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Accordion Strip Card by Marie Berquist




First create your card base, adding layers of cardstock and/or decorative papers.  For this card I used a 4 1/4” x 11” cream cardstock and folded in half to create a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” card base.  I added a 4 1/8” x 5 3/8” dark brown layer and two 4” x 3” pieces of designer paper.  I punched one edge of a 1 1/2” x 4” strip of brown paper and layered it across where the pieces overlapped.

For the accordion strip, cut a strip 3” x 12”.  You can make it wider if you choose.  Score the strip at 3”, 4 1/2”, 6”, 7 1/2”, and 9”.  Fold together and trim or punch the corners and then punch a hole for the ribbon.

Add layers, images, and sentiments to each section as desired.  I added 2 7/8” x 2 1/2” pieces of dark brown and 2 3/4” x 2 3/8” pieces of light brown to the top and bottom inside sections and the bottom outside section (A).  I stamped my images on 2 5/8” x 2 1/4” pieces of cream cardstock.   I added 2 7/8” x 1 3/8” pieces of light brown to the four middle sections and then added 2 3/4” x 1 1/4” pieces of striped to the 2nd and 4th sections (B) and dark brown to the 3rd and 5th section (C).  I stamped the sentiment and fish on 2 5/8” x 1 1/8” pieces of teal paper and added these to the 3rd and 5th sections.

Fold up the accordion strip and add ribbon (approx. 18”).  Run one end through the punched holes, around the back, and back to the front to tie in a bow.  Adhere to the card front.

You can also adhere the ribbon to the back of the folded accordion and pull each end through a hole and tie together.

Here is the completed card open.  I did add some glitter to parts of images, using a glue pen.  I also used it to add a glittery "fishing line" and "fish hook" to the card front, along with a quilled "bobber"

Don't have any of the right colored Baker's Twine???  See the Color Your Own Baker's Twine technique.




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