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Simple Waterfall Card Tutorial

Waterfall Cards are easy to make and make a wonderful gift card for any occasion. Step by Step instructions with pictures to create your one of a kind card is provided. Use your imagination to suit the special person you wish to give the card to.


This is a simple waterfall card tutorial to get you started in the tecnique for making a waterfall card. As you master the tecnique, you can add more panels and make it as fancy as you like. It is always best to starts with something simple and build on your knowledge rather than attempt something that is complicated and frustrating. If you follow this tutorial for making the waterfall card step by step, you will achieve a beautiful card even though it may be simple.

Equipment and Materials List

5"x7" Card Blank (10"x7" Card Stock Folded in half)

Sheet of 81/2" x11" Card Stock Colored or Plain

Colored Background Papers (Optional)

Graphics or Stamps of Your Choice


Scissors or Craft Knife

2 Brads


Double-sided tape

Paper Punch

Step One Cutting Your Base Pieces

When cutting your pieces make sure your measure exactly as this will be important in the functioning of your waterfall card. Pieces A and B are your card front and your little decorated panel fronts this information may help you decide which card stock to use and what colors if you are stamping.


1 Piece of card stock for your card 10" x 7" Piece A

1 Piece of card stock 9 1/2" x 2 1/2" Piece D

1 Piece of card stock 5"x 1" Piece E

3 Pieces of card stock 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Piece C

3 Pieces of card stock 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" Piece B

Step Two Decorating Your Base Card and Smallest Pieces

At this point you will want to decide on the theme and design of your card. For the one in this tutorial we have decided to make a Victorian Christmas Card using our own pre made papers and graphics. You may however, use whatever inspires you.

Base Card

1. Use a pre-made base card 5"x7" or make your own. Fold your pre-cut piece A that measures 10"x 7" in half so you are left with a folded card that measures 5" wide and 7 " long.

2. Stamp the card with stamping materials or use background papers to decorate the front of the card. Use one layer or two layers of contrasting papers or leave the base card plain. It is totally up to you whatever you want to do.

Small Square Papers

1. Take your smallest square cards (3) 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" piece B and decorate them with stamps or graphics.

2. Tape or Glue the 3 small square pieces (B) in the center of your (3) "2 1/2" x "2 1/2" pieces. (Pieces C.)

Piece C forms the frame for your stamped piece.

3. Flip your 3 pictures over now and put one line of double sided tape on the top back side only of your pictures. Put the tape all the way across. Do not peel the tape off just yet. Put your pictures aside.

Working With The Waterfall Slider Piece D

If you want to decorate slider Part D do so now. You can cover it with paper, stamp it or leave it colored card stock or plain. It is entirely up to you. We covered ours with a background paper on both sides. When you pull the slider down when completed, you will see the underside of the slider so it may be good idea if you decorate one side to decorate the other too. If you are leaving the slider plain it will okay to leave plain.

1. Lay your waterfall slider piece horizonal to you and begin at one end. Measure and make a line at "2 1/2" from the end.

Next make a line "3/4" from the last line.

Make your last line "3/4" from the last line.

You should have a piece when marked that looks like this:

2. Score along the lines so that they will fold nicely later. Erase your pencil lines.

3. Flip your piece 90 degress to the right so it is vertical to you. You will now have the short piece before the first mark closest to you and the longer empty part without the marks farthest from you.

4. Find your Piece that is 1"x5" Piece E and place it directly in the center of your piece D. Put a piece of tape on the very bottom edge of your Piece D good side up and place Piece E directly in the center good side up making sure the bottoms are even.

It will look like this.

5. Retrieve your 3 matted pictures and take the tape off the first one, Tape this first picture just under the first fold line Press down firmly.

6. Put your second picture just under the second fold line. Press down firmly. Repeat for the last picture taping it just under the third fold line and pressing it down firmly.

7. Fold your Slider piece in where the last fold line before the long piece starts.

You should have something that looks like this.

8. Punch a hole in the center bottom of the part that is sticking out past your pictures. at the bottom. Attach a ribbon or a cord.

Putting The Card Together

Put your two brads on each side of the T near the edges Piece E. Place your slider and pictures in the center of your card or where you think it looks nice. Attach the brads to Card A.

And there you have it .......your first Waterfall Card. Not so hard!

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Use poly bags to store your made cards especially if you have included some 3D embellishments

There are different envelopes but the triangular flaps look better for hand crafted cards. For the extra special touch why not use a stencil and emboss a simple design on the flap.

Common card & envelope sizes:

4 ¼ x 5 ½” – half sheet of 8 ½ x 11” cardstock folded in half.

envelope = A2 4 3/8 x 5 ¾

5 ½ x 8 ½ - full sheet of cardstock folded in half

envelope = A9 5 ¾ x 8 ¾

5 x 7 - envelope = A7 5 ¼ x 7 ¼

4 x 6 – envelope = A6 4 ¾ x 6 ½

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