Waterfall Card

A waterfall card has four decorated squares that, when the tab is pulled, flip up to reveal the next image. People really love cards with moving parts and this has another bonus: your greeting or another image is revealed as you pull down on the tab.  Moving parts AND a surprise greeting make this a distinctive card.

Take the time to read through the directions first.  Then measure and cut your card stock, stamp all the images and finally assemble the parts.


Base: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece colored card stock: Score and fold to make a card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.   Alternatively, your base can be a non-opening card.  In this case, just cut your cards stock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

Layer: 5 1/4″ x 4″ white or light colored card stock: The waterfall mechanism is built on this layer. Alternatively, use a piece of decorative paper for this layer.

Pull Tab Piece: 9″ x 2″ piece colored card stock

Band: 4″ x 3/4″ piece colored card stock: This holds the pull tab piece in place.  I like to match it to the base card.

Decorated Squares: Four pieces of white or light colored card stock each: 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″

Mats for Decorated Squares: Four pieces of colored card stock each: 2″ x 2″ (these can be matching or different from each other, your choice)

Sticky Strip adhesive or double sided tape You want something strong enough to hold all the parts together when the pull tab is pulled

Double sided adhesive such as Tombow Mono Adhesive (permanent)




Small hole punch(1/8″ or smaller)

2 Brads

Eyelet and eyelet setting tools


For embellishment:

Because of the movement, you don’t want to add anything that will stick up on the card but a little glitter on the decorated squares is nice and sparkles to catch your eye when the tab is pulled. I also used a Spritzer airbrush tool.  It is a hand-powered squeeze bulb used with ink markers to spray ink (photo below).


Cut all the pieces of card stock.

Score the pull tab (9″ x 2″ piece) at:

  • 2″
  • 2 3/4″
  • 3 1/2″
  • 4 1/4″

Fold the pull tab at score lines being careful to keep sides aligned.

You can stamp your greeting on the long end (end opposite of the score lines) stamping about 3/4 of an inch from the bottom.  I prefer assembling the card first but this is risky because if I mess up while stamping, my card is already done.

Stamp designs on layer piece of white card stock. I also spritzed with colored ink using the Spritzer tool.

Stamp designs on 1 7/8″ pieces of white card stock.  If desired, embellish with spritzed or sponged ink, or glitter.

Adhere these pieces to mat pieces of colored card stock.

Making sure band is aligned straight, adhere it about 3/4″ from the bottom of the layer piece. For strength I use a small piece of Sticky Strip (strong double-sided adhesive) here. IMPORTANT: Only put adhesive on each end of the band (about 1/2″) and don’t glue down in the center so the pull tab can move freely underneath the band.

For a more secure hold, punch a hole through the band at each end and through the layer underneath and secure brads through the holes on each side (see photo).

Put the long end of the pull tab under the band and align with the bottom edge of the layer piece. Now folding the short end up, adhere the bottom of the short edge to the center of the band.

Put adhesive on band where shown here with grid marks

Adhere the edge of the pull tab piece to the center of the band.

Decide what order your decorated squares will go and adhere the bottom square to the 2″ of the pull tab that is now adhered to the band.

Put adhesive in the 3/4″ segment of the pull tab above the piece you just attached and attach your next decorated square.

Put adhesive for second square as shown with the grid marks

Continue attaching the last two decorated squares.

Adhere the layer piece to the card base.  I like to use Sticky Strip right under where the band is but regular double-sided adhesive or double-sided tape will work fine.

Pull the pull tab out (if you haven’t stamped your greeting yet, now is a good time to do that). Punch a hole about 1/4″ from the bottom center of the pull tab and set an eyelet in the hole.  Here’s a link with directions for setting an eyelet.

Thread a piece of ribbon (about 10″) through the eyelet and knot.

If you don’t have eyelets and an eyelet setting tool, you can cut a strip of paper (about 3 1/2″ x 7/8″) fold in half and adhere at the end of your pull tab to make a tab to pull your pull tab!

Stamp and/or sign the back of your original creation and give it to a deserving person in your life.


You can turn the whole waterfall card on it’s side with the pull tab pulling out on the right.  I did that here and decided to make stamped images that show a little stop-motion action.  As you pull out on the tab, the dome lifts off and reveals a birthday cake and candle.  To see this card in motion, go here.

Instead of stamping your layer piece you can use decorative paper.  I used cute paper printed with animal faces for this card and I decided to make my pieces a little wider.  This card also shows a paper tab instead of eyelet and ribbon for pulling out the pull tab piece.

For this card my images are on pieces that are 1 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ and the mats are 2″ x 2 3/8″.  I matched the width of the pull tab to the width of the mat pieces.

Finally, a word about crafting with friends. Since a good friend and fellow-crafter moved to Seattle I’ve been sad about not having her close by to craft together.  That is until we spent the other evening crafting together via Skype!  It was a lot of fun making this card together (with another friend there in Seattle too), laughing and chatting and showing each other our project.  We looked at paper choices and had a wonderful, relaxing time of shared craft therapy.

I challenge myself to make time for crafting and friends and encourage you to do the same.  And as mentioned before, if you make any cards from directions I’ve posted, please send me a photo and I will post it! Send to dianne.faw@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Card stock, ink, stamps, brads, eyelet, ribbon, glitter, hole punch and Spritzer from  Stampin’ Up!

Decorative paper from Michaels.


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5 responses to “Waterfall Card

  1. Tracy

    Yet another cute project! I look forward to the next and the next and the next!

  2. Carson

    This is such a beautiful card! You and your projects are so inspiring. Thanks for the shout out, cant wait to craft with you again soon.

  3. j.

    Nice reveal on the birthday cake.

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