This Valentines Heart Accordion Card is the first card I posted and it has sentimental meaning to me because of that and because it was the first card I made for Ken. I miss him so much. He would be so proud of what this site has become.
I wanted to see if there was a limit to how many panels I could put in one card. There isn’t really. Although finding an envelope was difficult because it is so thick when I fold it. You can make your own envelope by following the tutorial here.
I went with traditional Valentines colors for the embellishments. The base card needs to be two sided because you do see a little of both sides, but not much. If I had it do do over I probably wouldn’t choose the blue but that is water under the bridge.
Patterns would work well with some of the bigger parts but not the thinner ones. Just don’t use too many patterns. This would get confusing.
The intricate cuts require a little heavier paper to be crisp. So choose at least 100 lb weight paper the embellishments if you can. The gold foil looks really good for the heart borders.
Cutting the card
I cut several extra copies of the heart borders because they are difficult to get up without tearing them. In fact there are lots of pieces with very intricate cuts. Be careful taking them off the mat.
To make your own names in the back, use the extra hearts on the bottom of the file and slice them out using Modern Stencil Font. You can get it from Dafont for free.
If you are using the SVG file, make sure that you read and follow the directions in the instruction document that is included in the zip file. Your card won’t be the correct size and the score lines won’t work if you don’t.
Assembling the Valentines Heart Accordion Card
First re-crease the fold lines and don’t forget the small score lines on the center hearts.
Glue all the embellishments together and the light pink to the base before you assemble the accordion pieces. Leave the left edge free of the overlays so you can fit the tabs underneath. You can use tape glue for this if you want.
Glue the tabs under the pink overlays so they are hidden and glue the overlays to the tabs. Use liquid glue for this. Let them dry flat overnight. All six sections should form one long piece now.
After the glue is dry fold the pieces like an accordion and stand them up. Glue the tabs on the center hearts under the overlays alternating between in front and behind the main card. Let them dry. Fold the card with the joints in front going forward and the joints in back going back. After the glue dries, open and close the card a few times to make sure it works properly.
When you are satisfied it works, add the embellishments to the card with liquid glue. If you are having problems figuring out where things go look at the pictures. I used some of the little gold hearts from the border as added embellishments.
And your Valentines Heart Accordion Card is done! Enjoy.
Janelle had trouble and then figured it out! (see comment below.) She sent me this photo of her creation. It looked so good I just had to include it here.