Tutorial for Never Ending Card

Supplies:

 ½ sheet of double sided 12 x 12 paper
Adhesive
Coordinated cardstocks and papers to decorate.

Instructions:


1. Cut 2 – 6” x 6 “pieces out of double sided papers
2. Score each piece at 1.5” and 4.5”. (So you’ll have 1.5 “ panel on each side and a 3” panel in the centre.)

3. On each scored 6 x 6 sheet draw a light pencil line to form a 1.5” square in each corner (see picture). On the reverse for one sheet and on the top for the second sheet (1.5” x 1.5”square in the 4 corners).

   
4. Cut each sheet exactly in the middle (at 3”), perpendicular to the scored lines. Keep the cut edges together.

          
5. Place the sheets on top of each other (one back side to one top side), cut lines perpendicular to each other (continue keeping the cut edges together).  To make it easier, place the top with the cut line vertical and the bottom, with the cut line horizontal.

 


6. Take the left side piece of the top sheet, put glue on the two 1.5 x 1.5 squares on the back side (X on picture). Make sure the glue is exactly in the square (covering completely, but not exceeding the square). This is very important, because the 4 corner squares will act as hinges to the whole card.

7. a) Carefully and accurately place the top left square with glue on the top square of the bottom sheet (cut line is horizontal – so you are gluing on the top part). 
Note:  This is the most critical step of the card, because all the rest of the card will be aligned on this piece – make sure it is straight!)
b) Do the same with the bottom left square (glue to the left square of the bottom piece).

     

You will have this:

8. Now take the top right piece, put glue on the 1.5 x 1.5 squares and glue to the square on the right of the top and bottom panels of the bottom sheet.

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now you have this:

9. That’s it! Now you get to test if your hinges work well and if everything is nice and straight. Open each panel of the top sheet (with cut line vertical, open each panel towards left and right.


Example of the front of a decorated card with the front middle slit slightly opened.

10. Now open the middle section. Open towards top and bottom.

 
 
(you can see in the decorated card above, the white slit line in the middle; 
that’s where you would pull apart and open towards top and bottom)
11. Open next section left and right and then next one, top and bottom and on and on and on….

12. The trick to this card is to be as precise as possible in the cutting and gluing of the pieces. A tiny little difference will make the panels rub when trying to rotate them. It is very important to be accurate.

13. When done, you can decorate each panel with cardstock, patterned papers, photos. Stamp anywhere as desired. Just make sure that nothing covers the score lines or extends outside the panels.  Hint:  Decorate each panel in it’s final position, otherwise you might find that your “bird/flower/etc” has it’s head downwards when the card is rotated…

You can also decorate with photos, it is so pretty…. Just cut the photo at the cutline or score line….

14. Please note that you can’t use brads or bulky items that will keep the pieces from rotating properly.

Good luck, Have fun!  And if you make one, please come show me I’d love to see!!

P.S. This took so long to do, I hope it is useful to someone!!! (and maybe next time, I’ll do a video… should be faster!).

P.S.2 This can be done in any sizes you want (3” square, 12” square (I’ve seen it done as a scrapbook page). It doesn’t even have to be square. All you do is take your width and divide by 2.

For example, our 6” square– divide by 2 = 3” (middle panel), divide 3 by 2 = 1.5” for each side panel.

If you have a 9” square – divide by 2 = 4.5” (middle panel), divide 4.5 by 2 = 2.25 for each side panel.

If you have a rectangle 5 “ high x 7” wide:
Divide 7” by 2 = 3.5” middle panel. Divide 3.5 by 2 = 1.75 each side panel.



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