Tuesday, April 21, 2020

How to Make a Waterfall Card

Today I have a waterfall card tutorial for you.  It's an old technique which I'm bringing to the foreground.  When I saw my background, called Farm Animals, I wanted to pair it with a variety of farm-related stamps.

Typically, this card requires an extreme amount of photos.  Wanting to stay with my personal "10 photos or less" you will see my completed embossing, stamping, and inking throughout this tutorial.

Paired with Farm Animals, is Chicken Wire 2, and funky chickens Keep Chickens-set of 13.

1- Standard card 5 ½” x 4 ¼” (yellow mat)
1- 1” x 4 ¼ “ Brad Strip (black, embossed with gold Chicken Wire 2)
1- 5 ½” x 4 ¼” Layering Piece (black)
1- 5 ¼” x 4” Layering Piece (green/blue bg stamped with Farm Animals)
1- 1 ¾” x 8 ½” Waterfall Strip (black)
3- 2¼” x 2 ¼” Squares (black)
3- 2″ x 2″ Squares (White stamped with Keep Chickens)
1- Tab (yellow with gold embossed Chicken Wire 2)

Score the waterfall strip at 1 ¾, 2 ¾, and 3 ¾. There will be an area of 4 ¾ remaining
On your unscored portion of your tab, decorate and or stamp as desired.  Add tab along the right hand side of your long strip.  If you do not have a tab, you can hole punch and use ribbon or string.
To further explain my background and images I took this photo to show you a close up of them.  For my background I stamped out Farm Animals with black Momento and let dry overnight.  You can use a heat gun to speed up drying time, but I tend to let everything air dry naturally.  Using Shimmering Bliss "Miami Vice", I gave a light spray to my stamped background before I added my mattings and card front.

My funky chickens called Keep Chickens was stamped out on my white 2" x 2" squares, and coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils.  Using my blending brushes, I blended a coordinating ink around the edges.  These brushes are the bomb!  Not only for the flawless blending results but in price.  These brushes sell for double the cost on many websites.
My small strip was heat embossed in gold using Chicken Wire 2.  Adhere that strip to the card front.  From the bottom of the strip, to the bottom of the yellow outside edge, is 1".
Turn your tab strip over and adhere your first image just a little to the right of the score line.  If you put it right on the score line, the waterfall will not be as effective.

Add your second image just to the right of the score line.
Add your third image just to the right of the score line.
Using glue dots or Redline tape, add your strong adhesive to the top of the long strip on the underside of the long strip where I added my 2" squares.  WARNING:  A strong adhesive has to be used, or this waterfall technique will fall apart and not work.  Tape runner is not strong enough.
Taking the strip in hand, draw upwards and press the edge where you added strong adhesive, down on the right hand side of your strip (here it is where I stamped Chicken Wire 2).

Your waterfall card is now ready to use.  Have fun!!


Helen said...

Thanks for sharing this great tutorial, Beth. I've often wondered how to create this design. Stay well.

2dogs2luv said...

great tutorial!! I became discouraged years ago as my cards always fell apart. Need to try this again....thx. for sharing. Sue Mac D.