Diorama cards are becoming very popular. They’re fun to make and only your imagination holds the limits to how many themes there are! I’m sure there are many ways to create the layers but this tutorial is how I do it.
First decide on your theme. I’m working on Christmas cards now and that’s what this week’s challenge is over at Crazy4Challenges. The finished card measures 5.5″ x 7.5″ so all the elements have to work within that space. I find when your goal is to create a scene, sometimes it’s easier to stay within one manufacturer because typically they are the correct ratio to each other. Especially, what I call “scene builder” die sets. Because I own more Elizabeth Craft Designs products that are in this category, this entire card is from this company’s products with the exception of the sentiment tag on the top. It can be the outside of a greeting card or frame it in a “shadow box” frame. Below is the inside of this card:
This finished card measures 5.5″ x 7.5″.
I always have a theme in mind before I do anything. In this case I wanted to make a country home all decorated up for the holidays.
Step 1: Out of heavy weight 85lb – 100lb white cardstock 11″ x 8.5″ score at 5.5″ along the long side. Fold and trim to 5.5″ x 7.5″. This is the base card. I stamp the sentiment for the inside at this point because I use the Misti Stamping tool.
Step 2: Cut a rectangle out Designer paper that will be the background that measures 5″ x7″. Adhere this to the front of the base card with a 1/4″ border on all four sides. I had a designer pc. from JoAnne Fabric and Crafts that is blue with white glittery snow dots.
Step 3: Also from heavy weight white cardstock cut two rectangles that measure 6.5″ x 7.5″. Using the die set below center the largest die on one rectangle and the second largest on the other.
Run these two rectangles with dies through your cutting machine. Make two score lines the length of the 7.5″ sides at 1/4″ and 1/2″. Fold inward to create the two frames. The frame with the largest window will go on top.
Step 4: Cover two strips of white cardstock 6″ x 2″ with double sided adhesive. Cut one of these strips with the tree edge of this set and the other with the middle wavy one:
Pull the backing pc. off of the double sided adhesive and cover both pcs. with Silk Microfine Glitter in Warm Diamond from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Cut two more of the same size white cardstock and cut both with the wavy edge from the same set.
Step 5: Cut out all of the pieces from the below die set from white cardstock and color with Copic markers and PanPastels. Cut 3 little pcs. of yellow cardstock to glue behind the windows and heart in the door.
Step 6: From the set below cut out of both green and white cardstock the 3 smallest pcs. from the set below:
Step 7: Cut out of white cardstock 4 of both the tree pcs. in this set (there’s a die that is an additional branch) I didn’t use the leaves:
Step 8: Start the fun assembly part! On your base card with the attached background paper attach the white plain and glitter borders to the background. Assemble the “house” and add to the card as shown. Alternate the “pine tree” white and green layers and add to this layer with dimensional foam dots. I forgot to take a pic of just the first layer by itself. This picture below is the second layer, laying on top of the base card:
Step 9: Lay the smaller window layer over the above layer and glue one of the Birch trees to both sides as shown above. Don’t attach this layer to the card yet.
Step 10: For the last layer I used these three die sets:
Cut and color the fence and snow décor for the fence and do the same with the snowman. (Assemble them.
I added another 2″ white cardstock strip that I glittered the same way as above. Then I glued the last two trees, the fence and the snowman.
The little snowflakes are a decorator die pc. from another ECD set but at this posting I don’t remember which one. I already had them from another project. (TIP: when ever I’m making a project that requires some little pc. like this snowflake I make a bunch of them so that they’re ready for another project and I store them in little containers like these below:)
The last step is to create the sentiment. I used a set I bought from one of the shopping networks last year on their Craft Bonanza by Diamond Press:
I stamped the “Warmest Wishes” with clear embossing ink and used Gold Metallic embossing powder. I cut the embossed sentiment out with it’s matching die.
I added Gold/clear glitter dots peel off stickers from ECD to the snowflakes and one on the sentiment. I also added two tiny ones to the stamped snowflakes on the inside of the card.
The last thing you do is adhere the layers together. I used Clear Double sided adhesive on the backs of layer 2 and 3. I added dimensional dots also:
Here’s a couple of close up angles before I added the last few décor pcs. and and the sentiment:
I realize it seems like a lot of steps but it goes fast and it’s so fun to create these little scenes.
Thanks so much for taking a look!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below. And we would love to see a Christmas card that you’ve created!