CTC 191: Nature’s Poem Fancy Fold – Accordion Fold Insert

Published by under cards | Aug 12 2018

Instructions for this accordion insert fold at https://simonebartrum.com/cards/fancy-accordion-fold-insert/


It’s so great to be back again with the CASE-ing the Catty crew for this week’s challenge. This week we are turning to pages 142 – 153 of the annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue for inspiration.  



My card was loosely inspired by the Tranquil Tide card on page 142 of the 2018 annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. You can see it above on the top left.

I moved things around a bit but the general layout was inspired by this card. 

Just to mix things up a bit, I added an unusual insert to make this card a fancy fold.

Well, it’s kind of a fancy fold. You’ll see what I mean…


Firstly, here’s the front: 

Instructions for this accordion insert fold at https://simonebartrum.com/cards/fancy-accordion-fold-insert/

And here’s a top view that shows the accordion fold insert:

And opened up, standing: 

Instructions for this accordion insert fold at https://simonebartrum.com/cards/fancy-accordion-fold-insert/




How to make an Accordion Insert Card



I had so much fun making this card, and ended up using this design for my 2018 Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip card swap on the recent Alaska Cruise.

Want to have a go at making your own?

Here’s how:

1. Cut your A4 sheet of cardstock at 10cm wide. Leave the cardstock at the full length, which is 29.7cm. 

(I’m from Australia so I’ve started with our A4 standard size cardstock, but the same concept could easily be adapted for US Letter size cardstock). 
2. Score at 14cm, 18cm, 22cm and 26cm. Fold to create an accordion or concertina fold as shown above (ie valley, mountain, valley, mountain)

Optional: stamp to decorate. If you are stamping, it’s best to do that before you’ve stuck anything down. I actually prefer to do the stamping before I’ve even done the scoring, because when you stamp on the score lines the image doesn’t look as good. 

3. Adhere the larger panel to a 14.5cm x 10.5cm panel of cardstock.

Make sure it’s centred so there’s an even 5mm border showing all the way around. 

4. Fold up the panels and adhere another 14.5cm x 10.5cm panel to the top folded panel.

Decorate as desired. I find it easier to embellish the top layer of cardstock before you attach it to the accordion fold insert. 


Nature’s Poem Card front

Instructions for this accordion insert fold at https://simonebartrum.com/cards/fancy-accordion-fold-insert/


The front of my card features the Nature’s Poem designer series paper, Velvet Ribbon, Leaves Trinkets, and copper trim. I just love the way the copper trim holds its shape when you stretch it out and pull it. Amazing stuff! It’s a ‘must have’ for your copper embellishment collection. 


(Click image to enlarge)



I hope you like this card and that it inspires you to make one too.  

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Thanks for joining us this week.

For more ideas and inspiration, join me over on Facebook. And to see some of the other Alaska Incentive Trip swaps I made, just scroll back to July 2018 and you’ll see loads of photos from the trip. 

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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15 responses so far

15 Responses to “CTC 191: Nature’s Poem Fancy Fold – Accordion Fold Insert”

  1. Rebecca Son 12 Aug 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Welcome back!! What a great fold, I’ve never seen one like that. So pretty!

  2. Simoneon 12 Aug 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks Bec, it’s great to be back.

  3. Julia Quinnon 12 Aug 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I love this!! Another fancy fold that I absolute have to try. I really love your stamping that faded out for the writing panel. Gorgeous card with wonderful details.

  4. Simoneon 12 Aug 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks Julia! It was fun to fade the stamps out like that, and each inking ran out of ink at just the right point. 🙂

  5. Rachel Palmierion 12 Aug 2018 at 8:08 pm

    That’s a cute fold, Simone. Glad to have you back, creating with us.

  6. Monique Fielderon 12 Aug 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Such a pretty card, I love the colours and the fancy fold, with the soft leaves falling inside.

  7. Peta Stephenon 12 Aug 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Gorgeous card Simone, I’ve never seen this fold before. Thanks for the measurements, I’ll have to try making one.

  8. Kathy (cards_by_kp)on 13 Aug 2018 at 7:20 am

    Wow! I will have to try this fancy fold insert with the fading leaves. Great job!

  9. Simoneon 13 Aug 2018 at 9:12 am

    Thanks Kathy! Yes definitely give it a try. It’s a fun and different type of card.

  10. Angela Meiritz-Reidon 13 Aug 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Lovely card Simone! Your accordion insert is a great idea 🙂

  11. Elizabeth Grosson 13 Aug 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Lovely to have you back Simone. I love all the photos in your blogpost, thankyou- I think we’re all visual people! The ombre effect you can get with these leaves is just amazing, and a card that stands up is always a winner.

  12. Simoneon 13 Aug 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Awww thanks Liz! It’s so great to be back. I’m looking forward to joining in a bit more often (haha famous last words…)

  13. Megan Lenskeon 14 Aug 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Love your fancy fold Simone! Thanks for sharing the measurements!

  14. Megan Lenskeon 19 Aug 2018 at 9:06 am

    Oh! I love that DSP and Simone you have highlighted it beautifully! Such a neat card fold too!

  15. Sandra Colletton 19 Aug 2018 at 10:53 am

    Love a good fun fold card Simone and you’ve nailed it with this one!

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