25.8.16

Easy Diorama Cards Tutorial

Diorama Cards
         Hi friends so excited to bring to you my first Guest DT post for Rudolph Day Challenges! This Challenge is very special to me as the theme is always Christmas and I looove making Christmas projects!Thank you so much Maureen for having me as your Guest DT.
I made 3 Christmas themed Mini Diorama Cards otherwise called Shadowbox Cards
Diorama Card
          My first Diorama Card has a little scene with a gingerbread house in the backdrop, sparkling silver glitter foam snowflakes hanging down, a decked up Christmas tree and the star....a cutie snowman waving Hi!
Diorama Card
The 2nd Diorama Card has our Jolly fella, Santa bringing presents! There are snowflakes hanging down and rising up from 2 layers of the diorama.
Diorama Card
And being a Rudolph Day Challenge .....I just had to make a card featuring an adorable reindeer! Rudolph has brought some presents to the ginger bread house!
Diorama Card
 And here is a closeup of the faux snow on my diorama  made using texture paste and a stencil!
Diorama Card
These Mini Dioramas were so easy to make  and I made all 3 in an evening!
Here is the Tutorial
Mini Diorama Card Tutorial 
Materials
Shapes- handcut or die cut
Handcut :You don't need to have a die cutting machine to make this diorama card though having one can make your job quicker! See this post on a completely hand-cut Diorama/Tunnel Card Tutorial
Die-cutting : You can use any shaped die you like......and they need not be nesting dies either! You basically need one die to cut out the base and front of the card and another die to cut out an aperture .
Scoring tool / Scale and blunt knife / used pen if you dont have a scoring tool
Paper and Adhesive : Sturdy Cardstock required and Liquid glue prefered
Embellishments- die cuts, stickers, stamped images ....or whatever you fancy!

1. Cut out 2 frames- one will form the base of your diorama and one will form the front part from which you will cut out a window.
Diorama Cards Tutorial 
2.On your die cut/ handcut frames- score 2  lines 1/2 inch  from the edge and from each other on either end as shown above.
For my set of cards I used the largest die from Spellbinders Labels 8 die set and my score lines fall at 1/2 inch, 1 inch , 4 1/2 inch and 5 inch.
Diorama Cards Tutorial 
3.Cut out an aperture from the center of one frame leaving approx 1/2 inch from the inner score-lines made earlier. I used a Couture Creations Victorian Square die to cut out my aperture
Diorama Cards Tutorial 
4.You can dress up the front of your card with pattern paper  but its easier to ink it up !
Diorama Cards Tutorial 
I created faux snow using texture paste and the TCW Microbial stencil
Diorama Cards Tutorial 
5.Fold the front frame of your card : Once your texturing is dry...valley fold and mountain fold your score-lines as shown.
Diorama Cards Tutorial 
6. Fold the base of your diorama : Here the folds go in the  opposite direction.... as you can see in the picture below.
Diorama Cards Tutorial 
Valley fold the inner score and then mountain fold the outer score line. Do this to the score lines on the other end too.
Diorama Cards Tutorial 
7. Now have fun designing your diorama...You can make it as complicated as you want by adding multiple layers or keep it very very simple!!
Easy Diorama Card Tutorial 
8. Decorate the base of your diorama : You can stamp/ draw/ use stickers or whatever you fancy to dress up the inside of your diorama card.
Diorama Card Tutorial 
I used  a DCWV pattern paper with a gingerbread house design on it and stencilled it with the same stencil to create a snow fall effect.
9. Add a  layer to span across your diorama using a strip of cardstock or a die-cut border longer than the  central part.
Diorama Card Tutorial 
In these Christmas themed Diorama cards I used  the Memory Box Frostyville border  die cut in glitter foam to span across the  top of my diorama card.
 You can alternately just use a strip of cardstock to span across the aperture which in this case measured 3.5 inches and I used a card piece measuring 4 inches and stuck it to the folded shelves as shown
Diorama Tutorial 
10. Optionally add more layers on to the front and back frame!
Easy Diorama Card Tutorial 
If in addition to the "easy to add" central layers , you want to add more layers, take a strip of  cardstock which is = length of  the central part + some extra on either end to act as small tabs. Add your diorama elements,[ which in my card are the stamped Rudolph and a "gift" ] on to this strip of card and stick it to the front /back  frame using the tabs on the ends of the card strip.
Easy Diorama Card Tutorial 
Here you can see the  layers of the  diorama card!
Diorama Cards Tutorial
Once you have decorated the back frame and added all the layers you want stick the front window frame onto your base by apply glue on the  shelf.
Diorama Card Tutorial 
Decorate the front of your card if you wish and your Mini Diorama Card is done!!

Diorama Cards
Hope you enjoyed the mini Christmas Dioramas and liked the Tutorial !

These Mini Dioramas wont fold flat so you need to make a box for them if you plan to gift them. If you want to make a flat folding Diorama card here is the Tutorial link : Interactive Diorama Card Tutorial 

Supplies : Dies :  From Crafters Corner:Spellbinders Labels 8,Memory Box Frostyville border,Heartfelt creations Delightful Daisy Die , Couture Creations Victorian Square, 
Stamps : Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Stamp Set , Imaginisce Reindeer,Heartfelt creations Delightful Daisies Stamp ,Rubber Dance Art Stamps Cozy Christmas
Stencil : TCW Microbial Stencil

54 comments:

  1. All three cards are superb! I love the card with santa, the most. And thanks for sharing the tutorial doc! Soon I am going to buy the products finally and will try your tutorials. I have a complete list to try. hehe.
    Thanks in advance :)

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  2. These cards are gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial

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  3. Beautiful card and awesome tutorial Sonia :)

    Hugs
    Meena

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  4. Beautiful cards!Very Festive & Magical

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  5. WOW... these are the cutest ever. Love the scenes you created. You are so talented. Thanks for such a detailed tutorial. You ROCK my friend.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥
    ♥ MCC Shop ♥

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  6. These are adorable. Love them. You make them look so easy to make with your tutorial too

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  7. Wow! These cards are all so beautiful! i love the diorama card look and love all your embellishments. They are all such lovely little scenes.
    I have some packages of preprinted diecuts, Santas, reindeer, candy canes etc...you have given me some ideas of how to use these items!

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  8. Me again. I forgot to say that I managed to take the kids to my house (just up the street) and update my post to reflect a bio of you and your gorgeous diorama cards.
    I will check my spam folder again tonight and search for that post so I can update your bio to anything you would have liked there. I just quickly combined your blog bio and some lines from your post and made one up! I can change it up to anything you wish.

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    1. Thank you so much Maureen and what you wrote is perfect!!

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  9. These look AMAZING! Wow, I love them! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  10. very easy tutorial to follow, loved your christmas card. a perfect card for christmas

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  11. Adorable design! I love your tutorial too!
    Thank you for sharing wonderful tutorial!

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  12. Oh Wow!! Your cards are absolute stunners, Sonia. I really loved this concept pf mini shadowbox cards. Such a great tutorial too. :)

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  13. Brilliant and so attractive Sonia! You are such a talented person! Love all the dioramas cards with fun embellishments, beautiful stenciling with snow textures! Thank u so much for sharing the tutorial!

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  14. They are brilliant and colourful Sonia..love them and a great tutorial too..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  15. What cute cards! Fantastic tutorial too, explains the construction really well. Congratulations on your GDT spot!! Debra x

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  16. A great collection of Christmas card Sonia.

    B x

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  17. Amazing card and great tutorial Sonia..Loz

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  18. Wow, amazing diorama, great work and thank you for the tutorial!!
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

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  19. Wow, these are stunning card. Thanks for sharing how you made them. :)

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  20. Amazing cards Sonia and thanks for the clear tutorial!
    xxx Margreet

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  21. Really sweet cards, Sonia. I love the textured stenciling. hugs Teresa

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  22. Love love love this! LOVING the colors, the textures and the little characters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. These are adorable...
    Love all the three cards .

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  24. Wow, what gorgeous cards! They are like bright rays of sunshine on a Winter's day. Sandra :) x

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  25. How absolutely ADORABLE!!!! I just love these little cards! Thank you for the detailed tutorial, I think I just may have to make some of these!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  26. Hello Sonia! Totally love these adorable cards. I would have loved to make one such card for my kids but it seems like it can't be folded right?

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    1. No Leanne this is not a flat folding design!

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  27. Oh, I am so glad I came over to check out your blog. Love your beautiful diorama cards. I am definitely going to try this out. I am your newest subscriber by email. Thanks for stopping at my blog and commenting on my Rudolph Days cards.

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  28. Super cute cards! Very pretty! Love the Gorgeous blue white background and awesome design with all the embellishments! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! :)

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  29. So gorgeous card Sonia.. brilliantly done!

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  30. wow!
    gorgeous cards! love them!
    thank you for tutorial!
    have a nice day
    hugs

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  31. Your creations are always so lovely...and tutes so wonderful..I am glad that I am following you..so I dont miss anything..Thank you for dropping by my blog..
    Love
    Richa
    apaper-palette.blogspot.com

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  32. these are all so cute with such fabulous attention to detail! thanks so much for popping by and commenting!
    linda
    rudolph days challlenge design team mate

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  33. Awwwww..... Fantastic!!! Love all these adorable diorama cards and thanks for the tutorial!!! Such a clever idea, and they look so sweet and fun!! Amazing details!!
    Congrats for your Dt at Rudolph day challenge, too!! So well deserved!!

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  34. These turned out so cute, and thanks for the great tutorial! Impressive creations!

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  35. Wow Sonia - these are just gorgeous and thanks so much for the tutorial as well!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  36. These are so beautiful!! Congrats on the GDT!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  37. Wow superb cards thanks for sharing process too u r too good

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  38. SO cute- and I love the way you made this dimensional card, and it stands up too...! I love your picture tutorial that you have provided- quite excellent! Wonderful card!

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  39. pretty... loved the way u dint have to use pp... love the base with DI and stencils

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  40. I have some packages of preprinted diecuts, Santas, reindeer, candy canes etc...you have given me some ideas of how to use these items!

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  41. Wow, these are stunning! What a fabulous job on this. Thanks for the awesome tutorial to!
    Happy Sunday!
    Sherrie K

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  42. Wowzer--I've never seen anything like these! So many wonderful details--adorable cards!

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  43. Each of these is a work of art. Wonderful.

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  44. Absolutely adorable cards, they are so effective with all the work you have put into them.
    Faith
    x

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  45. These are so darling and super super cute Dr Sonia! Love love love them!
    They are like mini pieces of art and if I was lucky enough to receive one I would keep it forever as it is so obvious that a lot of love and time went into creating them. I will be checking out that tutorial soon Karen x

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  46. Gorgeous collection if cardm Sonia, well done! Great DT examples indeed.. Shaz.x

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  47. Hi Sonia, WOW, these are so fun and packed with so much to look at and enjoy. Children and adults alike will love them. Your tutorials are always so detailed and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing, these are adorable.

    Hugs
    Sue

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  48. Oh my goodness, these are the most fun cards!! I absolutely love the design!! Gosh, I can't quit looking at them!! Your tutorial is fabulous as always, and you are so sweet to take the time to share it with us!! I love, love these my friend!! Wow!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  49. Wonderful, Sonia! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial! Each diorama is beautifully detailed, relating such a special story! I'm always incredulous at your combination of techniques and products. Hope you're enjoying a great week! Hugs, de

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  50. What fun and cute cards! And so many steps and products to make them! Really fun, TFS!

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  51. Fabulous cards, Sonia.Thanks for the beautiful tutorial.Great design.

    Hugs, Sylvia

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  52. It's been years since I have made a diorama card, I will have to add it to my to do list again. You have got the use of that texture paste down to perfection. Great work.

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