TC - LOVE (is in the air)

Dido 26 Jan 2018 24 Comments
over 60 minutes Green moderate Card Making Love

This popup box card is my first entry this month, for the Trimcraft "Love" challenge.

Love is so many different things to so many people and just can't be tied down to one thing.  Anyway, I thought this popup box card hot air balloon depicting that "love is in the air".....(love is everywhere), might be suitable for the challenge. 

I will give this to my OH for Valentine's Day. I'm pleased with this design and will use again, especially as it will fold flat to post in an envelope (photo 4).

I USED:

Trimcraft Grand Plans 12 × 12 paper pad.
A4 piece of white card
A4 piece of brown card
First Edition bird cutting dies
A piece of eyelash yarn
A cloud shape cutting die
A stamped sentiment "Love is in the Air"
A large heart die from a nesting set.
PVA glue
A glue gun
A wooden kebab stick.
Clear acetate strips.

WHAT TO DO:

1. FOR THE BASKET

a) From white card cut: One strip (8.5" x 2") and three strips (3" x 2").
b) Score and fold the long strip at 2", 4", 6" and 8". The short "tab" at the edge of the strip is glued and attached to the other end to form a square.
c) Score and fold the remaining 3 strips at 1/2" and 2.5". Glue the "tabs" and insert the strips evenly into the box.

(Youtube has many excellent tutorials on making popup box cards, if you need any extra help and guidance).

2. THE BASKET WEAVING

a) Cut some strips (8" x 0.3" approx) from the Grand Plans paper.
b) Cut several long and narrow strips from brown card (refer to photo 2)
c) Weave the strips together (not too tightly), to achieve a basket weave look. Securing the strips with pva glue as you work, to hold them in place.
(For guidance - please refer to photo 2).
d) When you have enough to cover the white square box shape, trim away the long ends and fold the woven paper around the front of the "box" shape (creasing the corners) and glue down with pva glue. Trim as required.

3. THE HEART SHAPE AIR BALLOON

a) From Grand Plan's paper cut 6 large hearts
b) Fold all 6 hearts in half.
c) Glue them together to form a "ring" of hearts (main photo shows how they will look).
d) Gently push the pointed end of a wooden kebab stick up through the centre, then set aside to dry.

Now that the main elements are made everything can be hot glued in place. The heart balloon needs to be attached to the "centre" strip of the basket by the kebab stick. Add an extra strip of paper (as I did) to strengthen and hold the kebab stick more securely, if you need to. Cut out the other embellishments (birds, clouds, little red hearts), or whatever you choose, and attach them into the basket with strips of acetate. 

Finally - drape and attach eyelash yarn over the heart balloon and onto the basket corners.
 

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Gingersgirl

Gingers girl

A great card...or is it a box. If it was a box you could add small chocolates inside. Good luck in the challenge Diana

Dido

Dido

Hi Angela, it's a popup box card, so it won't fit chocolates....although it's always nice to get chocolates. The OH is on a diet anyway! Lol. Thanks for your good luck wishes, much appreciated. X

iccrafter

iccrafter

Wow e this is fantastic love how you have made the birds 🦅 fly around the hot hire balloon and the weaving on the basket ❤️Diana Good Luck.x

Dido

Dido

Thanks for the lovely comment Irene. Glad you like the card. X

craftmad

craftmad

Love this Diana, it's really lovely, good luck.xx

Dido

Dido

I'm glad you like it. Thanks ever so much for the lovely comment Maureen. ❤

grandmajenny

grandmajenny

Wow! This is fantastic! Good luck x

Dido

Dido

Thank you Jenny. ❤

MayJay

MayJay

This is a wonderful card. Good luck in the challenge.x

Dido

Dido

Glad you like it May. Thanks for the good luck wishes. X

Scrapthology

Scrapthology

Stunning creation Dido, I absolutely love everything about it.

Dido

Dido

I love that you like it! Thanks Chunka. X

Nannybroomsticks

Nannybroomsticks

Now! This is flipping clever!

Dido

Dido

Thanks Lyn. It was great fun to make. I checked out several other balloon popup box images and all those I saw.... which were the closest to this one, in design... couldn't be flattened to put in an envelope. It would be nice to think this is a "first", but it's probably not. 😊

Dido

Dido

......first type, like this. which fits in an envelope that is! Just so there's no confusion!! LOL.

martinalucy

martinalucy

Fab make Diana . Good luck

Dido

Dido

Thanks Martina. ❤

dicards

dicards

Fabulous make Diana, good luck in the challenge. xxx

Dido

Dido

Thank you Di. ❤

Dido

Dido

Thank you Di. ❤

chris-ee

chris-ee

Looks fab - good luck in the challenge x

Dido

Dido

Thanks Chris-ee. It was super fun to make. X

grandmajenny

grandmajenny

A well deserved winner! Xx

Dido

Dido

That's such a lovely thing to say. Thank you Jenny. ❤

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