30.9.12

Waterfall Card tutorial -from a single A 4

Waterfall Card and Post it note holder
Waterfall Card
Waterfall cards are super fun interactive cards and recently I made quite a few with matching post it note holders.The photos show the flipping panels of our waterfall card.
Waterfall Card
Waterfall Card
 I had fun using butterfly stickers on the 2 inch square flipping panels of this waterfall card.


Waterfall Card
The photo shows the matching 3 x 3 inch  pen with post it note holder.
Post it note holder
Post it note holder

Waterfall card tutorial

Though I love making all kinds of interactive cards ,waterfall cards seemed complicated.I couldnt quite understand  the tutorials on the net and I  couldn't even fathom the name waterfall as the panels actually flip up on pulling the tab [how crazy it would be if a waterfall defied gravity like that!].Also the tutorials on the net seemed to require a lot of card stock!
As paper-crafters we all love to "save" our precious card stock don't we? So the fun "paper saving" aspect about this tutorial is you can make a waterfall card using just a single sheet of A 4 card-stock and once you get the hang of it ,it saves time too!

What is a waterfall card?

For my crafting friends who are not familiar with a waterfall card its a beautiful interactive card which looks way more complicated than it is!!
The waterfall mechanism needs 4 paper parts
1.Base card
2.Interactive strip
3.Flipping Card Panels
4.Restraining Belt strip
Stick card panels on to a folded card strip and your waterfall strip is ready. Use a belt type card strip to anchor it to a card base and your waterfall is ready to flip!
To cut these waterfall card parts from an A 4 card

  1. Cut off 2 inches from one end of an A 4 strip-gives the panel strip
  2. Cut off 1.75 inches of the remaining piece as shown- gives the interactive strip
  3. Cut off 8.5 inches of the last piece- gives the base card and the belt

Waterfall card Tutorial
For those who love measurements [Base card: 8.5 x 6.5 which when folded is 4.25 x 6.5 ; Interactive strip:1.75 x approx 9.5;Panel strip:8.25 x 2 which when cut gives 3 panels of 2 x 2 inch and one panel 2.25 x 2 inch;Belt strip 6.5 x 1 and 1/8th which should be trimmed to 4.25 length]

Waterfall card Tutorial
Score and fold the interactive strip .Cut the panel strip into 4 panels at approx 2 inch intervals[the Panel strip is 8.25 x 2 which when cut gives 3 panels of 2 x 2 inch and one last panel 2.25 x 2 inch..if you want you can shorten this odd one to 2 x 2 or leave it as such ].By this method you utilize just one A 4 card to make the waterfall and only waste a small strip of card marked "cut off" from the belt strip.
Waterfall card Tutorial
Take the interactive strip [9.5 x 1.75 inches] and score at 2 inches,2.75,3.5 and 4.25 [ie 0.75 inches gap]. Fold both ways at the creases to loosen the score lines. Fold over the strip as shown[ at the last score line towards the center of the strip].
Waterfall card Tutorial
Apply glue on the 2 inch wide area of the interactive strip as shown.Glue one card panel [I choose my odd size one which is longer than the rest] on it aligning the top of the panel to the score line.
Waterfall card Tutorial
Apply glue to the area before the next score line and glue on the next panel again aligning the top of the panel with the scoreline.Similarly glue on the other 2 panels of the waterfall card.

Waterfall card Tutorial
Now you have your folded waterfall mechanism with the overlapping panels stuck on, the folded base card and the belt strip which you have cut short to a length of 4.25[ the width of your folded base card]
Waterfall card Tutorial
Attach the belt strip to the lower part of your base card using strong white glue at the edges[ around 0.5 inches area] or brads or eyelets.The belt attachment needs to be sturdy yet loose to allow easy flipping of your waterfall  card.
Waterfall card Tutorial
Slip in the folded waterfall strip under the belt keeping the part with the panels above the belt. Apply glue on the central part of the strip which will be covered by the panels.Stick on the panel which overlaps the belt aligning the lower border of the panel to the lower border of the belt.Allow it to dry well and pull the interactive strip to see your flipping waterfall card.
Waterfall Card
Waterfall Card
Well for those of you who have never made a  water falI card it may sound complicated..but do give it a shot and I bet you will be hooked ! And I  do hope this crazy tutorial is of help..to my fellow crafters in some way.
Here are some more waterfall cards

90 comments:

  1. It is very pretty, Dr.! I made this kind of card once and had a hard time embellish it. the tiny bow added a nice taught to the tab.

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    1. Helen you will have fun embellishing this one as the panels are so small just 2 x 2 inches and is a good way to use up stickers or use small stamps or even letters!

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  2. Two lovely projects, love the embossing and such a pretty colour too.
    Sandy

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  3. Hi Sonia
    What a super waterfall card with a matching post it note holder! It looks like kids would have endless fun with the waterfall card! I have never made a waterfall card before so your tutorial is going to come handy one day. Thank you for sharing.
    Michaela xx

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    1. Michalea you will rock making waterfall card !

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  4. This is really beautiful Sonia, love that matching post it note holder too... TFS on the tutorial!

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  5. Another wonderful tutorial! Well done and what a great idea!
    Susan

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  6. Such a lovely waterfall card, Sonia. Your instructions are so easy to follow too. Thank you! x

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  7. Beautiful card Sonia, I love the butterflies too!
    (:(:Smiles:):)

    Robin

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  8. What a lovely shade of blue that is. Very lovely card and great idea to have postits.

    Love,
    Monica

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    1. He He Monica the post it note holders make great gifts

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  9. Like the Waterfall style card. Made one once and your instructions are way easier to follow than the instructions I was given. Thanks for sharing & I'll now give another try at making one with your instructions guiding me along. Today, I went to the annual Greek Festival in Dallas, TX. The food is wonderful. Saw a demo on making a spinach & cheese appetizer that I sampled and it was very tasty. They handed out the recipe and I'm going to give it a try at making.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Thank You Melissa to make the tutorial more easier to follow was my intention as I faced the problem with so many tutorials for waterfall cards.

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  10. Love your pretty waterfall card- the butterflies are so pretty! The post is holder is a great side kick : ) Love the glimmer too!

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    1. Thank You Shelly - I finally got to use up some of my stickers stash

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  11. Good to have you back Doc... This looks likes an intriguing tute.. Shall give it a shot.. I am yet to have made a waterfall card...!!

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    1. Khush knowing how you like unusual folds --you will love this!!

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  12. It's very nice. Love the colours & embellishment.

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  13. Beautiful waterfall card. Great tutorial. That's one of the cards that has been on my to-do list. :)

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    1. Jani do try it but it .My only crib with this type of card is it doesnt work well with 3 D embellishments!

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  14. Love the projects..Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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    1. So wonderful to have you drop in though for some reason I can not post a comment on your blog these days

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  15. Sonia..superb tutorial..love it..thanks for sharing

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  16. I have never tried the waterfall card as yet...but seeing your tute and beautiful cards and post it holders i am so inspired to give it a shot...Thank you for always sharing these wonderful tutorial in such simple layman terms it makes it so much easier to understand :)

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    1. Hussena you are no "layman" but a crafting pro!!

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  17. very beautiful card and liked the little bows. thanks for the tutorial doctor.

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  18. Pretty one nice blue colour card

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    1. Thank You Beena ..its an unusual color choice for me!

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  19. Love the tutorial and the card which is a wonderful one! Does Prisha love being at school!
    " See ' you soon!

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    1. Thank You Aurelia...yes Prisha is enjoying school tremendously and all the teachers love her!

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  20. Lovely card again, Doc...Thanks for nice tute, you make all crafters life easier...

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    1. He He He you are so sweet Sathya and will give me an inflated ego!!

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  21. LOVELY CARD AND NICE TUTORIAL.
    MEGHA
    http://meghanuj01.blogspot.in/

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  22. Never tried waterfall card..thanks for sharing the tute..will give it a try !!

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    1. Poornima your card would rock with your awesome stamping and coloring

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  23. I really like this, very nice tutorial.

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  24. Absolutely Beautiful Dr Sonia! Love the colour....its my favourite! The butterflies are so pretty, thankyou for a great tutorial!

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    1. Thank You Tracey I usually tend to use pink cos my daughter loves that

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  25. Thanks for the tutorial!!!! I read the post three times and kept on staring at all the photos.... and now I understood the meaning of waterfall card :D

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    1. Deepthi they are superfun cards once you start making them!

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  26. Beautiful projects, Sonia. I love the embossing. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Blessing hugs,
    Teresa

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    1. Thank You Teresa I am having fun with my big shot!

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  27. I've always thought these were really cool but have never tried to make one. Your tutorial makes it look so easy and your finished card with the post it note holder is fabulous. I'm going to pin this so I remember to give it a try.

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    1. Thank You so much Ann...nowadays being "pinned" is an honour!

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  28. Lovely cards Doctor. Thanks for your tutorial.

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  29. Awesome interactive card ! With such a detailed and step by step tutorial ..you are a tutorial expert ! The card is more interesting bcoz of paper saving !
    Thank you for all your encouraging comments and pinning me !

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    1. He He He Pooja I am so happy you told me that...I had a tough time with this tutorial and even managed to confuse myself at some points!

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  30. wow! beautiful card and what a fun technique! thanks for the tute!

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  31. This is a very beautiful work.
    I loved the design!
    Thanks!

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  32. Gorgeous and lovely !!!

    need to give a try ,its longtime since iv'e made interactive cards ..
    thanks for the tutorial .

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  33. WOW beautiful card and love the post it note pad !!!!!
    Paula

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  34. HI Sonia
    I love your card and post it holder - how useful would the post it holder be for a gift. I think finding the small pens might be the hardest part - I have made a waterfall card before but like you said it can be wasteful of card so will try out your tutorial - thanks for sharing

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    1. Yes Bea I used to think they took a lot of card stock till I worked out this technique and its great to use up small stickers and stamps!

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  35. OH MY!!! This post rocks!!!! The (proper)waterfall card is amazing and I love the embossing! What a great idea to have a matching post it not holder!!! Thank you for the waterfall tutorial and I agree with you , I searched so long to find a proper tutorial for this card.Your tutorial is awesome!!!!

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    1. Naomi I hope this one makes sense--I too struggled with understanding waterfalls

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  36. Sonia - its lovely! I love waterfall cards - will be introducing it into my scrapbook and posting it very soon. BTW since you're into interactive scrapbooks please check out this video. I know you hate youtube videos but this is a sheer joy. You will be inspired and I guarantee you'll be starting your first scrapbook instantly! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTirmkW1tAQ

    Thanks so much for playing along our challenge. Love your entry!
    ItsyBitsy - The Blog Place

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    1. He He He Sunehra now you have piqued my interest...will check it out!

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  37. Hi Dr Sonia,
    wonderful tutorial. I haven't made one of these cards in a long time. Must make one soon, now you have given me the inspiration.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  38. This is lovely Sonia!!
    I sure will try this once( time!!!)and after I made the sizes in cm :)
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Hugs,Sandra

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    1. Yes Sandra interactive cards need more time than regular cards but I love the fun effect they have on the recipients!

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  39. how cool! thanks for the detailed tutorial and diagrams... so helpful!
    -Rachel w k
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

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  40. What a pretty card, I love the color and the embossing. The waterfall is quite interesting - thank you for the great tutorial and also for joining us at Frosted Designs this week!

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  41. lovely project with a lovely tutorial.
    Thanks for playing with us on BGC :)
    hugs,
    melissa
    vibrina.blogspot.com

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  42. Fantastic projects and tutorial Sonia..Loz

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    1. Loz I am off to see your MIM project cos I am sure you will have made one!

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  43. Absolutely fantastic, as always! :o) And you are amazing with tutorials, Sonia! So crisp, clear, and detailed. I haven't made a waterfall card in forever, but you reminded me how much I love them. :o) I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs and blessings!

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  44. Awesome tute and project Doc Sonia.Love your choice of colors.I enjoyed making waterfall cards with a twist for my last two scrapbook albums and my clients loved them too.They are super fun and oh so easy.Not to forget with endless possibilities.

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  45. Wow.. that sounds almost easy :) I should try it..

    And Sonia.. u must post tips on being a mother, a crafter and a working - a doc at that! :D I am serious
    PS:: I think u are the most popular person on blog world :)

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    1. Jaya I have not been a good blogger recently and am posting after long and am not blog hopping like I used to..life gets crazily busy at times and so sweet of you to say I am popular in blogland...I guess its the reward for not watching TV!!

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  46. I've never made a waterfall card, so thank you for the tutorial - it will come in handy! You've made a sweet card! I came over from MIM.

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  47. I want to try it! Want to make a card for my friend, so will definitely make it this way. Thanks for tutorial!

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  48. Lovely card dear and thanks for the tutorial.

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  49. O my, a new type of card for me :) Thanks for the tutorial!

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  50. Always excited to see your work.A nice card.

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  51. Hello Sonia. I spotted your Beautiful card project on MIM...Faye

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  52. Brilliantly done & presented...hav become a gr8 fan of ur work..I hav a lot 2 learn in card making yet..Inspired by such talented crafters like you..Thanks!!:))

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  53. Wow! This card is beautiful and the gift set is such a neat idea! I love that you included the directions and a tutorial so that we can try to make one ourselves! Thank you for taking on our embossing challenge at Frosted Designs this week!

    barb :)

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  54. Lovely card. thanks for the tutorial. love the embossing!!! love the post it pad too!!! thanks for sharing with us at Frosted Designs.

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  55. I had so much fun recently making an Autumn waterfall card. Your post it note holder is great...never made one of those.

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  56. Oh so wonderful Sonia....terrific tutorial. Had to smile about your comment of why it is named a waterfall card...I have to agreee.

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  57. Hi Dr. Sonia, Your waterfall card is amazing. Love the bright blue base and the pretty butterfly stickers. I have never made one and will try one soon. Love the note pad holder too.
    I just realized that I never put together a box for you!! I have been busy starting our Artisan Shoppe. We have about 25 vendors selling a wide variety of items. I planned on selling my cards but have only sold a few. Decided that I need to make a variety of items so...I have been quite busy and also have been substituting. I am putting this all behind and we leave for a month vacation to South Carolina. I love the ocean and plan to swim in it every day and also walk the beach and just relax. So...you never know when you might just receive a package. Do you celebrate the Christmas holiday?

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    1. Barbara no problem enjoy your vacation...I personally know how difficult it is to post something nowadays!!And yeah I love celebrating christmas!!

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  58. Lovely card and what a coincidence.I tried a mini version of this type of card for a scrapbook.Looking at your projects,I am so tempted to buy a bigshot too.:-).Love the notepad too.

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  59. Hi Dr. Sonia. Great card/gift. That waterfall technique looks like something fun to try. Thanks for the tutorial. Glad to see you are still playing with MIM.

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  60. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

    My entries are: #10, #11, #86, # 120, # 122, #198, #212, #226, #261 and #268.

    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and Me and Myself on the Dark…

    Hugs,

    Julia

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  61. What a gorgeous waterfall card!! You are so sweet and kind to always include step by step instructions with pictures!! I love the colors and embossing!! Amazing as always my friend!!

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  62. Oh great tutorial !! :)
    love the waterfall card !
    Thanks for entering with us @ BGC !

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  63. Hi Sonia, wonderful card and tutorial.
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/

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