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Time to Try a Diorama Card

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

When I was teaching kindergarten, I'd occasionally help the kids make dioramas using old shoeboxes decorated with paper. I feel like making something 3D is pretty cool. Have you ever made a diorama card? I think these are extra fun because they can lay flat, put in an envelope, then pop out when opened.

When I saw the supplies in the May 2023 Paper Pumpkin kit, the mountain scenes just called on me to create a diorama card. I cut one of the card bases from the kit to give the card some substance. The 3D part of the card was made possible, in part, from the Nested Essentials Dies from the 2023-2024 Annual Catalog. A Copper Clay cardstock base brought the whole thing together nicely.

The front looks "normal" and very simple - which it is. However, the magic happens when the card is opened.

When creating this card, start with a Copper Clay card base, measuring 10 7/8" x 5 1/2". Score it at 3 5/8", 6 7/8", 7 1/4", and 10 1/2." One end has a 3/8" section from edge score line, and that's where you can use the second largest of the Nested Essentials Dies to make your hole for the diorama. I cut a frame for that hole using the largest and second largest of those dies.

The outside of the card needed a piece of Designer Series Paper (or in this case, a card base from the kit. I cut apart that card base as shown below):

-3 5/8" x 5 1/2" for the outside

-3 1/8" x 5 1/2" for behind the window

-3/4" x 5 1/2" for left-hand edge border

The Basic White piece of cardstock I used on the inside is 3 1/2" x 5 1/2." I made sure to adhere that to the inside left panel of the card before adhering the 3/8" strip on the right edge inside the front of the card.

To catch all the details, I'd suggest watching my video tutorial on this card, which you can find here:

If you don't subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, thus don't have the supplies to make this card, Stampin' Up! has tons of amazing products you can try! You can order from me at

Happy stamping!


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