Enjoy a Garden of Hydrangeas in this Tunnel Card

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Posted on July 24, 2021 by Jan Hunter
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Hydrangeas are a favorite flower of ours. Sadly, this crafter doesn’t have a green thumb for this plant, so finding other ways to enjoy the blooms has to be sought out. 

Luckily, a whole garden of Hydrangea blooms was found among the botanical treasures at Creative Fabrica.

The collection of images used for this interactive pop-up card are found in this collection – Hydrangea Garden Watercolor Clipart by ElenaZlataArt. The colors are bright, cheerful, and detailed. There are a few butterflies included as well.

Other supplies needed:

  • Electronic Die Cutting machine (SkyCut C24)
  • SCAL 5 software
  • AC Cardstock (White-textured 80lb)
  • Bazzill Cardstock (1 or 2 in complementary colors)
  • Sentiment stamp if desired

Here’s what we’ll be learning to make:

Creating the basic components of the card

All dimensions are in inches.

Place a horizontal rectangle on the mat. Size to 6.50 x 5 (this is the main tunnel insert). Choose the circle from the library and size to 2.375 and using the alignment tools in the Position and Size palette, select To Page and align to the center both vertically and horizontally. Select the horizontal rectangle and circle and in the Path dropdown, select back minus front. Move this piece to the upper left corner of the mat. Make sure the alignment for the X and Y values is at 0.00. This will make it much easier to place your score lines. Choose the vertical line from the Library. Place the line at the X value of 3.25 and the Y value of 0.00. Change the height of the line to 1.260 or just short of the outline of the circle. In the color palette, change the cut line to a dashed line. Repeat again but place the line beneath the circle and extend to the bottom of the horizontal rectangle. 

Add 2 more vertical score lines. Place one of the lines at the X value of 1.5 and Y of 0.0 mark. The height should be 5.00. The second line should be placed at the X value of 5.00 and Y of 0.0 mark. Both of these lines should also be changed to dashed lines.

Select all four lines in the layer palette (Use the shift key and select each of the four vertical lines) and Group. Rename the layer to Score lines. Select the rectangle and the score lines and Group. Set this grouping to Print + Cut Cut.

You’re now ready to add the png images from the Hydrangea collection. As you import each of the images, change to Print + Cut Print. Size and place in a pleasing arrangement. When complete, group the arrangement and group the previous grouping of rectangle and score. If desired, place an extra butterfly or sentiment in the inner circle of this piece. You will be using it as an additional pop-up. Be sure to set the elements on this circle to Print + Cut Print. Highlight all of the pieces and move to the right side of the mat… make sure that you have about an inch to the right and at the top for the registration marks. 

Let’s make the card front

Place a vertical rectangle on the mat.  Size to 3.25 x 5.25 (this will be your card front. Import images from the Hydrangea collection, size, and place as desired on the front of the card. Add a butterfly. Be sure to set the png images as Print + Cut Print. Set the rectangle to Print + Cut Cut. Any portions of the png images hanging over the edge of the rectangle will not cut beyond the rectangle. Just make sure that the rectangle is at the size indicated above. Check Preview to make sure the image will cut as desired. If you need to make changes, now is the time. Group all. Check preview again. If you need to make adjustments, Ungroup and re-work as needed. Select all of this grouping and move to approximately 1 inch from the left and 1 inch down. Select preview to make sure that all four of the registration marks are visible and within the cutting area of the paper. 

Now let’s print!

The sample for this project was printed on 12 x 12 paper. Make sure the page settings in the software are set to 12 x 12 for the printer and the printer default setting is set to 12 x 12 as well. This placement leaves just enough “scrap” to cut the card base. You may have a bit of the registration mark showing in the cut, however, you can cover that mark with another piece of cardstock as one of the mats for the front of the card.

If you don’t have a wide format printer, you can still print, on 8.5 x 11 paper. Move your images and make sure that the registration marks are still within your printer’s margins for printing. Or you can hide one image, print each individually, if desired.

Let’s cut!

The SkyCut has a built-in camera to align to the registration marks for spot on cutting.  Place your paper on the mat.  Make sure it is not going to shift on the mat.  Place the mat in the cutting area of the machine and following the directions in the Print + Cut window, Scan, cut and remove the cuts from the mat.

The card base (horizontal rectangle) and mat (vertical rectangle) are cut to the following sizes. These can be cut using a paper trimmer or your cutter.

Card base 7 x 5.5, scored at 3.5
Mat  3.5 x 5.5

Assembly

The insert for the inside of the card – create a mountain fold on the center score line and a valley fold on the other two folds. Fold the center circle in half vertically. Center the inner circle and adhere in place.

Add sentiment to the card front if you didn’t add one to your print. Adhere the mat(s) to the card base front. Now you can add the card front to the matted card base. You can also refer to the video at the beginning of the article to watch the assembly process!

The card shown below is the card that was created in the video. Some additional details will be added for a more personalized presentation.

For more inspiration, please check out Jan’s page here and her blog. If you make something similar to Jan’s card, we invite you to share and tag us! Happy Creating and Crafting!


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