Merry Christmas Everyone!
I've got something special for today - a Christmas Art Card with a tutorial on how it was made.
So let's start with the parts. Unfortunately, I don't have any patterns to provide...but it shouldn't be too hard to recreate since I did get some decent photos of all the individual parts of the card.http://appledainty.com/galleries/artcards/artcard014/smallparts.jpghttp://appledainty.com/galleries/artcards/artcard014/maincard.jpg
So here are all the pieces of the card laid out.http://appledainty.com/galleries/artcards/artcard014/coloredcardandparts.jpg
Next, I finished coloring the base of the card and the little cloud pieces.http://appledainty.com/galleries/artcards/artcard014/turntag.jpg
Then, I glued the angel to the turning tab, and attached the tab to the back of the card with a brad to allow for awesome turning action. I marked my turn tab and my main card piece with little x's in the places where you have to make a little hole for the brad to go through. I cut little x's over my pencil x's with a pen knife. It's much cleaner than trying to shove the brad through thick paper. You have to be careful how you position the angel on the turning tab so that it appears from behind the clouds properly. You will also need to cut a slit through the fold of the main card to allow room for the tab to swing - the tab will have to swing to the left, through the bottom of the clouds.http://appledainty.com/galleries/artcards/artcard014/turntagandextrabit.jpg
After that, fold the 'cloud' section of the main card up and glue it into place. Glue the popped up piece of cloud on the left side into place (to make it pop up, you can also use foam stickers that people use for photos - it gives the cloud piece just a little extra height and ads to the 3d/pop up book nature of the card), then glue the piece of cloud on the right side to the bare, angel-free end of the turning tab. Make sure it's positioned so that the bottom of the cloud is flush with the bottom of the card when the tab is in the un-turned position (ie, the angel is hiding behind the cloud) - that way you can't really tell the tab is there before you go for the big reveal!http://appledainty.com/galleries/artcards/artcard014/angelrise.jpg
Add the 'Merry Xmas' banner. I used small, folded pieces of paper glued together to get the desired level of height/pop up from the back of the card. It made it easy to get exactly how much or how little height I wanted for the various pop-up elements, but it was a little irritating cutting out a billion tiny rectangles of paper and folding/gluing them all together.http://appledainty.com/galleries/artcards/artcard014/clouddetail.jpg
Last but not least, use a white gel pen to draw little swirly clouds in the background, and voila -http://appledainty.com/galleries/artcards/artcard014.jpg
the card is done! As a finishing touch, and for the sake of having a very clean looking card, I always add a piece to the back of the card to hide the brad. I usually cut the ends of the brad a little shorter, and glue the backing just at the edges so that the brad doesn't get stuck from the glue. It makes it easier to write the title of the card and add my signature to the back of it as well!