I've been a fan of Sandi Genovese since she had a DYI Scrapbooking show a while back on one of the cable channels. I was inspired by a great little video tutorial she recently posted, showing how to make these truly lovely 3-D Easter cards and I went on to put my own little twist on the process, but I can't take the credit...this is Sandi's genius. (You can sign up for Sandi Genovese's Showgrams for free here: Scrapbookshowgram.com)
Just look closely at how cool & dimensional this card is...see the little Easter Bunny peering out?
Here's another peek inside...there are even posies hidden behind my sweet Rigel:
Let's look at it from above...
And from the top...
So the first step is to choose the main photo. I picked out some really cute photos of my sweet grandson, Rigel with bunny ears on. I chose the one where he's leaning to the right for most of the cards, because it lends itself so well to being the focal point on the right front of the card, but any one of these would be adorable-
The first layer has a sweet spring scene created from paper cut-outs and stickers...
The three layers of paper are attached on the right side with brads, and when only the right side is attached, the card lies flat for storage and shipping...greetings can be written on the back.
Notice how the three layers are different in length, as visible here on the left. When the card is to be displayed, the two brads on the left are reattached... Those of you that may not be familiar with brads, they are fasteners that have two prongs that are inserted in the holes on the papers that are to be attached, then the prongs are spread open to complete the action:
Ready to make one for yourself? Let's go!
(I'm making several, so I cut out multiples of each layer...some in different shades to give me options.) So I cut the blue layers, which will be the back of the card, (and the largest piece) 6 inches high and 9 inches long. You can see here that I've started decorating one of the pieces with Iris stickers for a card I'm making for my Jim's daughter, Laura. STEP 1: Cut blue background 6"x9".
This second layer is the grassy middleground. I cut out green paper in 2 sizes & 2 shades, so that one can overlap the other & create more dimension. The top is zig-zagged to mimic grass & then fringed to add interest. (I borrowed a friend's fringe scissors, but the effect can be created by snipping with sharp scissor tips, as well). I like to crumple the fringed edges a bit, too. STEP 2: Cut green middle-ground 8" in length in slightly different widths.
The third layer will be the front frame of the card. It is cut 6 inches by 7 inches, with a window cut out 1 1/4" from the sides. I chose fun spring-like colors.STEP 3: Cut front layer 6"x7". Measure 1 1/4 " from the outside on the reverse side, and cut out the center rectangle to create a frame.
It was so much fun decorating the backgrounds! I cut clouds out of this printed scrapbooking paper, and used the reverse white side, then added dimension with blue chalk ink.
This is the background I created for Laura's card. I added a layer of fringed "grass" over the Irises, added the clouds and a dragonfly rub-on. In the foreground, you'll see the second layer, where I inserted a cute sticker of a chick emerging from its shell between two layers of fringed grass in different shades of green.
STEP 4: Decorate background to create an outdoor scene.
STEP 5: Decorate the 2nd, or middle layer of "grass" with sticker/s of choice.
I fussy-cut this great photo of Jim and Laura, taken at Jim's birthday party last June. I wanted Laura's card to be more about Spring than Easter, so she could keep it displayed long after the Holiday was over, so I chose embellishments in keeping with the Spring theme.
STEP 6: Decorate the frame with fussy-cut photo and embellishments of choice, and add a sentiment.
I learned a great trick from Sandi Genovese. There are times when it is desirable to place a sticker slightly off the paper, as in the case of the Irises above. Normally, the stickiness of the sticker would be a problem where it was not placed over paper. For these situations, Sandi keeps a small vile of baby powder or corn starch, and applies it to the exposed sticky back. Isn't that the best idea to eliminate undesired sticking? So I used that little trick on the reverse of the frame:
Now it's time to put the card together! Time to poke the holes and attach the three layers!
STEP 7: Measure 1/4" from the four outside corners of the frame & punch small holes with an awl or a small hole punch.
STEP 8: Match up the bottom corners of the middle and background layers one-at-a-time with the corners of the frame, then poke holes through both of the other layers, so that they match up perfectly with the holes in the frame.
STEP 9: Repeat Step 8 using the top corners of the background and the frame.
Step 10: Attach all three layers with small brads.
Cute...right? (That black area above the dragonfly is due to the shadow created by using a flash.) Here's a little peek-a-boo close-up of the chickie in the egg:
OK...bye for now...I'm off to make some more!
HAPPY EASTER! - HAPPY SPRING! - HAPPY CARD-MAKING! -Enikö