Diorama Card

by Diana Gibbs

Create scenes in a fun 3D card.


  • 3 Colors cardstock (Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Almost Amethyst used here)

  • Sticky Strip™

  • Glue dots

  • Paper trimmer with scoring blade (or bone folder)

  • Watercolor Paper

  • 1 3/8" circle punch

  • 1 1/4" circle punch


  1. Step 1

    Cut two pieces of cardstock to 8.5 x 3" (Almost Amethyst and Certainly Celery here) for front and back covers.

    Cut one piece of cardstock(Bashful Blue here) to 6.5 x 3" for the middle panel.

  2. Step 2

    Score front and back covers at 2" from each short side.

  3. Step 3

    Score middle panel 1" from each short side.

  4. Step 4

    Fold cover scores toward you and mask the center with a Post-ItĀ® Note.

  5. Step 5

    Keep edges flat, and stamp cover sides with a background stamp. Reverse and stamp the cover, too.

  6. Step 6

    Line up the 1 3/8" circle punch with the score line on the left side of the cover, making sure the cardstock is at the bottom of the punch. Punch circle.

  7. Step 7

    Repeat step 6 on the right side.

  8. Step 8

    Now punch a circle between the two holes to create an opening.

  9. Step 9

    This is what the cover should look like. Decorate cover as desired.

  10. Step 10

    Repeat step 6 using 1 1/4" circle punch on the middle panel (Bashful Blue).

  11. Step 11

    Repeat step 7 using 1 1/4" circle punch.

  12. Step 12

    Repeat step 8 using 1 1/4" circle punch.

  13. Step 13

    This is what the middle panel should look like. Decorate middle panel as desired.

  14. Step 14

    Lay middle panel over back panel, and center greeting or picture in the opening.

  15. Step 15

    Attach Sticky Strip™ to the middle panel on both front edges as pictured.

  16. Step 16

    Remove red liner from tape.

    Align card edges and score lines to adhere back and middle panels together on both sides.

  17. Step 17

    It should look like this.

  18. Step 18

    Apply Sticky Strip™ to back edges of cover.

  19. Step 19

    Attach back cover (with middle panel attached) to front cover as in step 16.

  20. Step 19

    Attach back cover (with middle panel attached) to front cover as in step 16.

  21. Step 20

    Finish card by stamping images with StazonĀ® on watercolor paper or neutral cardstock. Color as desired, trim and attach to front cover with glue dots.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Diorama Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I haven't made a diorama card but want to make some for birthday invitations. How thin can I make them so that they might be mailable but still have defined spaces in between for dimension? Or am I understanding the directions incorrectly...?
RACHEL  |  Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 7:55 PM
I was just wondering if you could tell me the dimensions of the card when it's open and when it's folded flat. I would like to make one that will fit in an invitation envelope, but not sure what size it has to be when open to fit in envelope when flat.
Jessica  |  Mon May 5, 2008 at 7:39 PM
Just wondering where step 19 is. lol I am hoping that there is actually 19 steps and this is just a typo. Can you let me know please.

MyMelissa  |  Wed May 7, 2008 at 5:44 PM
Hi Melissa,
Thanks for letting me know. I fixed the tutorial.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed May 7, 2008 at 6:10 PM
Diana posted this about the mailing size on the old tutorial comments:

"The size that is on the tutorial fits in a #10 envelope, or the open ended envelope that SU! sells. You just have to be careful not too have too much 3-d sticking out on them...if you do, I suggest using a #10."
beate  |  Wed May 7, 2008 at 6:13 PM
Gee, haven't made one of these in a long time. Thanks for the refresher course and reminder. They are really neat!
Barb  |  Fri May 9, 2008 at 3:55 AM
This is just wonderful. I never saw this before. I can't wait to try it.
Thank you.
Helen  |  Fri May 9, 2008 at 5:49 PM
I am new to card making and saw this one and tried it. The directions were very easy to follow and I do appreciate it. It turned out great. Thank you for sharing and getting a new card maker on the go..
xmasangel  |  Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 4:21 PM
Great tutorial! I love this work! wink thank you!!!
Elizabeth  |  Sun Jul 19, 2009 at 12:51 PM
I just got done making this card for the first time and I was just wondering how it closes? maybe I did it wrong...LOL
Donna  |  Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 12:55 PM
I am curious as where one writes their personal message on this type of card Thanks! grin
LMstamps  |  Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 9:07 AM
Hi LMstamps!

You can write your personal message on the back of the card... just make sure that your pen won't show through to the front.

You could also attach this Diorama to a folded card base as well. Hope that helps!

Melissa  |  Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 9:17 AM
Clever and charming--I am going to try this one--looks like fun! Thank you!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM
What a lovely colour combination. A beautiful card. Thanks for the tutorial.
Suzanne Bisson  |  Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM
How cute
Kim Pinnex  |  Sun Oct 30, 2016 at 6:10 PM

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