Never-Ending Card

by Lynn Mercurio

Create a four-faced interactive card for any occasion.

Supplies

  • Cardstock in coordinating colors

  • Scoring board

  • Paper trimmer

  • Bone folder

  • White craft glue

  • Stamps and embellishments to complete the project

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Cut 4 cardstock panels for the base, each 3” X 6”.

    Cut 8 pieces from coordinating cardstock to decorate the large square panels, each 2 3/4” X 2 3/4”.

    Cut 4 pieces from coordinating cardstock to decorate the rectangle panels, each 2 3/4” X 1 1/4”.

    Cut 16 pieces from coordinating cardstock to decorate the small square panels, each 1 1/4” X 1 1/4”.

  2. Step 2

    Score each of the four base panels along the long edge at 1 1/2” and 4 1/2”.

  3. Step 3

    Score each of the four white panels on both short edges at 1 1/2”, down to the intersecting score line.

  4. Step 4

    Align two of the base panels vertically, and two horizontally.

    Hint:

    Use a low-tack tape between the panel pairs to keep them together.


  5. Apply white glue to only the four outermost squares on both panel sets. The green tape in the photo indicates where to apply the glue.

    Note:
    Glue is preferred to double-sided tape, as it allows for some wiggle room before permanent fixture.

  6. Step 5

    Take the panels from the horizontal pair, and align them one at a time across the vertical panels, lining up glued sections, corners and edges.

    Allow glue to dry completely.

    Tip:
    Carefully lining up the edges will ensure that the Never-Ending Card will function without any frictional interference.

  7. Step 6

    Place the bottom panel from the right, onto the bottom panel on the left, just as for the top half…lining up the edges exactly.

  8. Step 7

    Now comes the never-ending part. Turn the base so that the center line is vertical. Gently fold back the right half at the scored vertical line and burnish with your bone folder to create a sharp crease.

  9. Step 8

    Fold over the left side of the base and score the vertical score line as in Step 7.

  10. Step 9

    Fold back the top part of your base back and burnish the score line.



  11. Step 10

    Fold back the bottom part of the base back and burnish the score lines.

  12. Step 11

    After burnishing all score lines, the base should look like this for the first side.

  13. Step 12

    Open the card from the center opening to reveal the second side.

  14. Step 13

    Open the card from the center opening to reveal the third side.

  15. Step 14

    Open the card again, flipping the two larger center panels toward the back, revealing the fourth side.

  16. Step 15

    Going back to the first side of the Never-Ending Card, apply the coordinating cardstock panels as shown.

  17. Step 16

    Open the card to the second side, and adhere the panels as shown.

  18. Step 17

    Open the card to the third side and adhere the panels as shown.

    Notice that there are two sections left white.

  19. Step 18

    Open the card to the fourth side and adhere the panels as shown.

  20. Step 19

    Embellish the front of the card as desired. Keep stamped or die cut images from extending past the coordinated cardstock panels, so that they will not interfere with the movement of the card.

  21. Step 20

    Open the card to the second side and continue decorating and embellishing.

  22. Step 21

    Open the card to the third side and continue decorating and embellishing.

  23. Step 22

    Open the card to the fourth side to finish decorating and embellishing.

    The finished card size is a 6" square.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Never-Ending Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

A fantastic way to use a stash of left-over embellishments or specialty papers. My only question is what kind of instructions would you advise when sending this card to someone who is not a stamper/cardmakers?
gail ellison  |  Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 7:12 AM
Hi Gail. Once you have this card in your hand, you don't really need instructions. The folds and scores in the card generally reveal how it works all on their own.
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM
Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing. I can't wait to try this.
Robin Wolf  |  Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I made this card one year for my Christmas cards. It took me absolutely forever, but boy did I ever get wonderful comments from everybody. It is a really neat card.
Debbie Williams  |  Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM
Many years ago when I first saw this type of card I tried to deconstruct it. Needless to say my efforts were not perfect and I gave up trying to make this kind of card. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!
Jeanne Avandsalehi  |  Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 8:03 PM
Give it a try again after watching the video...you'll find it doesn't have to be difficult!
Lynn Mercurio  |  Thu May 1, 2014 at 4:29 AM
You made this look effortlessly....I am going to give this a try. Thank you so much for the clear directions.
Lin  |  Thu May 1, 2014 at 6:59 AM
I can't wait to see what you create!
Lynn Mercurio  |  Thu May 1, 2014 at 7:00 AM
Very interesting technique. I must try this immediately and show it to all of my card making friends. Thank you so much.
Michele Leibengood  |  Thu May 1, 2014 at 7:04 AM
My aunt made one of these, and I was fascinated by it, but never made one myself. Thank you for the tutorial. I'm going to try this over the weekend.
Kimberly Dearing  |  Fri May 2, 2014 at 5:45 AM
Lynn, I loved learning how to do this card. This tutorial was excellent and it came just in time. I just finished making my first one for my husband's birthday. I can't wait to show it to him. When I get a minute I'll try to post my results. Thanks again for this great tutorial. Cecily
Cecily Farwell  |  Fri May 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM
That's awesome Cecily. I can't wait to not only see your project, but also to hear what your husband thought about your creativity!
Lynn Mercurio  |  Fri May 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM
When I received one of these, my friend had pencilled two tiny arrows indicating how to open it at first. I didn't think it necessary, but maybe it was, because when I made one for someone else I didn't put the pencil arrows on and she didn't know how to open it and because she wasn't in crafts I suspect she just threw the card out!
Petrina W  |  Fri May 16, 2014 at 3:16 AM
Oh my what a FANTASTIC tutorial! I can't wait to give this one a go. It looks sooo complicated but your instructions make it seem so easy. Cant wait till I have time to work on it.
This would work very well with a variety of themes.
StampDuJour  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM
I just tried making this and something screwy is going on between step#8 and #9. After I open both center out to the sides as indicated in step I don't have a back to fold to make look like step #9. Would you please message me with some pointers. I'm stuck!!
StampDuJour  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM
Sorry! I guess I figured it out. WHEW!! cuz I love this!!
StampDuJour  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM
That's great...so glad it worked out! I'd love to see it when you are all finished so don't forget to post it! =)
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM
I do not understand steps 7 through 11 and have spent several hours on them. I sincerely want to make this card. Please can you help me?
Betty Gilbertson  |  Sun May 17, 2015 at 5:08 PM

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