Saturday, July 7, 2012

Top Note Accordion Fold Card /Mini Album

Welcome!  Today’s Super Saturday Tutorial was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances… but it’s here now!  Life just gets a little crazy sometimes doesn’t it??

Last week, after posting one of my projects for the July Splitcoaststampers CreativeCrew… I had a lot of requests for a tutorial featuring my twist on the Accordion Fold Card using the Top Note Die Cut…. so today’s the day!

I haven’t finished the album interior… but will share that at a later date if it’s ok with my readers!mini album or card using top note die cutToday’s album features pretty Polka Dot Designer Series Paper, the Papillion Potpourri and Postage Due stamp sets from the new catalog and the July special $5.00 stamp set “Reason to Smile” (just $5.00 with your order of $50. or more… visit my stampin’ up! store now!)

Here’s the current view of the album’s interior:inside the albumSupplies needed for today’s…

Top Note Accordion Fold Card or Mini Album Tutorial

  • Top Note Die
  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • Simply Scored Board (with embossing stylus)
  • Tabletop Paper Trimmer (or other cutting system)
  • Two 4” x 5” Card Stock for covers (whisper white used in today’s tutorial)
  • One 4” x 12” Card Stock for inner pages (whisper white used in today’s sample)
  • Two 4” x 5” pieces designer series paper in three patterns of your choice.
  • Snail (double sided adhesive)
  • Approximately 24” of ribbon
  • Paper Snips
  • Bone Folder
  • Corner rounder  and sanding block or 1/2” corner chomper.
  • Stamps, embellishments and additional card stock to decorate inside pages and outer covers

Step by step top note accordion fold card or mini album instructions:

  1. Glue DSP to both sides of 4” x 5” card stock.  In today’s sample, marina mist polka dot DSP was glued to one side of each piece, and Daffodil Delight DSP was glued to the reverse side.glue pieces together for step 1.
  2. Run the DSP card stock through the big shot machine using the top note die and appropriate sandwich.
  3. Place long (12”) edge of 4”x 12” cardstock along top rail of simply scored board and score at 3”, 6”, and 9”.  Fold mountain-valley style and use a bone folder to crease folds.bone fold scored lines and mountain/valley fold
  4. LOL… I used my 1/2” zutter corner chomper as it cuts through several layers at once quite quickly.1/2" corner chomper by zutter
  5. Alternatively, you could use paper snips to clip 3/8” down on each fold, use a standard corner rounder to round the individual corners.  To increase the size of the rounded corner collapse all layers together and then use a sanding block to gently ease the rounded corner to a larger curve.use std corner rounder and sanding block for alternative
  6. Your scored card stock will now look something like this.view of inside before decor added
  7. Find the center of your ribbon, and pinch at the middle.  Position on the card stock where desired and attach using SNAIL or double sided adhesive.  TIP:  place ribbon onto a slick non-stick surface such as the one that comes with stampin’ dimensionals… run the adhesive along the ribbon and then use your finger to gently ease any overage back on to the ribbon.   Works like a dream!fold ribbon in half to find centerplace ribbon on stampin dimensional sheet and add adhesive
  8. Glue the ribbon all the way to the edges of the inside pages.attach the ribbon to the ends of cs and center as well
  9. Now, collapse all the pages flat and attach to one DSP covered top note die cut.  NOTE:  I just tied the ribbon here to keep it from expanding.collapse accordion fold and attach to covers
  10. Once the covers are glued in place, you can begin decorating your album…now attach second cover

add dsp and cardstock to the inside to decorate

the back cover is left plain

LOL.. here’s the cover before I added pearls and rhinestones…just add bling to completeThanks for your patience… I look forward to reading your comments!  I hope you’ll stop back by tomorrow for a new post and a brand new project along with a special announcement!



Supplies Used in Today’s…

Top Note Accordion Fold Card / Mini Album Tutorial

Stamps:  Reason To Smile WM 131274 / CM 131275 ($5.00 either format), Papillion Potpourri WM 123757 / CM 123759, Postage Due WM 126395 / CM 126397

Papers:  Polka Dot Parade DSP 126902, Whisper White 100730, Marina Mist 119682, Midnight Muse 126843

Inks:  Old Olive 126953; Midnight Muse 126860; Champagne Shimmer Paint 116806; Markers:  Daffodil Delight 119677, Calypso Coral (2011-13 Collection 123002), Bashful Blue (Subtles Collection #119700 Subtles Collection), White Gel Pen 105021

Terrific Tools:   Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine 113439, Top Note Die 113463, Postage Stamp Punch 122344

Awesome Accessories:  Pearls Basic Jewels 119247, Rhinestones Basic Jewels 119246, Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430,  Sponge Dauber 102892

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Lisawhs808 said...

Thanks for the tutorial. This is such a cute project. And, your cover looks so pretty.

Susan Carlson said...

Really cute! Love how you colored the butterfly! Can't wait to see the completed interior - and hear your special announcement. ... My life is crazy, too! My seven year-old has a sprained ankle. Luckily, it's not broken - we don't think. She's seeing an ortho doc on Monday to be sure. And my washing machine is leaking!!! Ordered a new one because the cost to repair it would be half the price of a new washer. The new one won't be in until August 8th. I'm going to convention, so I'll be putting my swaps together at the laundromat. It could generate some new business for me : )

Charlene H. said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I really liked the first one you showed the other day and was wondering how you made it.

Sharon Field said...

Life is so full of twists and turns, especially when children are involved! Hope the sprain remains just a sprain Susan!

Last week my DH told me the washer was leaking... it's only a couple years old and I was really questioning the verdict so ran another closely monitored load and eliminated the washer as an issue. LOL... the leaking water was in fact escaping from a rotting stand pipe in the wall behind the washer (older home.. another pandora's box of problems!!)

Best of luck with the new clientele! Hope that works out for you!!

ellouise1969 said...

I love this idea Sharon...I am looking for a natty idea for a small wedding gift for one of the doctors I work with.....hmmm.....coogs are clunking. Thanks for a great tute!!