Wednesday, 27 January 2016

How to Design an Accordion Flip Card in Sure Cuts a Lot

I have made a video to go with these instructions.  I wouldn't say they are hard to make but if you go about it the wrong way it can be a lot harder than it needs to be. It is more the order of doing things that makes a difference!

This will show you how to design your own file to your own size and shape requirements, and keep a base file to use in future.


  1.  Create the basic shapes all in one go to save time and frustration.
  •  Outer frame     x3
  • Inner frame      x3
  • Float shape       x2
  • Hinge pairs       x2
  • Tab for float    x2      

    2)   Create both a horizontal and vertical line and centre them to the page. Lock them in place.

   3)   Create outer frame by centering to the page, lining up the hinges as you wish and then making a union. Lock that shape.

  4)  Centre the float to an inner frame and check the sizing. Keeping it centred, exclude the path. Position the tab and subtract one path from the other (for some reason mine thinks the tab is behind!)

  5) Centre the result of that to the page.

  6)  With eraser set to circle 1.5cm and keep closed paths box ticked - erase a centre path for the swivel (as in the video). Do this at the centre of inner frame, centre top of shape and also at the resulting point between the two.  This dimension is just the right size to provide a sturdy swivel mechanism. The arrows on the diagram below point at the 3 places to erase on the lower part.

Notice on this one I had not locked my vertical line, so part of that vanished too!


  7) Unlock the horizontal guide and use it to make the tiny cuts in the swivel area (as in the video). Duplicate the cuts for the bottom one, and flip them upside down before locating.

These tiny cut lines are what allows the swivel action.
  8) Use the vertical guide in the same way to make the SCORE lines. Remember to change the colour of these so you don't cut them by accident! Mine are in pink here. The guide line is already going through the centre, where you need it.

There are numerous videos on how to do the actual construction but basically you keep adding as many panels as you want, leaving the last one without the hinges.

Decor panels can be made from the bits left over - remember to think if you need to make offsets of these. You may want to make the panels a fraction narrower to accommodate the hinge but if you do, separate the inner and outer frame to make sure you don't make the inner one smaller too!

Now that you have created your version, you should find you still have the original parts to save as the start of another. It will save you time in the future.

EDIT :

You can even do a double spin, or more if the card is large enough!  To make that less complicated to fathom out, ignore the above tiny cuts and score marks and do those by hand after cutting, it will only take a minute.
Just add another 'frame' shape and knock through the middle of it with the eraser. Like this
Unused tabs are trimmed off, they are only necessary for the hinged section, panels are kept with the tabs on the right only.

And this is what you get..
This is where the tabs are joined. Depending on shape and size of your tab, you can squeeze them together or overlap and fold the middles.

Obviously, you would normally use matching or toning card and decorate it - but this is the plain cut - out of scrap double sided card. Note the tabs on the right have been trimmed off - leave them on for more pages.




Here it is folded flat.





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