How to Make a Basic Accordion Fold Card

 This accordion fold card is what some might consider a “basic” accordion.  It just has folds — nothing fancy.  This card was part of a recent class I held that featured accordion folds.

This card uses the Plentiful Plants stamp set with the coordinating Perfect Plants dies and the Bloom Where You Are Planted DSP.  The base of the card is Evening Evergreen.

A video with step-by-step instructions is at the bottom of this post as well as a list of cutting dimensions and a list of products used.

When the card is opened, it shows off beautifully decorated panels as well as a large piece of vibrant DSP.

The left two panels feature DSP that features the subtle image of wood planks.

The right two panels feature one panel with Basic White cardstock onto which the sentiment is stamped.  The sentiment is from the Plentiful Plants stamp set and is stamped in Evening Evergreen  The larges panel is covered with  a beautifully designed piece of DSP from the Bloom Where You Are Planted DSP collection.

To keep the card closed, I made a belly band using a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock, topped with a Basic White tag cut from the Stitched So Sweetly die set and stamped in Garden Green with a stamp from the Plentiful Plants Set.  The belly band is embellished with a plant stamped from the same set — the foliage is Garden Green, and the planter is Cajun Craze. Both were die cut using the coordinating Perfect Plant dies (although in the video, I fussy cut the planter . . . the die was “hidden” on my workspace somewhere!)

This is another basic accordion fold card that I made using the retired Ice Cream Corner Suite products.  The coordinating Ice Cream Cone punch is still available.

Click on the video below to see the step-by-step tutorial.  NOTE:  if the video does not appear, you can see it by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions about this project or any of the products used, please let me know!

Happy Stampin’!


Cutting Dimensions:

Base: Evening Evergreen – 5 1/2 x 11, scored at 1 1/4, 4, 6 3/4

DSP: 1 x 5 1/4 (2 pieces); 2 1.2 x 5 1/4, 4 x 5 1/4

Basic White: 2 1/2 x 5 1/4

Product List 

Plentiful Plants Bundle (English)


Plentiful Plants Photopolymer Stamp Set


Perfect Plants Dies


Stitched So Sweetly Dies


Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad


Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad


Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad


Evening Evergreen 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Bloom Where You're Planted Suite Collection (English)


Stampin' Dimensionals


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