Thursday, February 4, 2010

Diorama Tutorial

• 1 - Main Body Cardstock 8.5 x 11”
• 1 – Inside Body Cardstock 4.5 x 7.5”
• Additional Cardstock for Stamped Images

• Ribbons, brads, rhinestones, glitter, buttons…the sky is the limit *grin*
• Stamps, die cuts, stickers, patterned paper

Supplies Needed
• Adhesive (mono adhesive recommended)
• Scoring blade
• Paper cutter
• Circle Cutter (creative memories, coluzzle, EK success…whatever you have on hand)
• Scissors
• Pop Dots or dimensional

1. Score 1 ½” from each edge of the 11” side of the cardstock. Next score 4 ½” and 6 ½” of the 8 ½” side of the cardstock. (as pictured)

2. Cut along score lines as indicated in picture

3. Cut a shape out of one side of your box.  Be sure to center your cut out between all score lines and the top of the box. 

4. Score 1” from edge of the 4.5” sides of the cardstock. Cut a circle on the inside body being sure to center that cutout on all 4-sides.  (note:  I used white cardstock so it was easier to share with you all the different pieces, but you can stick with the same color as your main body)

5. Ok, READ THIS: before you go onto the next steps and start glueing away, take this time to decorate - it's so much easier!! I usually cut out all my stamped images, do all my stamping on the box itself, on the inside attach all the pieces where they need to go, etc etc. Sorry I don't have this photographed, but that would actually require me to make another diorama box and I'm rushing to get this posted.

6.  Ok, now that your box is almost complete, go ahead and start adding your adhesive. Add adhesive to 4.5" sides between the score lines of the inside body and the outer edge of cardstock as pictured below.

7.  Add adhesive to the middle tabs of the main body (on the bottom side - see picture).  Also, add adhesive to the very edges of the top side of the box that has the die cut circle.

8.  Wahlah!  Your box should be fully decorated at this point!  Great job, you should be proud of yourself!  I hope my tutorial helped you with this very fun diorama box.  You can even create a lid that covers the opening on the top, although it does not allow much light on the inside making it harder to see....I chose not to make one for this.  email me if you want the lid instructions and I can help you with that.


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