Monday, October 29, 2012

Two sides
I posted this turkey centerpiece on Paper Craft Planet and a request for directions was made so here they are. 

Turkey Centerpiece
Original artwork by Theresa Krout
I started out with a piece of 12x12 double sided patterned paper that I really liked.  I cut that in half so I could make 2 turkeys.  These instructions will be for one.  Just repeat for the second.
(Optional) Take one of the 12”x6” patterned paper and use a border or edger punch on the entire length of the 12”.  Score to create the folds are directly in the center of each image and evenly spaced. (about every ¼”)
1.   Once you have your 12”x6” patterned paper evenly scored, gather at the bottom and use a strong adhesive between the folds to hold it together.  I used Liquid glass from CTMH to hold mine secure.   Use a clothes pin or other holding device while this dries.

2.   Then I cut the turkey out using the Cricut Cartridge Artiste from Close To My Heart.  If you would like to purchase this cartridge, please visit my website at

The turkey is on page 78 of the Artiste handbook.  Use accent 3 and the Thanksgiving icon at 5”.

3.   Cut off the back half of the turkey, up from the back of his legs and keeping the highest point of his back.  Sponge, decorate or do whatever you would like to your turkey head and body.  I used google eyes and sponged edges.

4.   Line up the feet at the bottom and the top of the back into the center fold and use a strong glue to secure.

5.   Next you need to make a pop up card base.  Please email me if you would like to know how to do this.  I do not have tools to make this so I made it on my own.  If you have a sizzix with the pop up base, you can use that

6.   Once you have your pop up base, you need to line the back with base to cover the square hole created by the pop up.  This should be ½” larger round each side of the pop up base- or larger if you would like.

7.   Decorate your pop up area.   I used the patterned paper from CTMH paper pack- STELLA to decorate the pop up base and for matting behind my Happy Thanksgiving.  The stamp set I used was A LITTLE EVERYTHING, from CTMH -item # D1408.  If you are not able to order this older item, please contact me and I will see if I can locate one for sale.  I LOVE this handy set and use it often.  Contact me for more information.

8.   Now attach the turkey to the back side of your pop up base.  I was able to use just a few glue dots to hold it secure. 

9.    Add a few decorative items to each side of your turkey to add interest to the back of the pop up base so it does not look so plain.  I added pumpkins using the set Autumn’s Gifts, also an older set from CTMH.  Item # D1172.  Then I used glitter to add interest to the pumpkins.

Thank you for visiting my blog and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 
Since this project is pretty complex, if you would like to order a complete project set for $10.00, please email me to place your order.  Shipping is included within the US.  You will need adhesives, glue dots and scissors to assemble your project.  Some papers or colors may vary depending on availability.


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