Sunday, 28 August 2016

Pop Up Christmas Card

Hello, Karen here with a little Christmas project - I know Christmas is several months away but I love Christmas and am always eager to get started with little Christmas projects.

I was inspired by Hilary's shadow box tutorial here and thought 'hmmmmmmm I could make a Christmas card using vellum and a tea light'!

You will need:-
White Card
Kraft Card
Sketch Pens
Battery Tealight.

STEP 1 - preparing your cut file.

  • I wanted to use a house for the inside of my card and the file I chose had far too many elements so I only used enough to make my house look cute but not so many it looked over complicated.
  • I ungrouped the file and deleted the parts I was sure I wouldn't use.  In the screenshot below I have left them in the position they are on the file so it will be easier to identify which ones I saved. 

  • I moved all my shapes closer together, grouped them, and in the SCALE increased the size to 150%.  
  • I selected the shape with the house front details on and in the MODIFY window chose RELEASE and removed everything but the three windows and the outside shape, regrouped them.  
  • Next I aligned this to the main house shape and deleted the outside shape so that I could cut my windows in the correct position. 
  • To get an idea of which pieces had to be cut in which colour I moved all the sections into place and coloured them using the FILL COLOUR WINDOW.  I also added a rectangle (although the one in the screen shot below is rounded I decided on a square cornered one as this covered all the 'pop up) at the bottom of my house measuring 3.5ins x .5in and resized the whole design to3ins high, 

  • The final step in this part of the tutorial is to separate all your pieces into the correct colours. 

  • NOTE at the last minute I decided to cut some holes in my Christmas trees so they looked like they had lights on them

STEP 2 - Making Your Pop Up Card Base

  • Draw a rectangle 5ins wide and 10 ins tall.  
  • To the bottom half of this rectangle I added some holly leaves, a sentiment and a faux stitched boarder.  Although I am using cut files for this I am drawing them with a sketch pen - see this post for how to convert cut files into sketch files.  I also ungrouped the holly file so that I could rotate one of the leaves to give a better corner shape. I used Ctrl X removed the rectangle and used sketch pens to draw the front of my card.  See my previous blog post for detailed tutorial on how to change cut files into sketch files. 

  • I used Ctrl V to replace my rectangle and deleted the sketch part of my design.  I drew a line across the centre of the rectangle and in the LINE STYLE WINDOW changed it to a perforated line.
  • I then drew a 3.5in square and drew lines across it at .5in, 2in, 2.5ins and also changed these to perforated.  I drew a 1.5in circle in the centre of the 1.5in section.

STEP 3 - Constructing Your Card

  • Fold the 3.5in x 3.5in piece of card along the score lines to make a box and glue the first .5in side to the front of your card the last .5in bottom of your card.

  • Cut your house x 2 and piece together. You may notice that I haven't used the bow for the wreath as this turned out to be far too small. Construct your houses, only one is constructed onto the 3.5in x .5 in rectangle you cut earlier.

  • Put some vellum behind the three windows of your houses.
  • One house is stuck onto the front of your card and the one with vellum windows is stuck to the front of the box you have constructed inside your card.
  • Cut out your Christmas sentiment and adhere on the inside of your card above your house
  • Add a battery tealight to the hole in the box and your card is finished. 
As I said it is never too early to start your Christmas preparations and as I usually make 50 cards each year I shall be making several of these for the people on my nice list!





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  2. A great idea for a Christmas card Karen, it's lovely to make something special for your card 'A' list!

  3. It's lovely thank you for the tutorial