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This is the project I made for the first Instructables Gift Exchange.

You can follow this project, or you can use it as inspiration for your own designs.

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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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You need:
  • Light-weight card, either white or coloured as required.
  • Glue.  Glue-stick or white PVA are best.
  • Coloured pencils, felts or markers.
  • Scissors.
  • Craft knife.
  • Ball-point pen (a dead one is fine)
  • Metal ruler.
  • Cutting surface.
Most of these will be lying around any Maker's house, or will be readily available from stationary stores.

Step 2: Basic Technique.

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This project uses a simple creasing technique to make flat card resemble more organic, natural shapes:

Cut out a curved piece of card.
Lay it face-down on a slightly flexible surface (either your cutting mat, or a piece of scrap card from a cereal packet)
Pressing firmly, draw a line down the centre of the card.
Using a pinching motion, slightly bend the card along the scored line.

Done.  Easy, wasn't it?

This technique can be used to make shapes like grass-stems, leaves, scales, claws... only your own imagination properly limits the possibilities.

The actual gift

I got hold of lightweight (120gsm) card in a variety of colours, and thunk a bit.

I need a frame, and a picture to go in the frame.

Step 3: The Frame.

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The frame is made of four parts, in pairs of equal length (two at 210mm long and 2 at 297mm long to match the A4 card I had.

Note that one end of each section is right-angled, the other has a 45° slope.  Each square end slots into the next 45° end (to give the appearance of a mitre joint), and is glued in place.

When tracing and cutting out the piece with the template, draw firmly over the fold-lines with the ball-point pen to score the bends.

The frame is glued together in the corners, and then glued to the back layer of the actual picture, giving quite a rigid structure.

(You may find it easier to have help at this stage, or at least a couple of clothes pegs to hold the ends together.)
I did this the other day and my image has to do with frogs. I'll post a picture up soon!
ChrysN5 years ago
Very pretty!
Kiteman (author)  ChrysN5 years ago
Thank you!
nickodemus5 years ago
Nicely done, and about the packing material...

Did it actually arrive at its destination? I'm not sure what all the ins/outs are in Britain, but I don't think our mail carriers (Here in USA) would appreciate the cereal box...
Kiteman (author)  nickodemus5 years ago
I don't know yet. It should be OK, though.

If parcels are not acceptable, they tell you as you post them.