Friday, March 11, 2011

The Three Bears are Popular

Hello everyone. When I posted my Three Bears card (post below), I had no idea how popular it would be.  Thank you to everyone who left comments here on my blog, and at Big Red Scraps and on the private CTMH consultant board!  I have received about 15 private emails requesting instructions for this card, most wanting to know how I did the inside tent fold, and how to get a full sized border with the Cricut.  To be honest, I winged it :)  But, rather than answer all the emails individually, I thought I should just do up a tutorial to share with all of you.

First, the finished size of the card closed is 5x7". 

Here is another view of the inside of the card which shows the center fold a bit better:

This pic shows on scrap paper how to score and fold the inside paper. If you want your card to fold flat, use a lightweight paper for the inside, cardstock would end up pretty bulky.
Click the pic to see bigger

For the tent, just cut the paper on the center score line, and fold the flaps back to form a tent door.  I paper pieced Lucky pattern paper to make my tent, but you'd get the same effect without the paper piecing:

To adhere the inside piece to the card base, apply adhesive to the outside edges only, leaving the center pop up part free to move:

That's about it for the card...easier than it looks isn't it? Now you can embellish all you want!

Here's a tip for cutting out detailed images:  Stamp them in an ink color similar to the paper... I stamped the bears in desert sand ink onto kraft paper. This way, you don't have to be perfect with the cutting because the lines don't show as much as if you stamp the image in black ink. After the image has been cut out, ink the edges a bit with a sponge to hide any imperfect cutting.

And here is a CRICUT VIDEO TUTORIAL that explains the 'Fit to Length' button on the Cricut to customize a border.  I used the Plantin' Schoolbook cartridge to make the background trees border on the card, I made mine 11" and trimmed it to paper piece onto the card.

If you have time, you should check out the rest of Robyn's awesome Cricut Video Tutorials. I learned so much about using my Cricut that I never would have figured out on my own.   You can find her and all of her videos at My Pink Stamper.

I hope this post answers everyone's questions, and I expect I'll be seeing several tent pop-up cards in the galleries!   I'm happy to keep sharing my instructions if you promise to credit me with a link ;)

Thanks for popping by today!


  1. Thank you for sharing your 'how to'.

    Toni :o)

  2. I love your card and how easy your instructions are to follow. Thanks for sharing.

    Jenny, Orillia, ON

  3. hmmm, I love your card, but how did you create the border. I have watched the video....but you changed the height of the image somehow....or did you??? I am trying to create a similar card but you stumped me :) (and yes, I will credit you with the idea, totally!)


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