30.6.12

Book shaped card tutorial and template

Book Shaped Card
I guess like most people I am fascinated by shaped cards.This card was fun and fairly easy to make so I whipped up 2! Sharing how to make this book shaped card
Materials Required
Card stock - I used an A 4 size card you can use whatever size you fancy
Scoring tool or ball point pen [which has been used up and is without ink]
How to make a Book shaped card

Book Shaped Card

1. Fold the Card stock in half
2.Make the spine of the book: On the front half of your folded card, score a vertical line [from the backside] so as to give a raised border.My card front measures a little less than 15cm and I scored the spine border 3cm from the central fold crease.For a good looking book card make the spine 1/5 th the width of your book!
Book Shaped Card
3. On the front half, draw a curve from the top of the folded edge to meet the spine about 2 cm down from the top.I didn’t do any measuring and this “2 cm” is just a guide to help the more mathematically inclined folks out there!
4. Draw a horizontal from the point where the curve meets the spine to the edge of the card
5. Cut out this marked out portion of the front half of the card
Book Shaped Card
6. Use the curved part of your cut out to serve as a template to draw a curve at the top right corner of the back half of your card.
Book Shaped Card
7. Cut out this curved area from the back half
8. Use the same curved cutout as template to mark a curve along the lower left corner of your card. Cut this curved area from both the front and back panels
Your Book shaped card is ready!
Book Shaped Card
Embellish and add details as you wish highlighting the book shape of the card.
For crafters who love templates right click and save the Book Shaped Card template

Book Shaped Card Template
To make the "pages like" look
There are several ideas to make the pages like look at the top of your book card
1. Use border stickers:I used some gorgeous shiny border stickers from Pie Lane to create a “pages” look for the book card.
Book Shaped Card Tutorial
2.Score lines on card stock
3.Draw lines with a gel pen or pencil
Highlight the spine of your Book card :I Used Pie Lane border stickers on the spine and the cover of the book card to highlight the outline of the book.
Book Shaped Card
Embellish the Cover of your book
As the focal image I used an  embroidered flowers iron on fabric! Added some handmade punchcraft flowers all around it.
Book Shaped Card
I had fun using glitter balls [from Pie Lane]. Handling tiny glitter balls is tough and I had quite a few incidents of bouncing balls, runaway balls and “god knows where it is” balls!
Book Shaped Card
Sharing a clumsy person’s tips to handle tiny glitter balls/beads
1.To put a single glitter ball on your project -use a forceps to dip it into glue and then stick it ..I found this technique  faster and cleaner.
2.To make glitter ball flowers like I did on the punch craft flower centers I added a blob of glue at the flower center, counted out 7 glitter balls and let them all drop onto the glue.
Book Shaped Card
Maybe due to viscosity or some other magical “physics” the 7 balls would easily move into a flower pattern if you give it a nudge or two with a pin!
Using this crazy technique, making the glitter ball flowers was much quicker than making the golden glitter ball antennae for the butterflies in the red book!
Book Shaped Card
I used different sizes of Pie Lane borders, butterflies and glitter balls on the red card.The gorgeous golden rose plant was gifted by Khalindi to my daughter for winning her challenge[ Thank You Khalindi!]
Hope you liked my book cards .The possibilities with this type of card are endless...you can make the book into maybe a “Bible” , a Diary, a Fairy tale book or whatever suits the theme you have in mind
Do tell me how you liked this.
Edited: This card came top 4 at For Love of Crafting
Do pop over to my friend Avni's blog to see a beautiful card she made using this tutorial

71 comments:

  1. Dr. Sonia, Your book shaped card is so unique and very pretty. I have not seen this before. Thank you for sharing the "how to" with us. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs

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  2. Dr. Sonia, Your book shaped card is so unique and very pretty. I have not seen this before. Thank you for sharing the "how to" with us. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs

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  3. wow very beautiful and innovative

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  4. Very beautiful work sonia. Thanks for being always inspiring.
    Uma
    http://krafttime.blogspot.in

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  5. Very creative as always, Sonia!!!

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  6. amazing card and tutorial
    megha
    http://meghanuj01.blogspot.in/

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  7. This is great Sonia - what a clever idea that gives such an effective card - thanks so much for sharing

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  8. Lovely cards and so clever. They have a lot of dimension.

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  9. Sonia, this is one of the most unusual and beautiful design for a card I've ever seen! I am definitely going to try and make one!

    Happy Crafting!
    Manuela

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  10. Your book cards look amazing, Sonia...beautifully decorated, too. Thank you for the instructions on how to make them. You made me laugh at all the fun you had with your glitter balls x

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    1. Ha its true Sasha those tiny balls are crazy to use!!

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  11. wow...!!! excellent tutorial... and the card is simply elegant... wish to try one soon...

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  12. That is gorgeous. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing

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  13. очень интересно!

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  14. OMG Dr Sonia...my jaw nearly dropped when i saw your cards they look so real!!your book cards look absolutely fabulous and you have decorated them so beautifully......thank you so much for the tutorial..seeing your work i am so inspired to give this a try!!

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  15. Fabulous Sonia what a great idea well done thank you for sharing Hug Elaine

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  16. Sonia
    Your fabulous book cards are amazing. Thank you so much for the tutorial.
    You have given me such a good idea to use some of my sewing scraps I uncovered the other day when I was cleaning out long forgotten spaces. I never use them anymore and they are way too pretty to throw away. So now I think they just may have gotten a second chance at life (lol) thanks to you.
    Hugs
    Myrna

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    1. Myrna I dont sew much but just loved the embroidered flowers so used them in this card!!

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  17. This is a fantabulous one..totally love your idea..quite unique !!

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  18. WoW! Very creative card!
    Thanks for joining us at 365cards!
    Michelle

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  19. There really awesome, love it!!!!
    Paula

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  20. Beautiful! will have to try one day.

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  21. Много красиви и оригинални картички!Благодаря и за урока!Поздрави!

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  22. Oh that is so fantastic and what a wonderful way to use the border stickers. Thanks so much for taking the time to make the tutorial and sharing.

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  23. Wow, this is so fabulous, Sonia!! As an avid book-lover, I definitely have to try this out!! Thanks so much for the instructions and the amazing inspiration :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  24. Wow, this is beautiful. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Whimsy's. We would love to see you again next week. joann sassy raggedy

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  25. WoW !! doctor, I thought they were real books when I first saw them. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  26. I loved it!
    Thanks so much!

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  27. Hey Sonia,

    Brilliant idea for a card...and thanks for the tutorial...

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  28. Sonia, I've tried replying to your comments to my blog ,and it shows I've been blocked, thought you should know, but thanks for all your comments!!!
    Paula

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    1. Oh dear...another friend told me the same--I dont know how to correct it!

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  29. Fantastic cards Sonia..Loz

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  30. wow, first glance i thought it's a real book until i read the title again carefully and went through the tutorial. a good one!

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  31. Your cards are beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial & tips. I saw this on MIM.
    Hugs, Renee

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  32. Goodness- how cool is this!!! I love the step by step pic's and thank you for the template! The gold stickers add to the elegance of the beautiful embroidered flowers!

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  33. what an innovative idea. thanks for uploading the how-to pics.
    you certainly are gifted.

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  34. Beautiful cards hun and what a fantastic tutorial..Wow! Those balls do seem to have a mind of there own lol!!
    Thanks for sharing such a lovely project with us this week at Make it Monday...
    Hugs,
    Marjorie
    xx

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  35. Dr. Sonia, we all need to give you a doctorate in Crafts as well.
    Your work like the book is just too good and the tutes are superb.

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    1. Oh you are too kind Sudha...unfortunately I have never been lucky enough to actually learn art and craft!

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  36. What an amazing idea and spectacular work. I would love to try this when time permits.

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    1. Benzi it doesnt require much time ..do have a go..it would look awesome with your stamping skills!

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  37. Ooooh...these are soooo lovely Sonia! :)

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  38. Hello. I saw this fantastic card on MIM..Faye

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  39. Wow, another set of gorgeous makes Sonia! You always blow me away with your crafty talent!

    Mary x

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  40. Oh MY!!! This made me want to make one!!! You are so clever and never stop surprising me every time I visit!! Brilliant!!!
    Hugs Trish xx

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  41. Fantastic card books. Your art and skills never cease to amaze. Thanks for the tutorial. Will certainly be having a go at making one of these. Hugs Mrs a.

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  42. Sonia, I have to give this a go! There are so many incredible vintage images that I'd love to put on a book card. Thanks immensly for this grand tutorial. One question. I can't tell from the pictures but how far down do you go with the page like appearance strips on the inside? It really gives the optical illusion that it's going from back to front cover.

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    1. Lisa the page like appearance is required only on the top exposed part of the back half of your card.

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  43. These are so clever and so pretty Dr Sonia you really do have the most unique idea's!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week for our Birthday Celebrations and good luck with the challenge
    Hugs Laurie xx

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  44. Stunning cards Sonia. Popping by from MIM to visit..Loz

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  45. This is so so so cool, trust you to turn up with something like this......love how you've the border strips to create page effect!

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  46. Beautiful cards, my friend. Very nice tutorial

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  47. Great "book"" card, the border strips work so well as pages, and lots of lovely flowers as well!!

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  48. Fantastic tutorial ad fantastic card!

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  49. Hi Sonia...
    Lovely Card with beautiful tutorial

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  50. This is fabulous I love the idea! thanks for playing at MAWTT birhday challenge hugs Judith x

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  51. Totally awesome. Love this.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in
    crazycrafter-craftsuppliesshop.blogspot.in

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  52. This is so wonderful! I am bookmarking this so I can make it later!

    Hugs,

    Chriss

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  53. Absolutely in love with your project! Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!
    I saw this on Make it Monday!
    These are my entries: # 129, #158, #160, #162, # 250 and #252 (Candy Alert) would love it if you could visit.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  54. Awesome card and tutorial! I saw your card on Make it Monday.

    Hugs,
    Debra Pate
    Fabulously Creative
    http://debrapate.blogspot.com

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  55. just amazing...book really look for real...

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  56. amazing dear...book really look for real.

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  57. Hey Sonia...ur blog is too good:) It inspires us to create more:)

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  58. Hey Sonia...ur blog is too good:) It inspires us to create more:):)

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    1. Thank you so much Nivedita. Do share your creations too

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  59. Thank you so much for the instructions and templates. You made it very easy to understand. I have it cut out now for fun part to embellish. : )

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