Another really great generic Pop it Ups die is the Katie Label Pivot Card. This die has no theme so you can use it for any occasion and the decorator label dies that come with the set are perfect for all your other cards and layouts when you want to frame a title or greeting.
My Bonjour card has two main pieces - a 10" wide by 6" tall piece of maroon cardstock, with an 8.5" x 6" tall piece of decorated cardstock inside. The background was a big experiment and I didn't take photos as I went, but I'll give general instructions:
- Start with a piece of lightweight white cardstock measuring 8.5" wide by 6" tall. (21.6 cm x 15.2 cm) Prepare the die cutting machine for embossing (Big Shot sandwich: Tab 1, Impression Pad (hard), Silicone rubber pad (soft), paper, die, cutting pad) Add the paper over the silicone rubber and then place the Eiffel Tower die in the lower left corner and the Paris Edges lace edge die on the right side of the piece. Add the cutting pad on top and roll though the machine to emboss the dies into the paper. Leave the dies in place.
- If you've used temporary tape on the dies you'll need to remove it before this step. Leaving the dies in place, start spraying the background with a mix of yellow, orange and rose sprays. (I used Luminarte sprays from my stash, but there are plenty of other brands that will give the same effect)
- Remove the dies and use yellow ink and a blending tool to fill in the white tower and edge. Blend a little rose ink over the areas as well.
- For the tower, replace the die (it will seat into the grooves) and sponge a dark rose ink through the die to highlight the gridwork even more.
- For the Paris Edge, replace the die and roll through the machine with a cutting sandwich to cut the lace edge. Keep the negative edge of the cut for the front of the card.
- Open the Damask Embossing folder and press a juicy dark rose ink onto the raised side of the folder. Press the folder down onto a craft mat to transfer the damask patterned ink. Turn the card face down and press into the craft mat, picking up portions of the Damask pattern. Repeat randomly until the desired effect is reached.
Once I had my background created and it was dry, I used spray adhesive to add it to the maroon piece. I scored in the middle of the card, lined up the Katie Label Pivot Card over the center fold and die cut through both layers. On both sides of the card I also nested in a smaller decorator die - the lacy pattern die for the left side and the smallest label for the right side.
I embossed the ends of the card with the Damask folder. For the card's front I added the negative piece from cutting the Paris Edge and a ribbon wrapped around and tied in a knot.
You can see the decoration for the first label - I used the built-in emboss feature on the smaller label that was die cut from the background of the card at the same time as the pivot labels. I layered a maroon label and then the embossed label. When the card is closed the yellow looks like a pattern - you have no idea it's actually part of the tower. I die cut some flowers from a similarly sprayed and inked background, shaped them and added rhinestone brads to the centers.
When the card is opened the first label pivots to the inside of the card and completes the tower.
For the second label I once again layered the decorator labels that come included with the Katie Label Pivot Card set. I used the ECD Alphabet Caps die to cut the title after placing ECD Double-sided adhesive on the back of the cardstock before die cutting. Then I placed the sticker letters onto a larger piece of maroon cardstock and carefully cut around the title with detail scissors. I had to use my craft knife to cut out the centers of the letters, but it also looked nice with the centers staying maroon, so that step is optional.
Since the background is so saturated, it would be hard to sign this card so I added another decorator label and the oval as a place to sign the card.
If you're new to the Katie Label Pivot Card or need a refresher, here are a four fun technique videos using this versatile die set:
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I've had so much fun revisiting some of my favorite dies from the first Pop it Ups collection. Next week I'll be tacking newer dies with the Designer Challenge, entitled Barns! Barns! Barns! I will have a new video tutorial next Wednesday for the DC. Happy Crafting!