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Waterfall Cards

While I was doing some research for ideas for my sister’s wedding gift, I stumbled upon a YouTube video for a waterfall card. The video gave step by step instructions on how to make one and it looks so different from anything I’ve ever made before. So, I used my sister’s birthday card as the guinea pig!

First I started out with an aqua and black zebra striped paper. I have been wanting to use this paper, but haven’t had any projects that it fit with lately. I placed that on a black piece of paper that was a 1/4 of an inch larger on all sides. I then took a 2 x 9 inch piece of light blue card stock and scored it at 2, 2 3/4, 3 1/2 and 4 1/4 inches. This paper will be used to hold the 4 pieces of paper with the pictures (or words/phrases if you choose) that will be flipped to reveal the next image. Fold the paper along the score marks and place this piece to the side.

Next I cut out 4 black squares at 2 x 2 inches and 4 light blue squares at 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches. On the light blue squares I used black ink and stamped four different shoe images. I then glued them onto the black squares. The next step is to take those squares and glue them onto the 2 x 9 inch strip of paper. Make sure that you glue the square just under the fold line on the paper. If not, when you go to do the “waterfall” effect, the paper will have a hard time folding. At this point, the images or phrases should be stacked on top of one another, with a small amount of the image underneath sticking out.

Before I could glue these pieces down to the card base I had to cut a small strip of black card stock that would house the brads and be the piece that holds the waterfall feature to the card. I put a small amount of ATG glue on both ends of the black strip and then attached it to the zebra and black card stock. I punched two holes at the end with my xacto knife and placed the brads through the holes. For the brads, I used two square ones I had lying around. They were yellow, so I took some paint I had in teal and painted the fronts and the sides of the brad. The brads are used to reinforce the small black strip since a moving part is going to be attached. It gives the card a little bit more stability.

To attach the waterfall feature, I placed a small amount of adhesive onto the backside of the shorter end of the waterfall piece and then placed the shorter end on top of the black strip. The tail (longer side) slips under the black band. Once that is in place, pull gently on the tail and make sure that the mechanism allows all the images to be seen and moves smoothly. If it doesn’t, you may have placed a piece too close to the edge where the paper was folded.

When you pull the tail down, you see a lot of blank space. I decided that I wanted to stamp something on that end so that there would be a message when you pulled the tail. I chose a stamp from the birthday set I had (I believe it was a Fiskar’s set) that was a circle with the phrase “it’s my party and I’ll dance if I want to.” I thought that was appropriate since the images were all shoes! I also attached a small black bow I made from a piece of thin ribbon where you pull to activate the waterfall feature to finish the front off.

The last step for the front of the card is to glue this piece to the card base. I attach my cards to a 5 x 7 inch white card that I bought in a pack of 50 from AC Moore. I use these because then I don’t have to worry about making envelopes to fit my cards. Once this was done, I started to work on the inside.

To make the inside match the outside, I took the same aqua and black zebra paper and lined the inside of the card with it. I then took a black square and a smaller light blue square an attached the two. I stamped the word Celebrate in black ink. Then I added an exclamation point with a black gel pen and wrote a message to my sister to finish off the card.

The waterfall card is a really cool effect. I am going to try this on some of the Christmas cards I make this year. One note – the card is a little heavy because of the layers of paper I used and the brads. I will probably just make it for ones that I can give out and won’t mail because they will probably cost more to mail. I hope that these directions make sense – if any of them are unclear, please let me know!

Here are the pictures of the card. Thanks for stopping by!

Where to score on the Martha Stewart scoring board:

Where to score

Papers used:Papers used



After pulling on the tail – revealing the stamped message:




Finished card:Done


Creative cards using Wild Card cartridge for Cricut

I haven’t used my Cricut in a while and I thought I’d do a post about one of my cartridges. My aunt and uncle just moved into a new house the other day and I wanted to make them a card. I went through some of my books for the Cricut and wanted to make something with a house image. I saw that there was a house with a heart coming out of the chimney in the Sweethearts cartridge. At first I thought I was going to use that – until I came across the Wild Card cartridge!
I’ve never used this one before so I thought, let me see what I can make. There is a card for pretty much any occasion on this one, from a bandage shaped card for a Get Well card to a champagne bottle as the partial front of the card for a congrats or new years card. Once I found the house image, I wasn’t sure what to do. So I went to YouTube and typed in the name of the cartridge and the word house and got a really good tutorial on how to put the card together.

First I chose a multi toned brown card stock to be the envelope, which is in the shape of a door! Quick tip when making any card from any Cricut cartridge. If you want to make the card as large as possible, cut the envelope first. To do this, hit the Fit to Page button on the expression and then Cut. Take notice of what size it says on the screen that the envelope will be cut at. Take the Fit to Page button off for all other parts of the card and use that measurement. For example, this envelope was cut a 7 3/4 so I cut out the envelope, card and layers at the same size. The reason you cut the envelope first is that sometimes the card will cut out at a larger size than the envelope. Just some things I’ve learned along the way!

Ok, so back to the card. The next step was to cut out the house shape (using the shift and blackout functions) to create the card base. I did this in a light blue. Then I picked a patterned paper and cut the house image out (just shift button) to go over the light blue. For the final touch, I used the liner function key with a piece of brown card stock to create the roof shingles and the window.

Once all the pieces were cut out, I scored the envelope and the card with my new Martha Stewart scoring board and then glued all the pieces together. A tip for the shingles – you can flip them out and you can see the house color underneath. It gives a little dimension to the card!

For the inside of the card, I cut out the phrase For Your New Home (phrase and shift keys) and then outlined that with my white gel pen with dashes. To add a small amount of detail to the card and envelope, I secured two brads to the pieces – a plain white one for the house’s door handle and a white crystal one for the door on the envelope. Since the crystal one was a tad too large for the door, I attached it to a small piece of brown paper and glued it behind the door.

Here is a look at what the card and envelope look like: Final CardCard closeupInside

Hope you like this card. As always, feel free to leave comments!

Challenge # 5

How can you tie embellishments together? Often you will use several different ones in a single layout, but there is a lack of cohesion in them. Challenge number five addresses one way to help tie everything together to keep your page from looking choppy and make it appealing to the eye.
For this layout I used four different papers (both patterned and solid) with the Spell Binders Nestability scalloped die cuts. For one of the layers I used a light pink paper that ended up not really going with my page. When something like this happens, I use distress inks to color in the paper. I chose Victorian Velvet and colored in the scalloped paper.

For the photo mats, I used the same paper as the top and bottom scallops. Before I glued anything down, I placed all of the papers together and realized that even though they were all a shade of pink paper, they didn’t really flow. How was I going to make it work?

My solution to this is to ink the edges of all the embellishments and photo mats. Since repetition and symmetry are pleasing to the eye, this helps tie everything together. I inked up all the edges of the die cuts and mats and then glued them all together. Before I glued anything to the page, I cut off an inch from two of the sides of the patterned paper and glued that to a solid paper that coordinated with the patterned paper. inch cut off

Once all the pieces were secured to the background, I realized that I needed something to go in the bottom left corner. I had cut out a saying for an earlier layout that I didn’t use that said “Friends Forever” and thought maybe that would look good down in that corner. I actually liked it better on top of the die cut embellishment. I used a pair of the fancy scissors to create waves around the phrase and then I glued it down.die cut
Still needing something for that bottom corner, I looked online for a friendship quote. Once I found one I liked, I used VersaMark to ink up a quotes stamp I had and then used light pink embossing powder. Since the “Friends Forever” was written in green, I used a green embossing marker to write in the quote. I inked up the edges with the same Worn Lipstick distress ink that I used on the other embellishments and glued it down.Quote
For the final touch, I took a square brad that I had lying around and covered it in a scrap from the patterned paper that was left over. I then used it in the space where the two photo mats overlapped. Before gluing the patterned paper to the brad, I also inked the edges in the Worn Lipstick distress ink. Brad
Using ink on the edges of your embellishments and photo mats helps tie everything together. Some people even ink the edges of their pictures. I hope this tip helps when you are creating a page and want to tie all the embellishments and photo mats together!
Here is the layout: