Friday, September 9, 2016

Cascading Halloween A2 Card Tutorial


Scene cards are one of my favorite card styles to make.  However, when you combine a cascading card with a scene idea, you can put so much more on the card than if you just made a two dimensional  card.

I made this card after watching a YouTube video by Jen Evers here:


Her video shows how to make a cascading card which is smaller than most cascading cards; it's actually A2 sized (4.25 x 5.5") and has 3 sections instead of the typical 4.  Her tutorial is a mere 3.5 minutes long, but she also shows how to make the larger, 4 section cascading card at the end.  This is by far the best video I've ever come across for cascading cards.   Thank you so much Jen for your wonderful video.

  Here's my written tutorial based on her video tutorial:

Start off with one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.  

Place the cardstock on your paper trimmer with the 11" side at the top and cut the paper in half at 5.5".  You will now have two pieces of paper, each measuring 5.5" x 8.5".



Place the paper  on your scoring board with the 8" side across the top and score at 4 1/4".  Do this to both pieces.



Turn the paper so the 5" side is at the top and make a pencil mark at 3 1/2".  Do this for both pieces of paper.



Place the paper on a paper trimmer and cut from the 3 1/2" mark to the bottom corner of the opposite side of the paper, cutting off a small triangular piece which gets discarded.  Do this for both pieces.



Place one piece of paper on your scoring board with the 8" side across the top and the longer of the two vertical sides to the left:



Take a ruler and place it horizontally across your scoring board so the left side lines up at 
2 3/4" along the left marks on the scoring board.  Keep the ruler there as a guide.  Score from the top of the paper down at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8", stopping your scoring lines at the top of the ruler.



Take your other piece of paper and place it on your scoring board so the diagonal cut is at the top and the longer of the other two sides is at the left.  Put your ruler at 2 3/4" again, keeping it there as a guide.  Score down from the top at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" as you did previously.



Remove the paper from the scoring board and cut along the 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" score lines, stopping where the lines stop (where the ruler was).  Do NOT cut the middle score line at all (the one at 4 1/4").

Place your papers in front of you so they form a mountain as shown here, with the cut lines on the left paper at the top and the cut lines on the right paper at the bottom:



Fold each paper on it's middle score line at 4 1/4".



Stand the papers up and fit the right paper down into the cuts of the left side paper.  If the paper doesn't look even at the joints, make one cut for each joint  about a 1/4" slightly longer.  You only need to make one cut longer for the bigger back joint and one cut for the front, smaller joint.



When the paper looks the same height at the intersecting  joints, simply press it down, collapsing it:



You are ready to decorate it.  To get some ideas on how to decorate your card,  there are a lot of ideas on Pinterest if you do a search on cascading cards.  

I used some pieces of acetate on the bats and ghosts to make them look like they were flying.

This is what the card looks like from the side:


It actually fits inside an envelope that is 5.75 x 8.75".  This size envelope often comes in boxes of wedding invitations.  I get mine at Joann Fabric when the invitations are on clearance.  Below is a picture showing that the card does fit inside the envelope.  Of course, you don't have to embellish your card as tall as I did mine.  If you leave the height alone and just embellish the front panels, this card will easily fit inside an A2 envelope.




Believe it or not, all of the dies I used on my card came from just one place -- the Dies R Us online store:










Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. -- Ann

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3 comments:

  1. This is fantastic Ann, love all the details that you included. A beautiful scene that you do so well. I am going to try this technique - thanks for the written tutorial - I copy and save those in word and print them out for those times when I don't want to turn on the computer! hugs mf

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  2. Fantastic card, Ann! I haven't made one of these yet! Thanks for the link and for your great tutorial! Wonderful Halloweenie card! Hope you have a great weekend! Hugs, de

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  3. AWESOME!! I'm so excited that you shared my video, but even more so the details and fantasticism you put into your magical card. It's fabulous!! xoxo Jen

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