My kids (and quite a few grown ups that I know) love animals so any time they get an animal themed card they are so happy. This is a special 3D version that is super easy to make and is lots of fun to give and receive.
- Thriftique-Menagerie by and Thriftique-World Bazaar by Sherwood Studios
- brown card stock
- adhesive, fine scissors
- optional supplies – grass border punch, score board
There are some really great papers in both kits so you can’t go wrong using any of them for the front and base of the card. I chose a few from both kits for the card base and grass which you will see coming up in the instructions. The overall dimensions of the printed paper portion of the card are 5 X 7 inches. The brown will be the base and green the front of the card. The green, front part has the center cut out to form a frame.
The patterned paper pieces were printed on a light weight cardstock so I trimmed them out and mounted them on a sturdy brown cardstock.
The next step is to make borders for the bottom of the card as a place to attach the animals. Four strips of brown card stock, 3/4 X 6 inches, were cut and scored (this is where a score board comes in handy but you can also just fold them manually) at the following intervals: 1/2″, 1-1/2, 2, 2-1/8, 2-7/8, 3-5/8, 3-6/8, 4-1/2, 5-1/4. This will make 3/4″ double sided tabs with 1/8″ separations.
Fold the strips as shown.
Add some adhesive to the inner parts of the hills.
Push the two sides of the fold together to form three tabs.
Cut three strips of brown cardstock 3/4 X 6-3/4 inches.
I have a handy grass punch that I used for the border but you can cut a jagged edge manually or use the grass image from the kit if you don’t have one. The grass border was attached to the brown cardstock strips.
The grass borders were then attached to the side tabs. Starting with the folded, back tab, attach the short side of the grass strip to the edge of the tab. dont attach it to the 1/2 inch edges as these will be attached to the card. Start with the folded tab.
Proceed with the other two grass strips. This is what it should look like when you are finished.
You will have three rows of grass with a bit of spacing in between.
The entire piece was adhered to the back of the card as shown using the free flaps on the back of the tab piece.
Next, several animals were used from the World Bazaar Menagerie kit. The animals were sized down to between 2 to 3 inches in height. A couple different sizes were printed so they could be moved around to see what worked best in the frame. The animals were trimmed out using very fine scissors. Fine scissors makes the detail cutting easier and leaves a nice clean edge.
The elephant was the largest so I placed it in the back using dimensionals.
The other animals had thin legs which turned out to be difficult to attach to the back of the grass strips so a thin strip of brown card stock was attached to the legs first and then attached to the back of the grass.
The animals were then placed in varying positions along the backs of the three strips of grass.
Once the animals were in place, the other two tabs were positioned at the top of the card just like the bottom two pieces.
A tree was placed inside the side edge of the front of the card.
The front piece was adhered to all four tabs of the base piece.
I think my lion (who is sneakily stalking the unsuspecting zebra) is just a bit too large (or maybe the zebra is too small) but otheriwise I think it turned out pretty cool and I know my son is going to love it. Hope you do too!
Thanks so much for hanging with the chicks and check out these other kits that would be great in this type of 3d card as well.
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