Sunday, May 23, 2010

Accordian Flowers with GCD Studios!

Today's post is all about accordion shaped flowers....so let's get started!

First cut a strip of 1"x12" patterned paper, and another strip of 1/2"x8" patterned paper. Then start putting score marks every 1/4" on the strips:
 A lot of people don't score it, and that is fine.  I prefer to because it makes this next part easier.  Now, accordion fold both strips.
Next, glue the two ends together so it makes a ring.  I use hot glue so that it will not come apart.
Now fold the top of the ring inward, leaving the bottom to fan out in the shape of a flower.
Have a small cardstock circle that you can fold it down onto, and hold the two peices together very tight.  Hot glue a small section at a time, and let set.  This makes it so the accordion fold won't pop back out, and makes it easier to glue to your project.

Repeat this process with the smaller strip of paper.  This is how I designed my card with the two accordion folded flowers:
The accordion flowers make for a really fun accent, and a very inexpensive one at that!  All you need a few strips of patterned paper!

You don't have to make the accordion fold a complete circle either.  It looks really great in fan form, and makes for an excellent accent!
Everything on both cards except for the cardstock and ribbon are GCD Studios product, from the Urban Artsy collection.

Hope you enjoyed this easy and fun tutorial, and I can't wait to see your accordion fold projects!

Until later,
~Lea

10 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! I love how the flower turned out. I've been dying to get my hands on some of these Melody Ross papers, but unfortunately it isn't sold in Holland anywhere. Such a pity:(

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  2. Great cards Lea! Thanks for the flower tutorial! I could never get it to lay flat...This really helped.

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  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous cards Lea! I absolutely LOVE your accordion flowers!

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  4. lovely cards... the colors are AWESOME. thanks for the tips and pictures, btw--i've been wondering how other people make them. thanks! :D

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  5. WOW!!! Beautiful...so beautiful! Love the flower and your cards!!

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  6. these are both so gorgeous, lea!! love 'em.
    and thanks for the hot glue gun tip ~ i've tried these before & i can't seem to get them to stay flower-shaped. they always pop back out. now, i think i have a glue gun somewhere...

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  7. Superb tutorial! I love the one that looks like a fan. Oh, these are gorgeous, my friend. You are amazing!!!
    ♥♥ Kay

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  8. wow great tutorial...love the card...

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  9. Your cards are simply amazing and thanks for a great tut I'll be trying it out soon xx

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