There are lots of wonderful tutorials on the Net for a never-ending card (or infinity card), but I thought I’d go ahead and add one more. I must say that this was a lot easier than I imagined. It really doesn’t take much skill to put one of these together and have it turn out great. It’s easy once you know how… but it is a bit time-consuming. It’s NOT a 5-minute card. (For me, it’s more like a 5-DAY card, LOL.)
For those who haven’t seen one of these before (where have you been – they’re all the rage, LOL), a never-ending card is one that sort of has four sides. It opens like a gate-fold card (as seen above), but then it opens again from top to bottom, and then again from the sides, and then back to top and bottom, until finally coming back to the beginning. Well, *that* was clear as mud, LOL. Maybe this video tutorial will help:
When I made my first never-ending card base, I was amazed at how easy it was to assemble, and how smoothly it operated. However, I knew it would be easy to forget the steps, (heck, I can’t remember what I had for breakfast, LOL) and to keep track of all the little pieces. So, I created a template, and I created a sort of “cheat sheet”. For my template, I took my first card base and numbered each little area (see video for better explanation). If you want to decorate and/or embellish your card, you’ll need 24 separate pieces of paper. Yup, 24. That’s where my cheat sheet came in handy. You’re welcome to download a copy, if you’d like: Never-ending card cheat sheet
For my card, I also decided I wanted to mat all of the pieces – yup, all 24. So, I cut out patterned paper pieces to 1/4″ smaller than my little areas, and then gave each piece an approximate 1/16″ mat. For the front, I also wanted some sort of element that would sort of open when the card opened, and a butterfly seemed like the perfect fit. So I die-cut and embellished a butterfly, and sliced it right down the middle, adhering the pieces side by side on the card. Here’s a better look at the front, when the card is closed:
There is so much you can do with these cards! Being my first, I didn’t go too crazy. Even so, this took a long time. Here’s the fourth, and final, “view”:When you “open” the card again, you end up back at the beginning. Pretty cool, huh? Watch my tutorial, or one of the many really excellent tutorials already out there… but seriously, you should try one of these. It’s so much easier than it looks, and so much fun!
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