Hey stampin' friends! I thought I'd try something a little "fancy" today. I don't know if this card would qualify as a true diorama--I'm thinking of the little three-dimensional boxes my kids made in school--but it does have some depth and dimension so I'm calling it a diorama! :) Although it's not a quick card by any stretch of the imagination (I did a lot of fussy cutting!), it really wasn't a difficult project. And if you wanted to make it a little easier, there are framelits you can use...I chose not to use them on this project because I wanted the cutting to be as close to the images as I could get them. You can do it either way!
I started with four pieces of Smoky Slate cardstock: the card base measures 4-1/4" x 11", then three additional pieces measuring 4" x 5-1/4", 3-3/4" x 5" and 3-1/2" x 4-3/4". I used the Layering Circles dies with the Big Shot to cut the circles. The easiest way I could think of to line them up was to cut the biggest circle from the smallest (top) layer first. Without adhearing anything, I layed the first piece over the next largest piece, lining it up as it would eventually be layered. I placed the next circle framelit inside the cut circle and ran both pieces through the Big Shot. I repeated that process with the second and third pieces (don't try to run all three through at one time...it gets a little to thick). Once the circles were cut, I added some Smoky Slate ink directly onto the Basket Weave embossing folder, placed the top layer into the folder and ran it through the Big Shot.
The images from Petal Palette are stamped onto watercolor paper with Basic Black ink. I stamped the bird once, the rose cluster twice and the yellow flowers three times, then watercolored them all using ink from the lids of Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake pads and an Aqua Painter.
Once they were dry, I cut them out. I had all my Smoky Slate pieces stacked as they would eventually be adhered so i could see where I wanted to place the watercolored images. The bird was adhered to the card base at the back of the diorama. The yellow flowers were adhered to the front of the largest layer. I cut apart one of the rose clusters so I could place them on either side of the middle layer (these pieces were still a little big and had to be trimmed along the edges). The other rose cluster was adhered to the first (smallest) layer. Once I had all the pieces where I wanted them, I used Stampin' Dimensionals between each layer.
After adding the banner and a linen thread bow, I splattered Wink of Stella over the entire card front to finish it up.
What do you think? I was really pleased with the way it turned out, and I think this technique could be used with so many of our stamp images!
I hope you'll give this fun technique a try!