Our last Designer Challenge for 2015! For December I challenged the team to interpret the phrase "Home for the Holidays" using Pop it Ups dies. OK, so I say this every month, but this month it's really super-dee-duperly true - the team SLAYED THIS CHALLENGE! Check out their creations on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.
For my project and video I wanted to create a fireplace scene with Santa arriving down the chimney. I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to modify cowboy boots (Props 6) into Santa boots and stockings. Learn how to make this card by watching the video tutorial:
The front of the card features the same patterned papers (an older Basic Grey collection from my stash) and a strip of washi tape with "Merry Christmas" printed on it. The Props 5 Santa hat sticks out of the chimney, giving a hint of what's inside.
Open the card and up pops a fireplace, complete with a pair of Santa boots dangling in the opening. Both the boots and the stockings were made with easy modifications of the Cowboy Boots dies in the Props 6 set, plus cuffs made from the Lots of Pops banner die. The Suzanne Cannon Quietfire Design "Believe" calligraphy word die was the perfect greeting.
I kept my mantel decor relatively simple - a candle made from the bottom portion of the Lots of Pops pole (cut from red Shimmer Sheetz) and a flame, greenery and berries from the Els van de Burgt Studio Candle die. The wreath that comes included with Rudy the Reindeer worked perfectly on the back wall and I inlaid the center of the wreath, cut from silver Shimmer Sheetz, to be a mirror. The star garland uses the two stars from Props 6 sandwiched around a piece of gold thread.
This side view is perfect for showing how the card is built. The fireplace is supported by the two outer platforms on the Lots of Pops die, plus a hand cut/scored fireplace insert & boots support. That piece is a 2" x 6" piece of gray cardstock scored at 1", 2.5", 3.25", 4.75", and 5.5". Fold the piece starting with the 1" panel as follows: valley, valley, mountain, mountain, mountain. The video shows how to do this. For the candle support (not shown on the video) it's just a simple box platform made from a scrap of cardstock. A box platform, as the name implies, is a strip of cardstock with three equal distance folds that is then folded into a box shape. The two outer panels get adhesive and meet in the fold of the card. Attach something to the front of the box and it will pop up and pop down as the card is opened/closed.
The finished card measures 5.5" wide by just under 5" tall. You can mail it in an A7 envelope but it will be bulky, so extra postage is required.
Want to give it a try? How about making a fireplace card just for a cozy winter scene? Eliminate the boots and you've got a technique for housewarming, etc.
You can find all of these supplies at your local independent craft store or by following these online links: