Hello, and welcome to my step by step guide / tutorial on how to make a never ending card.
The first step to make this card is measure and cut out 4 pieces of card measuring 8 inches by 4 inches (this will make an 8×8 card when finished). Once you have your 4 pieces of card the next step is to measure and score a line 2 inches in going down the length of the card vertically on all 4 pieces of card. Then measure and a line 2 inches in going horizontally at both the top and the bottom of two of the pieces of card.
We are now ready to start assembling the card. With the 2 pieces of card that are scored both horizontally and vertically line them up next to each other so that the lines meet to form a square in the center.
Place your double-sided tape or glue inside the smaller boxes (formed by your score lines) at the outside edges (or corners) of the card as shown in the picture above. Once you have done this you need to stick down the your other 2 pieces of card, if you have the break between the first two pieces going vertically as in the picture above the next two will need to be stuck down with the break between them going horizontally as shown in the picture below. Please note you need to line up the pieces of card exactly so if you do not have a steady hand it may be easier to use a wet glue rather than tape, allowing you time to slide the pieces in to place. Of course if you do use wet glue you will need to wait for it to dry before proceeding to the next step.
Now your card is assembled. Before moving on i recommend going through each stage of opening the card and using a bone folder (or a ruler if you don’t have a bone folder just make sure you don’t have pencil residue on it so that you don’t end up with nasty grey pencil smudges). Once this is done i usually open the card through each stage a few more times to ensure that the folds are loose and move smoothly.
For this demonstration i have approached decorating the card by first covering the card with peach paper and then cutting out 6 squares of 3 and a half by 3 and a half inches and 8 rectangles of 1 and a half by 3 and a half inches for my images, so that the images sit nicely between the score lines. However if you like distressed effects you could decorate the card with one large sheet of paper for each section (as opposed to 3 smaller ones) for your images as the creases of the score lines work very well with the distressed effect.
To put my images on to the card i have stamped on to the pieces i measured and cut out earlier, using perfect medium and then using a large soft brush, dusted mica powders on to the stamped image for a soft shimmery effect. (If you don’t have an appropriate brush a blusher brush is ideal for this.)
Finally i have stuck my images on to my card and used border peel offs to finish.
Your hand made card is now complete
I hope you find this tutorial helpful but if you have any questions or are unsure of anything please leave a comment and i will do my best to answer them. Thanks for looking.