Christmas Version - Twist Circle Panel Card with Evergreen Pivots

This month I've been revisiting some of my favorite technique videos and making Christmas versions of the cards. Today's share is an amped-up version of the Twist Circle Panel Card where I added two Evergreen Pivot Card cuts into the panels, giving it an extra layer of interactivity.

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This card is a top-fold A2 (4.25" x 5.5") but because of the bulk, it will need a larger envelope and extra postage. I kept the front very simple, with a stamped layered label set (Labels & circles), ribbon and some evergreen trees (Evergreen Pivot Card). 

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As the card is opened, the panels start to twist and lift up. I made sure that my ribbon bow was high enough that the twisting labels will not hit it.

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Once the card is opened fully, the panels will expand and the trees pop-up, creating a fun zigzagging double pop-up. 

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To create the burlap/glittered trees, I first added double-sided adhesive to a piece of cardstock and then pressed a piece of burlap into the adhesive. I die cut the decorator trees using the Precision Plate in my Big Shot to make sure it would cut the burlap and cardstock completely. After die cutting I poured glitter through the burlap to stick to the leftover adhesive. I alternated between two colors of glitter (Imperial Garnet and Light Brass) to give the line of trees some variety. The Evergreen Pivot Card includes a die to cut stars for the tops of the trees.

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The patterned paper I used is a very old piece of Lily Bee Design paper (Jingle egg nog) from my stash. I used the smaller snowflake die from the Holiday Charms set to die cut the maroon snowflakes from the leftover patterned paper and sprinkled snowflakes throughout the card. The Merry Christmas stamp is also an older design (Stampendous) from my stash. I stamped and embossed it onto maroon cardstock and then cut it into a tag shape.

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From the side you can really see the layers of dimension to this card. The outer two panels are connected to the arms of the Twist Circle Panel Card in the usual manner. The label on the base of the card is inlaid so make sure it is not a catch point. I embossed the "Dec 25" stamp and left room to sign the card with a white gel pen.

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For the Twist Circle Panel card itself, I followed the video instructions, with these changes to the dimensions:

  • Backing Card: 4.25" x 11", scored for folding at 5.5" (making an A2 top fold card)
  • Inner Card: 4" x 10.75", scored for folding at 5 3/8" (center)
  • Arms: 1.25" x 4.5", scored for folding lengthwise up the center
  • Interior Pop-up Panels: 10" x 3", scored at 2.75", 5" and 7.25" to make four panels (outer two panels are 2.75" wide and inner two panels are 2.25" wide) with corners rounded with 1/2" radius

Here are some step-by-step photos for how to cut the Evergreen Pivot Card die into the panels. 

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Step 1: After scoring to make the 4-panel strip, line up the Evergreen Pivot Card alignment nubs on the right-most fold line, using temporary adhesive to hold the small trees in place. Fold the other three panels underneath as shown above. Roll through a die cutting machine to die cut the small trees through two panels.

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Step 2: Open the panel set up and move the die to the left-most fold, taping down the small trees so they don't shift. Fold under the left-most panel and pull the small tree that is already die-cut over the top of the die so it won't be cut again. Roll through the machine.

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Step 3: Turn the panel set over so you're working on the back of the piece. Use clear tape to join the small trees in the center. Add cardstock panels to the outside edges. The panels should measure 1.25" wide by 3" tall.

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Step 4: Turn the panels back to the front again. Start working the folds between the trees to create the pop-ups as shown. You'll have to create your own fold between the two outermost trees. This can be scored if you prefer, but I just used my fingers to create the folds.

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Step 5: Turn the panels to the back again. Cut four cardstock strips, each measuring 1.5" x 3" and add them to the back of the panels. Make sure the adhesive is added to the panels so you can avoid the tree areas with adhesive.

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Step 6: Decorate the panels as desired. I used washi tape (stash item) across the top and bottom edges of my panels and then rounded the corners with a 1/2" corner rounder. To add the small burlap trees in the very center, the interior side of each tree had to be trimmed so it wouldn't cross the fold. 

Once I had my panel set completely decorated, I followed the video instructions for creating the base of the card (Twist Circle) and adding the panels. I reinforced all of my arms with patterned paper (this is shown in the video).


Ready to give this amped up version of the Twist Circle Panel Card a try? Here are the items from my Christmas Version that I was able to source. 


Christmas Version - Garden Bench Pop-up

My latest Christmas Version of a previous video tutorial is based on the March 2014 Designer Challenge where I taught an Easter-themed Garden Bench card and taught how to add extra "pops" next to the bench using the Lots of Pops die. 

For this transformation I changed several things from the video. The general concept is the same - a bench with an extra platform on the side - but instead of sponging the background I used patterned papers. Instead of two extra pops on each side of the bench I went with just one pop on one side. More on these changes below, but first, here's the card:

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My first thought, when I chose this video as inspiration, was a snowy wintry scene. I pulled out the appropriate trees and edge dies and went searching through my paper stash for papers in a frosty blue. When I came across these gorgeous burgundy Bo Bunny papers (older designs) they reminded me of wallpaper and a different idea was stoked. Instead of an outdoor scene, I began to picture an indoor scene. I pictured a pretty foyer, with a bench for taking off your boots, decorated for the holidays.

This card measures 5.75" wide by 5.5" tall when closed and can be mailed in a 6x6 envelope. For the front of the card I went with my usual "simple lead-in" approach. A square of the same patterned paper, three layered labels from the Labels & Circles die, a ribbon bow and the tree Holiday Charm, decorated with silver twine and tiny rhinestones. 

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When the card is open, the foyer scene is revealed, including a 2-tone bench, snowflake garlands and pillows, a mirror on the wall, side table with topiary evergreen tree, and a rug.

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The garland is made using beads and the fishtail banner from the Lots of Pops set. I added the small snowflake from the Holiday Charms to the banners. The mirror is a combination of circles from the Labels & Circles set, with silver Shimmer Sheetz as the mirror itself. For the rug, I was inspired by Summer Hills-Painter, who tightly wound Baker's twine to make a bathmat for a card last year. I followed her lead by tightly winding twine onto a piece of cardstock with double-sided adhesive on it. Then I die cut the rug through the wound twine using a label from the Labels & Circles set and brushed the edges with burgundy ink. For both the mirror and the rug I used the Precision Plate in my Big Shot to be able to cut through the tougher materials.

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Here are some step shots showing how I created this card. I started with a 5.75" x 11" piece of cream cardstock and added panels of patterned paper to each half, making sure that there was NO adhesive under the paper in the bench area. I used the alignment nubs on the die to add it over the fold, slid to the right side of the card to leave room for my table on the left. After die cutting the bench I snipped away the paper in the bench area and glued down the remaining paper around the bench.

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I followed the video instructions for folding the bench and for creating the "extra pops" with the Lots of Pops die. I decided to add just one "pop" for a side table. After installing it in the card I added a scrap of the wall paper to the top of the pop so it would blend in. I also cut a bench from burgundy cardstock and trimmed out the arms and the decorative swirls to add to the cream bench. 

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To make the side table, I used the pole from the Lots of Pops die set. The table leg is the bottom part of the pole, with a piece of the pole turned sideways to be the base and the table top. I created the pot by trimming down the present from the Holiday Charms and then filled it with the evergreen tree charm. The present charm is attached to the leg of the bench. To cover the openings left by the bench, I used pieces of the same two papers so the wall and the floor would continue. I also added a piece of white cardstock, scored twice for texture, to be the baseboard along the bottom of the wall.

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For the pillows, I used the present charm die and nested in the small snowflake die. I trimmed the box "lid" so it would be a square and then inlaid a silver snowflake into the opening. The best way to attach items inside the bench so they "float" in the middle somewhere is to add an "L" support through one of the slats of the bench. The foot of the "L" is attached to  the floor below the bench. The pillows are attached to the upper part of the support. 

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I finished out my scene with a "Season's Greetings" stamp from my stash. Learn how to fold the bench and cut extra "pops" by watching this video tutorial:

Here are the items I used on my Christmas foyer card. The papers are very old, so substitute something similar.


Christmas Version - Mixed Double Pivot Card

Happy Wednesday!

For today's Christmas version I'm once again taking on a video of a Christmas card, so we'll call it "Another Christmas Version". 

For the November 2014 Designer Challenge: Red, White or Blue I was quite the over-achiever and made three videos. The technique I taught was how to double a Pivot Card die, creating a card that has the effect of an Accordion but made with a Pivot Card. I created a red version with the Heart Pivot, a blue version with the Katie Label Pivot, and a white version (the most popular) with the Evergreen Pivot Card. 

For my redo, I wanted to try this technique with two different pivot card dies to create a mixed double pivot outdoorsy holidayscape. (Say that five times fast!)

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Once again I followed the video instructions, cutting a 5.5" x 12" strip and scoring it in the center and then 2.5" from the center fold in both directions. I wallpapered the panels with a piece of pretty foil paper I had in my stash. Then, instead of folding the card in half and cutting the Evergreen Pivot Card through both halves, I kept the card open flat and used the House Pivot Card on the left fold, placing the die on the front of the card, and then used the Evergreen Pivot Card on the right fold, placing the die on the back of the card. (I did this so I'd have the larger tree toward the outside and the smaller trees by the fence.)

Step1

When die cutting the Evergreen Pivot Card, part of the small tree was hanging over the fold so I made sure to tuck it under the fence before rolling it through the machine, so it would not clip off the end of the fence. After die cutting I trimmed that overhang part of the small tree so I'd have a smooth edge of the tree lining up with the center fold. I cut two small strips of cardstock to hinge the fence to the tree on the back of the card.

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Next it was time to decorate. My dies include the decorator pieces, but for the House I wanted to switch to the Holiday House, which is a separate decorator die that will fit on the House Pivot Card as an option. You can also mix and match the pieces in both sets, giving more window, door and roofline combinations. For my house I used the brick house for the background (House Pivot Card) and then used that same die to emboss bricks on the small house (Holiday House) and then assembled as shown. I embossed the scalloped rooflines with a chunky white embossing powder. The greetings come from a Darkroom Door set and I used the Labels & Circles die to cut out the 25 Dec for the front of the card.

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The card measures 2.75" x 5.5" when closed. When I added the backing strips to the front and the back of the card I made them a little wider than normal to increase the width of the card just a smidge. Those backing strips are 1-5/8" x 5.5" and you can see them in the photo below.

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Once open the entire holidayscape is revealed. The Merry Christmas greeting is from the same stamp set and trimmed into a fishtail banner shape.

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I added pop dots under the fence posts for dimension and then draped the little Holiday House wreath from two of the fence posts.

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For the trees, I found a piece of dark green hemp fabric in my stash and used spray adhesive to attach it to a piece of cardstock for stability. I die cut two of each decorator tree from the hemp fabric. For one of each tree, I pounced Versamark ink over the fabric and then dumped the chunky embossing powder over it. Because of the ridges of the fabric, a lot of the powder blew away as I heated it, giving the splotchy snow look. I layered a snow tree over a green tree, slightly offset, and then added the red present bow (Evergreen Pivot Card) to the top of each tree.

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Learn how to make a Double Evergreen Pivot Card by watching this video:

Here are the items used on my Mixed Pivot Card:


Christmas Version - Double Lorna Pop-up Card

OK, true story. I was going to call this series "12 Pop-ups of Christmas" and challenge myself to make a Christmas Version of a video card and post one per day for the first 12 days of December. Our first Designer Challenge is on the 13th, so this was going to work out just perfectly . . . until . . . I remembered that it is, in fact, December.

In December there are lots of other things to do. Gulp!

So instead of doing the formal "12 days" thing, I called it the much more generic "Christmas Version" series, and mentioned that it would be going on "this month", thus removing all requirements to post daily.

Good thing, too, because I finished yesterday's card quite late and had to choose between watching The Affair or posting my card. TV won. (psst .  . . TV always wins!)

But then . . . as if in punishment for not posting my Day 5 card on Day 5 . . . this morning I woke up to no internet! It's a terrible affliction. Uploading stuff over a phone hotspot is soooo slooooow! 

Here's my Day 5 card (on Day 6). It's the very cool "Double Lorna" technique from the September 2014 Designer Challenge. I swapped out the mummy for a mouse and what a transformation, eh? 

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Once again I followed the video instructions for construction of the card, although I chose to hand cut my slots to make them wider for the stack of presents below Jolly the Mouse. The card measures 5" x 6" in the folded position, making it fit nicely in a 5x7 (A7) envelope for mailing. The holiday papers I'm using for these Christmas Version cards are all older ones from my stash. If you're like me, you have an obscene amount of patterned paper already, so I encourage "stash diving" to find papers that speak to you.

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As the card is opened the pop-up scene starts to be revealed. I created a very simple card front as a "lead-in" to the magic inside. The Holiday Charms paired with a decorator label from the Lorna set and an older sentiment stamp from Purple Onion Designs. I roughed up the edges of the card with a Tonic Paper Distress tool for a rustic touch.

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When fully open, a magical scene pops up. The doubling of the Lorna Label plus the addition of the extra platform creates a variety of surfaces to decorate. I strung the Holiday Charms snowflakes across the top (use the hang hole from the large snowflake to add hang holes to the small ones) and a crepe ribbon bow to the upper label. I also wrapped the ribbon around the top of the extra platform.

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Jolly the Mouse comes with a small candy cane and the larger one is from the Holiday charms. The tree and present are also from the charms set. For Jolly's hair bow, I used one from Props 1, but you could also trim out the bow from the Holiday Charms and use it instead. The glasses are a brad. The "celebrate the season" stamp is also an older Purple Onion Designs style. 

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Learn this fun technique by watching the video tutorial:

Here are the products used on my Christmas version:


Christmas Version: Twist Circle Window Snowman Card

OK, so today's share is technically a Christmas Version of another Christmas card, but let's not get hung up on technicalities, okay?

This is a combination of two previous cards - the Twist Circle Snowman Card and the Twist Circle Window Card.

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As with my previous "Christmas Version" cards, I've followed the video instructions precisely, simply substituting the colors and elements to fit my new theme.

I found a piece of Echo Park paper in my stash from their 2012 Very Merry Christmas line and loved the geometric gray snowflake circles. The front of my card is very simple with a ribbon bow and a metal snowflake charm attached with a jump ring through the knot.

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The card measures 5" x 5" in the closed position and features a fold-over magnetic flap closure. As the card is opened, the snowman starts to lift and twist. 

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Once open, the snowman has twisted to a new position and floats high in the card. I cut off the tail of the Santa hat from Props 5 to make a stocking hat instead, adding a pom pom to the top and cutting the band from a piece of glittery washi tape. His arms are also made from Props 5 - the reindeer antlers with the extra antlers trimmed off. The carrot is from Lucky the Rabbit, but a triangle of orange cardstock would work just as well. The eyes, mouth and buttons are small flat rhinestones from my stash. I used pop dots between the layers of the snowman. The brown Merry Christmas greeting panel is from the same paper's reverse side.

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Learn the structure of this card by watching the video tutorial below:

Here are the items I used on my Snowman card. I couldn't source the exact paper because it's too old, but any snowflake design could be substituted.

 


Christmas Version - Explosion Merry Christmas Card

This month I'm revisiting some of my favorite video tutorials and making holiday versions of the cards. 

The Explosion Birthday Card remains one of my most popular videos (by far!) and is easily transformed into a holiday version by swapping the pop-up die and using your favorite wrapping paper for the explosion sides. This video tutorial debuted as my contribution for the December 2014 Designer Challenge and basically (pun intended) exploded! People loved it. 

Once again, I followed the video instructions precisely, making my holiday substitutions. Merry Christmas Pop-up instead of Happy Birthday. Pull Card Edges instead of Outdoor Edges. Holiday Charms instead of Props 2. 

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In the closed position this card measures 5" x 6", and fits in a 5x7 (A7) envelope for mailing. I used the Pull Card Edges to make red rickrack and added a circle and ring from the Labels & Circles set, plus a snowflake from the Holiday Charms set. I added reindeer washi tape (from my stash, but maybe from Michaels?) across the flap.

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The fold-over flap closure is magnetic, as shown in the video, but I swapped two tiny magnets in the corners instead of a single large magnet in the middle. This was because I only had the small diameter magnets on hand, but either would work.

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When the card opens the sides explode into a fun fan. I used wrapping paper and it worked great! I definitely recommend grabbing your favorite roll and giving this technique a try. I used the same wrapping paper on the front of the card and for accent strips inside the card. I used the "sharp scissors" option to edge my explosion sides but I did edge the inner pop-up card with a scalloped die from the Pull Card Edges.

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The Pull Card Edges makes great rickrack by cutting the scalloped border once, then flipping it to the other side and offsetting the scallops to cut the rickrack. That's how I did the red strip for the front of the card. Another option is to make an embossed rickrack border by cutting the outer edge as usual and then running the inner edge through using an embossing sandwich in your machine. It will merely press the die shape into the card, creating a cool integrated rickrack border.

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You can see the embossed rickrack border in the photo below. The Merry Christmas die set comes with a long fishtail banner to fit the bottom box of the pop-up. I used that die instead to make hanging banners and strung them on twine attached to the sides of the card. Although the card would work with them hanging loosely, I wanted to ensure even spacing so I attached the banners to the back of the card with pop dots. For the bottom box I used a decorative tape from Stampin' Up! (stash item) that fit well and resembled snowflakes.

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Watch the video tutorial to learn this card:

And here is the video tutorial for assembling the Merry Christmas Pop-up (very similar to the Happy Birthday)

Here are the products used in my Christmas version of the card:


Christmas Version - Rocky doffs his Santa Hat

This month I'm revisiting some of my favorite technique videos to make Christmas versions.   

One of my favorite technique videos is from the Feb 2015 Designer Challenge where I used the Rectangle Pull Card with included spinner die to make Rocky the Crab doff his cap. For this Christmas version I followed the video instructions exactly, simply swapping the paper, colors and embellishments for Christmas versions.

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The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position, so it will fit nicely in an A7 envelope for mailing. The snowflake charm is from the Holiday Charms set. 

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As the card opens Rocky will start to raise his hat and the Merry Christmas greeting, which is attached to the candy cane, slides into the open space for easy reading. This card creates such a fun motion that you'll want to open and close it over and over to watch the animation.

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Rocky himself is made using a dark green shadow layer for an extra nod to Christmas. I followed the video tutorial to articulate his arms with brads. The candy cane is another one of the Holiday Charms and the Props 5 set includes the Santa hat, beard and mustache. For the Merry Christmas greeting, I wanted to frame it with the postage stamp from the Rectangle Pull Card set, but needed the frame to be longer so I cut two frames and combined them into a longer frame. 

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The "Fa la la la la" paper is from Bo Bunny's Elf Magic collection, but it's a few years old, so I suggest substituting any festive paper from your own stash. 

Watch the video to learn the techniques:

Here are the items I used on my Christmas version of this card:


Christmas Version - Pop-up Double Fence

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . . a cardinal in a bare tree! 

Happy December! Today I have a card to share that was one of my class cards last month. I based this card on my video tutorial for the double arching fence technique. 

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I like this combination of "mod" colors for a holiday card. The card measures 5.5" square when closed. I've added a 5x5 square of patterned paper on the front of the card, plus a white Iron Fence on pop-dots, with ribbon strung through it. The bird dies come included with the Iron Fence die set and you can watch this video to learn how to style the birds as cardinals.

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Open the card and two fences arch up, connected to a center fence that also animates the All Seasons Tree. The little strands of lights on the fence and the wreath around the bird are both from the Holiday House set.

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I hung two of the Holiday Charms from the tree and perched another cardinal on one of the branches. 

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Learn how to make this card by watching this instructional video:

Here are the items I used on my card: