Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Waterfall Technique - Step-by-step tutorial

Hi there everyone, 

The holidays are upon us and I promised you that I would take a moment and type out the waterfall technique that I used on my Halloween cards in my blog, so today is that day.  I got this technique from Dawn at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtWr9oTV-ow this youtube tutorial will show you the ridiculously cute card that SHE did!  I love watching her....she has such a cute laugh!

First let me give you the specs of the cuts that you will be making to prep for the fun!!

1. Base of card will be 5.5" x 4 1/4" (this doesn't open, it just serves as the backing to your card.)

2. Background piece is 4" x 5 1/4" (this can be an embossed piece like I used on my Halloween card or a pretty printed stock.

3. 2" x 2" squares in the coordinating color as your card base (#1).  Cut 4 of these.

4. 1 3/4" X 1 3/4" White paper squares (you will be stamping on these pieces).  Cut 4 of these as well.

5. 1" x 4 1/4" strip (this is the band holding the flipping waterfall piece into place, you can coordinate this piece to your card base as well).

6. 2 x 9 strip (score this piece at 2", 2 3/4", 3 1/2", and 4 1/4") see below

7. a piece of ribbon to tie at the bottom to act as the pull.

8. two brads for the 1 x 4 1/4 piece.

Ready, here we go!

Cut you base piece (#1) to the size above and glue #1 and #2 together.

Next take your 1" x 4 1/4" BAND (#5) and put two small glue marks on each end so that it holds secure until we put the brads in.

Place the band about 2/3 the way down the card.

Then take your 2" x 9" strip and score it at 2", 2 3/4", 3 1/2", and 4 1/4" (see picture)  The score lines will all be facing you on the card. You will be folding these over your thumb folding it towards you.

Fold the scored folds.

Stamp your little white 1 3/4" square blocks with the stamp of your choice.  I did something simple here for the demo purpose.   Now glue the white squares to the 2 x 2 squares.

Now are you ready to have some fun???

Its time to glue the finished squares to the 2" x 9" scored strip.  Start at the bottom and work your way up the scored strip, being careful not to put your square on the fold line - place it right UNDER the fold line.

Punch a half circle out at the bottom (if desired) for the pull string. Place your flip strip (2" x 9") thru the 1" x 4 1/4" strip. 

See below

Use your Stampin Up piercing tool to punch two small holes on each side of the flip strip.  Add the brads.  
Use a hole puncher to add a hole to the bottom of the flip strip and insert a ribbon. Don't forget to pull the strip all the way out and add your sentiment to the inside. 

 This sentiment gets hidden while the card stays in the unpulled position.  The interaction begins when the receiver pulls the ribbon to unveil the secret message.  Such fun huh! 

Other versions that I have made:

Now I just did this simple version for the demo with what I had on my desk here but you can see that with all the cardstock colors and pattern paper that Stampin Up has, you can really add pizzazz to your card.  Now it is your turn.  This is a challenge

Show me what yours looks like!

Need supplies?  You can order yours at www.donnademko.stampinup.net

Need a catalog?  Email me your address at donna_demko@hotmail.com and I will get that out for you.

Have fun making your own Waterfall Card!