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Here's what we'll be making today:

 

You will need:

  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Glue/Glue Stick
  • Clear Tape
  • Ruler/Hard Edge
  • Xacto Knife/Sharp Knife
  • Bamboo Skewer (anything similar works)
  • Plastic Sheets/Page Protectors
  • Creasing Tool/Blunt Scraping Tool
  • Heavy Book
  • Colored Pencils/Decorative Supplies

Step 1 - Print and cut the pieces

Print the four pages above and cut out the pieces.

(Each is sized to fit an 8.5x11 sheet - light cardstock recommended)

An extra edge has been left on some pieces to allow for adjustments.

 

If you'd like to take these into Cricut, upload the image twice - once "basic", once "complex".

Add them both to your canvas and use the basic one to fit everything to what would be 8.5x11, as it will still have the page edges.

Cut the background pieces

The Fountain side does not need the top edge cut for now.

Follow the little pale green corners to know where the edge should be.

The Door side should be trimmed tighly on all sides.

Cut the remaining pieces

Follow the edges of each piece. Be sure not to cut off any tabs, like on the ivy card or on the animals.

All pieces cut should give you this:

Troubleshooting

If some of your edges didn't come out quite right, you can use a colored pencil to do some light fixes.

In some cases, additional trimming with small scissors is best.

Step 2 - Fold the pieces

Fold the trees in half along the trunk.

Fold the butterflies once along each side of the body.

Fold the animals so they can sit up straight.

Fold the ivy card twice along the top.

Fold it back and forth on those creases to make a ~1/8 inch band of weakened paper along the top edge of the leaves.

(We want it to fold over easily on its own.)

Fold the door so that the edges meet.

A little bit of overlap is ok.

Trim the top and bottom so that they're even, if needed.

Step 3 - Cut the details

Use a knife to cut the inside and outside base pieces along the five lines shown below.

You can push a skewer or nail file through to gently reinforce the gaps.

Step 4 - Glue the base

Glue the two big background pieces (Fountain and Door) together in the places shown below.

(Avoid gluing where the cuts are and where the ivy "card" is shown.)

Press the pieces together with the bottom edges aligned and the other edges centered.

 Put the piece between sheets of plastic, like a page protector, and use a blunt scraping tool to ensure there are no bubbles.

Place the combined piece in a big heavy book and set it aside for now.

Step 5 - Make the shrubs

Fold the two long shrub pieces so that they fit behind their shorter versions. You can make multiple folds to get it just the way you'd like it to sit, which will also help keep the flaps flexible (important later).

 

When you're happy with the shapes, glue the long pieces to the short pieces.

The long shrub gets glue on the green side, which you'll press to the blank side of the short shrub.

Do not glue any of the flaps down.

 

Keep a bit of a white edge on all sides around the flaps. You'll want a little bit more than what's in the pictures for the flat vertical edge.

Step 6 - Fold the base

Once the base is dry, fold the card to make creases on the inside.

Use something weighted to help hold the card flat as you fold.

Step 7 - Trim the base

Trim the excess edge off of the base.

There should be no edge showing from the back when looking at either face of the base card.

Step 8 - Glue the trees

Glue the trees in along the creases of the inside.

I've placed mine with the shallower branches to the center.

 

Fully glue the outer branches.

You can use a skewer or a ruler to help the creases match up perfectly.

 

Flatten the piece completely and let the glue begin to dry.

Step 9 - Glue the banner

Position the banner how you would like it.

(There is a little bit of transparency to the trees behind it that you can line up, but it doesn't need to.)

 

Fold the banner along where the card will crease. Fold it back and forth to make the crease flimsy.

 

Finally, glue the banner down just in the places it touches past the crease.

Step 10 - Glue the corner branches

Position the branches how you'd like them.

Do not let them overlap the crease.

Glue them down well, especially along the edge of the card base.

Step 11 - Attach the shrubs

Place a flower card in each shrub you made earlier, along the bumpy edge. Fold the shrub around the flower card with a little wiggle room and make a crease.

 

Remove the flower card and place the shrubs face down on something plastic, like a binder.

Place strips of tape on each of the flaps about the size shown.

 

Fold the bottom flap up, then fold the side flaps in on top of it. The tape will touch, holding this new shape together.

Place a little bit of glue on the tabs and then press them onto the card base, lining up the crease on the shrub with the crease on the card.

 

(Put a flower card back in to make sure you've got enough space where it won't get creased.)

Step 12 - Trim the edges

 

Flip the card over and trim off any extra edges from the trees and shrubs.

Step 13 - Re-fold the card

 

Add some flowers and an animal friend to the card and refold the piece.

 

The card will be bulky, so you will want a tool like a ruler or a skewer to help broaden the creases without hurting the trees and shrubs.

Press the skewer into the crease and fold the card around it, pressing firmly from the outside as well.

You can use a blunt scraping tool on the outside to help set the crease.

Step 14 - Write your sentiments

 

Fill out your flower cards with whatever notes you'd like to send. I like using one kind of flower for funny things and the other kind for more serious notes.

The ivy card can be used for a longer message. Remember, it will be flipped up for reading.

Step 15 - Final assembly

 

Slide the ivy card gently into place between the base background pieces. It should be a snug enough fit that it will stay in place on its own.

 

Attach the butterflies with a dab of glue on the underside of the body. You can glue the wings, too if they're not wanting to stay attached.

This is the last step before closing the card up for mailing, so add any other decorations now.

(I like adding a little bit of glitter in places like the magic seal on the front or the spray of the fountain. I've also had good results using metallic pens to add highlights, like tracing the golden cord on the banner or adding metallic specks to the fairies/sprites around the fountain.

Step 16 - Closing the card

 

Fold the Card together and thread the "board" through the door handles.

A knife, needle, or flossing pick can help lift the paper for the board to slide through.

 

In my case the cardstock was too light to hold the card closed by itself. You can try gluing the board to something stiffer or you can use something about the same size to hold it closed, like maybe some ribbon around the whole card and then threaded through the handles.

To keep the card together until it's received, I ran a strip of paper around the whole thing and tacked it with tape and a gentle sticker that won't hurt the card.

The sample image at the beginning of the page used a foil washi tape that had a backing on it, which worked well. I exposed just enough of the sticky back to tack the tape onto itself.

Bonus, since the recipient gets some pretty tape to use!

Mailing Notes

 

When packaging the card, you can include the additional flowers and animals in the envelope for them to swap out as they'd like.

 

This card will likely need additional postage, due to the bulk.

I'd recommend taking it in to a post office to have them help you with it.

Tracking isn't too expensive but may be more than you'd like to spend.

It may also take a bit longer to arrive to the recipient. Sending the card in a bright envelope will help it to be noticeable and it gives you another space to decorate!