is exceptional!!!

Well, hope that was helpful to someone out there!!! Love my score-boards!!!

Hoping you are all having a great week!!! Our Stamp Simply Challenge will be up as scheduled tomorrow (Friday), so hope to see you then!!!! Thanks for stopping in!!!

29 responses so far

29 Responses to “Scor-It Accordion Card”

  1. Joan B says:

    Your card is stunning. What gorgeous details!!!

    I have the scor it and have issues with getting the card to fold evenly, so I’m off to email you. thanks!

  2. Carol says:

    Wow! This card is amazing! Even more incredible is the fact that it’s done with stickers! It’s just beautiful Sharon, you have such a talent for creating beautiful things and I love that you’re showing us how to make one of our own. I especially love this project because purple is my favorite color!! TFS!

  3. Kirsten says:

    Beautiful card, Sharon! I love the colors and all of the pretty images!

  4. Joan Fricker says:

    Wow is right! I certainly didn’t know the card was stickers. You did a fantastic job. It is beautiful!


  5. Deb aka:DeborahLynneS says:

    Love this Sharon– though I love all of your work! Each panel is so pretty and special!

  6. Danielle says:

    What a great card! Love the colors!

  7. Stacy Twinshappy SCS says:

    Very pretty Sharon. I am amazed that its stickers, looks great. Your instructions are awesome too. Thank you.

  8. Hilma says:

    LOVE the card!!! Thank you for the tut… I don’t have a scor-it or the other one but I can measure!!! LOL…
    Again… Thanks for sharing the tut!!!

  9. barb schram says:

    A WOW is in order! What an awesome creation! Love all the helpful info too! I am looking at the mini scor it! And I agree Ellen’s service is exceptional!

  10. suen says:

    This is just fantastic! I’ve never done an accordion card, but it looks like fun! My oldest DD and niece have birthdays coming up, just three days apart, so I think this is my idea for their cards! Thanks so much for the inspiration! The time you take to share your talent with us is very much appreciated!

  11. Jaw dropping gorgeous! Seriously! I am in awe. I have to tell my mom to check this out. It’s simply stunning!!!!

  12. This project is gorgeous, Sharon . . . beautiful colors and you’re right — the recipient would love to display it for all to see! Thanks for your insight on the Scor-It board, I’d love to see the brochure!

  13. Nancy C. says:

    As a new card maker I want you to know how much I appreciate all your tips and instructions. One can get overwhelmed very quickly with everything that is out there. I just love the idea of this card and I am definitely going to try it. Thanks again for all your beautiful cards and ideas!

  14. Pat Adam says:

    I’m here to check it out and I too say beautiful. But I have to tease you a little and ask you a question….which is don’t you just love Penny Black’s
    stickers??? I do too. They are without a doubt the most beautiful stickers on the market, and make doing cards a real snap. Love it Sharon it’s great.

  15. michelle gall says:

    wow what a fun card i could never do that you are a card making godess purple is my favorit color so any thing you do in that color is great!!!!! have a awsome night

  16. leslierich says:

    Sharon, this is fabulous! Totally fabulous! Can you believe I’ve never done an accordian card? I’ve loved them so much and think they’re the MOST fun looking projects. Yours has “Sharon” written all over it. These stickers are absolutely beautiful! They look so much like stamps! Love the plum, too. I just LOVE everything about it!

  17. This is wonderful! The colors are amazing and so is your stamping.

  18. Jerri Kay says:

    Oh my gosh, you’ve outdone yourself Sharon, you know I’ve got to case this! Wow, wouldn’t it be pretty to do watercolors on this! Yikes, thanks girl, you always inspire me! I’m supposed to be helping my son pack and here I am ogling your gorgeous creation, you’re getting me in troublel! I’m so happy you posted information again about the two Scor It’s. I just want to say that those two scoring boards are “my” personal choice. I bought mine from Ellen as well and you’re absolutely correct, her service is just exceptional!

  19. CherylQuilts at SCS says:

    Sharon, this is absolutely gorgeous! Your work is amazing, and I always love visiting your blog! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations and inspiration. I also think your big decision was courageous and good for you and your family. Kudos to you, and praise God!

  20. Barb T (scs btexpress) says:

    this is fabulous. I am definitely going to try it. Love those Penny Black images. Barb

  21. Denise says:

    There is not one single thing that could make this card any prettier. Perfection!


  22. Kelly L says:

    I really think Penny Black has the most BEAUTIFUL stickers. They are so real like her brushstroke images that we wouldn’t really know they were stickers if you didn’t tell us.

    I love this card. I already have my accordian part cut and folded to get a jump start on one of these later today. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration! Kel

  23. Evelyn says:

    OMGosh I love this and frankly all of your cards and wonderful ideas.
    You are so talented.

  24. KAT says:

    OMG… this is just stunning! All the flowers are just perfect – what a great work of art! Do you need someone to send it to??? I would love to receive this and I would show it off to all my family and friends – it would find a wonderful home – really it would!!!!

    Dreamin in Ohio….

  25. Debbie says:

    I too love making accordian cards, and this one is stunning. I love the colour combo and the images you’ve used.

    Love Debbie xx

  26. jules p says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. It is a neat card!

  27. Rose Ann says:

    Beautiful accordion card, Sharon!! I love the colors, images…and all of the details you’ve given it!! I have never made and accordion card before, but yours is just lovely!!

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