Tutorial: Waterfall Pull Tab Card

I am so sorry for the delay in posting this tutorial! This week has been pretty busy and I know I anticipated having this done Wednesday night…so I hope this allows enough time for some of you who requested a tutorial, to make the cards you wanted in time!!!

I can say that this card isn’t too tricky to make.  I did the whole thing in about an hour last night. While it looks fancy and complicated, the mechanism is simple. A waterfall pull tab card can be seen in my previous post,  Valentine Pop Up Card: Hidden Message, and seen in video action in the post Happy Birthday Waterfall Card.

Ok so now the question – how to make this card?

1. Start out with a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock and cut in half so you have a 12 x 6″ piece. Score and fold in the middle so you have a folded 6 x 6″ square card. Cut an additional piece of cardstock (in a different color/pattern), into a 5 x 5″ square and place it in the inside of your card.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

2. Now cut a 12″ x 2″ strip of paper (preferably the same type of cardstock as your 5 x 5″ square). This strip will be covered by another color and type of paper later on. This will serve as the mechanism for the tab.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

3. Fold the strip in half (so you have a 6″ long strip when folded). Open the strip up and mark five 1 cm lines (note centimeter measurement), above the half way line. So you should have 6 inches at the bottom of the strip, then the fold in the middle of the strip. Then 5 lines each 1 cm apart. Score the lines and fold them in and out so that they are flexible.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Sorry this is so grainy! My iPhone camera wasn’t at its best last night! 🙂 Plus, it’s in pencil which was drawn rather lightly.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

4. Now cut a piece of cardstock into 6″ x 2″ (this will be the strip that you pull down and will display a hidden message or image, whatever you want). Since it is 6 x 2″ it should line up perfectly with the bottom half of your tab.
tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

5. Now cut a 5″ x 1″ strip of paper so it should be as wide as your 5 x 5″ square.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

6. Use an x-acto knife (or teeny-tiny paper punch) to poke a hole through both ends of your newly cut 5″ x 1″ strip all the way through your 5 x 5″ square and your card (you will have the holes covered by your front & back cover on the outside of the card at the end of this). The holes do not have to be neat because you are going to insert little brads into them so they’ll be covered up.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

7. Glue on the outer edges of your paper strip outside of the hole you just cut and then line up the holes of the strip to the holes in your card and press down firmly. Then insert the brads into the wholes.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Little star-shaped brads from Joann’s Fabrics

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Again, this part below will be covered up by your outside cover of the card in the end.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

8. Now take your long folded strip (the one where you made the five 1 cm score folds) and insert in under the strip you now secured with brad. Do not glue anything just yet. Line up the strips and trace with pencil where the edges meet. Cut off the excess.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Cut off the excess paper that would hang down below the orange strip.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

9. Once your excess is cut off, apply a small amount of glue along the edge of the strip and then insert it down under the orange strip and secure it by pressing down firmly so it adheres well.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

It might tough to see but there is glue on the tip of the yellow part that I am sliding down in this picture. It is going to go underneath the orange strip and be glued to it.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Press firmly and make sure it’s dried or at least well-secured.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

10. Now you have the mechanism ready for your pop up messages.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

11.  Cut out 6 squares (2″ x 2″) and glue each one along a 1 cm fold so that one square is layered on top of another square with a 1 cm overlap.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

So for each 1 cm section where you put glue, line up 1 of your 2″ x 2″ squares and glue it down. Keep this going until you have them all glued.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

12. Now that you have all the squares glued down on each 1 cm fold, you can put a little glue along the last square on the bottom and this will slide under the orange strip and be secured to it as well (similar to what we did in step # 9.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

13. You now have your pull tab mechanism ready for decoration!

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

14. I used a mini-paper punch to pop out some stars for decoration on the outer top flap.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

15. Now cut out 5 squares, each 1.5″ x 1.5″ and these will be the squares with the letters H-A-P-P-Y on them. (You can use whatever letters you want to spell out a name or a different word. Or you can use pictures or shapes, it’s really whatever you want to do with it). When you pull the orange tab down all the way, you can write the message you want for it. In this case, I wrote “Birthday” and I always like to do it in pencil first before I break out the sharpie.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

16. Now you can add whatever little cute things you want to the rest of the card. I free-hand drew some balloons and cut them out (all 3 at once because I am lazy). I didn’t have time to add other decorations to this last night but you can use paper stars, add some text, or do whatever you want to make it your own.

17. Now you can cut out poster project board (the sturdy stuff that I love!) and cut out two 6 x 6″ squares (so they should line up perfectly with  the rest of your card) and then cover up that project board with the cardstock of your choice for the outside of the card.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Cover up those brads!

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

And the piece below will be the outer cover for the card, to be glued to the card and decorated.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

I will admit, I didn’t finish the outer part of the card. But, in my defense, I had to choose between either going to bed with wet hair from showering earlier, or quitting my cardmaking for the evening and blow drying it. Since it was 20 degrees last night in Rhode Island,  I chose to blow dry!!!

But, I’m sure most of you are incredibly crafty and good at putting together your own cute looking cover. 🙂 Plus you probably were more interested in the pull tab waterfall mechanism, so I felt that skipping this part wasn’t as crucial.  Let me know if there are any more requests! I will do my best to get them done on time. This has just been a busy season of card making since it’s Valentine’s Day soon and it seems like everyone I know is having a birthday around here.

Happy crafting!!!

9 thoughts on “Tutorial: Waterfall Pull Tab Card

  1. I don’t know how to perform step 8 onwards. Can you make it clearer? What does this mean? “Line up the strips and trace with pencil where the edges meet. Cut off the excess.” Perhaps if you could indicate each strip with sections. Because I’m confused. 😦

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