by Beate Johns
A very special 3-D card.
- 2 pieces of matboard (4" x 4"). Cut pieces from a cereal box work too.
- 7 pieces of cardstock for the outer pages (8" x 4")
- 7 pieces of cardstock for the middle pages (6.5" x 3.5")
- 7 pieces of cardstock for the inner pages (5.5" x 3")
- Terrific Tacky or other strong double-sided tape
- Embellishments like charms, fibers, eyelets, buttons, slide mounts, microscopic slides, or anything else you want to decorate your pages with.
- Classic ink
- Fabric (optional)
- Fusible Web (optional)
(Optional) If you want your matboard lined with fabric, cut two fabric and fusible web pieces into 5 1/2" squares. Follow fusible web instructions and fuse those together.
Next, fuse the matboard in the center of the fabric.
Fold the corners of the fabric in.
Fold the sides over. Use your iron to fuse the fabric to the matboard on each side that you fold over.
Score all of your pages in half. (The outer pages will be scored at 4", the middle pages will be scored at 3 1/4", and the inner pages will be scored at 2 3/4")
Add Terrific Tacky tape on all outer edges of four of the outer double pages. Don't get any tape on the scored lines.
Add tape to the middle and inner pages on the two outside edges of each double page.
Tape the outer pages together in the following way: Take one page with tape and one without. Tape them together so that the scored edge will be pointing in the same direction.
Take another page with tape and add it to the side without. Continue to tape the pages together until all the pages are gone. You should have one page with tape on each end.
Optional: Add a piece of velveteen paper (2" x 4") over the middle to hide the scored page ends and make a nice spine.
Tape the matboard covers over the last pages
Stamp and decorate all your inner pages.
Take one of your stamped pages and line the left side up 1/4" inside a medium page. Tape down the left side of the stamped page on the left side of the medium page.
Now pull the stamped page over and tape the right side down 1/4" inside the medium page.
Repeat this with all of the pages.
In the same manner as in step six tape the medium pages onto the outer pages.
Stamp an outer image if wanted and tape the ribbon that will close the book under it. Tie the book shut...and you are done!
Try different page sizes
Keep the height of the pages the same and change the length of the pages by 1" for each layer. Line each end of the pages up with the outer pages. It will still make a star book....but you won't have the layered look.
Use punches to add windows on the inner pages and stamp an image under it on the medium page.