Monday, April 25, 2011

Techniques, Tutorials, & Tips - Diorama Card!

Happy Monday, everyone! Are you ready for another fun tutorial? There have been many requests for a "diorama" tutorial, especially after our sweet Grace Nywening recently created her gorgeous diorama card HERE.....isn't it just amazing? The step by step instructions below will help you to make one of these beauties on your own.

Supplies used:
Cardstock (of your choice)
Scor-pal, Scor-buddy, or any scoring tool
Paper Cutter
Scor-tape or any good double sided tape
Cutting Die or punch
Embellishments / Stamps

Step One:
Cut two pieces of cardstock at 8-1/2 x 4....these will be the front and back side of the diorama. Cut one piece of cardstock at 6-1/2 x 4....this will be the center panel. (Note: the measurements will depend on what size you choose for your diorama....I will give a measuring formula below.) For the sake of the size of this post, I have already stamped all three panels in this photo. The front panel was stamped with the
"Birch Background" stamp; the center and back panel were both stamped with the border stamp from the "Bird Border & Corners" set; the sky was sponged over a punched scallop circle.

Step Two:
Score the two longer panels at 2 inches on each end with your
Scor-pal or Scor-buddy. The shorter center panel will be scored at one inch at each end. I personally found it easier to stamp on the panels before scoring so that there wouldn't be any bumps.

Here are the three panels, scored and folded in the direction in which they will be assembled.

Step Three:
To create the diorama effect, I am choosing to use a die cut for the opening, however, you may use punches instead. I centered and taped down the die from the
ODBD Elegant Ovals die set on the center (short) panel.

Step Four:
After securing the cutting die, I ran the piece through the Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cut machine. (I love using the Grand Calibur for larger projects....plenty of room for larger pieces of cardstock!) Using the same die, I repeated this step with the front panel of the diorama.

Step Five:
After cutting out the opening in the center panel, I adhered the moose image from the
"Father's Day" set on the back side of the panel, and then added a 1" strip of Scor-tape to the outside tabs.

Step Six:
The protective strips on the
Scor-tape were then removed and the center panel was then adhered to the inside back corner of the back panel. ***Trial and error tip: when adhering the center to the back panel.....leave a tiny fraction of space in the back corner so that there will be room for the diorama card to fold and close when it's finished. Otherwise, the fold will be really tight.

Step Seven:
Scor-tape to the inside of the front panel on the scored tabs and adhere to complete the diorama box. Note: I decided half way in that I wanted the back of the card to match the front, so I stamped a second 8-1/2 x 4 panel with the "Birch Background" and adhered to the back and sides before attaching the front panel....this gives a more finished look with the seam toward the back.

Step Eight:
Now that the diorama has been assembled, it's time to decorate.

This is the back-side view. This sentiment panel is the piece which was cut out of the center panel earlier....thought it be of good use here!

Since the cover of the diorama was stamped all of the way around, I decided to keep the embellishments simple: eyelets, linen thread, and a small sentiment panel, stamped with the "Father's Day" set and cut out with the ODBD Elegant Ovals die to match the diorama openings. Of course you can make it as simple or as layered as you like!

Just another note: Since the back side of the tabs of the center panel are visible in the back corner, I did stamp those as well before assembling to continue the design, however, depending on your own design, this may not be necessary.

Here is a close up view of the moose from the "Father's Day" set. The moose was stamped and colored three times, different parts of the head cut out and popped up for a 3-d effect.

This is what the folded card looks like. My card measures 4 x 6-1/2 when folded, so I am using a 6 x 8 envelope. To figure what size of envelope you will need, or to create a card to match your envelopes, here are some calculations you might need.

The folded card length will be the sum of the front plus one side. Since my cardstock started out as 8-1/2 with two inches scored on each side....the front panel is 4-1/2" and one side is 2"......that means that the length of my folded card is 6-1/2. The dimensions of your diorama can be anything you need them to suggestion is to practice with scratch paper your first time around.

Now, head to your craft room and let's see your dioramas! I had a blast creating this one and can't wait to try it again! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please send me an email anytime at angelladcrockett at yahoo dot com. (Just make sure you use an identifiable title on your email so that you don't end up in the spam box!)

For this diorama sample, I used three different sets by Our Daily Bread designs, the "Birch Background", "Father's Day", and the "Bird Border and Corners" set. What I love about ODBD stamps is their versatility, plus how well all of the sets coordinate with each other. To celebrate the "Mix & Match"-ability of ODBD stamps, this week we have a "Bake Your Own Bundle" sale......purchase any four stamp sets at 10% off......type BYOB10 in the COMMENT AREA when checking out. We will than credit your purchase 10% for the sets purchased. (Please Note: this sale is not applicable to the Breadbasket Bundle or this month's individual bundles, which are already discounted.) Sale will end Saturday, April 30th, at midnight EDT.

Thanks for stopping by today for a visit! Stay tuned tomorrow for week four of the monthly Let Your Light Shine Scrapbook Challenge....don't miss it!!! Have a very blessed week!!!

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Sherry Kushibab said...

Thank you fir sharing. I have been playing with various sizes of a diorama since Grace first posted hers. Whike I am enjoying my experimenting it has been a chalkenge. Nice to see I am in the right track

GCgirl said...

Wow, WOW, WOWW! Angie, you are incredibly talented and ODBD is so blessed to have you on their team!

Anonymous said...

WHAT!! NO PIERCING!! :D Just kidding, dear Angie. . .this is doesn't need piercing because IT IS piercing! Absolutely stunning and magnificent. You are such a blessing and thanks for the clear and easy to follow tutorial!

Elizabeth, The Shepherdess said...

Way Cool!! Thanks so much for showing this technique!! And I really like your card, too. I have lots of animal lovers here and that moose is calling out to them!! =))

Natalie said...

Angie, Angie, Angie!! You never cease to amaze me!! this is fabulous gf!!! {hugs}

Dawn said...

what an AWESOME PR and Tute! fab diorama, Ang!!

Grace said...

Oh Angie you did such an awesome job doing this tute!!! LOVE it with the moose and twine!!! Great job on it! I love these... and they really are not hard at all!

Gloria Stengel said...

Angie, this is FANTASTIC. I love it!

Lenoria said...

This is beautiful and very creative card!

Traci S. said...

Thank you so much for sharing, Grace. Your Easter diorama was so amazingly beautiful. This is great...I can't imagine making one, with all of the details...but who knows? Stranger things have happened.

Thank you for all of the effort you put into this tutorial!

He IS Able,
Traci S.

Rachel said...

eeek, how did I miss the sale!! Yikes!