This is simple craft that you can print for Ridván for kids of all ages to do. This particular craft was put together at the Burlington children class.
This is a small display of the Garden Of Ridván that consists of:
The tent of Baha’u’llah
a “Happy Ridván” tag
Some embellishments of your choice.
What you Need
The supplies are very simple, for each display you will need:
Cut 8.5 x 11 in half cardstock width wise. That means you will have a card that is 8.5 x 5.5. this is your Base. Use my template to print and cut.
Cut a strip of paper 11″ x 2.5″ This is your tent
cut a piece of with ribbon or material fo the “carpet”
Print and cut the Banner
Print out the “Happy Ridván” tag or write your own
Print the pattern for the roses or buy from dollar store.
Embellish with stickers , images from magazines or print and cut images you like such as butterflies, flowers, birds etc.
The Assembly is very easy.
First take your base that was cut 8.5 x 11 and fold in half so your card is 4.25 x 5.5. open it so that it is 90 degrees, you have a base and a back.
Take the strip of paper that is for the tent and fold in half so you now have 5.5 x 2.5. Next on each end bend the edges back by 1″ to create a tab. Glue the 1″ tabs on to the base of the card to form a upside down “V” that will be the “tent”
Put the mat inside the tent.
stick “Happy Ridván” on base of card
Glue flowers around the tent
Glue the banner to the back of the card or use small clips to hold in place
All any other embellishments you like such as birds, butterflies etc.
Have you seen those awesome shadowbox cards that are 3 dimensional and look like an artist, graphic designer and engineer must have collaborated to make it? Also You can buy these cards for $2.99 and more but why would you when you can make your own?
If you have not see theses cards then you are in for a treat because not only will someone love getting one from you, I will give you the basic template and you can customize as you see fit.
Shadow Box Card
Ok now lets back up a little and give you some ideas of what I am talking about and then we will go into what you need to make these cards. Below is a Christmas Santa card that I made a few years ago. Notice that there are layers and this gives the 3D effect. These cards are called shadowbox or tunnel cards.
This Santa Card what cut on a Silhouette Cameo Machine, so for those of you who own a machine like this, I will show you how to use my template to make any card you like.
For those of you who don’t own a machine, I will show you how you can still make beautiful tunnel cards, just will a little bit extra work like the one below. This will be a separate post that I will put up later. In the mean time, download the free template and use any pictures or embellishments ….for all you know, you may end up with some tricks to show me!
So, for those of you with machines like Silhouette Cameo and Cricut, the first thing you will need is my template for the card itself. You will need to open the SVG file in Silhouette Studio. see my post here.
If you can’t open SVG files let me know and I will send the studio files.
Now that you have the template, think about what you want the card to be about and spend a few minutes looking for free images on Google. I wanted a beach scene as summer is on the way. Here are some of the images I found. I used the trace feature to trace them and then resized for my card.
In my free template, I included 2 images that looked like “hills” or “clouds” I use these to create different heights for each layer and welded it to my frame. Remember to ungroup the fold lines (dashed lines) before you weld.
Next I arranged my images and welded to card pieces. Below are the pieces cut out and compared to the template with no images welded.
To assemble the card bend all the fold lines.
Lay the back piece flat
Glue the tab of inner card so that it is up against the fold line. The tabs of each card is great for spacing if you place them right up against each other.
For all of you card makers/ crafters who love shadow box cards AKA tunnel cards, here is a free template for you to use: Your card in 10 min
Ok so 10 minutes for those of you who own a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut. For those of you who do not own a machine then this will take about 20 to 30 minutes
The photo above is the free template to download ( see below) with free images I found on public domain welded on to the card.I used different colour cardstock so that I could show the layers better. You can use one colour or many colours. You could add cut out pieces, for instance to the palm tree, add green leaves etc.
The Template has the following pieces:
How to use the template:
To use this template with Silhouette or Cricut,
Download and open the file.
Gather the images you want to use in your card from files you have or free images on Google. If they are PNG images you need to trace and make them Studio or SVG
Make sure each section is ungrouped from the dashed lines (the fold lines)
Place your image on card and use Weld (Silhouette) /Attach (Cricut) to attach the image to the card so that it is one piece. The template has a few extra pieces that can be used in a merge and will form hills or clouds.
Group dashed lines to card before you move around
Send to cut.
To Use Without a cutting machine
Download the PDF file.
Print the images of the Shadow box onto cardstock.
Cut out the pieces including the inside rectangles of the pieces.
Use scrapbook embellishments or photos printed on cardstock and cut out. The template has a few extra pieces that can be used as hills or clouds.
Glue images to the inside of the frame ( the cutout section rectangle section)
How to Assemble
The front and back of card glue together to form a box that is open on top and bottom.
The inner pieces slide in to this open frame box in the order that you like and the tabs glue to the sides.
Note that the tabs should all be glued to one side first and bent in the same direction.
If you are following my journey as I collaborate on creating a journal that is inspired by a Baha’i way of life then here is the latest update.
The journal is now ready for download but not yet for print. the downloadable version will include:
Months March to Dec 2019 and Jan to March 2020.
Mandala to colour each month
Monthly view: shows the names of the Baha’i months and special days
Monthly goals setting
Monthly habit tracker to track things like reading the writings, Prayers etc.
Monthly ” things that make me smile” to record the little things in life that make our day worth getting up for.
Monthly “What I am thinking about” page is a space to keep all your great ideas and plans
Monthly space for tracking if you are reading/ want to read/ thinking of reading. Things you are listening to/ want to listen to/ thinking of listen to such as podcasts, lectures etc. Events you are attending like conferences or even feast and Holy Days and last a space to track service projects.
Weekly views with special Baha’i events marked
weekly meal planning page
Daily view records lots of info from schedule and daily meals to who you want to pray for. each daily page has a quote to read and meditate on.
So this journal has been a work or love and is full of stuff we wanted in our own journals that are missing. If you download, please send us any feedback for next years version. We are also including the stick sheet that is sized for areas of the journal. Since these are not standard Avery sizes you need to print on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of sticker paper and cut by hand.
looking forward to your comments.
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Email transfer to me and a link will be sent to download: price $12
When I am stressed or need to relax, I find that cutting paper is so soothing. The supplies are easy to find and cheap: an X-acto knife and paper with a printed design and a cutting board.
This paper craft is suited for teens and adults and can take 10 minutes to 30 minutes to complete.
I first started to notice paper-cutting when searching crafts like Origami and Kirigami: beautiful intricate paper-cuttings were showing up in my feed. So, while I admired from afar, I did not think I could do such detailed work.To make a long story short, I eventually tried it out, loved it and have been cutting and designing paper cutouts ever since.
The photo below is one of my designs that was inspired by the Ridvan Garden.This was made to go in a shadow box and hang on the wall. This design has lots of small leaves that have to be cut out and it is not an easy design to start with.
What to look for when choosing a design to cut:
When looking for a beginner level design AKA an easy craft, you want a design with large images. Straighter lines are the best for beginners but not always possible so larger gentle curves are next best option. Open space between the design elements also help.
Here is what you need to get started:
A printed design : I have two included, one is simple, one a little more detailed. Best to print the design on 8.5 by 11 cardstock. You can print on any colour cardstock or regular paper. If printing on regular paper, be extra careful and it will tear easier.
A printer or send file to a print service near you.
A sharp X-acto knife: you may have to change blades
A cutting board: A self healing mat is great but even a wooden bread board can work, just be careful the knife point does not snag on the wood fibre.
The photo below looks like a pretty easy design to cut out and it can be made even simplier for beginners.
When you are looking for a super easy first design here are some of the things to note:
Note that the butterfly wings above are jagged curves, I would look for a smoother curves in a design.
The inner circles of the flowers can be problematic to cut, so if you do print this image out, you can choose to not cut this part of the design. The printed image is the back of the finished product so the lines will not show. If you want to have the lines show that is also ok.
Notice that the curve of the butterfly wings are smoother . This is now a simple paper cutout and if printed smaller can still be cut by a beginner.
This is an even easier image to cut. The file included is with the circles in the flowers: do not cut the circles or other small areas out and you will achieve the image below.
To have a super easy cutting experience:
Cut the main image out with a scissors or X-Act knife and metal ruler: the outer edge of the big rectangle in this case.
Use a sharp blade and cutting mat.
Don’t cut the inner circles of the flowers and the small areas. You will loose details but this can be addressed by adding embellishments like gem stickers to the center of the flowers to help bring some detail back.
When cutting curves, turn the paper as you cut: this will help with a smoother cut.
How to Start Cutting:
I start cutting from a corner. You can start anywhere you like. I slowly work my way up to the top of the design. Once cut I turn the design over so that any black printed lines do not show. You can have the black lines showing if you like.
TIP: For circles or curved areas, don’t try to cut the edge of the circle/ curve , instead make straight cut lines from edge to edge inside the circle this makes it easier to cut out and a bit cleaner finish.
I printed my design small and it took about 10 minutes to cut. The white cardstock is softer than the pink and you can see the difference in how it cuts.
I choose the smaller size as I thought it would be great for the front of a card. If this is your first time cutting, I would print larger size and practice. Also note that you cut the printed design and this is the back, if your design has letters you need to mirror the image for printing.
Here are the two files one is exactly the same as the butterfly and flower above and one is a simpler version of 3 butterflies and 3 flowers. I hope that you share your finished craft with me!