Simple Waterfall Card

I’m hoping you got here from Card Maker’s Card Swap Autumn Blessings Card Crop.  If not, please go check that out for some fun challenges!

My challenge is to make a card with a waterfall element on it.  If you don’t know how to make one of those, here are instructions for a very simple one.

To start, you will need a card base, a strip of card stock 2-1/4″ by 8-3/4″, another strip 3/4″ by 5″, a way to score, 4 small “flippers” or panels and a small piece of ribbon/yarn/twine.

I almost always use an A2 card base, or 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″.  I also used a background paper 4″ by 5-1/4″ as I like the small edge that shows around it of the base card.  If you plan to use a background paper, now is the time to get it ready.  You can use patterned paper, textured paper, or just plain paper, but you want it to be fairly heavy as the waterfall element will be attached to this piece.  I used some brown card stock and a wood grain embossing folder.

Then I got my “flippers” decorated and ready to go.  For this one, I used scalloped ovals decorated with fall colored leaves.  You can decorate the front of each piece and most of the back, if you want.  However, if you decorate the back, realize that what is the top of the front, will be the bottom of the back and you need to leave 3/4″ undecorated at the bottom (of the back) as that is where the piece will be attached.




After the “flippers” are decorated and ready to go, you want to get your two strips of card stock and score them.  First, take the smaller (3/4″ by 5″) piece and score it at 1/2″ and 5/8″ on the horizontal side.  (See below)




Now you want to score the larger (2-1/4″ by 8-3/4″) piece and score it at 4″, 3-1/4″, 2-1/2″, 1-3/4″.  You will have one side that is 3/4″ longer than the other and the shorter side will have three additional scores 3/4″ apart.  Make sure you fold each of these scores back and forth several times so they move easily in either direction.

The patterned paper that I used above was actually a pretty heavy-duty card stock.  I also used a lighter-weight card stock for another example (below), but because it was not so heavy, I used a 3/4″ by 1-1/2″ piece of the heavy-duty card stock folded in half and adhered around the bottom, where my pull would go, to strengthen it.

The side without all the folds (the longer side) is your back and is where you want to punch a hole to tie your ribbon/yarn/twine through to pull the waterfall element.  If you used patterned card stock, you want the pretty side up when the folded side is lifted.

Now you want to attach your “flippers”.  The one you put on first is the last one that will be seen.  You want to put adhesive on the top half of this piece and attach it to the bottom section of the folds, which is larger.  Make sure it is adhered just under the fold line.






For the next “flipper”, your third one to show, only put adhesive on the top 1/2″ of the piece, then attach it just under the folded line.  After you have adhered a piece, you can run your finger along any edges where there might be adhesive showing and it should rub right off.  I like to flip the piece over and check the back for extra adhesive, too.  Attach your other two pieces in the same manner.  Remember, the last piece you attach is the one that will be showing.

Now you can lay this waterfall piece on top of your background piece and take the smaller strip of card stock and lay it across the back part of your piece.  Some instructions tell you to put this strip near the bottom of your background piece, but I like to have it 3/4″ from the top.  It just seems to work better for me this way.  Now you want to flip your whole project, the background piece, the waterfall element and the strip over.  Put some adhesive on the small ends past your score lines of the strip and adhere to the back of the background piece.  After that is done, put adhesive all over the background piece, then adhere it to your card base.






Your card is now ready to go.

Waterfall elements can be made in many different sizes and lengths, used on cards, scrapbook pages, or just about anywhere you want.  They look amazing, but are fairly simple to make.  Please take the time to try one!

Here is a video that goes through the steps.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!


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