Papercraft Essentials

PE198 – Bonus Make – Vanessa Hodgson’s Diorama Book

10th April 2021

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PE198 – Bonus Make – Vanessa Hodgson’s Diorama Book

May All Your Dreams Come True

Diorama Book

You’ll need:

  • Fairy Wishes Foiled Collection
  • 12×12” pink cardstock
  • Violet Lime Tree Craft cardstock
  • Silver Moondust Nuvo glitter glue
  • Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue
  • lilac organza ribbon
  • dark pink gems
  • Winter Hero Hues sequins
  • 3D foam pads
  • Scoreboard
  • ovals nesting die set
  • manual die-cutting machine

HOW TO…create a diorama book:

1. Cut cardstock to 12×7½”, score at 5 3/8” flip the card around and score again at 5 3/8” again.
2. Cut 2 pieces of pink cardstock to 5×7” and score at every ½” along the long side.
3. Cut two pieces of pink cardstock to 5×7” and score at every ½” along the long side.
4. Fold all of the pieces into mountain and valley folds
5. Slot the long and the short pieces together to form a right angle ensuring they are butted up as close as possible.
6. Lift up the front two flaps and glue back into place where the corners meet, repeat this process on the back until you have a concertina box.
7. Place the background image inside the book cover.
Adhere the concertina box over the background image.
8. Add fairies and background images to the inside of the concertina shadow box area.
9. Cut a piece of violet card to fit over the front of the concertina frame then die-cut an oval shape aperture.
10. Adhere violet card to fit the inside panels of the book cover to create a professional finish.

Step by step:

  1. Create the diorama book by following the photo step-by-step instructions above.
  2. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to go around the outside of the box and tie into a bow to secure.
  3. Cut purple panels to fit the outside of the box and adhere into place then cut the moon patterned paper in half and adhere one the outside cover and the other to the inside cover. Cut four thin strips of pink cardstock and adhere at either side of the moon patterned paper.
  4. Adhere the toppers to the inside of the book then add sequins around the around the oval frame. Add silver glitter glue around the edge of the oval frame and around all the edges of the purple pieces. Allow to dry.
  5. Die-cut a 4”-oval from pink cardstock and a 3¾” oval from violet cardstock, matt the purple oval onto the pink oval and adhere to the front of the book using 1mm 3D foam pads. Add the oval topper using 2mm 3D foam pads, then adhere the sentiment into place using 1mm 3D foam pads.
  6. Add pink gems to the top and bottom of the oval and in the four corners, add silver glitter glue around the edge of the purple oval and around the edge of the purple front cover, repeat this with the spine and the back cover adding more toppers to decorate if desired.
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