See how you can use a premade card base to make this cheer filled, colorful fun fold accordion card!
If you’ve ever made a fun fold accordion card “from scratch” you know there’s a LOT of measuring and careful cutting with a craft knife and then scoring just so and all the while hoping and praying you got it right….. Well I LOVE making all kinds of fun fold cards but I do NOT love all of that fussing. My secret is using precut, prescored card bases from The Paper Cut. Today’s card uses their awesome Semi Funky Fold Accordion Card Kit and I LOVE having these secret weapons in my stash!
This card has lots of parts and pieces and it was so much fun to make. I used Rubbernecker’s Half Tree, Large Garden Fence, Picket Fence, Classic Flower and Stems, Branches and Leaves, Grass, Grass #2, Sun Moon, Clouds, Small Birds, Tiny Leaves and Nested Rectangle Scallop with Holes. I did this in very bold and bright colors to show off the whole bright, hot summer vibe and to let all the little details echo each other. Scroll down and get all my tricks and tip and try this out!
Prepping the Semi Funky Fold Accordion Card Base
I went a little wild with the designer paper pattern but I loved all the bright colors. When I cut the main layers I didn’t have enough of the main pattern to finish the center fold out section so I used one of the coordinating papers in the pad. I really like how this strategy turned out!
- Reinforce the score lines of the A2 sized Semi Funky Fold Accordion card base using a bone folder.
- Cut sections of designer paper to cover each section of the card base.
- 1 = 5.25″ x 4″ section
- 2 = 5.25″ x 1.75″ sections
- 2 = 4.25″ x 1.50″ sections
- 1 = 4.25″ x 2.75″ section
- Attach the three main paper layers to the card base using ATG adhesive.
- Score and fold the three center sections of paper before attaching them to the card base.
- Line up the folded pieces over the fold lines on the card base and attach. Pro Tip: Pre scoring the three pieces will help getting them lined up perfectly in place when attaching.
Tree, Fence and Grass Sections
- Cut the tree using Kraft cardstock and color it using a wet baby wipe and Pecan ink and dry with a heat gun.
- Use green cardstock to cut the tiny leaves and attach them to the tree branches using glossy accents.
- Apply a strip of double stick tape to the tree trunk and a tiny pop dots to the back of several leaves and attach it to the card base. Pro Tip: I modified the tree to fit into my scene by cutting off the large bottom branch.
- Use white cardstock to cut the large and small fence sections.
- Attach two large fence sections together using glossy accents, trim to fit across the back wall of the card and attach it using double stick tape on the bottom back of the pickets and tiny pop dots on the tops.
- Adhere a large fence section to both side of the fold.
- Attach two sections of the small fence together using glossy accents and attach to the center fold out section.
- Cut the grass sections using green cardstock and attach them to the fence sections using double stick tape.
Flowers and Foliage
- Cut several of the flowers using bright pink and yellow cardstock and the flower stems using green cardstock.
- Place them face up on the molding pad and gently roll and push down in the centers to form them.
- Cut a side strip of the largest rectangle scallop die using black cardstock and attach the black negative circles to the flower centers using glossy accents. Pro Tip: I am always looking for ways to get more use out of my dies. Those large negative circles were just the perfect size to use with the flowers.
- Attach the flowers to the stems using glossy accents.
- Tuck the flower stems in behind the grass and attach using glossy accents.
- Cut several sections of the foliage branches using green cardstock.
- Tuck the branches in behind the flowers and small fence sections and attach using glossy accents.
- Apply a tiny pop dot to the back of each flower and attach them to the fence and foliage. Pro Tip: I secured the flowers in place with the pop dots once all the foliage was in place so they wouldn’t fall forward.
- Cut a sun using bright yellow cardstock and attach it to the card base using a piece of mounting tape
- Use white cardstock to cut the clouds and attach them to the card base using pieces of mounting tape.
- Finish by attaching several blue birds to the scene using tiny pieces of mounting tape. Pro Tip: I like to cut and use tiny pieces of mounting tape instead of tiny pop dots when attaching small pieces like the birds. The mounting tape has a stronger adhesive.
Check out my Springtime Semi Funky Fold Accordion post to see another example of this fun card layout. Here are all the things I used today:
Have you ever tried making a fun fold accordion card? If not, was it because of all that setup? If so, I encourage you to pick up a package of any of the other fun fold card bases from The Paper Cut, check my blog for projects and give one of these fun, beautifully designed cards a shot!