Jan 12 2009

Valentine Accordion Card

Accordion tags or cards are high on my list of fun things I enjoy making, so I thought Id start my Valentine series of posts with a small 3-panel accordion card. I made this using mostly SU product. Im running low on my Bella Rose DP so Im trying to stretch it by using some red Designer Print Series papers I had. I know the Bella Rose is designed to go with the Riding Hood Red, but I enjoy using it with Real Red it gives me a lot more options for ribbons and embellishments. Here it is:


Isnt it fun! Both the checked ribbon and the sheer dotted ribbon are by May Arts. The I Love You is from a set by Papertrey Ink and the To: and From: are from a Crafty Secrets set. I used Long Rectangle Nestabilites on the *I* and *U* and I used them again to make my scallop border between my 2 DP patterns. I used the Heart Nestabilities on my heart.


To start I cut my Pink paper 10.5 x 5.25. Each panel is 3.5 so using my Scor-It I scored first at 3.5, then I flipped it over as we want mountain and valley folds on our accordion tag, and I lined my score line up at 3.5 and scored again, essentially scoring at 7. Done!


To create the shape on top I used a template I had from another project and just cut my corners with scissors. I then decided I wanted a flat top rather than a point, so I went to the cutting board and cut so my panel ended up at 4.5 high.


Then it was just a matter of making all my pieces. I used my Long Rectangle Nestabilities to make my scallops. This is so quick and easy for a scalloped edge. I used the longest Scalloped Rectangle in the full set. I cut and embossed it I have white in the sample but ended up using red on my card. Once it is cut, use the 2 long edges for your scallop. Just cut off what you need. In this case I cut off just about , and using my GlueGlider I adhered my scallop to my red DP. After the floral DP was adhered to the red panel, I then adhered it on top quick easy scallops for a fun look!


Heres all my pieces before I adhered them to the card base. I *I* and *U* were stamped with Letterpress Alphabet by SU. The heart is from Simply Said by SU.


Once all pieces were adhered together, I added a Jumbo Pewter Eyelet on top, ran my checked ribbon through, made up my little tags and tied them on with the dotted sheer ribbon. The main image pieces are popped up with foam mounting tape. Heres a close up of the center panel.


Stamps: SU Simply Said and Letterpress Alphabet, Papertrey Ink Out on a Limb Sentiments, Crafty Secrets Vintage Christmas

Paper: PTI White, SU Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Bella Rose DP, Red Prints DP

Ink: Versa Fine Onyx Black, SU Real Red, SU Markers

Accessories: Scor-It; Spellbinders: Long Rectangle Nestabilities, Heart Nestabilities, Tag Die; SU Large and Small Tag Punches; Cropadile; SU Jumbo Eyelet, Brad, Eyelet; May Arts Ribbons; Glue Glider, Mounting Tape

These accordion projects are so fun and easy, especially if you use a good scoring tool.This project could have easily been done on either the fullsized or MiniScor-It. You can read about the Scor-It at the Scor-It site.

Thanks so much for stopping in again today! I plan to feature Valentine Projects all week long, so if that interests you, please stop back in. Hope you are off to a good week ahead!!!

Please accept my apologies for this tiny print tonight. I had major issues here tonight and as far as I can figure this is only fixable by re-doing the entire thing — so I’m leaving it — I’ll have my regular size type up tomorrow!!! Thanks for understanding!!!

56 responses so far

56 Responses to “Valentine Accordion Card”

  1. Tracey says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous Sharon!!

  2. Lovina Freed says:

    I love your valentine. I learn so much blogging. I’ll make use of the long rectangles for making a scalloped edge. thx.

  3. Kathie says:

    This is so cute – I love the two ribbons together. Wonderful project!

  4. Carol says:

    what a flashy and beautiful way to give someone a valentine! I just love it! Those big checkered ribbons are to die for!

  5. Jerri Kay says:

    Oh my gosh, Sharon, this is so adorable! I love those ribbons, and the paper is fabulous for Valentines! A wonderful, wonderful accordion card!

  6. Anita says:

    This is so great!!!

  7. Gabriela says:

    Oh Sharon this accordion card is exquisite! I’m positively smitten with it so much so, that I’m going to give it shot and attempt to make one for my little girl. Thank you so much for the excellent and well written tutorial.

  8. Vicki says:

    What a gorgeous accordion design!! Love your tutorial!! TFS!! 🙂

  9. Kelly says:

    This is just beautiful!!!

  10. Danielle says:

    What a fabulous accordian card! I love the dp and ribbon!

  11. mudmaven says:

    What a wonderful creation and such a great tutorial to boot! Thanks so much. ~chris

  12. Cindy H. says:

    Very pretty Valentine card!! TFS

  13. Marisa says:

    This is fabulous!! Thanks for the instructions, Sharon. I love it! Going to make one for my DH for Valentine’s and most likely my kids too 🙂

  14. Barb says:

    WOW!!! This is just GORGEOUS!!!!


  15. Rose Ann says:

    I LOVE your Valentine Accordion Tag card, Sharon!! Your patterned papers and pretty ribbon are perfect for the holiday!!

  16. Viv (VivLyn) says:

    Very cute! Anyone would love receiving this Valentine!!

  17. Deb Saaranen says:

    So fresh and pretty Sharon! Love these happy colors and Valentine feel!

  18. Chris says:

    So bright and cheerful – anyone would just love to receive this! Gorgeous accordion card.

  19. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, oh my goodness this Accordian Valentine is fantastic! The papers and ribbons are just perfect together. Beautiful!
    I must try one of these very soon. My grandchildren will love it!


  20. Becky P. says:

    Love this, I am going to CASE it and give something similar to my husband. You could display this card year round, and point to it everytime you have an argument. It’s bound to soften up my hubby, and have him see things my way. :0)

  21. Elena says:

    So pretty! Thank you for the great tutorial Sharon! I love your idea with the long Nesties as a border!

  22. kafran says:

    tres tres jolie…bravo

  23. kafran says:

    tres tres joli…bravo

  24. Dealbaida says:

    How do you keep pulling such wonderful rabbits from your hat Sharon?? Just when I think you’ve done it all, along comes another “must-CASE”. WOW…. hubby’s Valentine card here I come!

    YIPEE!!! Looks like 2009 is going to be as creativily inspirational as ’08.

    Thank you so much Sharon.

    Marion, UK

  25. Kathy says:

    The card is beautiful but most of all I like the idea of using the long nestie for a scalloped border–that was pure genious!!!

  26. Amy Johnson says:

    This is so pretty! I just love the colors, papers, and ribbon.

  27. Barb T (scs btexpress) says:

    What a beautiful project and excellent instructions as always. Barb

  28. Janine says:

    Great idea Sharon!! The Christmas one was such a hit so I think I will be recreating this one too.

  29. this is greatness, sharon!! and i love love love the tin you did for the card! wowzers!

  30. Toni K says:

    Gorgeous! Its perfect!

  31. Karen Q says:

    Love the tag card. It is so cute. Thanks for the tutorial. I have been on the fence about ordering the lge rectangle nesties. Do you use them very much? I don’t use my regular rectangles near as much as I do my squares and circles. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Charlene says:

    Gorgeous, Sharon. I may have to try an accordian card this Valentine’s Day. This one is an absolute stunner.

  33. Amanda says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial.

  34. Barbara says:

    I love this. Thank you ever so much for sharing all your ideas and talent with us.

  35. Paula Barin says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  36. Nancy says:

    Very nice card and great idea!

  37. Deena says:

    So pretty, Sharon! I really would like to try one of these! TFS!

  38. Jean Fitch says:

    Gotta CASE this but all I can see is this ones total perfection! On the other hand doesn’t the S stand for steal??? – LOL.

    Thanks for “sharing” with us such a wonderful project. My DH is smiling down from Heaven knowing this is what he would have found under his pillow! Miss that Pillow Post (always sealed with a kiss) 🙂

    hugs and blessings – Jean

  39. leslierich says:

    What a great tutorial and a totally beautiful project! I love all the different stamps you used. Absolutely gorgeous, Sharon!

  40. Nancy Ward says:


    Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

    Would you let me know if that’s OK?


    Nancy Ward

  41. LindaS says:

    This is great…and just what I need. Thanks so much for posting it.

  42. Tammy H says:

    I love this accordian tag card. Your artwork inspires me so much. I made one similar to it. If you want to see it I have it on splitcoast stampers at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1211166 and decorated the other side also at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1211167?cat=500&ppuser=5639

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  44. Eva says:

    Better late than never, eh?

    I used this card for inspiration too… Check it out on my blog.

    Thanks for the beautiful ideas!

  45. Thank you for your awesome instruction….. I want to make this for my DH.. for valentine and was looking for something special…….and this is it……

  46. […] A full tutorial on this Valentine Accordion Card using SU products is available here. […]

  47. Diana N. says:

    Love this three panel card! Thanks for the tip about the scalloped border.

  48. Michele Kemp says:

    As usual you’ve presented us with a fantastic card. I’m glad I still have some of that DP left. I never thought of it for a Valentine’s card! You have such wonderful IDEAS!

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  50. cookie says:

    Loved this accordion Valentine.

  51. I saw this darling accordian tag & though to myself i must give this a try. So below is my attempt

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