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Otterly Flippin’ Fun Waterfall Card

Have you tried a waterfall card yet? Turning a waterfall card on it’s side creates a flip book style-something we could not resist with the otterly adorable stamp set we found. There are lots other cute stamp sets out there that will work equally well. It’s a fun fold card. What’s a fun fold card? Folds are strategically placed to give the card action or let the card open in unexpected way.

Otterly Adorable and Flippin’ Fun

Let your stamp set dictate the size of your flip features. Add borders to make the image size 2-3/4 or 3″. Made to cut the mechanism to the same size as your bordered images. Your first score mark mark with need to match as well with subsequent score marks each 3/4″ more. We made the height one inch less than the width. You can also use paper stock -just mount it to a piece of card stock to give it stability. We like the look of a border around paper stock.

A word about theses product recommendations- We love ceramic rotary cutter blades for durability, safety and the ability to swap between paper and fabrics projects without changing blades. We like the ergonomics of the Fiskars cutting tool. Add an eighth and quarter rules are great for simple yet accurate borders. We like Creative Grid rulers for the stability provide – less slippage. There are lots of fine scoring board and cutting mat options. Choose what suits your size needs.

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Back Slider Fun Fold Card

Got some card stock with a great motif in the corner or along one side? Learn how to make the best use of its design with a back slider fun fold card. It is super fast and super fun. After all it’s a fun fold card. What’s a fun fold card? Folds are strategically placed to give the card action or let the card open in unexpected way. Why call it a back slider card? Because the back slides out from behind the front of the card to reveal your greeting and special message. Warning! They are additive.

Fantastic birthday, special or every day card!

Watch the video to the end to catch all the tips.

Let your card stock dictate the size of your card. We made the height one inch less than the width. You can also use paper stock -just mount it to a piece of card stock to give it stability. We like the look of a border around paper stock.

For inside mechanism, cut the width of letter sized card stock (8-1/2″) by a least 1/4″ less than the height of the card. Score in half and then in half again – at 2-1/2″ and 4-1/4″. If your front is smaller, adjust size accordingly. We used some stock that was only 7-1/2″ long, scored at 1-7/8″ and 3-3/4″, and it worked out fine.

A word about theses product recommendations- Tombow Glue is the adhesive of choice for this project. We love ceramic rotary cutter blades for durability, safety and the ability to swap between paper and fabrics projects without changing blades. We like the ergonomics of the Fiskars cutting tool. Add an eighth and quarter rules are great for simple yet accurate borders. We like Creative Grid rulers for the stability provide – less slippage. There are lots of fine scoring board and cutting mat options. Choose what suits your size needs.

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Quick Gift Tag Christmas Cards

Want to make quick Christmas Cards? Use some large gift tags and you will have a stack of cards in a flash! Select tags with a sentiment, add some embellishments and you are ready to mail holiday greetings to friends and loved ones.

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Merry M Fold Card Tutorial

Whether you call a W fold or a M fold card, whom receives your homemade greeting card will be merry upon opening it. These action cards have a pop-up motion thanks to the…you guessed it the M-fold.

See the M-fold in Action

Best suited to display small designs stamps, stickers, and the like or just pretty paper. These are simple to make with spectacular results.

Cutting and Scoring Chart

DescriptionQuantityCut SizeScore at
Base/Back14-1/4″ by 11″5-1/2″
M-fold12-1/4 by 11″2-3/4, 5-1/2, & 8-1/4
Front Artwork (Landscape)13-3/4 by 5″
Pieced for Stamping42″ by 3″
Border for Stamped Pieces42-1/2″ by 3-1/2″


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Double Z Fold Card Tutorial and Reveal

Wonder what is in Echo Park’s Christmas Salutations 6×6 card stock package? Check out this quick reveal.

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Next check out how ideas on utilizing this pack with the fun and quick double z fold card tutorial.

What is a z fold card anyway? It’s an action card that seems to move as you open it. These fun folds are extremely addictive. Watch the video until the end to learn from some of my boo-boos plus all my tips for making them.

Let the size of your art work for the front of your card dictate how to make your card. Typically you have 4 1/2″ in length by 3 to 4 inches high to work with. In our samples, we used greetings from a card stock package. Into stamping? This is a great place to feature your designs. Cut-outs, stickers, drawings – the sky in the limit. So let your talents shine!

If your split an letter sized piece of card stock in half lengthwise at 4 1/4 inches, you will have 2 card bases. This is the recommend size and shown in red in the cutting chart. The front should be 1/2″ narrower than the back and 1 inch shorter than the back.

Rectangles have two size options. Option A will have a eighth inch border whereas option B will have a quarter inch border. One rectangle should be a light color as it is a place to write your personal note. The second rectangle is purely decorative and depending on the front card stock you may decide not to use a second rectangle.

Cutting Chart

Back/BaseFrontRectangles ARectangles B
4 x 113-1/2 x 102-1/2 x 3-1/4 2-1/4 x 3
4-1/4 x 113-3/4 x 10 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 2-1/4 x 3-1/4
4-1/2 x 11 4 x 10 2-1/2 x 3-3/4 2-1/4 x 3-1/2
4-3/4 x 11 4-1/4 x 10 2-1/2 x 4 2-1/4 x 3-3/4
5 x 11 4-1/2 x 10 2-1/2 x 4-1/4 2-1/4 x 4

Score or fold the 10 and 11 inch pieces in half lengthwise. Next score or fold one half in half again.

Score Guide

ItemScore 1Score 2
Front (10″ Long)2-1/25
Back/Base (12″ Long)2-3/45-1/2

Watch the video for assembly tips, tips to make the most of your materials and learn from my mistakes.

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Variations on a Theme

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Unlimited Results

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Learn how to get several looks and variations from one design.  This saves you money as you can easily extend the use of a single graphic design giving you more bang for the buck. 

1 Changing the color scheme is the simplest way to create different looks. The variety is simply surprising!

2 Create a twofer with a single cut. For the first option, paste the cutouts onto your card using your favorite glue, (be sure to check out what we like in the product suggestions below.) Pro Tip: Check out the video for this one. The second idea is to fill the holes on the original stock with a background paper.

3 Use the draw feature to create a design to color. You can color it yourself if you like. Better yet send it along uncolored. Treat your card recipient to a little crafting creativity of their own. After all sharing crafting is a tremendous gift in itself!

4 Check out the debossing technique. With a little experimentation, we found a material that created the deboss on one side and the bonus emboss on the back side. A word of caution – make sure the material you chose can withstand machine embossing as otherwise it may tear. We learned this from experience. No debossing tip? Time to get one for your Cricut Maker. Bonus Tip: Try a stylus for those machine which cannot use a debossing tool. See how the stylus worked out on our Your Deserve the Credit post.

5 Use the cutout from your original stock as a stencil. Make the stencil out of a durable material if you plan to reuse it many times. You can use the stencil to trace designs onto various media or use it as a paint or ink stencil.

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Mascot of the Year

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Going Nuts Card -Printable Version

   We hope you enjoyed our last “Going Nuts” Card. If you thought about making it but don’t have an electronic cutter, we have created this printable version just for you.
   We highly recommend you purchase a Cricut machine when you can. It is tons of fun!

   Taking your own pictures is the ultimate source for nature images. If you unable to get the shot you want, magazines, catalogs, and old calendars make excellent sources for art work. Some libraries have book sales as fund raisers and this is our favorite source of inexpensive picture books.
   You can just use ordinary scissors on this project yet we love our ceramic rotary blade for cutting. It is long lasting which saves you money AND you can use it on paper and card stock one day and then cut fabric without ever changing the blade which saves you time. Time and Money saved – what a bargain!
   We also like Creative Grid rulers for their grippies that prevent slippage. We also get a lot of mileage from add an eighth and add a quarter rulers, the later is our favorite.


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Stay at Home Order Have you & your friends Going Nuts?

Our remedy is for you to make craft projects and then share some humor with your friends via snail mail.  We show you how to design a fun greeting card with your Cricut machine although the general idea can be applied to other electronic cutting machines. 

This card has a bonus. Since the squirrel is drawn on the card font it is perfect for coloring. So your friend gets to craft as well!