Monday, February 1, 2010

How to Make a Felt Valentine Door Stand-Up card

How CUTE did this turn out??? I saw this card in a magazine maybe a month or two ago. Theirs was different, but it inspired me to make one like it. I included a little tutorial below in case you'd like to try it yourself! Sorry, I don't remember the magazine. It is one a friend had with her. I want to say it was Today's Creative Home... :-(

I tried to show the "frost" on the windows in this picture, but it doesn't show up well because it is white on white, but it is pretty and sparkly in real life....
Okay, so what you need to make this card is....

1) 1 Sheet of patterned paper (to cover the chipboard back)

2) 1 Sheet of chipboard (any kind of heavy paper will do.... even the side of a cereal box)

3) 1 Sheet of pink felt

4) 1 Sheet of white felt

5) 1 Sheet of red felt

6) A heart shaped brad

7) Flower pot (you could make one using a stamp or just cut one out by hand)

8) Bush and flowers (use what you have!)

9) a sewing machine and white thread (you could sew by hand if inclined)

10) glue

11) white glitter

12) a button for the door handle

Step 1
Cut the chipboard to the size you would like your card to be. Mine is 5 in. x 6 in.

Step 2

Cut a "stand" for your card using the leftover chipboard. Mine is 2 inches across the top and 3 inches across the bottom. I made the stand about 1/2 in. shorter than the card so the card will lean back. So, the stand is 4-1/2 inches high. (See the picture)

Step 3

Cut two pieces of the patterned paper to cover the front and back of the chipboard background. Also cut patterend paper to cover the stand. Glue all pieces into place. No chipboard should show.

Step 4

Cut the white background felt for the windows and door. These should be approximately 1-1/2 inches wide x 5 inches high for the windows and 2-3/4 inches wide x 5 inches high for the door.

Step 5

Cut the red felt for the doors and windows. I cut each of these approximately 1/4 inch smaller than the white pieces. So, the windows should be 1-1/4 inches wide and 4-3/4 inches tall

The door is 2- 1/2 inches wide by 4-3/4 inches tall.

Step 6
Cut the pink for the doors and windows. Again, make them 1/4 inches smaller than the red.

Step 7
Cut the little squares for the door. I did 6 that are 3/4 inch x 3/4 inch.
Step 8
Cut the Whites for the windows and doors in the same fashion. The windows should be about 1/4 inch smaller than the pink you cut out. The door window on the top was just eyeballed. I halfed a piece of felt and cut an arch and cut it down until it fit. The width of that at its widest is about an inch and a half.

Okay... now you have your pieces cut out, it is time to start sewing. The main thing to remember is that it gets pretty thick so you should do it in parts.

Step 1

Sew the reds to the white backgrounds first. Be sure to sew fairly close to the edge so that your stitches show nicely. I had to trim some of my felt to make it fit better.

Step 2

Sew the small pink squares and the white windows to the windows and door. Now sew horizontal lines on the white side windows to create window panes.

Step 3
Sew the pink door and windows to the red and hand-sew the button door knob onto the door.

Now you are ready to assemble the whole thing!

Glue the door and windows to the card. I use crafting glue and it sticks just fine. Make a heart from your leftover scraps of red felt and put the brad through the middle of it. Glue the red heart to the door. Add white glitter to the panes of glass on the windows (including the door).
I used Karen-Marie's Laser Cuts (see below) topiaries in front of the dooor. I used pop-dots to put the flowers on the bushes and I painted over the orange flower pots with some Sparkling H2O's to make them look more pink and thereby match the door. Not everyone will be able to find these laser cuts. I found them at our dollar store (!!!) for $1! If you have a flower pot stamp and some flowers, you could make your own cut outs. I then attached them to the card using pop-dots.
Now just glue the stand to the top of the back of the card (align it with the top) and you are finished! Now give it to your Valentine's Day SWEETIE!
Have fun!


It's a Mummys Life said...

I love blogs like this, they make me all inspired to be more creative. My children are a bit little at the moment, but I'm working on it and we do painting and all that. Thanks for your comments on my blog, you are right I should do something to remember the plate. I will. You have inspired me!

Penelope said...

That is cute!!! It reminds me of a craft I just saw yesterday on the Martha Stewart show. It takes real talent to make such art...I'd like to try it.

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