Nativity Zig Zag Card Is Difficult But So Amazing

I have made a lot of cards, but this Nativity Zig Zag card is so wonderful! The pieces fit together making a 3D scene that will impress everyone!  Sometimes you create something truly amazing.  This is one of those projects.

3D Nativity Zig Zag Card

The card is difficult to assemble but I will walk you through it.  Read all the assembly instructions before starting this card.   It fits in an A6 envelope for mailing or you can make a coordinating envelope with my tutorial here.

You will need:
        • Lots and lots of patience!
        • Heavy 2 sided cardstock for the base
        • Various Cardstock scraps
        • Pen
        • Small piece of scotch tape
        • Glue
        • Download File
Paper Selection for 3D Nativity Zig Zag Card

I made this card in shades of blue.  The base needs to be two sides and fairly heavy (110 lb. wt. at least)  Solid core works best but not mandatory.  Patterns don’t really work for this card but you could use foils or glitter for the dark blue.

Cutting the 3D Nativity Zig Zag Card

Cut the card base and the Cricut will do the writing.  I used a dark blue pen to go with the color theme to draw.  It needs to be a very fine pen or marker.  Did you know that you can use any pen in your Cricut?  You can see the trick here.  

If using the SVG file be sure to follow the directions in the instruction document to make the card ready to cut.

The base has many many thin cuts and free thin pieces.  Be VERY careful when removing it from the mat.

Assembling the 3D Nativity Zig Zag Card

First re-crease all the folds and make sure the slits in the base card are cut completely.  The left side base card (the one with the slits on the bottom) fits over the base card on the right.  The slits slide into the other slits on the other base card.  The folds on both the pieces from the piece with the drawing fold valley, mountain valley.  They then fit together with the writing facing each other.

Don’t try to put the dark blue pieces on until after the base card is assembled.  The card is very floppy at this point.  Don’t Worry.  The dark blue pieces will stabilize it.

The dark blue pieces fit behind the cut out pieces as assembled.  If you take the card apart, this puts the dark blue pieces on the front of the angels and the stable, but don’t do it that way!  Assemble the card first and then attach the dark blue pieces.  The manger dark blue piece and the stable dark blue piece fit over both parts of the base card and stabilize those pieces together.  Then fold the dark blue pieces with your fingers to make the card stand up properly.  The angels, drummer boy and sheep then go behind those pieces. 

It also helps to glue the center edges of the star to each other.  Just use a very thin line of the center edges.  Then fold the stars to be 3D.  It does also help to use a small piece of invisible tape on the  back bottom at the crease to hold the lose flap in place.  Use the smallest piece possible.

And now your 3D Nativity Zig Zag Card card is done.  And as I said earlier, it fits in an A6 envelope for mailing.

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