So, I’m sure that you’ve seen those wicked cool cards that flip, and flip, and flip, and…
Yeah, those. How cool are they, right?! So, I finally ran across a tutorial on YouTube that explains, step by step, how to create one, so I took notes (on dimensions) and discovered just how super easy they really are to make. To see the video, click HERE.
A lot of people draw on them or throw some pics on them and give them to their special someone for Valentine’s Day. Me? I grabbed some patterned scrapbook paper and inked up the edges to give a distressed look, and will include them in my exploding boxes. A little something extra for that overall “WOW!” factor that I’m going after. Here are some pics of where I’m at with them right now. I’m sure that I’ll do something more to them before it’s all said and done.
Well, let’s get to those dimensions so you can throw a few together for yourself. If you have any questions, throw them my way; I love helping others out!
First, know that you will have 4 sides to display whatever you choose. For the “base” of the never ending card, you are going to need 2 squares that measure 4 inches x 4 inches (or bigger/smaller depending on your needs). I used a heavy duty Kraft card stock from Hobby Lobby. I don’t want a dinky piece of paper that will rip after only a few uses! Once you have these, you are going to want to score both squares vertically at 1 inch and again at 3 inches. Crease these in both directions with a brayer or bone folder to ensure flexibility within the card. Once you’re happy, you are going to cut both squares in half (at the 2 inch mark). NOTE: You are cutting horizontally-NOT between your score lines; you want those on all 4 of your new 2 inch x 4 inch rectangles.
Next, grab your choice of adhesive-most folks use their double sided tape dispensers (a.k.a. snails), but I opted to use a little tacky glue instead to prolong the life of the card-it’s a good thing my “practice” one had tape on it though, as I adhered too many sides together and it wasn’t working properly, so pay close attention to this next part…
You are going to add a small corner’s worth of adhesive:
Now, lining up the corners, place your “landscape” rectangles on top of your “portrait” rectangles like so…
If using glue, allow to dry. Now, you’re going to want to make sure that she works properly. Open and turn, open and turn, open and turn, open and turn. How cool is that?! AND, the best part is that YOU created it!
All that’s left now is to decorate. If you choose to use scrapbook paper, you are going to need:
- 8-2 inch x 2 inch squares
- 8-1 inch x 2 inch rectangles
- 8-1 inch x 1 inch squares
NOTE: Make sure that you plan where each of them go if you are using multiple styles of paper to ensure that they coordinate properly.
For those of you who are in a hurry and just looking for the dimensions, here they are again:
- Base Paper-4 inch x 4 inch (2 squares)
- Optional Scrapbook Paper:
- (8 squares) 2 inch x 2 inch
- (8 rectangles) 1 inch x 2 inch
- (8 squares) 1 inch x 1 inch
Well, that just about does it. What did you think of this project? Have you ever made these before? Do you think you’ll try it out? If so, I’d love to see it! Drop me a line…