This card is for a bubbly, bouncy 5-year old with unambiguous tastes and interests. I feel compelled to share with you her thoughts: Boys under 2 are boring and boys over 3 are annoying...until they become grandfathers. All things black, grey, purple and "post-it yellow" are ugly. Pink, green, blue and "sunshine yellow" are pretty . Spinach and broccoli are yummy but fries and ketchup are yucky! A fru-fru card with stamped image of impeccably coloured victorian children ain't gonna work for this little missy.
So I made a bright pop-up card incorporating all the stuff she loves. When making cards for kids, we should really have them in mind. Often we (I am guilty of the same) create elaborate technical pieces which kids just don't understand, when all they want is something fun. I'm hoping this will be fun for little Maria. And for you... I've added a little tute at the end.
The sketch is from Retro Sketches #26 and the colours are from The Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge #22. Inspiration also came from the following challenges: Top Tip Tuesday #84 "Happy Birthday", Celebrate the Occasion #77 "Child's Birthday", Papelitos Stamp Challenge #9 "Pretty in Pink" and Use It #38 "Ribbon".
Here is the card. The pix are a wee bit over-exposed. My craft-room / conservatory was unusually sunny today.
|... ta-da! The action is on the inside! A pop-up gift box. The tute for making this box await those who have the patience to read my post! No such thing as a free lunch, dearies!|
|Here's a side view of the box. I made a bow with the cute bumble bee ribbon and plonked it in the middle.|
|In this and the next couple of pics you'll see how the card closes. The greeting is by Forever Friends stamped in blue. I also attached 2 brads... just for fun.|
|The box is collapsing...|
|... and is falls flat when closed. Perfect for mailing.|
Papers: Doodlebug: Card front - Little Lady from Summertime; Box - Sew Plaid from Nifty Notions; Inside - Paper Plus Easter Kit
Stamp: Beth Gunnel Sweet Treats; Forever Friends Greetings Stamp
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa and Danube Blue
Die: Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio Two S4-234
And here's a pictorial on how I made the box. It's a tad fiddly but not complicated at all. This is not my original idea. I saw it on YouTube, demo-ed by a Japanese / Korean / Vietnamese crafter. It was quiet difficult to follow what with the language barrier (and strange background music), so I just winged it in the end. If you're familiar with pop-up cards, then attach the box to the card base in a way that works for you.... and please, don't waste 2 days on it!
|Repeat on all 6 pieces and erase the pencils marks.|
|I cut the sides as shown above so that the box will look less geometric, and hopefully more fun.|
|Now we construct the box. Start by sliding 2 pieces along the centre slits.|
|Add one more on the side in exactly the same way, through the centre slits.|
|Followed by another on the other side, as shown above. At this stage will have 2 pieces remaining.|
|Continue sliding the slits as before, but now you have to align 3 slits and 3 pieces.|
|Push it down slowly and one side of the box is complete. Repeat the process with the last piece on the opposite side...|
|... and you should end up with a box.|
|Lay it on the side and gently push the box down (don't squish or smash) and it will collapse flat. With the slit interlocking, the box should not come undone. At this stage play with your new toy... its mesmerising!|
So there you have it! As I said before, it's not that complicated but it requires some measure of fiddle-faddle and patience. But once you get the hang of it, it's easy peasy... just like speaking Japanese/Korean/Vietnamese. Ain't that grand?!
I hope this has been useful. It's something different and quite versatile. You can adapt it for all sorts of occasions, especially Christmas. Thanks for stopping by and if you're unclear let me know and I'll send you more pictures ... 43 to be exact! (Hahah just kidding!) I'll see you at my next post. In the meantime, check out Make It Monday #105 for tons of paper-crafting inspiration.
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