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Our Issue 122 Designer for the Day

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Transport a loved one to cheerful summer scenes with PaperCrafter reader Alessandra Arcangeli’s delightful exploding box card.

Our Issue 122 Designer for the Day

YOU WILL NEED: Craft essentials; Paper collection, Trimcraft Love Letters; Die, bicycle; Stamp, sentiment; Punches: flowers, butterfly, circle; Embossing folder, clouds; Acetate

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1 Take a 15cm x 30cm piece of white card and score vertically at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm. Use a bone folder to fold horizontally from the 7cm line to the opposite end of the card, ensuring to leave a 1cm tab.
2 Cut 7cm down three of the score lines and leave one side measuring 15cm tall. Apply double-sided tape to the tab and fold to create the box shape. Take two 2cm x 9cm strips of white card, score at 1cm from each end and adhere to the inside of the box to create slats.   
3 Trim four pieces of green paper to create hills. Add two of them to each visible slat using double-sided tape. Die cut a bicycle from pink paper and two wheels from black, then glue them both to a piece of acetate. 
4 Cute three squares from green and glue them to the three side flaps. Trim a square from pale blue and adhere it to the back flap. Using a circle punch, create a disc from yellow to create a sun and attach to the blue. 
5 Use a cloud embossing folder to create cloud motifs, trim and layer onto the sun. Cut three rectangular pieces from patterned paper and glue them to the panels below the side flaps.
6 With a flower punch, cut out some toppers and attach them to the green squares. Punch out two butterflies, glue them to two strips of acetate and then to the slats.
7 Stamp a sentiment onto the front flap in black ink and decorate the card with silver gems to finish.

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