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« on: January 15, 2008 04:32:13 AM »





This card is two tunnel books hinged, with a pop out back.




Accordion Book Tutorial

Here is an easy way to make a tunnel book.  In some versions the side accordions are made as a continuous fold, causing the middle layers to sit at an angle to the front of the card.  Making several accordions and glueing them together leaves a straight tab to glue to.

Side Accordions

I used  8.5" x 11" black card stock.  Cut paper in half to make two pieces 8.5" x 5.5".  Cut three accordions from each piece, 5.5" x 2.75.  There will be a little piece left over.  You need 4 of these accordions per card.




Fold each accordion in half lengthwise.  Flip over and fold the cut edges to meet the center fold.





Glue 2 accordions together.  I like to use a rubber-cement-like "no wrinkle" paper glue.  Clamp or press under a book and let dry completely.

Completed accordion showing middle tab.





Select your pictures and cut to size.  These are (three pieces) from an 8.5" x 11" piece of writing paper cut into quarters.  With the accordions we are using, the height needs to be 5.5".  The width is up to you.



Cut out the center of the pictures.    Be sure to leave enough picture on the sides to cover the accordion.  I like to slide the picture into the accordion and use it as a cutting guide. You can leave a bridge of paper across the top if it suits your design.






Lay two accordions on the table with the center, glued together, tab facing up.  Flatten accordions slightly so the outside flaps are flat on the table.  Spread glue on flaps and glue in the bottom picture, lining up the edges of the picture with the fold.  Set this picture in carefully as it will skew the card if it is crooked.  Clamp and allow to dry.





Spread glue on the center tabs.  Glue the middle picture, lining the edges up with the foldlines.  Clamp and let dry.





Glue top picture to the tops flaps of the accordion.  Clamp or press.



This is take from the bottom to show how the accordions look when it is glued together.  (Emphasized in red).




Need help making this with photos using layers in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements?  Let me know!




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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008 01:33:55 PM »

Wow! That is extreme! How many of those did you do? And did you handcut all the layers? I'm impressed!
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008 01:40:06 PM »

Oh, yeah, I am completely nuts.  It started sooooo simply, years ago, and has gotten worse and worse.  I did over 100 this year.  That's 800+ of the little black accordian thingies... aaaargh.  The layers are individually cut, but believe me, the accordians were much much more time consuming (cutting AND folding). 

(See the other years at http://manaelf.com/xmascards).

Surprisingly, getting the photos to line up was pretty easy once I figured out to do it with layers in Photoshop Elements--you can look at all three layers at once and tweek anything that's out of place.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008 01:46:04 PM »

You have such a fun sense of humor, and great cards. (I had to peek at them all!)

I'm sure your friends and relatives look forward to hearing from you every year.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2008 08:00:41 AM »

Tutorial added.
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2008 08:09:16 AM »

Your cards are all amazing!  Besides the sheer awesomeness of your craftiness is the way that you manage to infuse each one with personality.  Super cute.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2008 02:14:14 PM »

I love all of your cards, but the tree is one of my favorites.  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2008 02:47:36 PM »

That's funny, several of my friends commented on the uncharacteristic "warm fuzzy" message of that one.   Smiley

But thanks, *I* liked the idea.  It took a bit of experimenting to get the words to line up logically with the flips, and to get the tree to gradually decorate itself, if you get my drift.

If anyone is wondering what the heck we're talking about, it's this card, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223097.0.
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2008 07:07:11 AM »

this is very cool, thanks a bunch for the tutorial!
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