Concertina Fold Cards

Concertina Step Card

Hello everyone and happy Monday.

To kick start the week I have these unusual Concertina Step cards.

Concertina Step Fold Card

This is a really unique looking card and a clever twist on a standard Concertina card.

Concertina Step Fold Card

This was requested by Linda who sent me a picture last year, I get so many requests but I do try and get through them all it just takes me some time.

Concertina Step Fold Card

Most versions of this card don’t have the outer card base and I didn’t see any that were 5″ x 7″ which is my preferred card size.

Concertina Step Fold Card

The “Happy Birthday” stamp is by Woodware and available from Hobbybase.

Woodware "Big Birthday Words" stamp set

I used the new First Edition “Chasing Rainbows” paper pack, which I love! it has so much sparkle, texture & colour.

Chasing Rainbows Paper Pack

I also used the new Dovecraft Mermaids & Unicorns pearlized cardstock. Available from Amazon.

Dovecraft Mermaids & Unicorns Card Pack

The interlocking middle part gives the card a fun and unusual look as well as strength.

Concertina Step Fold Card

I also love that you can have this portrait or landscape.

Concertina Step Fold Card

To make these cards you will need…

1 piece of 10″ x 7″ coloured cardstock for your card base.

Score along the 10″ side at 5″ and fold in half.

1 piece of 10.1/2 x 6.3/4 white cardstock for your main concertina part.

Score along the 10.1/2 side at 1.3/4 then flip it over and score at 3.1/2, then flip over again and score at 5.1/4 then flip over again and score at 7″ and finally flip over again and score at 8.3/4. By flipping your cardstock over each time your card won’t crack when we do the concertina folding.

Then score along 6.3/4 side at 1.3/4 & 5″ starting from the first score line down to the last. As shown in my template below.

Concertina Step Fold Card Template

1 piece of 4.3/4 x 7″ coloured cardstock for your smaller inlocking concertina part. Score along the 7″ side at 1.3/4 then flip over the card and score at 3.1/2 then flip it back over again and score at 5.1/4

2 pieces of 1.1/2 x 6.1/2 pattern paper to decorate to two inside panels.

8 pieces of 1.1/2 x 1.1/2 pattern paper to decorate your eight small square.

4 piece of 1.1/2 x 4.1/2 patterned paper to decorate the four inside middle panels.

1 piece of 6.3/4 x 4.3/4 pattern paper to mat the front of your card.

1 piece of 6.1/2 x 4.1/2 pattern paper to layer on top of your mat.

Embellishments, die cuts and stamps to decorate your card.

Check out my full tutorial below to see how I made them.

The cards fold flat and will fit in a standard 5″ x 7″ envelope.

You can either find space inside to write your message or use the back as I did below.

Concertina Step Fold Card

There are so many panels to this card which makes it a good one to personalise.

Concertina Step Fold Card

I just love the profile you get from this card.

Concertina Step Fold Card

Such a happy looking card.

Concertina Step Fold Card

I hope you like today’s card and you feel inspired to give it a go yourself.

Remember to share any projects to make inspired by my tutorials over on my Facebook group Mixed Up Crafters.

Happy crafting.



6 thoughts on “Concertina Step Card

  1. Hi Sam…..Yup, I really believe you should have been an engineer!!! Your folds are so fantastic. These type of cards are what I’m in to. Love to make them. I also sincerely appreciate the fact that you have decided to make a template that we can follow. I’m now making them along with you so I have a sample card and a template! TY so very much for all your effort you put forth in creating magnificent cards and other projects (bags – love these too)!

  2. Fabulous fancy fold card – thank you so much for sharing your ideas! As Claire above says, the template is fabulous to have to keep for reference – I’ll be saving mine in a separate folder for future uses:)

  3. Hi Sam
    I am 52 and just getting into card making. You make the most amazing cards with clear and easy instructions and your tutorials are great and easy to follow. The only issue I am having is when you make your own card base, what grade of cardstock ie white or plain coloured card do you use please?

  4. Hello, Allison. Thank you for your kind comment, I’m glad you enjoy my cards. I either buy pre-made card blanks from Hobbycraft or The Works or I use 200gsm smooth cardstock from Papermill Direct. Hope that helps. I also use the Papermania Capsule collection coloured card stock which is 216 gsm but once you ass your mats and layers to it, it soon becomes stronger. 🙂

  5. Thank you so, so much for the information this helps a lot, your an angel. Keep up the awesome work and I am looking forward to future project from you

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