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Sand Eiffel Tower Action Figure Pop up Card (yes, really!)

I am a huge fan of Funny Bones greeting stamps. They are hilarious! I've been waiting for the right inspiration to use the "action figure" stamp and had the idea to show Rocky the Crab hard at work on a sand castle, but then when the card opens you discover it's something much grander than a castle . . . 

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The card front is simple - just the nested rectangles and "hello" from the Rectangle Accordion to frame Rocky's progress on his sand tower. I hand drew the stitch marks with a white gel pen.

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Let's talk about the pail from the Palm Tree & Pail die (all supplies linked at the bottom of the post). It includes a 3D handle, a slit at the top of the pail to make it easy to fill with a mound of sand, and a separate shovel die. Shimmer Sheetz work really well for the handle and the shovel, by the way. When you put the handle over the pegs of the pail you need only to pinch the handle holes hotdog style (that's a long fold, versus a short fold that would be called a hamburger fold) to keep it from slipping back off. Or you can secure with a little dot of glue, but I've found that the hotdog fold is effective without glue.

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Inside the card I've used the Eiffel Tower Pop Stand die for the pop-up structure and then added some beach edges around the base of the towers. (Learn how to use the Eiffel Tower Pop Stand die in this video.) Rocky the crab was cut from red cardstock, splattered with white paint and then I added a handcut red felt cape to the back. To make the mask I used the new ECD Hardware 1 Hinges die, folded it in half and punched the eye holes through it, folded the ends to the back and covered it in Glossy Accents. I also cut just the claws out of the sand-colored cardstock to add a little bit of sand stuck to the claws after his big build.

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The Eiffel Tower die has a built-in emboss feature to add the gridwork to the tower and slats. After die cutting, leave the paper in the die and switch to an embossing sandwich in your machine. If you don't know the embossing sandwich for your machine do a quick Google search and find a blog post or YouTube video from another user. I'm sure there is one for your machine. You'll put in "How to emboss wafer-thin dies in a ________" (insert your machine name)

The sandwich for a Sizzix Big Shot is: Multipurpose Platform on Tab 1, Impressions Pad (hard black), Silicone Rubber pad (squishy black), paper inside the die with paper against the rubber, cutting pad. Roll it through and the paper will emboss. Highlight the emboss with a little ink, if desired. You can also cheat and use the Dryer Sheet ejection method to eject and emboss the tower in one step without having to swap out your sandwich. (This method is shown in the Dryer Sheet Video)

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I needed a lot of sand for this project but it only uses one 12x12 sheet of tan cardstock and then I stamped a speckle pattern all over both sides of the cardstock using a slightly darker tan ink. The speckle stamp I used is an older retired SU! stamp, but I linked a newer splatter stamp from Impression Obsession that would give very similar results. My card is an A2 long (4.25" wide by 11" long, folded in half)

I used the stitched label from the Katie Label Accordion to frame out the greeting, which is a Funny Bones stamp.

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The Pop Stand die leaves little tab holes near the centerline of the card, but they are easy to cover with small strips of paper, as I did with the Beach Edges die. This is a paper saver, as you don't then have to use a full backing card.

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This would be a great card to send to a friend just to say that you're proud of something in your life - a new job, a milestone achieved with parenting (potty training, driver's license, first job), finally cleaning out the junk drawer, etc.

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