How to Make a Waterfall Card

Are you sick to death of hearing new card making techniques yet?! Well, I’ve put together just one more SUPER tutorial that I wanted to share with you. This one is a bit more complicated (just slightly) than the other 3 (Never Ending Card, Squash Card, and the Pop Up Card), but nowhere close to impossible to tackle.

Water Fall Card 1

Okay, so let’s discuss our dimensions…

You are going to need:

  • 2 pieces of 4 ¼ inch x 5 ½ inch heavy duty card stock paper (these are your sturdy “base” cards)
  • 2 pieces of 4 inch x 5 ¼ inch patterned paper (these decorate your “base” cards)
  • 1 piece of 1 inch x 4 ¼ inch card stock paper (this strip holds your “waterfall” onto the card-it needs to be somewhat sturdy)
  • 1 strip of 9 inch x 2 inch heavy duty card stock paper (this will be your “waterfall”)
  • 4 pieces of 1 ¾ inch x 1 ¾ inch card stock paper (these will have your stamped images/photographs on them-can use photographs cut down to these dimensions instead)
  • 4 pieces of 2 inch x 2 inch card stock paper (these will hold your stamped images/photographs that will be displayed on the “waterfall” portion of the card-I used the 2 inch x 2 inch squares that I set aside from creating my original pop up card)
  • 2 brads
  • 3 inch strip of ribbon
  • Ink pad (if you want to distress the edges)

As in the other card making tutorials, you are going to need your “base” papers to be constructed from a sturdy, heavy duty card stock, as well as your 9 inch x 2 inch strip. These three pieces will endure the most abuse from your recipient, and you will want to make sure that they are capable of weathering the storm.

If I were you, I would gather all of my supplies and prepare each piece according to dimension. Once this is done, you are going to want to take 1 of your base papers and 1 of your patterned papers and adhere them together (I used a glue stick). Grab your other set and prepare those as well. Set them both aside to dry.

Grab your waterfall strip (9 inch x 2 inch), your 4 pieces of 2 inch x 2 inch squares, and your photographs (cut down to size) and/or your 1 ¾ inch x 1 ¾ inch squares if you choose to use them. If you are stamping, gather your chosen stamp and ink pad, and prepare your image. Set aside to dry. If you’re using photographs, adhere those to your squares. Now take your waterfall strip and score at 2 inch, 2 ¾ inch, 3 ½ inch, and 4 ¼ inch. Using your bone folder, crease each score mark in both directions to allow flexibility. Now place the strip before you with the scored side facing you. Starting at the bottom 2 inch score line, apply a strip of double sided tape or a smear from the glue stick and place your “bottom” image (2 inch x 2 inch square) on top. Make sure to align the top of the image flush with the score line. Press to secure. Repeat this process by moving up a layer each time. Set aside to dry if applicable.

Let’s put her together, shall we?! Grab your prepared “base” papers, your prepared waterfall strip, your piece of 1 inch x 4 ¼ inch card stock, and your 2 brads. You are going to want to position your newest card stock strip horizontally, against your base card about ¾ of the way down, and apply a small tab of double sided tape on both ends to lightly secure it to the card. Slip the long (undecorated) portion of your waterfall strip (pictures down) underneath this newest strip. Position in the center of the card, flip the images around to face you and then glue the bottom image to the outside of the horizontal strip. I forgot ALL about this step when I first made one, and was SO confused as to why my waterfall wasn’t flipping around, so make sure that you don’t forget this step. You can also stamp a greeting below that bottom image if you would like. Once that’s done, poke a hole about ½ inch from the edge of the horizontal strip and poke your brad through. Flip her over and press the tabs flush against the paper. Repeat this step on the other side of the strip.

In the tutorial that I watched, they only called for 1 “base” paper and 1 patterned paper. I chose 2 of each so that I could hide my brad backings; especially since I wasn’t giving it as a card, but including it as a pull out in my exploding box. You can do it either way, according to what your plans call for. So, let’s make a pretty backing, shall we…

Glue your 2nd “base” paper on top of (the brad backing side) your other “base” paper. I placed a small strip of tape on top of the backs of the brads to stabilize them prior to gluing; NOT a necessary step, but one that you can do. Make sure that you line up your edges when putting these 2 pieces of card stock together. She’s almost done!

Water Fall Card 5

Underneath your waterfall strip, you are going to want to create a half circle punch out to allow your recipient easy access to the “pull tag” that operates the waterfall effect. Now, if you have a circle hole punch you should definitely dig it out, otherwise, you can grab any small circular object (I used the cap from my Tacky Glue).  Make sure that you center either your circle punch or your circular object and proceed to punch or trace. If you trace, very slowly cut around your traced image. If you inked up the edges on your other papers, make sure to ink inside this freshly cut area. Now, pull your waterfall strip down and attach your ribbon (folded in half) to create a pull tag. You can glue, staple, apply a brad…

There you have it…a fun Waterfall Card. Glue it to a greeting card, tuck it in an envelope, throw it in a gift box, but don’t forget to sign your work. Give it to that special someone and watch their eyes light up!

So, what do you think? Are you going to try your hand at it? Would LOVE to see what you come up with!


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