Birthday boy

Papercraft Inspirations - - Occasions - De­signed by Becky James De­signed by Becky James

Shop­ping list Ba­sic card kit, plus

* Dove­craft Whiz Kids 8x8in pa­per pack * Dove­craft Whiz Kids Plas­tic But­tons * Dove­craft Whiz Kids Sen­ti­ment Top­pers, from Trim­craft * Xcut medium palm punch – Tra­di­tional Star, from First Stop Sta­tion­ers * Nest­ing cir­cle dies * Wooden num­bers * Enamelled brads

1 Cre­ate an A6 tent-fold card and, us­ing a 5cm cir­cle die, cut away a semi-cir­cle for the neck. Trim away the arm holes on each side and a nar­row ‘V’ at the base, to cre­ate the legs.

2 Cover the shaped base with blue arched pa­per. Add con­trast­ing green leg turn-ups, a belt, and shoul­der dec­o­ra­tions. Place spot­ted belt hooks across the belt, and enamelled brads at the shoul­ders.

3 For each pocket, cut a 4cm or­ange zig-zag pat­terned cir­cle and trim away the top. Add a spot­ted strip across the flat edge and place a but­ton­dec­o­rated green star in the cen­tre. At­tach each pocket just be­low the belt, us­ing sticky foam pads.

4 Nest small cir­cles of pat­terned pa­per and place the age, in wooden num­bers, in the cen­tre. Add pa­per rib­bon tails and place the rosette on the right shoul­der.

5 Fin­ish the de­sign by plac­ing the greet­ing so that it stands just proud of the belt.

Shop­ping list Ba­sic card kit, plus

* White card * Sim­ply Cre­ative 12x12in pa­per pack – Mankind, from Trim­craft * Xcut Nest­ing Dies – Oval, from Hob­byCraft * Pale-blue glit­ter card * Nest­ing cir­cle dies * Sil­ver mir­ror­board * Clear ac­etate * Die-cut greet­ings * But­tons Tem­plate on page 77

1 Die-cut the oval base by plac­ing the 13cm oval slightly over the spine of a tent-fold card blank. Cre­ate four rocket stands us­ing the tem­plate pro­vided from card then cover the two front ones with yel­low pat­terned pa­per. At­tach to the front and back of the project base.

2 Die-cut two ovals from card (for strength), cover one in red and one in black pat­terned pa­per. Mat the red oval onto the plain card shape. Cut away the cen­tre of the black oval and at­tach the top and bot­tom seg­ments to the rocket front. Glue onto the card front.

3 Place strips of co­or­di­nat­ing pa­pers across the black pan­els, to cre­ate the rocket ship’s liv­ery.

4 Die-cut a 5cm cir­cle from pale-blue glit­tered card. Cut a sil­ver frame for the rocket’s win­dow and place in the cen­tre of the card. At­tach the greet­ing to the cen­tre of the aper­ture.

5 Fin­ish the ship’s dec­o­ra­tion by adding sil­ver but­tons be­neath the win­dow, as shown.

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