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General Techniques

Directions for an Easy Three-Part Diorama Card

by Barbara Bruder


3 pieces of card stock for creating a 5” x 7” dimensional card

Designer Paper

Shape Die or Template (Nestabilites, Coluzzle, etc.)

Tear-ific Double Stick Tape

Scoring tool similar to Scor-Pal


Different sizes of Diorama Cards may be constructed without a tutorial once the basic components of the Diorama card have been learned.

1. Card Stock sizing:

The three pieces of card stock form the Front Cover, the Back Cover, and the Center.

The height of the 3 CS pieces is identical.

The width of CS pieces forming the Back Cover and Front Cover should measure 2” longer than the Center piece of CS.

To determine the width of your card stock for cutting purposes, first decide how wide the Diorama card should be when opened, then add 4 inches.

For example:

Finished Diorama card measures 5”h x 7”w. All three pieces of CS will be 5” high. The Front and Back Covers, will measure 7” wide + the 4”, totalling 11 inches. The Center piece will be 5” x 9”. So a finished 5x7 card will start out as 5” x 11” for two of the pieces, and 5” x 9” for the Center piece.

2. Scoring:

Regardless of the width of the Diorama card, score at the 2” point on both right and left sides of the Front and Back pieces. (see Exhibit 1)

When scoring the Center card stock, always score at the 1” point on both the right and left side.

The Back Cover will always fold forward.

3. Cutting the windows:

OPTIONAL NOTE 1: If placing designer paper over the Back Cover, measure the width and height of the Cover between the folds. It will cover the Back perfectly. Adhere the designer paper to the center of the Back Cover.

OPTIONAL NOTE 2: If placing designer paper to the Front Cover, adhere it to the center before cutting the window. Cut a shape to the front middle of the Cover to create a window using a shape die or template.

When cutting the shape for the Center window, place the shorter piece to the back of the Front Cover, aligning the score lines so they match up. (Aligning the 2 pieces insures that the window will be centered properly.)

Using the front window as a guide, place a smaller shape die onto the Center CS and cut a window. Apply adhesive to the left and right 1” flap of the Center CS. Fold the Center CS at the 1” score lines.

4. Folding:

Back: The Back Cover is folded forward. (see Exhibit 2)

Center: Place the Center card stock in between the Back Cover folds, adhering the Back and Center CS pieces together. When adhering the Back Cover and Center piece, the diorama card should appear as shown in the picture. (The Center piece is folded backwards to attach to the Back piece). (see Exhibits 3 & 4)

Front Cover: To the outside of the left & right 2” score lines, apply adhesive on the back side. Fold the 2” flaps of the Front Cover at the score line (folding back) and adhering to the 2” flap of the Back Cover. (see Exhibit 5)


Samples using Rectangle Dies and Hexagon Dies:



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