Wednesday, February 17

Tutorial: Concertina Card

Concertina cards are fabulous display cards that have a concertinaed or fan-folded centre.  They are constructed out of a few pieces of heavy paper folded inside a standard card blank and can be decorated for just about any occasion.


TEMPLATE


1.  Start with one sheet of heavy patterned paper measuring 12" x 6" and a coordinating piece measuring 8" x 4".



2.  Place the 12" x 6" sheet of paper horizontally on your scoreboard and score at 2", 4", 6", 8" and 10".  Concertina fold the paper, beginning with a valley fold, then a mountain fold, valley fold, mountain and finishing with a valley.



3.  Use a craft knife and ruler or a trimmer, to remove an 8" x 3" panel from the centre of the concertinaed paper.

Make the first horizontal cut between the first valley fold and the last valley fold, 11/2" from the top of the paper.

Make the second horizontal cut between the first valley fold and the last valley fold, 11/2" from the bottom of the paper.  Join the two horizontal cuts with two vertical cuts to remove the centre section.
Refer to the template above for cutting measurements and placement.



4.  Now you're going to cut little slots in each of the centre 2" panels (refer to the template).

Starting with the bottom cuts, measure and mark 3" from the LHS of the page.  Your mark should be in the centre of the second 2" panel (see the photo below).  Use your craft knife to cut a 1/2" vertical slot (refer to the template).

Repeat this process to cut slots in each of the other bottom panels.  You should have cuts at 3", 5", 7" and 9".

Now turn your paper around 180 degrees and repeat the process.  You should now have a total of 8 slots cut in the top and bottom panels.



5.  Place the 8" x 4" piece of heavy paper horizontally on your score board and score at 2", 4" and 6".  Concertina fold the paper starting with a valley fold, then a mountain fold and ending with a valley fold.



6.  The smaller piece of paper will now slot into the cuts you made in the larger piece of paper.  It might take a bit of fiddling to get this right.



8.  To decorate the card, I used an assortment of stamps, pieces of kraft card stock and some ink.  You don't want to place anything too bulky on the inside of your card or it won't fold up properly.



9.  Many card artists leave this card as is, but I like to use it as an insert inside a 5" x 6" card blank.



10.  Decorate the front of your card blank as desired... I used a digital stamp, some ribbon and some of the paper off cuts from the insert.



11.  Place some double sided tape on the reverse side of the outer two panels of your insert.



12.  Line up the left hand edge of the insert with the left hand edge of the card blank, making sure the top and bottom also line up.  Press firmly to secure.  Repeat for the right hand side and you card is done!


Images and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir.  All rights reserved.

31 comments:

  1. Evening Beccy what a wonderful card and Now ive seen how you have done it I will be having ago at it. your design is wonderful. Thank you for all the instructions.
    Debs xxx
    {Debs Cards}



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  2. Oh what a wonderful tutorial Beccy.

    Hugs Diane

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  3. Oh what a wonderful tutorial Beccy.

    Hugs Diane

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  4. This card looks like fun, thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

    Sue
    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  5. Fabulous tutorial Beccy, love love love.xx

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  6. Thanks very much Beccy... I love your tutorials, you explain everything so well... I'm going to have a go at making a concertina card.
    Diane Louise x

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  7. Thank you so much for your tutorial Beccy!
    xxAngela

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  8. Love this card - I'm hoping to have some time free next week to give it a go as you have explained and illustrated your tutorial so well. Thanks so much Beccy.

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  9. Oh how lovely a card this is. I'm going to try this. Thanks.

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  10. It's a beautifull model, thanks for the tutorial. I have download the template!!
    xx Wilma

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  11. What an interesting card. Next time I have something I want to display I'm going to try this. beautifully done Beccy! Thanks for sharing the how-to.

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  12. Hi Beccy, what a wonderfully different card!! Thanks for the great instructions and template. x

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  13. Gorgeous card Beccy. Thanks for the tutorial..Loz

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  14. A great card-form Beccy. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Karin.

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  15. Aww this is beautiful thanks for the tutorial x

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  16. That is amazing! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. This is only for someone who is truly card-worthy!

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  17. great tutorial and amazing card, wow ...

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  18. Fabulous tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I might give this one a try in the near future.

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  19. What a fascinating cut and fold that creates such a lovely card! No wonder my gf mentioned this to me. Now I too want to give it a go. thank you for such clear instructions. Your card is stunning!

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  20. I think it will make a great Christmas card if I can find the right papers.

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  21. Beccy, found your card on Pinterest and loved it immediately. Thank you for the tutorial, because I would never have figured out how to make it on my own. What a truly beautiful card, well done!!!

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  22. This is just amazing. I love it. Thanks for sharing. Cannot wait to make this project.

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  23. WOW! This is so gorgeous, I love your instructions. I will be trying this tonight. Thank you so much for sharing.

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