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).
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.
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.