I’ve been back from an amazing vacation in Thailand for over two weeks now, and the sunny, warm beaches already seem like a faraway dream…
Now that I’m back, I think it’s time for a new and awesome tutorial! These lovely Royal Crown pop up cards are a great gift for a newborn (a little “prince” or “princess”), a nice way to tell a colleague “you rule!”, or a funny way to congratulate a friend on their new house (“king of the castle!”).
I’d like to thank my beautiful friend Tamar for being my hand super-model 😉
There’s a Heart Crown –
And a Basic Crown –
The tutorial I’ve made is long and detailed, but trust me – it’s super easy to make. Just follow these steps to create a fun pop-up you can decorate and personalize as you please.
1. First thing’s first – PRINT. Choose the Basic Crown or the Heart Crown template. They are basically the same, only the Heart Crown in more elaborated and requires a bit more work (oh, and has a heart on it, too).
In this tutorial I used the Basic Crown, but the steps ahead apply to both.
2. Time to choose the paper you’re going to use. You will need paper for the inner card, for the outer card and for the crown. The patterned paper is optional, something to spice up the exterior of the card.
I chose pale green card-stock for the inside, olive green textured card-stock for the outside, warm yellow textured card-stock for the crown itself and some groovy patterned paper for the extras.
3. Cut the interior card 20×14 cm, and the exterior 21×15 cm. Use a bone folder or a stylus to score them both in the middle. Fold the cards in half, along the scored axis, to achieve a neat fold.
This would be the time to round the inner card’s corners, stamp it and so on.
4. Measure 4 cm from the center, and mark it with a pencil. It doesn’t matter if you mark it left or right from the fold.
5. Now, take a look at your printed template. You’ll notice that some of the lines are dashed. These lines will be scored, not cut. The little tabs act as gluing tabs.
6. Cut the extra paper around the crown, leaving just a narrow frame around it.
7. Secure the template to the chosen card-stock with some masking tape.
8. Score all the dashed lines with a bone folder or a stylus. Apply a little bit of force to make sure it gets across to your card stock. Now cut all the lines around (DO NOT cut the dashed lines!).
9. The circular part can be either cut with scissors or punched out with a circle punch (the template matches a 1 1/4″ circle punch perfectly).
10. Your cut-out crown should look like this:
11. At this point I would recommend you take your bone-folder or stylus and have another go at the scored lines in order to make them easier to fold.
12. Fold the scored lines, so that the crown is folded in half and the glue tabs are folded inwards.
13. Add glue to the tab at the side of the crown.
14. Close the crown down over the glued tab and press. Wait a little allowing the glue to set.
15. Add some glue to one of the tabs at the base of the crown.
16. Turn the crown over, glued tab facing down. Align the crown’s base with the line you’ve marked earlier. This is the time to make sure the crown is located nicely and symmetrically on the card.
17. Push down the glue tab so it’ll stick to the card. Allow to set.
18. Add glue to the second tab at the base of the card.
19. Close the card over the crown and press. Give it a few moments for the glue to set.
20. There you have it! A royal crown!
21. Glue the inner card to the outer card. Notice the outer card gives a nice frame to the inner one. You can embellish the exterior card as you please, and give it to a regal loved one!
Hope you liked it! 🙂