Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Accordion Folded Flower

Here is one of the cards I did at my club meeting on Sunday:

It uses the same folded flower technique that I used on my chat & challenge card, but I cut the paper strips wider, and it creates a much larger flower. Unfortunately, it is also harder to flip open.
The finished size of this card is 8.25" x 3.75"
All supplies are SU!- I used retired dsp for the blue background because my SAB DSP wasn't here yet.

You can see the basic steps of how to create this flower in the Sale-A-Bration brochure on page 5. If you don't have a Sale-A-Bration brochure, you can view it by clicking the picture of the brochure on the right side of my blog.

For this card, I cut the strips to 1-1/2" by 12", and scored every 1/2 inch. Then I folded on the score lines back and forth, accordion style.

***IMPORTANT TIP!

Make sure that the first fold you make is a mountain fold, with the side of the paper you want to be your flower facing up! If you do this, your last fold will also be a mountain fold with the color you want facing up.
If you are using card stock, then it won't matter which way you start folding.

**if you start folding the wrong way & then reverse your folds, you will have a VERY hard time getting your flower to flip open for you nicely, so it is important to fold it the right way on the first try! (guess how I know that?? LOL)

**(Obviously photos would be more useful to you at this point... I will see what I can do over the next day or so- it's a really busy week for me & we are all sick, so I'll try my best, but I can't promise. The Buffalo area weather has been crazy- warm one day & freezing the next, and everyone I know is sick, too!)

Okay now, where were we?
When you join the two end pieces together, you will want to make sure that you are joining a mountain fold to a mountain fold, with the color of your flower facing out. Now your strip of pleated paper should be joined so that the two end pieces that are joined together face in.

**At this point, you will want to make sure you have the supplies you need to glue or tape the flower together at hand. Otherwise, when you flip out your pleated card stock circle into a flower, it will just pop back open.

After playing with this for some time, I suggest the following supplies:

A 1" or 3/4" circle of card stock for the back of the flower (any color, this won't show)
A 3/4" to 1" circle of coordinating card stock for the front of the flower.

Craft glue dot (SU! doesn't carry this size), Pop up glue dots, or a hot glue gun (works great!)

**If using glue dots, prepare your card stock circles ahead of time by adhering the glue dots to them and setting them within reach before you flip your flower open.

The craft glue dots are flat like mini glue dots, but larger in diameter; the minis won't work well for this. I also tried sticky strip covering the back of my card stock circle, and it wouldn't hold well. The glue dots are stickier & have more give.
The hot glue works great, but you have to make sure you have the flower just where you want it, and be able to hold it in place with one hand while you put a blob of glue in the center of the flower with the other hand.

The Sale-A-Bration brochure shows the flower being flipped open in mid-air, but I found it easier to flip my flower against my work surface, then I could hold it in place while sticking on my circles. When I tried to open the flower in mid-air, it would try to flip itself back and wouldn't stay in a flower shape.

It doesn't matter if you glue a circle to the front or back of your flower first, just make sure you glue one on in the center of both sides of the flower to stabilize it. Once your circles are on you will be able to tape/glue it in place on your card. Embellish the front center of the flower with a button or layer a another card stock circle that has been stamped with a cute design & punched out with a circle punch just a little smaller than your center.


**I used a thinner strip of card stock on my C&C card (shown in the post below).
I cut the CS 1" by 12", and again scored at every 1/2 inch. It was much easier to open this flower, and the smaller size is better for a standard size card.
For the record, I do like the look of both size flowers, but next time I would probably use a larger circle for the center of the larger flower ;)

** I do suggest scoring at every 1/2 inch, although you could just do an accordion fold free hand. the scoring will make your life easier when creating your flower, though. If you have a scor-pal, the scoring is a SNAP. You just put your paper in the tray & score every 1/2 inch, you don't need to move your paper or do any measuring, it's so great. When I pre-scored for my club, I scored a whole sheet of 12x12 every 1/2 inch (took like 30 seconds!), and THEN cut it into strips- easy peasy.

So... if you are planning to make multiples, I definitely recommend pre-scoring your larger piece of paper first & then cutting your strips off across the fold lines.

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, and if you have done these and have addition tips, please feel free to share them with us by posting a comment!

Have a great day!

Laura Albertson

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