Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Waterfall card - with simple step by step tutorial for Papier

My Waterfall Card for Wednesday at Papier
Materials used for this waterfall card:
Base card: Bazzil Basics
Pp for waterfall card: Glitz Design (DT kit), DCWV and Pink Paislee
Adage tickets: Tim Holtz Ideology
Punch: Martha Stewart
Stickers: from my DT kit - last pieces of it
Rhinestones: Hero Arts
(maybe I'll work on more embellies...ha ha)

On my post for this week at Papier, I have decided to do a waterfall card. You may also would like to see my previous and happened to be the first waterfall card project I ever did. Check it out here!
I wouldn't say that making a waterfall card is easy and neither am I saying that it is difficult. Everyone can do it. All you need is preseverance. Really. You need to do quite a number of measurements before you can actually start cutting your beautiful papers. Once you get the hang of it, it's really easy for you to alter however you wish as you go along making it. Just like I did. And.. I think all my waterfall cards ( if I ever going to do more soon); each will be its own unique piece. Different from one another. How fun! 
So, I have created a simple step by step tutorial and forgive me if you find it confusing and boring. There are few photos to help you through the tutorial as well. If you have any comments on my tutorial, I would certainly be pleased to hear it. 
Have fun creating!
(by the way, the tutorial below also appears in Papier's blog page. Just making a credit here...hehe)
 1. First thing, you will need a sturdy card as the base for the waterfall card. Here, I have used Bazzil Basics, of which I have cut about 4.5 x 6" in size. 
 2. Now we need to prepare the 'flip-strip'. I called this the flip-strip because this is the mechanism to flip the waterfall card later. The size of the flip strip I have used here is about 10x1" (length x width). 
 On the flip strip, we need to do some scoring on equally interval places on it to create as placement for the waterfall card later. Firstly, fold the flip strip in two so that you will have a 6" length on one side and a 4" length on another.On the shorter side of the flip-strip, we will work on the scoring now.

We need to score on 4 places on the shorter strip with each being 1" from one another. The topmost (scored line 1) of the score will be the one that you have scored earlier to create the 6" and 4" length on the strip. Now, just add three more downwards at 1" interval as explained before.
Now that you worked on mostly what is required for the flip-strip, let's put it aside for a while.
3. Now, we want to work on what I called the 'strip-base'. Basically, it is just a strip of paper (preferably as sturdy as the base card), which you need to paste lower mid-length of the base card that we worked on earlier to create a foundation for the flip-strip to work. 
Get anything from your scrap and cut out about 1x4.5". Just glue on the ends of this strip-base to your base card. Just on both of the ends and not the whole thing. The middle portion of it has to be free since this will create a path for the flip-strip to slide in and out. 
4. Now take your flip-strip and lay it on the base card with the shorter one facing up. You will need now to secure the end of the shorter length to the strip-base. Secure it with glue or just a scotch tape. It should not move when you are pulling the flip-strip in and out later. 
Now, you can put on a nice cover for the base card to hide the strip-base and all the Scotch tape. You can use similar paper like the one for the card base or choose another to your liking. Cut out about 2.5x4.5" out of the paper. The width of this cover should be the same as the card base and the height should be reasonably good in order for the waterfall card to be pulled inwards later. I have use height of about 2.5" in this example. Again, just secure it on the ends only, to the base card. 
5. Now, test your flip-strip. If its OK, let's try now placing the waterfall cards. We need to create 4 waterfall cards of about these sizes:
  1. 1st page: 3x4"
  2. 2nd page: 3x4.5"
  3. 3rd page: 3x5"
  4. 4th page: 3x5.5"
Once you have prepared the waterfall cards, start fixing it on the flip-strip. Start with the smallest one first and fix it to the lowest scored end of the flip-strip. Work your way up to the biggest card being on top. Now, you can already see the waterfall-like pattern on the card. Try pulling the flip-strip i.e. the longest end down. See how the cards start to flip outwards when you pull and flip inwards when you push in the flip-strip. You're almost done. What left to do now, is the card stand; as per my example as shown.
(p/s: please excuse the clutter on my working desk hehe. The more I try to keep it clean, the messier it becomes. Funny, eh? Can anybody testify to this? Lol! )
6. For the card stand, all you need is something from your scraps or  choose any coordinating colours of pp to your liking. In my example here, I have used a piece of paper from my scrap of about 8x4.5". The width shall correspond with that of the base card's. Score at 0.5" and 1.5" on one end only. Fix the first scored line to the bottom of card base and the other it's top. It creates a stand for your waterfall card. Of course, it's up to you to use your imagination to create this. (somehow, writing on card stand is the hardest part for me to do. Lol! But I guess you'd probably know what I'm trying to say anyway, yes?)

So, there you go folks! I do hope this tutorial is easy enough for you to create one on your own. 
To all celebrating the Chinese New Year; Gong Xi Fa Cai. 

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