This St. Patrick’s Day Concertina Card was inspired by something Crafter’s Companion did on HSN Craft Day. It is amazing how much inspiration I get from that day. I saw this type of card and just had to make one. And it wasn’t that hard but still classified as intermediate.
I’m not Irish but on March 17th isn’t everyone? This card will thrill anyone, Irish or not.
This card fits together a little harder than most, but I will show you how. I hate making envelopes, so I wrote a tutorial on how to make a custom envelope, although it fits into a regular slimline envelope, but not well. There is nothing like teaching to make you an expert at making something.
You will need:
Paper Selection for the St. Patrick’s Day Concertina Card
I went with green for this card(duh). It can either be patterned or solid just make sure the writing will show up if you use patterned paper for the light green. The paper doesn’t have to be two sided but it does have to be heavy enough to stand up (110 lb. wt. at least)
The gold foil really looks nice for the Celtic pattern.
Cutting the St. Patrick’s Day Concertina Card
Cut the card out and the Cricut will do the writing. I used a black pen. The card uses a great font I found called Alt Joli. It is free at the Alt Foundry. They have a lot of really neat fonts. Check them out.
The Celtic pattern is very thin. Be careful when taking it off the mat.
Assembling the St. Patrick’s Day Concertina Card
This is a little complicated. But first re crease all the folds. The folds on the large base card from the front are a mountain fold, then a valley fold and then another mountain. The folds on the center piece from the front are mountain, valley, mountain, valley, mountain. And make sure the 8 little slits on the base card cut all the way through.
Then you want to attach the embellishments to the center light green piece. Believe me, I tried to attach them after I assembled the card and it is very difficult to get them lined up properly.
With the both cards facing front side down, take the light green piece and put each side of the center fold into the slots on the base card.
Then tuck the skinny tabs on the ends of the light green piece through the slots on the ends of the open space of the base card. Glue them to the front of the base card.
Now you are ready to assemble the rest of the embellishments. Crease the two shamrock borders at the center. Glue them to the base card, lining up the center crease with the center fold on the card.
Next assemble the light green pieces and glue them to the ends over the tabs. They will hang over the center hole a little. Make sure that you only put glue where they touch the big base card on the outside edge or your card won’t work right.
This card could really use a card band to keep it closed. You can find out more about card bands here.
And the St. Patrick’s Day Concertina card is done. Enjoy!