Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Collaborative Accordion Flip Album

Hello! In April, Karen Burniston asked me if I wanted to contribute to a collaborative accordion flip album, together with the other designers she calls her 'Super Six'. I am very happy to be one of them! Karen's dies and embossing folders are the best.
We each made a two panel accordion card, and the only guidelines were to include a photo of ourselves, blog address, and to do just have fun creating something in our own style. The end result is fabulous, with the different panels connected together. If you are at Summer CHA, check out the final album at the Sizzix booth.  
This is my contribution, lots of ink, stamping, birds, sentiments and little details. I took a few step-by-step photos when I made this. If this was just a normal two panel accordion card you would cut off the flap on the right hand side, but since it was going to be connected into a long album, I couldn't cut it off.
I started out by die cutting the accordion flip panels from manila cardstock, which is heavy and a great base for an accordion card.
They were inked with Antique Linen, Salty Ocean, Broken China and Gathered Twigs and splattered with water for texture.
The panels were die cut using the coordinating Bracket, Frame & Label die. I smeared Distress Stains on my craft sheet, misted the paper with water and pressed into the ink. This watercolour look is a favourite of mine.
When it came to colour, I wanted to include some red details. Thinking of how to display the photo, I decided to place it inside a frame and used Karen's Fancy Frame. It was die cut from manila cardstock, painted black and embossed with red embossing powder. Because the frame was a little bit too large for the panel, I had to trim it and also removed the two pieces at the side. After cutting them off, I realised they looked like little crowns (see the little piece at the top of the photo) and used one as a crown for the bird. The wood veneer woman was also embossed with the red powder.

I love to add text elements to my projects and covered manila cardstock with old Swedish dictionary paper. The definitions on the large bird have to do with birds and wings, a fun little detail. The birds were die cut with the Thanks Set and Birds on a Wire dies.
The accordion panels were stamped with my favorite alphabet background stamp using Broken China and Gathered Twigs, holding the cling stamp in my had for random impressions. I also stamped it with bird and sentiment stamps. The bracket panels were stamped with a swirl stamp and Tumbled Glass ink.

I used one of my favourite word bands and rubbed paint into the words. The bird was inked and got a pearl eye. I attached the pen nib with a wire, since I knew this card would be handled quite a bit, I wanted everything to be stuck down real well.

The 'a' tag is a Vintaj blank, which was embossed in the Lowercase Typewriter folder, painted with Agate Patina ink and then burnished to reveal the letter.

The blue star was die cut from grungeboard inked with Salty Ocean, stamped with alphabet stamps and coated with Glossy Accents. The wood veneer stars were inked with Gathered Twigs and coated with Glossy Accents.

On the second panel, I stamped another favorite sentiment, and added two little Idea-ology gears and a little wood veneer bird inked with Salty Ocean.

The bird is coated in Glossy Accents, which is something I love to do. On this photo, you can see the silver shine from the Brushed Pewter Distress Stain better.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting!!


Surface: Ranger Manila cardstock; 7 Gypsies Postale Ledger 8 x 8; Tim Holtz Idea-ology grungeboard; old dictionary paper
Dies: Sizzix: Accordion Flip 3-D Album, Bracket, Frame & Label, Fancy Frame, Birds on a Wire, Thanks Set, Star & Circle
Embossing folder: Sizzix DecoEmboss Lowercase Typewriter
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Simple Sayings, Tiny Textures, Warehouse District, Mini Ornates, Going Somewhere
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Distress Ink: Salty Ocean, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Broken China; Ranger Vintaj: Agate Patina Ink
Stain: Distress Stain: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Brushed Pewter
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Black Soot
Embossing powder: Judikins red
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Word Bands, Mini Gears, Mini Fasteners, Pen Nib; Vintaj: Blank Circle Tags; Studio Calico wood veneer: Potty People, Tiny Stars, Birds
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Wonder Tape
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, Vintaj Reliefing Block


  1. Fantastic!
    You've done so many beautiful projects! Sorry, I haven't commented recently. Nevertheless I enjoty your projevts a lot! Thanks for beauty and inspiration.

  2. I absolutely love the work I have seen done with the accordian flip die, to the extent that I am actually planning on buying the die full price if necessary (huge comittment for me!).
    I find your current project, above, particularly inspiring. Wonderful!

  3. Love your pages and the whole album looks amazing! Wished I was at CHA to see it IRL...

  4. So delicious as an idea, and I love your segment - wonderful colours, and the book text bird is just lovely!
    Alison x

  5. This is wonderful and again fabulous colors. It brought a smile to my face. I love it!!


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