Thursday 13 April 2017

Waterfall Birthday Card

I haven't made a waterfall card for quite some time, but having seen a stunning example of one by Sue Ralph recently, I decided to have another go.  I had to think hard before getting started, but eventually decided on 5 images in the waterfall on an A5 card.

To start with I created the 'waterfall' by cutting a 5.5cm strip off a piece of A4 linen card; this was later trimmed to 27.7cm in length.  I scored at 5.5cm, 7cm, 8.5cm, 10cm and 11.5cm from one end ready for the toppers and shaped the opposite end to the scored sections by marking 2cm up and 2cm in on both sides and cutting off the triangular pieces.  To create the toppers, I cut 5 pieces of Sheena's Stamping card to 5.5cm x 5.5cm and stamped and heat embossed a different image on each.  I used Black Onyx Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.  
The VW camper was a free stamp with Craft Stamper magazine; the VW Beetle and Mini are from the Classic Cars Nostalgia collection by Papermania; the sentiment comes from the 18-21 Retro Car stamp set by Kanban and the compass is a small Imaginesce stamp (#003384).  The stamped images were coloured using a water brush and Distress inks on my glass mat; Carved Pumpkin, Lucky Clover, Blueprint Sketch, Mustard Seed and Barn Door.
Before I attached the toppers to the waterfall base, I added a 2cm x 8.5cm strip of linen card to form a T shape at the bottom of the waterfall (level with the bottom of the 5.5cm x 5.5cm scored square.  I then glued the sentiment topper in place to cover the whole area.  The other toppers were only attached at the top, between the score lines of the waterfall base using strong glue to hold them in place.  The waterfall was then folded back on itself, so that the tab protrudes below the T of the cross bar.
To hold the mechanism in place, I cut another piece of white linen card 8.5cm x 17cm and attached each end of the 'T' onto it using small eyelets, making sure that the bottom of the tab is level with the bottom of this piece of card.  I added a larger eyelet to the shaped end of the waterfall and thin red satin ribbon through it as a pull tab.
Before trimming.
Before adding the waterfall to the front of an A5 linen card (A4 scored and folded in half), I wanted to create a coloured mat for it.  I cut a piece of stamping card 21cm x 10cm and sprinkled on Brusho powders in Ost Blue, Scarlet, Yellow, Orange and Emerald; these were then activated using sprays of water from a mister bottle.  Once I was happy with the coverage and had dried the card, I trimmed it to 9.5cm x 18cm and used it to create a 0.5cm mat behind the waterfall mechanism.  This was then added to the front of the card blank.
Finally, I stamped the Happy birthday sentiment from the Everyday Expressions stamp set by Inkadinkado onto a piece of black card (3cm x 9cm).  For this I used a Versamark ink pad and detail white embossing powder.  This was then glued onto the tab, so that it would be revealed as the tab is pulled.


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