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Simple Waterfall Cards

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Hey Guys! Glad to be back on the Scrap’N Stamp blog! I wanted to re-share an old card technique that is sure to Wow your recipients.

The waterfall card is one of the first interactive cards I attempted to make way back in the day. The nice thing about this type of card is that you don’t actually need a special die set to create it. It also is a great way to take a look at the stamps you have on hand and use them in a different way. Today I will share two cards with you. One using a newer stamp set by MFT – Picture Perfect which is such an adorable and fun set, as well as an older Lawn Fawn set called Thanks a Latte. I will also be using my Silhouette die cut machine to cut out the pieces for the waterfall card, however, you do not need this machine at all! In fact, there are many free templates available on the internet or you can use the template that I created. My template includes 4 squares in which you can stamp your image or text, a decorative panel that is slightly smaller than an A2 size card and the waterfall mechanism. I encourage you to watch the YouTube video linked below on how to use the template.

A2 Waterfall Card Template

Let’s get started! The template I will be using works with a standard A2 size card. However, you can increase or reduce the size to fit the size of card or stamps that you are using. Once you have your pieces cut out you will want to stamp your images (or sentiments) onto the 4 squares. You can use any medium to colour in your images. I used Copics for mine. Another thing you can do is create additional square cards out of coloured cardstock that are slightly larger in size to give them a backer or frame and to hide any Copic bleed through.

The next step is to prepare your pull / waterfall mechanism. You will want to score and fold the top of the “T” over and glue it down. You can use a liquid adhesive or a strong adhesive like Be Creative  Scor Tape (3mm).

Then you will score the other four marks on the base of the “T” shape and fold the paper to the back. This is a bit tricky to explain…so, I again I encourage you to watch the YouTube video linked below. Once those folds are made, you can adhere your squares down starting with the image that you want on the bottom and lining them up to your score marks. This will make the waterfall effect when you pull on the tab.

I like to punch or pierce holes in the ends of the “T” portion of the waterfall fall mechanism and create corresponding holes in the decorative panel that I can attach the two pieces together with brads. You don’t have to do this, however, if you are not adhering with brads you need to ensure you are only applying adhesive to the end of the tabs…otherwise you cannot feed the waterfall portion through the back….(again, this is confusing to explain but much easier to follow along with the video)! If you are using brads you will want to connect the panel and waterfall mechanism pieces together before you glue the panel down onto your card.

Once you have the panel adhered down you can embellish the pull tab with sting or simply by creating a tab and stamping or writing “pull here”. Again, you can glue the tab or adhere it with a brad. (Note the template above does not have a separate tab piece…but you can always create one!)

Now you can pull down your tab and watch the “waterfall” of images.

To complete your card you can stamp a sentiment or greeting on the inside.

This first one is for yet another birthday that my son Leighton was attending! I kept the front of the card super simple…although you could totally add embellishments and additional stamping!

I thought it would be fun to attach the gift card to the pull tab as an additional surprise! It also helps give the slider mechanism enough clearance for the brad to slide underneath the images without getting caught.

This corresponding sentiments from the MFT – Picture Perfect stamp set was perfect for the recipient and the giver! In fact, the two monkeys remind me of my son and his friend! (My son is really tiny so the little monkey is a spitting image of him! LOL) I also added “Happy Birthday” from the Lawn Fawn Ahoy Matey stamp set. (Another set that has images that would be super cute on a waterfall card!)

The second card was going to my son Arden’s teacher for an end of the year “Thank you”. I used some coffee themed patterned paper for the panel.

Again, there is room to add a gift card to the pull tab if you like! On this one I did not add backing cardstock so you can see the Copic colouring that bled through…but, I am okay with that.

I used a sentiment from Picket Fence’s stamp set Good Teacher that I thought worked nicely with the coffee theme. The sentiment just cracks me up…again, it suits the recipient perfectly!

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and again, I encourage you to watch the corresponding YouTube video to get a more concise view of how these cards are assembled.

Click Here to watch the Video:

Take a look at your stamp stash and see what cute waterfall combinations you can come up with! I have stamped with the following sets and am hoping to have the cards completed shortly and posted on my Instagram account. Lawn Fawn: Ahoy Matey, Rawrsome, On the Mend, Mama Elephant: Puppy Play, Tailored Expressions: Grouchy Grumplings

Please share your creations and use the tag #snsblogwaterfallcards so we can see what you have come up with.

Have a great long weekend and Happy Canada Day to you all! 🇨🇦


Designer Showcase – Happy BOO! to You

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Wow! It’s hard to believe that Halloween is just a week away. This year we are going to be carving lots of pumpkins and decorating the front of the house to welcome all the little Trick or Treaters. It’s so much fun! And I’m going to try not to buy too much candy like I did last year. It was horrible! All those little chocolate bars that I just had to eat so they didn’t go to waste. LOL!

Some of my favorite little Trick or Treaters aren’t able to come to our house because they live too far away so I decided to do something a little special for them this year and will be sending cards with a ‘goody’ inside. I didn’t really have a plan until I got together with some friends last week and everyone decided to make ‘Waterfall’ cards. They are so cool and I knew that the kids would love how you pulled the ribbon and saw all the different pictures. Thanks for the inspiration ladies, my little friends are going to love their cards.

Finding images was really easy. Our new Halloween Digital Stamps gave me lots of selection and they were really easy to print in just the right size so that I could cut them out with my Spellbinders Nestabilities. Digis are so amazing to work with because you can make them any size that you need (try doing that with a rubber or clear stamp).

And to entice you a little bit more to try them we have put a Halloween set together that includes all the stamps that I used for these cards at a ghoulishly good price of only $5.95. You save 40% off the price of buying them individually. The set includes five (5) high resolution pngs files that you can print, resize and play with to create all kinds of great projects.

If you haven’t tried digis yet but want to get started check out our Digital Basics Tutorials for step-by-step instructions. Believe me, once you try them you’ll be hooked.

As you can see each card turned out a little bit different. I had so much fun coloring and embellishing the images – definitely brings out your inner child. I used Memento Markers for all the coloring and then added some bats I had punched out, a little glitter on a couple of the cards and some droplets just to finish off. The patterned paper and cardstock I used were from the DCWV Citrus paper stack & cardstock stack – the bright colors in these stacks were perfect and I all I needed to add was some dark purple Core’dinations cardstock for a little accent.

This was the first card I made and I used glittered paper for the background so I decided just to outline the edges around the images.

The second card has a little bit of glitter on each image and outlined edges.

And, last but not least, I decided to cut out circles with my Nesties for my third card and of course added a little bit of glitter.

Hope my little creations give you some inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Halloween!

© Scrap ‘n Stamp Canada

Tuesday Tutorial – Snowfall (waterfall) Christmas Card

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


Welcome to Another edition of our Tuesday Tutorials, Today I will be showing you how to make this awesome Christmas Snowfall card, also known in the cardmaking world as a waterfall card

Lets get started!


Card Base: 5 1/2″  x 81/2″
Front Layer: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Front Horizontal Strip: 1″ x 4 1/8″
Vertical Strip: 9″ x 2″
Squares (bottom layer): 2″ x 2″
Squares (top Layer): 1. 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ Use Core’Dinations Cardstock for these


1.  Emboss your ‘top layer’ squares using CuttleBug’s Winter Jelly Embossing folder set.

Attach your embossed squares to the slightly larger colored cardstock squares with your adhesive.



2. Next you will need to score your 9″ x 2″ strip of colored cardstock. Starting at one end of the strip, score 2″, 2¾”, 3 ½”, and 4 ¼” from the end.  Fold along the scored lines and you should have a strip which looks something like the above picture.


3. Attach your 9″ x 2″ scored piece to the horizontal strip you just attached to the card front. To do this, apply a small amount of adhesive to the short side of your strip and attach it to the back of your horizontal strip.  Fold your paper in half along the last score line (picture below shows folded strip)


Attach the horizontal strip to front of card with brads.  It is very important that you don’t use any adhesive on this piece!


Attach your first embossed image along the bottom most score line ensuring that you apply your adhesive (and embossed image) just below your score line.


Repeat this step for your next three 2″ squares but using the ‘other’ score lines.


Once you’ve attached all of your 2″ squares, you will be able to gently pull the bottom of the 9″ x 2″ strip and the embossed images will flip creating your ‘waterfall’ look.






Well that wraps up this edition of our Tuesday Tutorials, Come back next week for a fantastic Designer’s Showcase Project from on of our Talented Design Team members!

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!