Creative Cards: Specialty cards

Specialty Cards – Concertina cards

We’re sharing some fun specialty cards today from Leanne and Karen, here we go!

Concertina Effect card by Leanne Allinson

Hi Everyone! Today I wanted to share with you, how to create simple concertina effects on and with cards.

The first card displays half of a concertina flower, making it look my like an intricate hand-held ladies fan. I loved this idea being teamed up with the delicate English Rose patterned papers!

Take two of the patterned papers that contrast slightly from the 6” paper pad. Cut one strip from the darker paper at 1.5” (1 ½”). Cut the second patterned paper at 1.25” (1 ¼”). Using a scalloped border punch, trim one edge of each of the papers. Using a scoring blade, score line at equal distances. I used the lower part of the scallop punch as my guide to create valleys. Turn the patterned paper over and repeat the scoring process but in equal distance from the high point of the scallop punch. Do the same with the second piece of patterned paper.

Fold the scored lines accordingly. To create the lower layer of the fan, take both short edges in your fingers and bring them together. Place double sided tape on top of both of the short ends.

To add extra dimension, repeat the process with the lighter coloured patterned paper and match the folds to the lower layer of the fan when placing it on top. Tuck the edges below a strip of cardstock or patterned paper to help anchor it to your card.

“Precious Memories” card by Leanne Allinson: English Rose collection – 6” paper pad (pp835); rub-ons (rb888); rhinestones – champagne (rs404); grosgrain ribbon – forest (ri608); paper flowers – antique pink (f609); card pad – after five (cp703). Other – cardstock;ink; foam tape.

‘Flip card’ by Karen Shady

This style of card is very popular among cardmakers, and is known as the ‘flip card’ or ‘swing card’. They look really effective, and are surprisingly easy to make.

To begin, take a piece of cardstock 18 cm long x 15 cm wide. Score a line at 7.5 cm from the outer edge ( the longest side) on both sides, and score down 3.5 cms from the top ( see diagram below). Do this on the top and bottom of the card, then, using a pencil, draw a rectangle 4cm out from the top and bottom score folds, and connect the lines to finish. Then cut along the pencil lines with a craft knige and ruler. ( then erase the pencil lines )  Your card should look like this when finished.

Next you need to fold along the score lines, one side is a mountain fold, the other a valley fold. Fold one side towards the front, and the other side towards the back. Now your card should look like this.

Decorate your card as desired, keeping in mind as you decorate, that because the card is going to ‘flip’ around, the back of the card will become the front when the card is closed.

Back of my card:

For the front of my card, I have used a sentiment cut from the ‘charlotte’ paper. Then to give it something a little extra, I have filled in the flowers with demensional magic, once dry, I ‘cracked’ the demensional magic, by simply bending the paper, and rubbed very lightly over the top with some brown distress ink to give it an aged appearance.

materials used: English rose paper collection, thelma (P597), charlotte (P602), 6×6 paper pad (PP835),cardstock, martha stewart punch, demensional magic.

Tri-fold Card by Leanne Allinson

This next card is also very simple. It is a basic tri-fold card made entirely from patterned paper.


Trim your chosen 12×12” patterned paper sheet to your prefered size. Score two lines at 4” from each end. Fold to create the concertina shape and then simply decorate to suit the occassion! It can’t get any easier than that!!


“Happy Birthday” card by Leanne Allinson: Magic Happens collection – Fairy Tale (p625), specialty paper – glitter (ps138); printed chipboard (cb123); decorative pearl flourish – pearl (pl515); rub-ons – birthday cards (rb811); rhinestones – lilac (sb705). Other – black pen; clear acetate; foam tape.

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9 thoughts on “Creative Cards: Specialty cards

  1. I have been meaning to try one of the “flip” cards. Yours looks great – love the crackled effect on the roses!

  2. Love the concentina effect Leanne, will definitely be giving that one a go. And that tri fold card definitely sounds easy, but looks highly effective.

    The flip card looks awesome and I’ll be giving it a go. I’m slightly confused but that’s only because it’s midnight and I’ve just come off a shift. I’m sure when I get to sitting down and trying it, it will happen :)

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  4. thank you.. i really appreciate when scrappers show techniques for others to learn.. these cards are beautiful!

  5. ooh great idea! I love the flowers..I”m off to make some with my left overs from my last English Rose Scrap page.

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