Sunday, August 9, 2015

Teach from the Heart Cascade Card Assembly

Say "thank you" or "you've made a difference" 
to an educator with this one-of-a-kind card. 
Measures approx. 6x6" when closed. 

Scalloped edge cascade base shapes 
bend in opposing V shapes and 
interlock to provide surfaces for embellishments. 

1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A left card base shape with accent panels
B right card base shape with accent panels
C front accent panel
D back accent panel
E arch banner with cardstock paper clips
  (cut two sets, then glue pairs back-to-back)
F "teach" letters, offset base
G "teach" stringer
H lattice heart, base heart, lace edge heart
I word cutouts "from the heart"
J floral and leaf decorations

2. Prepare the left (top) and right card base shapes by bending at the center perforation line of each to bring the smaller end to lay on top of the taller end.

(NOTE: use paper that is nice or the same on both front and back for best results.)

3. Attach the accent panels to the appropriate card base divisions. The tall and med. shapes attach to the "front" of the base, and the shorter attaches in the third division on the "back".

NOTE: for the sample card, the offset accent shapes have been adjusted downward slightly to allow space for attaching the rows of pearl jewels.

This image further illustrates the accent shapes positioning.

The left folded shape in the image here is the top shape shown in the previous image.

The right folded shape is the bottom shape shown above.

Here, again, the the left shape . . .

. . . and the right shape.

4. Slide the slot cutouts of the right shape over the left shape cutouts to interlock the halves.

Slide the two completely together, then square up the bottom edge.

5. Position and attach the back shape to the back panel of the card that is created by the two halves that now form one back panel.

6. Position and attach the front panel.

7. Prepare the arch banner by centering and attaching the word cutout shapes.

NOTE that the model card has a mirror image shape cut and attached to the arch backside to reinforce it.

8. Overlap the arch bottom points on the large scallop "tabs" at the top sides and glue in place.

9. Attach the paper paper clip accents on the ends of the arch.

10. Prepare the main heart unit by layering (centered) the heart base and lattice heart shapes on the lacy heart base. If you plan to embellish with tied-on ribbon like the model, leave the upper right lobe of the lattice layer unattached. Thread ribbon length(s) through top cutouts as shown, and tie knot or bow, then complete the joining in place of the lattice layer.

11. Give the heart assembly added dimension by attaching foam squares on the backside of the heart in the approximate areas shown.

12. Position and attach the heart assembly onto the front panel, point near the bottom center edge of the card front.

(NOTE  leaf accent shapes have aready been attached here.)

13. Position and attach the "from the heart" word cuts.

14. If desired, prepare the petal shapes for the two flowers (or more if you choose), by "embossing" with the rounded stylus from the McGill tools set.

For more information on this technique and tools, visit

15. Layer the three petal shapes with largest on bottom, smallest on top and glue to join. Attach a small bead or other "found" center for each blossom. Attach below the ribbon bow over the leaves that are shown with step 13.

16. Position and attach each of the "teach" letters on the offset base shape.

Position and attach the base shape assembly onto the "stringer" which will bridge across the cascade base in the final assembly.

17. Position the "teach" shape so that the cut slots fit loosely over the second slant level on each side of the card.

This loose stringer styling will allow the card to lay flat for sending and storing, yet hold its "open" standing shape when the "teach" stringer is in place.

Here is the completed card.


  1. A perfect card for any teacher! I love it!

  2. Thanks you for the detailed tutorials! I am a visual learner, so this really helps!

  3. This is awesome! I love it! Thanks for a great tutorial! I couldn't figure this one out on my own!