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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Great video! I would have never guessed that it was your first one. :D
Janet Sisk  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM
I will enjoy trying this new technique in my card making projects. Well done, easy to follow video!!

Donna Johnstone  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Thank you so very much for showing this technique!
Cheri Goldsmith  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 1:34 PM
Great job thanks for sharing. Cheers
Have a wonderful 2013 Lee (NZ)
Lee Gysberts  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM
Thanks so much for sharing. Love this.
Mary Adams  |  Wed Jan 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Sabrina you really aced your first tutorial! A great job, a wonderful card and the directions are easy to follow. It was so lovely to actually hear you voice!
Ina Eisen  |  Thu Jan 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM
Thanks for the tutorial. I off to try this for my card exchange club to chase away the winter blues.
pam dwyer  |  Thu Jan 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM
I love this. You did such a good job explaining all the details and providing a list of supplies before even starting. Can't wait to try this.
Crystal Stone  |  Thu Jan 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM
OMG SQUEE! Sabrina I love hearing your voice!!!! Great tutorial - thank you so much! smile
lydia  |  Fri Jan 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Thanks for this great tutorial, easy to follow and inspiring!
Mary Hansen  |  Fri Jan 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Wonderful tutorial! I hope you do more and, I hope your hubby enjoyed your fabulous card. Thank you so very much for a tutorial that's easy to follow. First rate professional job.
Mary Bynum  |  Sat Jan 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM
Great tutorial! I look forward to playing and creating flip down stack cards! Something different to make is always fun. Thank you!
Denise  |  Sun Jan 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM
Thank you Sabrina
for your great tutorial and video !
Here is my card :
Greetings from Belgium,
niki1  |  Mon Jan 7, 2013 at 7:13 AM
what a great idea for my next Stampin' Up workshop.
Carol Walker  |  Mon Jan 7, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Thank you for sharing this! I love it and can't wait to try it! I can see using for friends, for children, and with pictures for relatives!
Suzi  |  Mon Jan 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM
Suzi - using it with photos sounds like a brilliant idea!!
Sabrina Friel  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 4:07 AM
Cool idea! This is going to be a lot of fun to make, and your tutorial is excellent and very well done.
Gosia Hoot  |  Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 1:35 PM
Lovely! I am definitely going to try this. Finally a use for all those photo turns I have! Thank you for the inspiration and great job on your first video tutorial.
Melissa Craig  |  Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM
I really like this idea; wonderful job & beautiful cards. I'll be trying this soon (can hardly wait)!
Cathy Willmott  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 4:58 AM
love, love , LOVE this card ! I have since been playing around with this and was womdering if anyone had suggestions on how to make the fold down removable ? I thought it would be neat to do a christmas themed one that could be removed from the card and hung on the tree. Any ideas ? Thanks for your ideads!
janet worth  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM

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