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3-D Valentine's Day Accordion Card

Source: Martha Stewart


If planning to mail the card, measure the envelope first and size the card accordingly (usually about 1/4 inch smaller all around). For the cleanest results, cut the paper with a craft knife on a self-healing mat (cut straight lines along a ruler). Some cards need the additional backing to conceal cuts or add weight; create a border by cutting the back piece slightly larger than the base, and layer patterned and solid papers.

Try the Popup Heart Card, Popup Proposal Card, 3-D Accordian Card, and Garland Card.

Resources: Paper and envelopes, Bone folder, screw punch, and craft knife, all by Martha Stewart Crafts, White ruler,


  • Card stock, scrapbook paper, and envelopes

  • Pens and pencils

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Craft knife

  • Self-healing cutting mat

  • Double-sided tape

  • Hole punch

  • Bone folder


  1. Print a template on card stock, cut, and trace onto the paper for the folded piece. (If making one card, print directly on desired paper.)

  2. Fold along score marks. Then unfold, cut out, and refold.

  3. Position the folded piece inside base card so it pops. Secure with double-sided tape.

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