The front of my card features elements from the Cup Pop Stand and Hanging Charm Pull Tab, along with a coffee-themed stamp set from Verve. The card measures 5" x 6" when closed.
As the card is opened the panels start to twist and raise. This is a modification of the Twist Circle die.
Once open, the panels pop-up in the center of the card. I decorated them with various coffee-themed dies and stamps. I also added additional pop-up layers by cutting the tiered pop-up from the Hot Air Balloon into each valley fold.
You can see the extra pop-up platforms in this side view. This gave me the opportunity to make many layers to my scene.
In addition to the Cup Pop Stand (large cup, steam, spoon, coffee beans) I used the to-go coffee cup charm from the Hanging Charm Pull Tab. I also used the postage edge from the Paris Edges to cut out my pop-up greeting and to add borders to the background of the card. The frame and greeting are inlaid into the background to avoid any catch points as the panels pop up.
Learn how to make a Twist Circle Panel Card by watching the video tutorial:
Sorry for the late arrival of this Designer Challenge post. I had major technical issues getting the video to upload to YouTube. You know it's a major problem when even my tech wizard son Karl couldn't explain it. (I know . . . scary!)
I think you'll agree that this Challenge was worth the wait, however, when you see this fun new video technique plus the amazing creations made by the team. We were challenged by Caz Counsell to draw inspiration from each other.
For my card and video I took inspiration from my cousin, Jessica, and from team member Karen Aicken. Jessica came for a visit recently and mentioned that she'd been wanting to make a pop-up panel card. This card style has become very popular as a "cut-by-hand" style of interactive card. Jessica showed me a photo of the card style she was referring to and I mentioned that the Twist Circle Pop-up die could be modified to create a similar style mechanism without much effort. I made her a very rough prototype to get her started and then she perfected it and wrote down the dimensions so I could teach it in a video.
The dimensions are listed in the video tutorial, but if you didn't write them down, here they are:
Backing Card: 6" x 10", scored for folding at 5" (making a 6x5 top fold card)
Inner Card: 5.75" x 9.75", scored for folding at 4 7/8" (center)
Arms: 1.25" x 4.5", scored for folding lengthwise up the center
Interior Pop-up Panels: 9" x 3", scored every 2.25" to make four panels and corners rounded with 1/2" radius
Exterior Decorator Panels: 6" x 2", scored every 1.5" to make four panels and corners rounded with 1/4" radius.
Here are photos and the specific decorations for my card.
For the front panels I decorated as follows: Panel #1 features the woven basket from Props 7. I removed the handle so I could fill it with hearts cut from the Ring Frame Edges. The whitewash on the basket is a white paint pen, brushed onto the basket and then immediately wiped off with a rag. The eggs also come from Props 7. Panel 2 features the spatula from props 8. The cupcake from Baker the Beaver (topped with the heart from Props 8) fills Panel #3 and then the final panel features the slice of cake and fork from Props 8. One of the Ring Frame Edges is used as banners across the top of the panels, inspired by Karen Aicken. The stamp is from the Just a Note set.
From the side you can see the slight accordion shape to the front panels. I achieved this by adding pop dots on the outside edge and in the center. This mimics the look of the pop-up panels.
For the pop-up panels, they are decorated with the same dies as the front panels. Panel #1 features the spatula, chef's hat and heart from Props 8, along with the eggs from Props 7. Everything is brushed with various Distress Inks for coloring. Panel #2 features the cupcake from Baker the Beaver topped with the heart from Props 8. I surrounded the cupcake with stars from the Happy Birthday set. Panel #3 has the slice of cake and fork from Props 8. Panel #4 is the greeting, stamped from the Just a Note set and embellished with more Happy Birthday stars.
An important consideration for this card is to avoid any catch points at the location where the panels hit the card and slide into the closed position. To make sure my title was not a catch point I did an inlay on it using the script dies from the Happy Birthday pop-up set.
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Stash items: Cardstock, Patterned Paper (My Mind's Eye ST1058), Distress Inks, Glitter Spray (added with a paintbrush)
The Inspired Challenge is like an extra bonus because each team member will link to their inspiration piece on their blog posts. This gives even more great inspiration to check out, so definitely click their names to travel to their blog posts and learn more about these projects.
Caz Counsell had several sources of inspiration for her awesome Halloween card. The structure is a Staggered Accordion, from one of my video tutorials, and then she took inspiration from Kelly, Sandy and Karen A. for her spooky embellishments. This is sensational! So many things to look at and admire.
Sandy Diller took inspiration from Frances's love of owls to include Poppy the Owl in a Props 9 witch costume on her amazing Hanging Charm Pull Tab card. I love how the moon and the bat are behind the spooky trees in the closed position and then when you pull them, the trees raise up and suspend the 3D Ghost charm. Amazing!
Summer Hills-Painter loved a card that Kelly Booth made featuring the Cup turned into a shaker card. Summer added an extra element of interactive fun by adding her shaker cup to the front of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab so it will raise up when the ribbons are pulled. Notice that she found the perfect patterned paper to match the Macaron die from Joset.
Shelly Hickox loved Raquel and son Jake's spooky cemetery decor pieces from the last challenge and used them as inspiration for her own version. I love this macabre miniature, featuring the Iron Fence and more from the Halloween Collection. Shellypiece!
Kelly Booth loved a recent post by Caz where she used the Iron Fence in white. Kelly combined that inspiration along with my winter fence card as a jumping off point for her incredible Anita Frames & Fence card. The cardinals are glittered to perfection and I love the combination of colors for the crisp festive Christmas card.
Karen Aicken made this gorgeous Flower Pot Pop Stand card using a vertical card inspired by Fran. She also added the Rectangle Pull Card's spinner die to the side of the pot for an extra pop-up inside the card, as inspired by Kelly. I love Karen's clever trimming of the Vines die to look like holly leaves. Everything about this card is magnificent!
Raquel Mason listed the entire team as her inspiration. I absolutely adore this card she made for her aunt where she converted Whiskers the Cat into balloons for the front, and converted the Cake Pop-up into a pop-up box with Whiskers popping out for the inside. The colors and the shading on the cats is terrific!
Fran Sabad made this lovely holiday Cascading Tag Card, taking inspiration from my video and from Karen Aicken's patterned paper styling of a recent CTC creation. I love how Fran created a festive scene complete with plenty of presents, a Jolly the Mouse Santa, and hanging Holiday Charms. Fa la la la love it!
Frances Byrne was inspired by Kelly Booth's Anita-plus-two-fences technique and then styled her scene as a beautiful garden, like she saw in Caz Counsell's recent piece. I love everything about this pretty picture, from the cloudy sky to the pink flowers to the exquisite styling on the birds.
Once again, amazing inspiration by the Designer Challenge Team. Join us back here in two weeks for the next Designer Challenge, on October 11th when we take on my monochromatic challenge calledROYGBIV- each team member may choose a color from the rainbow for their monochromatic make. Should be a colorful and fabulous-as-ever challenge!
Howdy crafters! Today I'm on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog scaring up a fun way to use the Rectangle Pull Card for a peek-a-BOO! Halloween card.
The Rectangle Pull Card is a versatile, generic, interactive die made even more interactive by using the included Spinner die. For today’s card I’ll use the Spinner as a way to suspend the new 3D Ghost charm inside the card when open. When closed, the ghost will “peek” through a window. Let’s first look at the five steps to creating the window card:
Cut a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of heavy black cardstock and score in the center for folding. Add two 4″ x 5.25″ panels of spooky patterned paper inside the card. Line up the Rectangle Pull Card over the fold of the card using the alignment nubs. Add in the small rectangle die to die cut a window at the same time. Z-fold the card in the usual manner.
Use the large rectangle decorator die included in the set to die cut a rectangle of a contrasting patterned paper. Use a temporary adhesive to hold the rectangle in place on the front of the card.
Open the card and trace the window opening onto the back of the decorator rectangle.
Remove the large rectangle and line up the small window die over the pencil lines to die cut the window in the correct location.
Adhere the windowed panel into place on the front of the card.
Now that the card base is complete, it’s time to cut and assemble the 3D Ghost charm:
Die cut the ghosts from white cardstock. The die will cut (1) notched ghost, (1) notch/slot ghost, and (1) slot ghost with hang hole.
Slide the bottom of the notch/slot ghost through the slot in the hang hole ghost until the notch is in the slot at the bottom.
Depending on the weight of the cardstock, you should be able to just bend and pull the top of the ghost until the top notch is also through the slot. If this is too difficult, fold down the cardstock next to the notch to slide the ghost easily into the slot and then unfold.
Collapse the 2-ghost set flat so both slots are lined up over the top of each other. Slide the notched ghost through both slots until the notch is in the slots at the bottom. For this ghost, you will definitely have to fold down the cardstock next to the notch at the top to slide it through the slot.
Unfold the cardstock to lock all three ghosts together. The charm is now assembled and ready for hanging in the card.
The Rectangle Pull Card comes with a Spinner die. It’s very easy to install anywhere along the fold of the card. I installed it near the top, first punching a hole in the center for the chain. I managed to find a ball chain in my stash that was the perfect size to shove through the hang hole in the ghost without needing any additional securing. A thinner ball chain could be used as a loop instead of a chain. Or the ghost could be hung with fishing line or twine. I thought the chain was fitting for a ghost! I also used the included postage frame die to frame the windows with black cardstock. If you’re new to the Rectangle Pull Card or need a refresher, scroll to 6:50 in this introductory video: Rectangle Pull Card
I cut two Iron Fences from black cardstock to decorate the card. For the piece on the front of the card I added a stamped 31 oval. I stamped it in watermark ink onto a textured black cardstock and covered it with white embossing powder. The powder didn’t completely cover the cardstock’s texture, which gave a great look. I was inspired to try a white-over-black embossed 31 by Shelly Hickox’s last Designer Challenge Card.
The Iron Fence die set comes with two bird dies, both of which I used as blackbirds with Glitter Dot eyes, perched on the fence. I love how the ghost ends up peeking through the window in the closed/collapsed position, and then expands and hangs in the card as it is opened:
For a greeting I stamped “Spooky Halloween greetings” onto white cardstock with watermark ink and embossed with white powder. Then I used some gray ink to sponge over the greeting turning the background gray. I cut out the greeting with a stitched circle die from the Labels & Circles set and added black dots over the “eyes” in Spooky.
The finished card measures 5.5″ square in the closed position and can be mailed in a 6×6 envelope for extra postage.
I'd been wanting to make a special card for my friend, who is expecting her first baby . . . and her second one too! It's twins!
She seems to think that I will be a valuable resource in the "how to mother twins" department, but I must say that the early years are a complete blur. It was, after all, 18 years ago!
Although they do plan to find out the sex(es) of the babies, they don't know yet, so when I saw this Crate Paper line with the animal crackers and wood chevron I thought it would be perfect for a neutral card. The front of the card features two cut-aparts from a piece of paper in the collection. I combined them along with a handwritten "and" to make it a "Sweet little baby and baby" greeting. The little stitched baby pajamas are from the Baby Charms die set.
As the card is opened you see the Flower Pot start to expand. I stamped Congratulations in gray ink onto one of the labels from the Labels & Circles die set.
The animal crackers paper was the perfect choice for both the background and the filling. I fussy cut a bunch of animals from the leftover paper and combined them with the Baby Charms to fill the pot.
On all the animals I added tiny glitter dots over their eyes to give them some extra personality. The baby pajamas die has a heart-shaped stencil feature, so I simply used a pencil through the heart stencil and then colored it with a peach marker.
My friend is not a crafter, but perhaps I can convert her! Heh heh heh. We had a nice girls' day out with lunch and a movie (Bridget Jones' Baby, naturally!) and she loved the card.
Ready to make your own animal crackers baby card? First, learn how to assemble the Flower Pot die set by watching this instructional video:
And then gather your materials. Here are the products used on the baby card:
Hopefully you are loving this new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges as much as we are. Challenges are now posted twice a month - on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The first theme of the month will be set by me and the second theme of the month will be set by a team member. For each challenge the team will post one card on their personal blogs on Monday of challenge week. This way the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration is posted each month, but spaced out on two dates so it's not so overwhelming.
The theme for this challenge was set by me as "Halloween! - Cute or Creepy - you decide!" and I also instructed the team to use products from the new Pop it Ups Halloween Collection.
For my card and video I wanted to teach a very fun adaptation of the Twist Circle Pop-up die. With the very simple addition of two cardstock "arms" extending from both sides of the Twist Circle platform, it is transformed into a different type of pop-up. Even if you're not much into Halloween (or you're in a country where it isn't celebrated) I invite you to watch the video anyway just to learn the technique. Swap out the webs for other shapes and it becomes a completely generic pop-up and an excellent way to get multiple effects with the Twist Circle die set.
The card measures 5" x 6" when folded. This means it can mail in an A7 envelope (5x7) for no additional postage. As the card opens the double twist sculpture starts to raise up.
I am a big fan of keeping my Designer Challenge videos under 20 minutes, which sometimes means I can't show every single decoration on the video. For the small spiders on the sculpture I used the Halloween Scene spider and cut them from black Shimmer Sheetz. For the one on the left side of the lower web I strung black thread from the spider to the upper web.
Midnight the Bat makes an excellent spider, don't you think? It was easy to transform him with just a few snips of the scissors and some extra legs cut from additional bats. Watch the video to see this transformation.
I'm not sure if my card counts as "cute" or "creepy" - maybe both? In any case, it's a fun technique and I can't wait to see the adaptations by the team and fellow pop-up enthusiasts! Make sure you post your creations in the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Group, where the gang is very friendly and welcoming and always leaves nice praise for every card.
Ready to make your own double web Twist Circle spiders card? Here are the links to the products used in the video. Out of stock items are expected back by September 18th. Other local and online retailers may have the Pop it Ups items in stock now.
OK, OK, I know. Every single challenge I boast on the amazing abilities of the DC team, but this time there can be no debate. It will certainly go down as one of the most epic Designer Challenges of all time - you will not find a single project that is not over-the-top incredible in the team's offerings.
Fran Sabad starts us off with an absolutely darling trick-or-treat scene featuring the Halloween Charms and the Twist Circle die set. I love how she used the 3D ghost charm as an embellishment and added little hand cut trick-or-treat bags. Adorable!
Raquel Mason decided to make a Halloween decor piece. I love her use of all the Halloween items to create this marvelous scene. Notice the pen detailing on the tombstones - a great touch! Love the crow sitting in the spooky tree, too. Amazing!
Jake Mason, Raquel's nearly-10-year-old son, decided to make his own version of the Halloween decor piece his mother created. I love his extra bits, like adding a second tree, pumpkins on the front and the bright orange spider web. Nice to know that we have a new generation of crafters ready to step in! Well done, Jake!
Caz Counsell made this absolutely delightful and clever Halloween Cake card. I love that Poppy the Witch/Chef is holding a piece of the "eye of newt" cake on the front of the card, and then you see the tiered concoction (complete with frog legs sticking out the top) when the card is opened. Brilliant!
Karen Aicken has beautiful penmanship and put it to great work on the front of her spooky pop-up cauldron card. Karen used the Lucy Label for the pop-up and decorated with Hoppy the Frog Witch and items from the Halloween Scene die set. Converting a coffee cup into a cauldron is so clever!
Sandy Diller also had a witch's brew in mind for her cauldron card, which is a clever shortening of the Bathtub Pop Stand die set. Also clever is Sandy's use of Cocoa the Horse's mane as flames under the brew. Also notice her clever styling of the iron fence to add a gate. Terrific!
Kelly Booth has an amazing way with color. I just love the glowing effect she achieved on this card's front scene, and then open the card to find a Flower Pot filled with a ghostly Poppy the Witch Owl and more ghoulish delights. Kelly was particularly clever with her use of the spinner die from the Rectangle Pull card to animate the jack-o-lantern next to the pot.
Shelly Hickox made a delightfully wicked version of the Cascading Tag Card. I love how she mixed cool papers, tapes, dies and stamps for this layered creation. The stamped and embossed 31 plaque looks just like enamel! Another Shellypiece!
Frances Byrne shows yet a third way to make a witch's cauldron using Pop it Ups die sets - she used the Flower Pot Pop Stand for her creepy stew. Witches are apparently very clumsy, as they keep falling into their own brews headfirst! What an amazing mixture of elements for this fabulous card.
Summer Hills-Painter blew everyone away with this amazing array of Halloween decor items. From the amazing Haunted House (made from the Holiday House die) to the transformed Characters to the party bags, straw decor and more - this is one party that you don't want to miss! Click to her blog post to see close-ups of all the items.
Pretty amazing stuff, huh? Hopefully you feel inspired to make a few cute/creepy ghoulish delights of your own this Halloween season. Join us back here in two weeks for the next Designer Challenge, on September 27th when we take on Caz Counsell's challenge to "be inspired" - an all-time favorite challenge of the team where we are inspired by each other.
I'll be teaching a 2-hour, 2-card Pop it Ups class at Croppin' Bug on Saturday, September 17. 2016. The video shows the cards in action.
In addition to the two pop-up cards, students will make a bonus Halloween Tag featuring the new Bats Stencil, Halloween Clear Stamps and Midnight the Bat.
I'd love to see you there, Houston-area crafters!
In other news, the winner of the August "Girly or Ghouly" Designer Challenge giveaway has been chosen. Congratulation to Petra! Her comment:
Wow, just wow. I am speechless. going to be watching the You Tube videos a few times and then will get my order in. Love the new products
was chosen by random draw to win her choice of the Twist Circle Pop-up die, plus a "girly" die or a "ghouly" die.
As it turns out, the Twist Circle (and several other new dies, sorry!) is out of stock until the 18th, so I gave Petra the choice of any two Pop it Ups dies for a prize. She chose Whiskers the Cat and the Halloween Scene.
If you'd like to know about future giveaways, sign up for my mailing list. I generally only send one e-mail a month, but now that we're doing two Designer Challenges, I am going to attempt to send two per month. The list is maintained by Constant Contact and you can unsubscribe at any time, so give it a try! You may just win the next giveaway!
My original Twist Circle Snowman Card was sent to Els for her shows. It did a fair bit of traveling and I believe it now resides in London at the offices of The Craft Channel, where you may see it on future shows featuring the Twist Circle Pop-up die set.
I was invited to demo at the recent CKC in Houston, and since the original Twist Circle Snowman Card had been so popular, but was, at the time, somewhere in The Netherlands, I decided to make a second version of the card to show in the booth.
Except the card never made it to the booth.
Or it did, and got immediately stolen. Not sure.
Because that card vanished! When I realized during my Friday demo that it was missing I just assumed I had left it at home and would bring it for the Saturday demo. I searched for it that night but it didn't turn up. Yesterday I did some cleaning of my office (vastly overdue) and still held out hope that the card would show up . . . but no!
At least I took photos of it before it vanished. The Fancy Pants patterned papers are years old, from my stash, so you'd have to substitute something from this decade, but any festive winter papers would work well as a backdrop for a fun twist circle snowman.
The card measures 5" x 6" when folded and features a foldover flap with hidden magnets as a closure. I combined the large label dies from the Labels & Circles set with one of the large circles from the Twist Circle set to make the front decoration. It also features the Holiday Charms and some fussy cut mittens from the leftover patterned paper.
What's cool about the Twist Circle die set is the action on the mechanism. In the closed position the snowman sits face up and sideways flat in the card. As the card opens, he starts to raise and twist into the center of the card. The greeting inside the card is made with the Labels & Circles die set and the Holiday Clear Stamps.
Once the card is open the snowman floats in the card. To make the snowman I used the large stitched and medium circles from the Twist Circle set, and then the circle charm from the Sports Charms for his head. There are pop dots between the layers for dimension. The hat is from the Steampunk Charms set and the arms and carrot nose are trimmed branches from the spooky tree in the Halloween Scene set. The snowflake is from the Holiday Charms. His eyes, buttons and smile are black/silver glitter dots.
Learn how to assemble the Twist Circle die set by watching this instructional video:
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A great option for the new Anita Frames Pop-up die is to use the included decorator label dies to cut windows from the pop-up labels and hang charms in the openings. Here's a Halloween card using this technique. (See this post for a Christmas version)
For the front of the card I used the new Candy Corn Layering Stencil to make a border and then added a stamped greeting from the Halloween Clear Stamps, cut out with the dies included in the Anita Frames set, and then added the jack-o-lantern charm from the Halloween Charms.
Speaking of the Halloween Charms, you can see the dies that come included in the set at the bottom of the packaging. The three ghosts that combine to make the 3D ghost are all on the same die, making it quick, easy, and paper-saving to construct the ghost. For the jack-o-lantern charm, there is a solid pumpkin die (cut from black) and a face overlay die (cut from orange), plus a die to cut the stem and vine (green). For solid pumpkins, perfect for harvest themes, simply eliminate the face overlay and cut the pumpkin charm from orange cardstock.
For today's card I used jump rings to hang the charms in the openings of the pop-up. I further embellished with spiders and webs from the Halloween Scene die set and the "31" stamp from the Halloween Clear Stamps, which can be cut out perfectly by the oval die that comes included in the Anita Frames set.
Learn how to use this pop-up die set and the layering stencil in these two instructional videos:
Want to give this card a try? Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide and through their website.
Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. Here are the products I used in today's Flower Pot Card. Also check out the current sale on the Sizzix Big Shot. If you've been wanting to upgrade to this machine, (the one I use in all my videos) there's a Labor Day Sale going on at Sizzix.