Monday, September 5, 2016

Ecstasy Crafts: Cascading Card Tutorial

I used a piece of acetate to attach the top bat so he looks like he is flying.

Cascading cards are easy to make and embellish.  I like making cascading cards because you can put a lot of dies on them; a lot more than on 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" minus the embellishments) 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 at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8", stopping 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.  

If you are a big Halloween card maker like I am, stop back often to see other cards I'll be making just in time for Halloween.

Check out all the products at Ecstasy Crafts.  They don't just sell dies.


  1. LOL wonderful Count Dracula! Ann, you create the most incredible designs! You have a way of putting shapes, colors, inks, die cuts together, and they become stories! Thanks for the tutorial, too! Huggers, de

  2. Saw this on SCS...had to come over for a closer look...super design!!!

  3. Wow, this is awesome! What a fun card with so many cool details. Love this!! I'm pinning this for later reference on how to make that fun design.

  4. I absolutely love this! Can't wa it to try it!!!