Accordion-Folded Clip-Art Valentines

This colorful graphic valentine idea comes from Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting. "When it comes to creating paper goods, I love bright colors and working with unusual formats and folds," Jang says. Using an old-fashioned allusion device known as a rebus, the sweet message is spelled out with images and words. 

Accordion-Folded Clip-Art Valentines

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Ruler

  • X-Acto knife

  • Pen

  • A small jewelry box (1.5" x 2.5" x .75") or a business-card-size envelope. 

  • Self-healing mat or other cutting surface


  1. Print out the card design on an 8.5"-x-11" midweight sheet of paper. Two sizes are provided -- one to fit into a small matchbox-size jewelry box, and a larger size to fit into a business-card-size envelope.

  2. Using an X-Acto knife, metal ruler, and a self-healing mat, cut out the provided design.

  3. Score the card in four places, where the colored panels meet.

  4. Fold where the card is scored to get an accordion-fold look.

  5. The smaller size fits perfectly into a small matchbox-size jewelry box.

  6. The larger design will fit perfectly into a business-card-size envelope measuring 2 1/4" x 3 1/2."



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