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Retro Television

Spellbinders recently added a new collection of 3D Vignette dies to their line. The one that especially caught my eye was this Retro Television. There’s also a cute Twin Lens Camera, a fun Hot Air Balloon, and a sweet Pet House.

Let me show you how I put these cards together…

Step 1: Die Cutting

I started by die cutting from several shades of pink & aqua cardstock for the main TV pieces. I also used metallic gold for the knobs and trimmings and a silver holographic cardstock for the antenna and screen to gave a fuzzy “snow show” appearance.

Step 2: Piecing it Together

Once all the pieces were cut for a pink & blue television, I began to assemble the television faces. I used a bit of low tack tape to keep the smallest bits wrangled up while I assembled them with the help of craft tweezers, a sticky pick up tool, and a fine tip glue pen.

I set the pink television face to the side, and began working on the blue 3D version.

Step 3: Make a Sandwich

A smaller square of cardstock was added to the back of the first layer, then another blank television die cut was added on top of it to create a sturdy sandwich for both the front and rear pieces of the 3D card base.

After attaching the side bars to the front and back, all that’s left to do is slide in the cross sections.

Step 4: Sentiment

Since the cross sections on the lower row fold in half, a pocket is created, so I made a little card to slip inside using the TV antenna as the pull tab.

This card is all done, so I moved back to work with the pink television.

Step 5: Card Base

I started with an A2 card base, but it was a bit too narrow for my liking with the width of the TV, so I cut down a top folding card base to 4.5″ x 5.5″.

I wanted the card base to look something like a floor with wallpaper, so I cut down a piece of confetti patterned paper to 3.5″ x 4.25″, rounded the top corners, added decorative hot pink stitching, and secured it to the card front leaving a .25″ border of the card base exposed around the edge.

A piece of green patterned paper was then trimmed down to 1.75″ x 4.5″ and a zig zag stitch was added across one long edge before attaching it to the card front.

Finally, the pink television was attached with foam adhesive strips.

I wish you could see how sparkly and dimensional these cards really are. They were very fun to make, and I know I’ll be looking into more 3D dies in the future. Have you ever created a 3D or interactive card before?

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โ€“ Laura Evangeline

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