Never Ending Card - by mkbugs (Mary)
1.) Anyone remember this? “This is the song that never ends It just goes on and on my friends! Some people started singing, not knowing what it was And they’ll continue singing it forever just because….” (and repeat as many times as it takes to annoy everyone around you!)Now be honest, you were singing that in your head right? When I was teaching 4th grade, the mother of one of my students ran a scrapbook store. At the end of the school year, her daughter made me the coolest card! You can find a lot of patterns and instructions online. This is called a Never Ending Card. These are very simple to make. I tried out a few different patterns and settled on this particular one that I found in many places online. Since our theme this month is “Grandma’s Quilt” you will be piecing paper together much like you would a quilt!
2.) First off, here is a look at how the card looks as you are going through the steps. I wanted to make sure I could see which panels and areas were shown on each step. Really in part 2 and 3 are the only overlapping areas of your card. Something to keep in mind when you are selecting paper. Honestly, using one of the paper kits that Crop Chocolate has put up recently is a great way to coordinate each panel of this card.
3.) First off, cut 4 pieces of cardstock 3 x 6 inches. You can make 2 card bases out of one 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. Next, get your trusty scoring tool. You will score each of the 4 pieces the same. The “hot-dog way” (with the 6 inch side vertical) score at 1.5 inches (this will score the paper in half. The “hamburger way” (with the 3 inch side vertical) score at 1.5 and 4.5 inches. (or you can flip it around and score at 1.5 again either way.This card requires a lot of flexibility. Make sure you fold on your score lines in both directions.
4.) Now you are ready to assemble your Never Ending Card.First, lay 2 of your scored panels side by side, vertically. Now you will put glue in the upper right corner of the right panel and the upper left corner of the left panel. Very carefully, lay your third panel on top of the first two, but make sure it is horizontal. Line up your corners carefully and make sure your bottom panels are not overlapping. Repeat the glue on the bottom left and right corners and carefully line up the fourth panel. Make sure your horizontal panels do not overlap each other. Here’s a hint. One one sample I made (that fell apart) I used my Xyron runner, and the hold wasn’t strong enough to hold the card together through several run-throughs. Make sure you use a strong adhesive. I used the Scotch glue for this, my card has yet to fall apart!Now you are ready to create!! I used the BE YOU papers from Fancy Pants, the strips page with the different sayings made it easy to add some text to the card. Just be sure you don’t overlap any folds or the middle. If for some reason your card is getting caught, you can trim the edges as needed.
5.) There you have it, here is the final product! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and try it yourself, it is a fun way to make a unique card!