This month I'm revisiting some of my favorite video tutorials and making holiday versions of the cards.
The Explosion Birthday Card remains one of my most popular videos (by far!) and is easily transformed into a holiday version by swapping the pop-up die and using your favorite wrapping paper for the explosion sides. This video tutorial debuted as my contribution for the December 2014 Designer Challenge and basically (pun intended) exploded! People loved it.
Once again, I followed the video instructions precisely, making my holiday substitutions. Merry Christmas Pop-up instead of Happy Birthday. Pull Card Edges instead of Outdoor Edges. Holiday Charms instead of Props 2.
In the closed position this card measures 5" x 6", and fits in a 5x7 (A7) envelope for mailing. I used the Pull Card Edges to make red rickrack and added a circle and ring from the Labels & Circles set, plus a snowflake from the Holiday Charms set. I added reindeer washi tape (from my stash, but maybe from Michaels?) across the flap.
The fold-over flap closure is magnetic, as shown in the video, but I swapped two tiny magnets in the corners instead of a single large magnet in the middle. This was because I only had the small diameter magnets on hand, but either would work.
When the card opens the sides explode into a fun fan. I used wrapping paper and it worked great! I definitely recommend grabbing your favorite roll and giving this technique a try. I used the same wrapping paper on the front of the card and for accent strips inside the card. I used the "sharp scissors" option to edge my explosion sides but I did edge the inner pop-up card with a scalloped die from the Pull Card Edges.
The Pull Card Edges makes great rickrack by cutting the scalloped border once, then flipping it to the other side and offsetting the scallops to cut the rickrack. That's how I did the red strip for the front of the card. Another option is to make an embossed rickrack border by cutting the outer edge as usual and then running the inner edge through using an embossing sandwich in your machine. It will merely press the die shape into the card, creating a cool integrated rickrack border.
You can see the embossed rickrack border in the photo below. The Merry Christmas die set comes with a long fishtail banner to fit the bottom box of the pop-up. I used that die instead to make hanging banners and strung them on twine attached to the sides of the card. Although the card would work with them hanging loosely, I wanted to ensure even spacing so I attached the banners to the back of the card with pop dots. For the bottom box I used a decorative tape from Stampin' Up! (stash item) that fit well and resembled snowflakes.
Watch the video tutorial to learn this card:
And here is the video tutorial for assembling the Merry Christmas Pop-up (very similar to the Happy Birthday)
Here are the products used in my Christmas version of the card:
This month I'm revisiting some of my favorite technique videos to make Christmas versions.
One of my favorite technique videos is from the Feb 2015 Designer Challenge where I used the Rectangle Pull Card with included spinner die to make Rocky the Crab doff his cap. For this Christmas version I followed the video instructions exactly, simply swapping the paper, colors and embellishments for Christmas versions.
The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position, so it will fit nicely in an A7 envelope for mailing. The snowflake charm is from the Holiday Charms set.
As the card opens Rocky will start to raise his hat and the Merry Christmas greeting, which is attached to the candy cane, slides into the open space for easy reading. This card creates such a fun motion that you'll want to open and close it over and over to watch the animation.
Rocky himself is made using a dark green shadow layer for an extra nod to Christmas. I followed the video tutorial to articulate his arms with brads. The candy cane is another one of the Holiday Charms and the Props 5 set includes the Santa hat, beard and mustache. For the Merry Christmas greeting, I wanted to frame it with the postage stamp from the Rectangle Pull Card set, but needed the frame to be longer so I cut two frames and combined them into a longer frame.
The "Fa la la la la" paper is from Bo Bunny's Elf Magic collection, but it's a few years old, so I suggest substituting any festive paper from your own stash.
Watch the video to learn the techniques:
Here are the items I used on my Christmas version of this card:
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . . a cardinal in a bare tree!
Happy December! Today I have a card to share that was one of my class cards last month. I based this card on my video tutorial for the double arching fence technique.
I like this combination of "mod" colors for a holiday card. The card measures 5.5" square when closed. I've added a 5x5 square of patterned paper on the front of the card, plus a white Iron Fence on pop-dots, with ribbon strung through it. The bird dies come included with the Iron Fence die set and you can watch this video to learn how to style the birds as cardinals.
Open the card and two fences arch up, connected to a center fence that also animates the All Seasons Tree. The little strands of lights on the fence and the wreath around the bird are both from the Holiday House set.
I hung two of the Holiday Charms from the tree and perched another cardinal on one of the branches.
Learn how to make this card by watching this instructional video:
Today I'm sharing a class card I taught in early November. This card combines several Pop it Ups products to make a festive "Santa Mouse in a Chimney" scene.
The front of the card features the decorator pieces from the House Pivot Card plus the Outdoor edges. The house die features a brick stencil/emboss feature to give the house texture.
The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and opens to a 5" x 12". As the card is opened the Flower Pot starts to expand and pop up.
Inside the card the Flower Pot Pop Stand is decorated as a chimney. I used the House die to emboss a brick texture on the panels for the sides of the pot. Jolly the Mouse is wearing the Props 5 Santa costume.
I also used the Holiday Charms inside the pot. The candy cane in Jolly's hands comes included with the mouse die set. The stamp set is called Merry & Bright and the Labels & Circles set works perfectly to frame the greetings as well as a blank circle to write a personal greeting.
Learn how to assemble the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set by watching this instructional video:
Here are the items used on the card. In addition to these items, I used red, white, tan, pink, green and black cardstocks, plus coordinating ribbon.
Welcome to our team-theme Designer Challenge for November. Karen Aicken set the theme as "Charmed, I'm sure!" and we are to use any of the Pop it Ups Charms dies for a card of any theme.
For my card and video I'm teaching a scenic Christmas Trees card featuring multiple trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand set, two of which are decorated with charms dangling in the trees. Watch the video to learn how to make this card:
My card measure 9.25" wide by 4" tall in the closed position, making it the perfect size to fit in a #10 Business Envelope for mailing.
Inside the card pops up a forest of Christmas trees with snowflake charms dangling in two of the trees.
I could see this card being adapted easily as a winter/nature card by removing the garlands, ornaments and stars. Perhaps with a woodland deer or other critter(s) attached to the trees.
Any of the charms will fit in the tree frames, and by using a jump ring trapped between the trees, the charms will hang facing forward. From the side view below you can see all the dimension and cool interactivity of this card.
The team has once again created some amazing inspiration for the team challenge theme. Make sure you click their names to head to the individual blog posts, where you will find additional photos, supply lists, tips and tricks.
Karen Aicken set the theme for this challenge and her card is so charming! (Pun intended) I absolutely love the color combination and how she used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die combined with the Holiday Charms for a very festive and chic card.
Shelly Hickox created this amazing Shellypiece by converting the Barn Pop Stand into a snow globe! The Holiday Charms were used for the evergreen trees. Shelly has posted picture instructions and a video of this card in action on her blog.
Summer Hills-Painter made this delightful holiday card by cutting a window in the Rectangle Pull Card and dangling one of the Holiday Charms in the opening. I love her combination of jingle bells patterned paper with golden greetings.
Frances Byrne made a version of the Lorna Label window card in an adorable baby theme. She combined the perfect plaid decorator paper with the Barrel Basket filled with Baby Charms. I love the umbrella charm in the corners, too. So sweet!
Fran Sabad used the Holiday Charms for a card featuring a circular window with a suspended glittery snowflake charm in the opening. Buster the Dog enjoys playing Santa in this charming scene.
Raquel Mason used the Flower Pot Pop Stand base technique to create a corner pop-up Evergreen Pivot Card vignette with Holiday Charm gifts popping up in front of the trees. I love her use of the Iron Fence adorned with the wreath from the Holiday House. This is a great example of how Pop it Ups products can be combined to create amazing scenes.
Sandy Diller used the Holiday Charms for festive gift tags. I particularly like how she used the decorator shapes from various Pop it Ups sets to make the layered tags and then adorned with charms and stamps. What a lovely personal touch to a Christmas gift!
Caz Counsell made this terrific Hanging Charm Pull Tab card featuring a very happy Jinks the Monkey with cake and coffee. The coffee cup charm comes included with the pop-up die and I love her addition of the small heart from Props 8 to the front of the cup. Perfection!
Well I hope you're positively charmed by the inspiration for this challenge. Join us for our next Designer Challenge on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 with a theme called "All I want for Christmas". I've challenged the team to use their all-time favorite Pop it Ups die (the one they would want for Christmas if they didn't already own it) for a holiday card. I'm looking forward to seeing which dies they choose for the challenge.
For last week's Designer Challenge I posted a video tutorial for how to make a window pop-up card using the Lorna Label die set. I mentioned that window cards make particularly good holiday cards because the item in the window can decorate the front of the card and the inside as well. This will save time and materials when you need to make a lot of cards.
Today I have another video tutorial for making a window pop-up card, this time with the Twist Circle die set. I particularly like the Twist Circle for this technique because there is a double motion to the pop-up - twisting and lifting - so the penguin (or whatever you choose to put on it) changes position. Watch this 15 minute video tutorial to learn the technique:
This card measures 5" x 5" in the closed position, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope and mail for a single stamp. (Also important for holiday cards!)
I recommend adding a closure when creating this type of card so the card will stay nicely flat until opened, making for the best viewing of the "closed" position through the window. I created a simple fold-over magnetic closure for my card and added striped washi tape from my stash to decorate both sides of the flap. You can see in the photo below how the Twist Circle starts to lift and twist as the card is opened.
Inside the card Chilly the Penguin, wearing the Props 5 Reindeer outfit, has now changed position and floats inside the card, festively. All of the circle dies used on this card are included with the Twist Circle set. The ornament top die comes with the Ring Accordion set.
Chilly the Penguin and Props 5 combine to make a cute penguin-reindeer. I cut the nose and the scarf out of felt.
Here are clickable shopping links for the products used in the video. The paper is an older design from my stash. I also used several colors of cardstock - kraft, black, white, red and silver, plus twine, a piece of clear transparency, and pop dots.
Today in America we elect a new President and I'm sure I speak for most Americans when I say that it's been a very stormy political climate during this election cycle. We all need a break and nothing could be better than a crafting hat party to lighten the mood!
Welcome to our first Designer Challenge for November. I set the theme for this challenge as Hat Attack! The team was challenged to incorporate one of the several hat dies from the Pop it Ups collection into a card of any theme. My first count was six hats - Props 1 bowler, Props 2 birthday, Props 5 Santa, Props 6 Cowboy, Props 8 Chef and Props 9 Witch. However, I had forgotten the Steampunk Charms Top Hat and the Anita Frames Crown, so there are actually 8 hat choices, and even more if you make your own by transforming other dies into hats.
For my card and video I'm teaching a very easy generic technique for making a window pop-up card using the Lorna Label die set. I decorated mine as a Thanksgiving card, featuring Cheepers the Chicken converted into a turkey and the Props 9 Witch hat converted into a Pilgrim hat. Watch the video to learn these techniques:
My finished card is A2 sized (5.5" x 4.25" when folded) and will mail in an A2 envelope for a single stamp. This technique is a great one for Christmas cards, too, and the window design is both pretty and practical, as it allows the interior decoration to be viewed in both the closed and open position. This will save both time and materials when you need to make a lot of cards.
For my card I used some pre-made laser cut felt leaves from Creative Impressions and mixed them with die cut embellishments, including the Witch hat turned into a Pilgrim hat and a the pumpkin charm from the Halloween Charms. As the card is opened the pop-up starts to raise up.
The Lorna Label is such a great generic pop-up die that offers a large surface for decorating. It easily accommodates Cheepers converted into a turkey thanks to Props 2 birthday hat tail feathers.
The greeting is from an older SU! set called Harvest of Thanks. I embossed the "gratitude" stamp in white powder and then die cut around it with the smaller decorator label from the Lorna set. Cheepers makes a great turkey by simply adding tail feathers using the solid party hat die from Props 2.
If you'd like to make your own Thanksgiving-window-pop-up-Cheepers-turkey-in-a-pilgrim-hat card, you'll need the following supplies:
Hats off to the Designer Challenge Team, who created amazingly fun and clever cards featuring hats.
Sandy Diller kicks us off with a fabulous homage to hats for all seasons. Her 5-page Oval Landscape Accordion features four seasonal hats made by altering other hat dies. Brilliant! On her blog are instructions for each hat. Clever!
Fran Sabad is brilliant! I absolutely love everything about this fun "barrel of monkeys" card featuring Jinks the Monkey and the Props 6 Cowboy Hat. Inside the card the Twist Circle spins up another monkey and the greeting. What great colors!
Raquel Mason made this "wild" card featuring animal print and hot pink for the perfect color scheme for a Whiskers the Cat double slider card. As the card is tilted, the cats on the front will slide up and down the circle! How fun! Inside the card Raquel added even more interactivity with the Happy Birthday pop-up. Meow-vulous!
Karen Aicken made this gorgeous Twist Circle Panel card featuring several pastel hats and her signature Ring Frame Edges banner technique across the top. I love all the fun colors and the stacked bowler hats on the front of the card.
Caz Counsell turned Jolly the Mouse into Santa, courtesy of the hat, glasses and mustache in Props 5. Then she styled the Flower Pot Pop Stand as a chimney, complete with snowy edges and Holiday House lights. I love the brick paper and the presents on the roof. Perfection!
Summer Hills-Painter made a super fun Christmas card featuring Chilly the Penguin and Honey the Bear wearing the Props 5 Santa hat. I love her use of the Sleigh on the front of the card stacked high with presents and the Anita Frames is the perfect way to animate the greeting inside. Love this!
Shelly Hickox created an adorable harvest treat bag featuring a lovely plaid background using the Stripes/Plaid stencil. She also used the Labels & Circles for the window and created a pilgrim hat using an upside-down pail die. Brilliant! Love her use of the wheat stalk from Props 6, too.
Frances Byrne gave Jinks the Monkey a whole closet full of hat choices. Hatty Birthday! Ha ha ha. What an awesome pun. This uses the Hanging Charm Pull Tab to animate Jinks. Love!
Amazing! I love all the cards by the team this month and I especially love that this challenge produced such FUN cards! Speaking of fun, our next challenge is in two weeks, on November 22, 2016. The theme was set by Karen Aicken as "Charmed, I'm sure!" - we are all to use any of the Pop it Ups Charms dies on our creations. I'm sure it will be a (wait for it) "charming" challenge!
Welcome to our second Designer Challenge for October. Summer Hills-Painter set the theme this month and chose Boy, oh Boy! - a challenge to focus on rough and tumble masculine cards.
One of my friends is expecting twins and just announced that it's two boys. I decided to make her a card to celebrate this upcoming outnumbering. This is a great alternate technique for the Flower Pot Pop Stand to utilize the mechanism and base of the pot to animate two trees instead.
My card measures 5" x 5" square and will fit nicely in an A7 (5x7) envelope for mailing. In fact, it folds flat enough to mail for a single stamp if you don't go too crazy with bulky embellishments. I used older papers from my stash.
I particularly like how well the leafy vine from the Flower Pot die set fits the tree/branch from the Halloween Scene set to transform it into a year-round tree. It's always great to repurpose seasonal dies so they don't have to sit lonely for a year.
The tire swings are made using the Baby Charms pacifier die (trimmed to just a ring with a hang hole) and the small gear from the Steampunk Charms. I love how the spokes of the gear creates the tread of the tire. The bunny charm was perfect for the twins.
As a mother of twins myself, I can attest to the greeting inside this card. Twins are definitely an adventure!
I'm sure you can imagine that the trees in this card could be swapped out for anything - think of this technique animating two Characters, or the Barn, or Christmas trees! Go forth and create with your mad talents, my crafty friends!
Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores and websites worldwide. Here are supply links for the products used in the video:
Summer Hills-Painter set the theme this month. As the mother of three boys she had plenty of inspiration for this amazing card featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab plus the Clock & Gears, Steampunk charms and stamps and Gears stencil. I love the industrial feel to this ultra-masculine make!
Sandy Diller hit it out of the park with this sports-themed card. I love how she used the Twist Circle to animate the big baseball and then embellished with the Barrel Basket filled with the Sports Charms. Perfect!
Fran Sabad used one of my favorite generic pop-up dies, the Lorna Label, for this dynamite dinosaur card. What a perfect card for a boy!
Raquel Mason got very clever with repurposing the overlay of the soccer ball from the Sports Charms die set to inlay into the front of her fun monster card to look like jacks. The Twist Circle die set was used on this adorable card.
Karen Aicken made a card for her grandson by converting the Twist Circle into a panel card and decorating with boy-themed papers and embellishments. Perfect!
Caz Counsell created a great western-themed card front featuring Cocoa the Horse and the Western Edges, along with matching clear stamps. Pop it Ups work wonderfully for card fronts, with or without pop-ups inside the card.
Frances Byrne also went out west with this amazing Twist Circle Panel Card combining all the western-themed items from the Pop it Ups line. Love this!
Thanks to the team for another wonderful challenge and for Summer for setting the theme. Join us for our first November challenge on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 with a theme of "Hat Attack!". We'll be showing off the different hats from the various Pop it Ups dies. Should be a fun one!
Today I'm sharing an encouragement card I made for a friend. See this card opening and closing in an animated GIF here.
I decided to make a Twist Circle Panel card combined with the Iron Fence pop-up. This card measures 5" x 7" when closed. For the front of the card I used an older Stampin' Up! stamp set called Chalk Talk. The bird is from the Iron Fence die set.
As the card opens the panels start to twist and open. I followed my video tutorial for converting the Twist Circle die set into a base for animating a set of panels.
As for the panels themselves, I needed the outer two to be wider to be able to animate the Iron Fence. The outer two panels are 4.25" wide x 3" tall. The inner two panels are 2.25" wide x 3" tall. I added pink All Seasons Trees to each fence, along with a string of banners from the Anita Frames die set.
The Anita Frames labels were used to frame the stamped greeting. (Stamp by Verve) The detail shots below show the arching fences and hanging banners. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I added pink ribbons to the card as well.
If you're interested in the supplies used on this card they can be found using these links:
First things first - congratulations to Barbara M. and Karen H. for each winning a Twist Circle die set in the last Designer Challenge. Their comments were chosen by random draw. If you want to have the chance to win free dies this month make sure you subscribe to my mailing list (blue button in the left sidebar) so you'll receive the newsletters with the instructions.
Our first Designer Challenge for October was set by me as a monochromatic challenge. I gave the team the choice of 7 colors to play the primary role in their creations - ROYGBIV - the seven colors of the rainbow. I chose Indigo for my monochromatic color scheme, and it seemed that a Halloween card would be perfect for that color scheme.
The technique I am teaching is how to use the Iron Fence die to double the fold inside a card allowing for two arching fences in the same card. This also allows for easy animation of a tree in the centerpiece to create a 3D pop-up tree. For the video tutorial, I chose to teach this technique in a more worldly and year-round theme - as a garden scene with a "thinking of you" theme. The indigo Halloween version is also shown in the video:
For the front of my garden card I used the Labels & Circles die set and then added the All Seasons Tree and one of the birds from the Iron Fence set. I'm a big fan of crediting my inspiration and Caz Counsell styled the birds with black beaks and legs on her recent Wednesday With post.
This card measures 5" x 6" when closed, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope (5x7 envelope) and mail for a single stamp without pop-dots or thick embellishments.
Speaking of giving credit where credit is due, it was Kelly Booth who first posted an idea for animating two Iron Fences in the same card when she posted her amazing Halloween card for the Girly or Ghouly challenge. Kelly used the Anita Frames Pop-up to create a centerpiece and a double fold for two fences. This is another great option and we saw two more versions of the Anita/Double Fence technique in our last Designer Challenge: Inspired By.
For my technique, you don't use the Anita Frames to double the interior fold - you use a section of the Iron Fence. This also allows for a 3D tree to be used in the center as well.
The All Seasons Tree includes the die that cuts three small flowers at once. I doubled some thin white cardstock so I could cut 6 flowers at a time, giving me a ton of flowers with just a few passes through the machine. Each flower was tinted with Distress Inks and embellished with a glitter dot.
One of the things I mention in the video is why I like to use two sleeves to disguise the slider arm of the fence, but how it's important to make sure the inside end of the sleeve can rise up as the card is opened, to provide a smooth even arch to the fence.
Here are links to the products used in both versions of the Double Fence & Tree card:
Once again the Designer Challenge Team has created amazing inspiration for the challenge. Let's look at them in rainbow order:
Fran Sabad chose pink (or "light red" as we're calling it) for this beautiful Twist Circle Panel card in a birthday theme. She used the Labels & Circles set on the front of the card and embellished the panels with gifts and balloons using various accessory dies. Lovely!
Raquel Mason also chose Red for the challenge, making this steampunk-themed Katie Label Pivot Card. Raquel used gears from the Clock & Gears die along with the Gears stencil for this artsy creation.
Caz Counsell made this bright and beautiful birthday card using the Anita Frames pop-up. The Flower stencil works wonderfully with paste for the interior decor and I love the use of the Flower Pot flower/vine for the front of the card.
Shelly Hickox also chose orange for the challenge and made this beautiful fall card featuring the Twist Circle Panel card technique. I love her use of the Labels & Circles in the vertical position with the addition of the vines from the Flower Pot extending from the panels. She has a video of this card in action on her blog post.
Karen Aicken created this bright and sunny "Hi" card using the Twist Circle die set to make a panel card. I love the cheerfulness of this card, featuring Lucky the Rabbit and the Props 7 woven basket among others. Adorable!
Frances Byrne's green staggered Fancy Accordion is stunning. The combination of greens is beautiful and I love the use of the Sleigh as the lower embellishments. Everything about this card is beautiful!
Summer Hills-Painter chose blue for her color and made this fabulous baby boy card. The Anita Frames was a popular choice with the team this month precisely because it's so generic and works for any theme. Summer used the Baby stamps and charms to decorate this card and I love her custom plaid background using the Stripes/Plaid stencil plus tape and glitter.
Sandy Diller also used blue for her challenge card and made this happy Happy Birthday pop-up card. I love how she used candles to give the Happy Birthday pop-up the look of a cake. She also edged the card with the Agatha Edges and mixed in the Paris Edges for a great layered look. Fabulous!
Kelly Booth wanted to make a custom card for a friend's wedding and the ROYGBIV challenge provided the perfect color scheme. I love how she used the Petite Flourish stencil for the patterns and then adapted the Wedding Charms for a Mr. & Mr. card. Great idea to adapt the rings for the couple as well.
What a fun challenge! I love that there was so much variety to the monochromatic makes. Join us back here in two weeks on October 25, 2016 for our second Designer Challenge. The theme was set by Summer Hills-Painter and is "Boys will be Boys" - it's the masculine challenge. We'll all be making cards for the men (and boys) in our lives.