How to Make a Waterfall Fold Card

Do you remember the musical, "Guys and Dolls?"  I loved hearing the song about "bushel and a peck."  When I saw this stamp set, I knew it would make a sweet anniversary card.  Wanting the words to mimic the flow of the song, I stamped and arranged the wording as a waterfall fold card.

I used CTMH patterned paper, Ruby, and White cardstock to create this card.  I also used the "Country Born" stamp set and wooden buttons.
Pull the "tongue" and reveal each layer, one by one.
I suppose, if somebody wanted to, she could also add something clever to the "tongue."
Last layer in the fold.  You'll notice, in a moment, how this image is the one we glue on first when assembling a waterfall fold card.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves.  To begin, you will need several pre-cut supplies:
- A standard-sized card base
- A patterned paper to add pizzazz (optional)
- four 2" cardstock squares (color of your choice)
- four 1 7/8" cardstock squares (color of your choice---remember these will be stamped on)
- 3/4" x at least 3 7/8" cardstock
- 2" x 9" cardstock--scored at 2", 2 3/4", 3 1/2", and 4 1/4"

Stamp your four images (one per 1 7/8" square).  Then attach the square as shown in the picture.  Make sure you attach the very last image you want revealed in the "waterfall."  We'll call it, image #4.
Notice the 3/4" space between the top of image #4 and the next score line.  Apply glue just in that space.  Attach the top of image #3 to that space with glue on it.
Repeat with the next space and the next image, image #2.
Finish with image #1--the first image the recipient will see.
At this point, finish prepping your card base. 
Add the patterned paper if you choose. 
Then, attach the 3/4" strip to the  underside of the bottom of image #4.
See the score line above image #1 in the photo?  Fold the paper back and down.  (Done correctly, it will rest under and just peek out below image #4.
Now, look at the photo again.  See the 3/4" strip peeking out on both sides of image #4?  Add a little glue to the backside of just the two parts that are showing.  Mount it to the bottom of your card front.
Trust me.  That is the only place it gets adhered to on the card front--just those two little parts.
Now, try your waterfall by gently pulling on the "tongue."  Be sure to fold along the score lines as they come and go.  Add buttons to finish the card, if desired.
Thanks for stopping by!


Marg Van Patten said...

Hey there! It's been a while since my last blog reading session. What a treat to catch up with your posts! Awesomely cute card and as always a fab tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to share your many papercraft talents!!

Lisa Fowler Windsor, CO said...

Thank you so much for the instructions on this card! It will be a fun one to make for mom. LOVE your card with that stamp set!

Miriam Prantner said...

I'm pinning this one because I have been wanting to try one of these! Great instructions and I love that song - what a great idea for this stamp set!