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.
- X-Acto knife
- Clip art
- A small jewelry box (1.5" x 2.5" x .75") or a business-card-size envelope.
- Self-healing mat or other cutting surface
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.
Using an X-Acto knife, metal ruler, and a self-healing mat, cut out the provided design.
Score the card in four places, where the colored panels meet.
Fold where the card is scored to get an accordion-fold look.
The smaller size fits perfectly into a small matchbox-size jewelry box.
The larger design will fit perfectly into a business-card-size envelope measuring 2 1/4" x 3 1/2."