Monday, July 16, 2012

Princess and Castles

Since our grand-daughter is into princesses and castles, the Cricut Once Upon A Princess cartridge had everything I needed to make a pop-out card/book. This was the first time making one and I enjoyed playing with the design.
 Using the Once Upon a Princess cartridge, and setting at 3 inches, I cut out the body and then the dresses and embellished with Mark-It Markers and glitter, glue the layers together. I decided to finish both sides of the cut outs.
 Adding her name to the card/book and printed up sentiment and glued sections of the sentiment on each pop out.
 Using my scalloped punch, I made boarders to finish the edges.

To make this pop up card/book, these are the materials I used.

Crafters Companion & DVD instructions to make pop- out card, star book.
cardstock to make 5 pop up cards...10  81/2 x 7 inches. Five folded in half.
Cricut personal cutter
Cricut Once Upon a Princess cartridge
Colorbok - Best Friends - for princess' dresses and fronts of cards.
American Tradional Designs - Welcome Baby boy
Invisible thread
Mark-It Markers
Glitter glue
Scalloped Edge Punch
double sided tape
2 white eyelets
white ribbon

Cut cardstock 8 1/2 x 7 inches for five pop up cards...10 in all.
Using the Crafter's Companion, score at half fold U.S. letter and gatefold half U.S. letter, flip and score fatefold half U.S. letter.

If using double sided cardstock, then you don't need to cut the following pieces to insert as background in your pop out cards.

I used American Tradional Designs - Welcome Baby boy cloud paper as my background. Cut paper to fit between both gatefolds and glue to the back of pop out card.

To cut out the arches, I used the embossing arches on my Crafter's Companion, then cut out the arches. Make sure your edges are neat and to camouflage any edges that are not 'perfect', I used Mark-It markers to edge.

For Princesses and Castle, chose the Princess and clothing, embellish as you please, same for the Castle.

The Princess' was cut at 3 inches from the Cricut Cartridge Once Upon a Princess and the Castle was cut at 2 1/2 inches, the crown was cut at 2 1/2 inches. You can decide on the size of these to suit yourself.

Make one pop-out card at a time, embellish. Keep the trim to the last as sometimes your cards don't match up perfect and the trim will hide any little mistakes...and I do make mistakes....remember, perfection is not but an least in my world.

To glue pop-out card together, fold the card on the scored lines to make the center of card pop-out! Place the edge of back and front of card together and glue/or use double sided tape and glue together. I then placed my cut out background to fit between the two gatefold creases.

Cut a piece of invisible thread 8 inches or 4 if you are not going to double it to attach your princess/castle/crown.

Attach invisible thread to the embellished princess/castle/crown and tape to the center of the center fold of the pop-out card. I tape mine in two places to make sure it stays put.

Decide which card you want as the first page of the star book. Glue the back of that pop-out card to the front of the next card and continue until you have all five cards attached...leaving the first and last page of the cards NOT GLUED together as they are the front cover and back cover of your book.

From white cardstock, I cut out the scalloped edge trim and glued it to the two sides of each card and a straight cut edge for the bottom of each card...again, to your own design or liking as far as what punch or size of strip you use.

If you did not use double sided cardstock, cut out a slightly larger cardstock/paper for your cover and back page. Embellish as desired.

Align two eyelets, one on the front of the book and one on the back cover of the book.

Attach a ribbon to tie the book closed, or opened.

For the spine of the book, I cut a strip of white cardstock and punched both sides, then glued to the book.

...and that's another one of Nanny Donna's little creations. Have fun creating...

       Nanny Donna