Today I'm sharing a fun birthday card using one of my favorite Pop it Ups dies - the Lots of Pops. This versatile die is the perfect generic die for pop-up scenes, since it creates several platforms at different depths and heights.
I started with a piece of blue cardstock 4.5" x 10" and scored at 5" for a top-fold card. (11.4 cm x 25.4 cm) I cut a smaller lighter blue panel at 4.25" x 4 7/8" (10.8 cm x 12.4 cm). I used temporary tape to stick the light blue panel to the top inside panel of the card, lined up the Lots of Pops die over the center fold and ran through the machine. Since I had used temporary adhesive I was able to remove the light blue cardstock piece after die cutting and trim away the pop-up area using scissors. Then I embossed the panel with the Clouds embossing folder and adhered it back inside the card, where it now fit perfectly around the Lots of Pops.
I always start by decorating the inside of pop-up cards. I used the Beach Edges to create waves and adhered them to the back wall and the pop-up platforms. The Lots of Pops comes with the pole to fit the tall skinny platforms and two styles of foldover banner.
Two Hoppy the Frog's were used for the inside of the card. One was assembled as usual and stuck to the platform above the first step. I bent his front feet to adhere them to the top of the step. For the second Hoppy I used scissors to separate his legs and head and tucked them in behind waves to look like a crazy frog party was underway. I stamped the Happy Birthday To You! greeting onto the fishtail banner that comes with the Lots of Pops, made a double-fold on the ends and then cut two flies from the Hoppy set to hold the banner in the sky.
A side view shows the little bent feet and how all the items are attached to the platforms. The Lots of Pops makes it so easy to create fun layered pop-up scenes.
For the greeting area I added a 3.25" x 4.25" piece of orange cardstock (8.3 cm x 10.8 cm) and then die cut a large stitched oval from the Oval Accordion die set. I snipped a little chunk out to make it look like a lily pad. I sponged green ink around the perimeter and embellished with a stamped "Celebrate" and some lilies from the Hoppy set. I will write the personal greeting in the leftover space.
Once I had the card's interior done it was easy to make the front of the card as a "lead in" to the magic inside. I used a piece of light blue cardstock, embossed with the clouds, as the backing card. More Beach Edges create the waves. I chopped up another frog (Sorry, Hoppy!) and strategically placed his limbs among the waves so it would look like he was floating. The balloon is from the Props 2 die set with the ears cut off.
If you are new to the Lots of Pops die or need a refresher scroll to 4:59 in this introductory video:
If you are new to Hoppy the Frog or need a refresher scroll to 3:00 in this introductory video:
Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, folders and stamps are available in independent craft stores worldwide or with the following online links.
In addition to these products I used cardstock: 2 shades of blue, 2 shades of green, 2 shades of orange, plus twine, ribbon, and inks.