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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wonderful Waterfall Cards

Hello again! Welcome back to my little piece of crafty goodness. Today I'm sharing with you a waterfall card that I made for the January swaps at Fancy Paper Crafters. This is one of the projects I completed at the Polar Express Retreat in January sponsored by Creative Memories. The swaps for this month had to have some type of "action" to them (like a moving part or pop up). When I started searching for ideas, I ran across one of these that I did several years ago and thought it'd be perfect for this project.
I started out with the following supplies (measurements are in inches):
- Red Cardbase - Cut 4 1/4 x 11 (scored at 5 1/2)
- Vanilla Cardstock - Cut 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 (this is the first layer on the card)
- Designer Paper - Cut 4 x 5 1/4 (this is the second layer on the card)
- Red Cardstock for Moving Strip - Cut 2 x 8 1/2 (scored at 1 3/4, 2 3/4, and 3 3/4)
- Vanilla Cardstock to go on the Moving Strip to write your message - Cut 4 5/8 x 1 7/8
- Small Scrap to use as your Pull Tab
- Pink Cardstock for Small Squares Base - Cut 2 x 2
- Vanilla Cardstock for Stamped Images - Cut 1 7/8 x 1 7/8
- Small Red Cardstock for Front Strip - Cut 4 1/4 x 1 (you might need to cut this one taller depending upon the border punch you're using)
- Designer Paper for Front Strip - Cut 4 1/4 x 1/2
- Stamps (Mine were from Stampin' Up!)
- Ink (Also from Stampin' Up!)
- Brads (2 small and one large)
Now that you have all the supplies assembled, you're ready to start working on piecing everything together. I started with my stamped images. I had to make sure the images I selected actually fit properly on these little squares (I never knew how many Valentine's stamps I had until I had to find the "perfect sized" ones for this project LOL). I inked around the edges of these little guys to give them a little pop of color and then matted them onto the pink cardstock. Once I had those done, I started with the card top. I layered the Designer Cardstock on top of the Vanilla Cardstock. Then, I anchored the strip to the lower portion of the cardtop using the small brads (just make sure you leave enough room in the center between your brads for your moving strip). Once I had that in place, I took the long strip of red cardstock and put adhesive on the end of it (the end that was scored at 1 3/4). This end adheres to the small strip you just anchored to the cardtop. This is what it should look like at this point:
Next, place adhesive on the top of each of the small squares and adhere them to the moving strip. Then, you'll adhere the little vanilla piece on the base of the moving strip to allow yourself a little spot to write a message. You can see it peeking out of the bottom here:

At this point, you can go ahead and add your little pull tab as well as your large brad. Just make sure that everything moves properly and doesn't get caught on the anchoring strip (the strip with the boarder punch). You're pretty much finished at this point. Here's how it looks from the side when you pull on the tab of the card (kinda neat huh?):
I ended up making 7 of these total. I probably wouldn't choose such an in depth card next time as it took quite a bit of time. I'm really happy though with how the final card turned out. Whatcha think?
Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time ... have a super crafty day!

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