Waterfall Card

by Kathy Logan

Try out this new craze! Pull on a paper tab and make secret messages or images appear, while pieces of cardstock fold over and look like a waterfall.


  • Neutral-colored cardstock
  • Colored cardstock
  • Assorted stamps and inks
  • Paper Trimmer with a scoring blade (or a ruler and a stylus for making scored lines.)
  • Eyelets & eyelet setting tools
  • Ribbon or cord (for the pull tab)
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Aquapainters or other coloring medium (optional, depending on the style of stamps chosen.)


  1. Step 1

    Cut your Neutral Cardstock in the following measurements: 5¼" x 8" (1), 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" (4).

    Cut your Colored Cardstock in the following measurements: 2" x 2" (4), 5½" x 4¼" (1), 9" x 2" (1), ¾" x 4" (1).

  2. Step 2

    Fold the largest piece of neutral colored cardstock in half, and then stamp it as desired. Also stamp the four neutral-colored squares.

  3. Step 3 (Optional)

    Depending on the style of stamps you've selected, color your stamped images with any method you prefer. I chose to watercolor the images for this card with the SU! Aquapainters™ and ink.

  4. Step 4

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

  5. Step 5

    Next you will need to score your 9 x 2 strip of colored cardstock. Starting at end of strip, score 2", 2¾", 3 ½", and 4 ¼" from the end.

  6. You can then fold along the scored lines and you should have a strip which looks something like the following picture (let's call this Piece A).

  7. Step 6

    Attach the horizontal strip (the one which measures ¾" x 4") to front of card with eyelets.

    Note: it is very important that you do not use any adhesive in the middle of this piece!

  8. Step 7

    Next, attach piece A to the horizontal strip you just attached to the card front. To do this, slide the longest section of piece A between the horizontal strip and the card, making sure to center it in the middle of your card. Line up the very edge of the scored end of piece A with bottom of the horizontal strip and attach with adhesive.

    Note: the adhesive placement is very important you do not want to attach the scored side and the longest section of piece A together!

  9. Step 8

    Attach your first stamped image to the bottom 2" x 2" space at the scored end of piece A.

  10. Step 9

    Apply adhesive to the scored sections of piece A only, and attach remaining stamped pieces.

  11. Once you've attached these pieces, you should be able to gently pull the bottom of the longest section of piece A directly down and watch the stamped images flip one at a time and then slide behind piece A.

  12. Step 10

    Attach eyelet and ribbon to the bottom of piece A. To do this, simply mark where you want to place your eyelet with card in the closed position. Then pull the longest section of piece A until it is fully extended. Punch a hole and place eyelet. Thread ribbon through eyelet and tie. Trim ends with scissors. You're done!

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

Daven...I can see them! You rock!
beate  |  Fri Nov 9, 2007 at 9:21 AM
here is my message from a non-member
donald  |  Fri Nov 9, 2007 at 9:50 AM
Very cute card. I think that I may try to make one sometime soon. Thanks for the tutorial.
L. Ann  |  Wed Feb 13, 2008 at 6:38 AM
Can't wait to try this one out!
lisabeepianolovin  |  Sun May 4, 2008 at 4:30 PM
Great instructions can't wait to try it out. Thanks for the hard work it is beautiful.
Traci  |  Sat Jun 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM
I love making these now. I was a bit intimidated to try this, but thanks for your clear and easy to follow tutorial I am popping these out by the handful! Thanks for sharing your talent and time!
Paige (stampingPaige)  |  Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 6:46 AM
I have seen many tutorials on this one and for some reason I just could not get it.....I looked at yours and got it! Thank you! VERY nice tutorial!!!
mrlsumpy  |  Sat Aug 9, 2008 at 1:06 AM
ok . i love the card, i did it but what do i do with the colored cardstock piece let over..(51/2 x41/4) please help..
vic/kat  |  Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 1:53 PM
Vic/Kat, the 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of cardstock is your card base. Adhere the other layers on top of it to turn them into a standard size card.

You can also make it a full card by taping the layers you made to a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock that is folded in half. Then you can fold it open and write something on the inside.
Beate  |  Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 2:15 PM
This may be a silly question, but I don't understand why we are folding our neutral cardstock. Why are we not just using a 4 X 5 1/4 piece?
SheenaLanise  |  Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 11:55 AM
I was wondering the same thing as SheenaLanise.
toothcrafter  |  Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM
I saw one of these made into a scrapbook.........I would dearly like to know how to make a waterfall scrapbook smile I just can't seem to figure it out on my own
debbie essy  |  Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 4:37 PM
Loved the card and am delighted with my finished article. Could'nt figure out what the green piece 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 (1) was used for however! Thankfully is still worked though I had this piece left over!!!
Card Dreamer  |  Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 11:13 PM
Hi there,

I am really wanting to make one of these cards as they look really effective smile Before I start, I've just read through all the instructions, but I need to ask a few things - is it just me, or is some of the numbers looking a bit strange? e.g.

Step 1

Cut your Neutral Cardstock in the following measurements: 5 ¼" x 8" (1), 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" (4).

Cut your Colored Cardstock in the following measurements: 2" x 2" (4), 5½" x 4¼" (1), 9" x 2" (1), ¾" x 4" (1).

What does the A with a funny French sign over the top mean? I can't understand what measurement this is, therefore I'm not going to be able to make a start on this tutorial :(

Please can someone enlighten me smile

Many thanks,

Alex  |  Thu May 7, 2009 at 7:08 AM
Wow! I haven't checked this tutorial in forever, and see that several of you have had questions. My sample card has the waterfall "feature" on the front of a full card. The 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece which some of you have as a "left over" piece is the final layer that the entire card is attached to (if you look closely at the final pic, you'll see it as a small border around the entire card).

Please note that these are optional! You can make these as a postcard or use a standard card to begin with and save yourself the extra 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of cardstock - it's totally up to you!

Regarding Alex's post...I'm not sure why the funny A with the French sign is even showing up! You should be able to ignore that sign entirely and still make the card. If you have any questions or comments, please message me directly, as I (obviously) don't check here very often!
Kathy Logan  |  Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 9:58 AM
Thank you for the easy instructions. I made one and couldn't believe how quick and easy it was. THANKS!!!
Lizette Lehmkuhl  |  Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 9:38 AM
thank you very much for the explications it is less difficult for me now ! Edith from Nancy at France.
Edith PYTA  |  Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 10:27 AM
I just finished a card and love making it. It is a birthday card for my dil so I stamped Happy Birthday above the flip cards and Love You on the strip that becomes exposed when it is pulled down. Under the flips I stamped celebrate, enjoy, and hugs. Thank you for the easy illustrated steps.
bev  |  Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM
THANK YOU soooooo much for this fantastic tutorial. I saw my very first "Waterfall" card today and can't wait to try to create one of my own.

Your tutorial is fabulous, very detailed and the pictures and instructions look very easy to follow. I was thrilled to find it here and think you card is lovely!

THANK YOU again!! This is wonderful!!

Lisa  |  Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 6:23 PM
Thanks so much for a wonderful tutorial. I have been putting off making one as I thought it would be difficult. Far from it, I found your instructions so simple. Thanks again.
Annette  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 2:50 AM

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