Sunday, August 17, 2014

Accordion Card/ Wall Panel

Dear scrappers,
For this project I was inspired by actually 3 challenges:
Using Tim’s Faded Layers technique. Btw, this challenge just passed and I didn't get to finish my project on time. I had just the background done last Friday...
Don't forget to check out this challenge sponsor: Joy and her family at Inspiration Emporium
Great online store. 

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 9!

Using the Sizzix Alterations Framelits! using Tim's book  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3, as inspiration.
Which I used to embellish my tri-fold (accordion style) card/wall panel.

and finally:
Challenge #13 - Let's Cycle...Up-cycle, That Is!
This challenge was actually what inspire me to use my otherwise- thrown -away glossy packing material instead of cardstock for my card.

Here is a picture of the final project:

 Here is how it looks hanging on my wall:
 Here is how the card looks when folded:
Here is in detail how each panel/part looks in close-up:
I won't go in details how I made the background for either panel/part, but how I got the inspiration. I always get the question, from where did you get the idea, well, the answer is simple: I look for ideas in Pintarest, other crafter blogs, and challenge blogs.
The Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge blog inspired me to look around and see a second use to my otherwise-thrown away pieces around my house:
I was preparing my scrapbooking club class this past week and came across this very interesting 3D-embellishment packing and got also inspired by a Clear Scraps class at CKC-Houston  to use it for a card:
I also used a cricut cut (ArtBooking, CTMH) as stencil in a similar way I used it in my scrapbooking layout for the class, see the transparency background. I was keeping this cut for another project as well..
As mentioned I used the faded layers technique for the background of the part 1 and 3 of the tri-fold card.
I also stenciled some butterflies using distress inks over the faded layers.
For the middle part (the transparency), I decided to used a part of my craft hoard: the 1.double sided
patterned adhesive from ClearSnap and some Vintage Velvet glitter from Ranger:
I love how this glitters highlights the background.
For this CC3-challenge 9, I used the Framed Silhouettes alteration framelits on foil-taped packing material from my son's school shirts. I stamped the foil with Platinum Metallic StaZon:  
 I also used some mirroed stars to embellish the frames and wanted to match the color of the Adirondack markers (Ranger) I used to distress and color some of the shapes. Thus, I took some DecoColor markers to distress the stars.
For the back of the card, I used some tissue wrap and adhered it using Glue'n Seal (Ranger) to the back of part 1 and 2 of the cardstocks and distressed it with distress inks (Ranger)
That way, when the card is open halfway, the tissue wrap is seen through the transparency.
I also used the G Apha Card and Chitchat stickers (Idea-ology) to add my favorite quote from Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Gabo) to the center of the card on the transparency. You can see my message to her written in the back of the last panel on the tissue wrap...
I am planning on giving this card to my Mom (Gloria), who's bday is the 20 and who loves Gabo too. Thus, I added my children pictures and framed them using this CC3-technique as well. She will get it in and envelop and surprise when she opens the whole panel and realizes she can hang it on the wall too.
I hope you enjoy this project and decide to participate in these great challenges,
Have a wonderful week


  1. Hi Veronia! Your cards are darling! I love what you've done here! Such a cute idea to extend the "life" of a card by making it into a wall hanging as well! The designs are so cute and a wonderful use of Tim's Framelits and stamps! Thanks for joining us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  2. What a great project! That purple is AAAAHHHMAZNG! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  3. I really love this project!! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  4. What a great project, Veronia! I love all the bits and pieces and detail and interest. It goes on and on! I'll be coming back to this post to study more. Love it!

  5. Oh, I bet your mom will love this. And you're right - it's going to be quite a surprise when pulling it out of the envelope, she sees how large it is. Great idea to include the photos, and I love how you used the Framelits. Thanks for joining us at CC3C!

  6. I love it when a card is more than just a card and your creation is just perfect... hope your Mom had a lovely birthday too! Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge and hope to see you again soon x

  7. What lovely personalized cards! Love the background you created for them!

  8. Ni Veronica and oh what a beautiful surprise for your mum - I'm sure she will treasure it

    I've finished mine today and have just added it to the link