Flip Down Stack Card

by Sabrina Friel

Create a card with a flip down stack on the front.


  • Scor-Pal™
  • One of 8" x 9 1/4" piece of Cardstock for card base, scored along the 4" and folded in half, to fit a #10 business envelope
  • One 4" squares of white cardstock pieces for panels
  • One 4 1/2" x 6 3/4" piece of black cardstock, for panels and stack contruction
  • Paper trimmer or ruler and blade
  • Ribbon, approximately 12" long
  • Double-sided tape
  • Magnetic snaps or a photo-turn and brad for closure
  • Stamps, inks, coloring media and preferred adhesive,stamps used here are Stampin' Up! Doodle This and Penny Black Perched on Lace


  1. Step 1

    Prepare your card base. This example is simply scored and stamped; you can also use patterned paper on the card base.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare cardstock for image panels and stack:
    Cut the white cardstock into 4 squares each measuring 2" square.
    Cut the black cardstock into 5 squares, each measuring 2 1/4" square.
    From the remaining black card, cut two pieces half an inch wide and about an inch long, and round one end of each strip if you wish. This is to create the tab for holding the stack closed.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp and color your image panels as required.

  4. Step 4

    Take 3 of the 2 1/4" squares, and lay them face down on your surface. Leave a slight gap between the bottom panel and the center one, and a slightly larger gap between the center panel and the top one.
    Add two strips of double-sided tape to each panel.

  5. Step 5

    Remove the backing from the tape and add a strip of ribbon from one end to the other, making sure to keep a slightly larger gap between the center square and the top one, and trimming the ribbon so that the ends don’t stick out beyond the card.

  6. Step 6

    Take another of the 2 1/4" squares, and stick it to the bottom square, over the ribbon.
    The tab should be two layers of card for extra strength; take the two 1/2" wide strips and stick them together.
    Then stick the tab to the center square – it will stick out over the bottom square. Make sure it sticks out enough to cover the magnetic snap if you’re using it, so it needs to be about half an inch.

  7. Step 7

    If you are using a magnetic snap, the next stage is to attach it to the tab.
    Turn the strip of 3 squares over so that the ribbon side faces down, and fold the bottom square up over the centre square. Now the back of the tab is visible – stick the magnetic snap here.

  8. Step 8

    Fold the stack upwards once more; the back of the center square will now be showing, with the tab towards the top.

  9. Attach the last 2 1/4" black square over the center square, and then attach the image panel that you wish to show on the FRONT of the closed stack. You need to take care to attach it in the right orientation if that matters.

  10. Step 9

    Lay the open stack on the embellished card front to check the positioning, and then stick the BACK of the top square to the card front with your preferred adhesive. This is the only square that still has the ribbon showing on the back. Make sure that the tab does not stick out above the top of the card

  11. Step 10

    Attach the image panels to the squares, and then fold the stack up, attaching the second half of the magnetic snap directly behind the tab.

  12. Step 11

    Your card is finished.



    -The size of the card can be varied so long as it is a tall skinny format.
    -The size of the panels can be varied, and they can be rectangular rather than square.
    -You can add extra layers for matting the image - just allow extra ribbon to accommodate the increased bulk.
    -A photo turn and brad (fastened through the card front) can be used as an alternative closure to keep the stack closed. If you don’t like the back of the brad showing, you may prefer to make a card front with thin card and patterned paper and then attach it to a card base after adding the brad closure.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Flip Down Stack Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Brilliant! I love the flip down design and will give it a try. Thank you for sharing your idea.
Karen Shirey  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 4:24 AM
Great tutorial Sabrina! Can't wait to make one of these! I have tons of magnets in my stash!

Joan Hajek  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 5:32 AM
Well done! I never would have guessed it was your first tutorial video! Very easy to follow and understand! TFS!
Kim Marie
Kim Marie Leach  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Very nice!
Angela  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 6:46 AM
Wonderful tutorial. You've made that so well, easy to understand and inspiring. I can't wait to try a few. I already have ideas running around in my head. Thanks so much.
Julie Tankersley  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 6:56 AM
It may be your first video however I am sure it won't be you last. What a great job. As for the card, it is absolutely wonderful. I see that it can be used for any occassion. I have to make a shower gift card for a baby girl and now I know what I will do. Thank you so much! Happy and Blessed New Year. Carole
Carole Robb Bisson  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 7:02 AM
What a clever idea. I personally like "moving" cards and will make this one for a special step-daughter. You did a wonderful job of explaining detail. Looking forward to more from you. Thank you.
Hope Mitchell  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 7:29 AM
Beautiful! I love it. Can't wait to try. Thank you for a very easy to follow tutorial.
Leonie James  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 7:39 AM
This is a great card idea! Love your video, well done!!! TFS
Kris  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 7:40 AM
Great job on your first tutorial. Such explicit directions. I also like moving cards and look forward to making many of this design. Thank You
VKay MacManes  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Thank you. Excellent tutorial. I can't wait to try making this.
Madonna Roberts  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 8:06 AM
My imagination is running wild! Thank you!
Susan Myrick  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 8:12 AM
Loved your video. Excellent job. I am going to try to make several of these. The heart could be used for valentines day also.
Janet Liples  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM
Fabulous tutorial, Sabrina. I can't wait to try it.
Vicki  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM
How cute, and you did a great job. I'll have to go buy some magnets or that kind of brad, though! Thank you so much.
Lisa Smith  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM
Love this technique--you make it look so easy to accomplish--great video too! Looking forward to seeing more of your videos!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM
Sabrina, what a fantastic video for it to be your first! You seem like a pro! Not only was the video great and concise, the project is wonderful. I must give it a try. Thank you for sharing such a great technique. Happy Stamping!
Bev Polen  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Wonderful tutorial. I love this idea. Off to try it out.
lacyquilter  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Thank you for this tutorial, you made it very easy to understand. Looking forward to trying to make this style of card.
Dilly B.  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Very clever card. Love interactive elements and this one's a winner.
conil  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM

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