Pop-ups 3 Ways - Class projects

Happy Pi Day! I am supposed to be posting a pi/pie-themed card today for the Paper Pros challenge in honor of Pi Day, but preparing the class kits for tomorrow's "Pop-ups 3 Ways" class at Scrapp'n Savvy took much longer than expected, so I ran out of time to make a card. Instead, I'm posting the photos for tomorrow's class.

This class focuses on three different ways to make pop-up cards - with templates, with dies and with SVG files.

For the template card, I took inspiration from a card made by my cousin Jessica. I added an extra element of interactivity by incorporating a spinner cut on the upper fold. As the card opens, one of the flowers spins up above the card. 

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For the die card, I used the Lucy Label Pop-up die set along with the Hot Air Balloon die set for a birthday card. 

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For the SVG card, I converted one of my earliest Sizzix dies, the Pop-up House, into an SVG file that can be cut on all the major electronic cutting machines. 

PopUpHouseCardStudents should bring the following tools/supplies to class:

Scissors
Fine glue bottle/pen
Pop dots
Tape runner/tape
Scoring tool & ruler
Craft knife & cutting mat
Paper piercer
Sanding block
Die cutting machine with plates/platforms for wafer-thin dies
Removable tape to hold dies in place (or magnetic platform if you prefer)
Wink of Stella pen for sparkle (optional)
Inks for edges (optional)
Photos of the cards from this blog or from the e-mail (print or access on a phone or tablet) - you do not need to print the templates - they will be provided in class

 

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Pop it Ups Class - Croppin' Bug - Sept. 17, 2016

 

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. 

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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.

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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.

Congratulations, Petra!

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Pop it Ups 2016 CHA Mega Show - Make 'n Takes

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . which for me means paper is flying everywhere. No, I don't mean wrapping paper, I mean cardstock and patterned paper, being cut into the pieces for CHA Make 'n Takes.

This year I'm focusing all of my CHA education efforts at our booth with our customers. No need to pay for a class when you can come get a free class at the booth, in the form of a different Make 'n Take on each of the three full days of the trade show. 

I'm focusing primarily on products from the new Pop it Ups collections - High Jinks, Coffee & Cake and Stage it Stencils.

The High Jinks collection is named as a little play on words for Jinks the Monkey (short for hijinks) and an elements of flying/adventure. The Oval Pull Card features a Slot & Slider to get fun action inside a card. There's also a Barrel Basket (so named because it resembles a barrel and can hold the monkey) and a Hot Air Balloon that each come with a very generic little box platform pop-up die for when you want to make pop-ups with them. The Oval Landscape Accordion is the same outer shape/dimensions as the popular Gift Card Accordion and you'll be able to mix and match the pages and the frames on both. The Pull Card Edges will give you the option to add patterned paper with a small shadow around any of the Pull Cards - the Rectangle, Spiral Circle and new Oval. However, it also makes for a great all-purpose die and you'll see it used a lot in other ways. The two small affordable Clear Stamp sets provide perfectly-sized greetings to fit/match the collection. Finally, I know you probably didn't realize how much you were missing a Bananas embossing folder in your craft collection . . . well the wait is over!

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The Coffee & Cake collection is just what you need for crafting up a tasty card. The two-tier Cake has a fun triple-platform on top to hold candles and/or strawberries for birthday, wedding and more. The Cup Pop Stand is the perfect choice for coffee, tea, cocoa or for holding a Character die. Speaking of Characters, meet Baker the Beaver (A year ago my friend Angela Beavers gave me a list of 10 reasons I needed to design a beaver die, and she made a great case!) Baker comes with a cute little cupcake and looks adorable wearing the chef's hat from Props 8. The Hanging Charm Pull Tab die is a fun take on a standard pull tab pop-up by incorporating a frame with a hanging element. The set comes with four possible charms to hang in the opening. Rounding out the collection is a coffee bean embossing folder and two small Clear Stamp sets (3" x 4") featuring greetings to match the collection.

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A new category of product for me is stencils. With pop-up cards you're always looking for background options and stencils work just great to fill in the space behind the pop-up or on the front of the card. (You know, to set the stage!) Of course you can use these stencils for so much more than just pop-up cards. Use them with sprays, pastes, paints, inks, chalks, etc. for any type of mixed media project, home decor, scrapbooking, card making, etc. The Coffee stencil is designed to pair perfectly with the Cup Pop Stand to add a flourish detail to the cup and saucer, plus the beans portion of the stencil is repeatable in all directions. The all-over pattern stencils include small flowers, medallions, paisley and swirly flourish. There's also a stencil called Partly Cloudy to give you options for sky scenes. Each stencil is 5" x 7" on the outer dimensions with a pattern area of 4 3/8" x 6 1/8". They come with a hole in the corner to store them on a ring, and the brand and item number is etched into the top of the stencil so you won't have to wonder where they came from. The price is very affordable and the quality is great. I'm excited!

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Learn more about some of the new products by watching the how-to videos for the three Make 'n Take Projects. Here they are:

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If you are a retailer coming to CHA I encourage you to stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Booth #775 to make these projects (while supplies last) and receive full instructions, supply lists and even special bundle pricing on the materials to repeat the Make 'n Takes in your store. 

The team has been working for a month on booth samples and you'll definitely want to come check out their work in the booth. You'll start seeing those samples show up on their blogs in the coming weeks as well. 

Have a wonderful holiday season!


Pop it Ups Class at Craft Crossing AND Secret Word Giveaway Winner!

This Saturday I'll be at Craft Crossing in Gonzales, Texas with a Pop it Ups card class. We'll make two cards that double as optional Gift Card Holders.

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The class is this Saturday, December 5th, from 12:30-2:30 and only costs $25. In addition, I'm showing up early so I'll have time for demos before class and to set out all the sample cards - lots of great inspiration from the Designer Challenge Team will be on display.

Everything in the class kits will be pre-cut, but please bring these basic tools to class:

  • Adhesives, Adhesives, Adhesives! - a strong double-sided tape, tape runner, and fine glue pen or bottle.
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers (optional, but very helpful for placing glitter dots and reindeer eyes)
  • Blending tool and coordinating inks (optional, if you're an inky sort - brown for Rudy, maybe some red/green/blue?)
  • Smart phone or camera for taking photos of the sample cards (I usually have about 100 with me!)

Call the store to sign up: 830-203-5303

In other news, Congratulations to Nancy Walker, who won the November Secret Word Giveaway on the Video Techniques Designer Challenge with her comment:

Karen, I can’t tell you how much your VIDEOS help me when I am trying to learn how to teach your fantastic pop its cards to the Tennessee Stampers group and others. You show great shortcuts and great variety of uses for each! I love this particular challenge. It sure shows the talent you have in the designers for ECD!

 

Nancy has won the two accordions used in my video tutorial: Star Accordion and Rectangle Accordion.  Or, if she has either or both of those dies already, she may substitute another Accordion style instead. There are 8 Accordions:

 

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Congratulations to Nancy and to the Craft Crossing students - see you Saturday!


Pop it Ups Cards for Kit Kraft Day

Yesterday I spent the day at Scrapp'n Savvy, my old stomping ground, teaching cards I made with the Kit Kraft Day kit. I took absolutely no photos, because a charming thing about me is that I completely forget that I own a phone whenever I start teaching. Luckily Karrie, the store owner, took one photo.

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The Kit Kraft day is a very cool concept that Karrie introduced this year. She keeps the number small - 12 crafters max - and students purchase a kit full of materials (this month it was an absolute mountain of beautiful Bo Bunny Juliet products) and they have the option to use that kit however they want. Karrie has several of her instructors create projects using the kit and write instructions for those projects, which are e-mailed to the students. Some of the ladies yesterday were using their kit for a beautiful mini-album. Others were working on the cards that I designed. If students wish to make multiple projects and some of the materials overlap, there are extra supplies available for purchase. It really is a brilliant concept and so well-received by the students and by us, the instructors, who no longer have to make kits! (HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!)

I also very much appreciated that opportunity to teach the actual die cutting parts of my cards, not just assembly. I think the students learn more when they get to do the actual die cutting themselves, which is, of course, absolutely impossible in large classes.

We started with the most elaborate of the cards, the Confetti Stream Accordion. There is a full video tutorial for this card in the previous blog post here: Video Tutorial: Confetti Stream Accordion.

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Our next card was the simplest design. This card uses just one die set, the House Pivot Card. This is a really good example of how to let patterned paper do all the work for you. The kit included lots of little squares and tags with designs and sayings, like "Cherish the Beautiful Memories" - just perfect for a sweet house card! A glitter dot makes the perfect doorknob.

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Next up was the Lorna Label card. When Karrie gave me the kit to use, she included a stamped image that had been colored for me by Scrapp'n Savvy Copic instructor, Becky Morehead. Becky is so talented and it was very easy to create a card around this beautiful Mo Manning for Penny Black stamped image. I also used the Agatha Edges to edge the card and for the red flourish.

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We ran out of time before completing the final card, but students received full instructions, so they can complete it at home. Karrie had asked me to use the Bathtub Pop Stand die for one of the cards, which I initially thought might be challenging as the Juliet collection is so elegant and floral. However, once I thought of filling the tub with flowers, the card came together beautifully. I used the flower die from the Props 7 basket set, since it cuts 4 flowers at a time. Glitter dots are used in the centers of the flowers and to make them appear to be flowing from the faucet, I added a thin piece of transparency connecting the faucet to the tub and then glued the flowers to it. The script "hello" that was used on the Lorna and Tub cards came from the Rectangle Accordion die set.

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If you are in the Houston area and are interested in the kit, I believe Karrie has a few left, and she also has the original cards in the store in case any students want to purchase a kit and make the cards independent study, perhaps at one of the crop nights. You have to use your own dies, however, so here are the Elizabeth Craft Designs products that were used for these cards. Karrie expects the Fall Release dies & stamps to arrive to the store today, so call and reserve them if you're interested. If you're local, I really encourage you to give Scrapp'n Savvy your business on Pop it Ups dies. Having a creative gathering place like Scrapp'n Savvy is a treasure and we really must support our local stores or we'll lose them.

However, if you're somewhere without a local store (I'm so sorry!) here's what you'll need to make these cards. All of the papers and embellishments are Bo Bunny Juliet. The cardstock colors are Bazzill Pomegranate (red), white and a dark brown.

Happy Crafting!


Video Tutorial: Pop it Ups Confetti Stream Accordion

I was asked to be a guest designer for Scrapp'n Savvy's November Kit Kraft Day, which is a fun event where you purchase a kit of materials and receive instructions for a variety of projects using those materials. For my main project, I wanted to teach a fun technique for creating a ribbon of confetti traveling through an Accordion card. I've used dies and stamps from the Fall 2015 Pop it Ups collection, plus the Beach Edges to create the confetti stream.
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If you are joining us at Scrapp'n Savvy tomorrow to make this project, you'll need to bring or purchase these supplies:

  • (2) sheets Bazzill Pomegranate Cardstock
  • Scraps of cardstock in: white (eyes, tail, teeth, feet), pink (nose, ears), gray (whiskers), dark brown (shadow layer)
  • Transparent/Silver glitter dots (or something sparkly and flat for the center of the flower)
  • (1) 8.5x11 transparency (printer or write-on)
  • Brown ink and blending tool
  • Acrylic block and dark brown ink for greeting
  • Confetti if you want something other than red stars (I will bring the red star confetti)
  • Double-sided adhesive in sheets or rolls, including a thin roll for the sides of the confetti stream.
  • Fineline bottle filled with glue (my favorite is Lineco pH neutral OR Scotch Quick Dry)
  • Detail scissors, tweezers

You'll also need these Pop it Ups dies/stamps, which are expected to arrive to Scrapp'n Savvy in time, plus your die cutting machine with plates/platforms for wafer thin dies:

  • 1095 Gift Card Accordion
  • 1096 Flourish Gift Frame
  • 1097 Lucky the Rabbit
  • 1099 Props 7 Basket
  • CS009 Lucky Birthday Clear Stamps
  • 981 Beach Edges (OR you may substitute #914 Outdoor Edges)

These supplies are included in the Kit that you will purchase from Scrapp'n Savvy:

  • Bo Bunny "Juliet" papers - Juliet, Verona and Nostalgia
  • Bo Bunny Blossoms - Wildberry Zinnia

OPTIONAL but recommended: Bring your smart phone or tablet to be able to watch the video tutorial while you're crafting (maybe some headphones, too, so my voice isn't coming from every device)

For those of you sadly unable to join us at Scrapp'n Savvy, perhaps because you live far, far away from Spring, Texas, here is the video tutorial for this project:

Plus the video for assembling Lucky the Rabbit:

And online shopping links:

 


Fall 2015 Pop it Ups Collins Release

Yesterday I flew home from The Collins Rep Group Fall Retailer Training Event where I launched a mini-collection and taught some classes.

Els went to Germany for StampelMekka so at the Collins show our sales rep Lisa Harrison stepped in to teach Els' portion of the workshop, a lovely wall hanger designed by Angela Beavers. My portion of the workshop was a country Christmas card featuring the Fence Pop Stand, Cocoa the Horse, Props 5 and the Western Edges.

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Here's the Friday night workshop in full swing:

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The next day I taught two retailer classes. The first was a gift card pop-up card class featuring the brand new Gift Card Accordion die and companion Flourish Gift Frame. These dies launched at Collins and will ship at the end of October. 

Project #1 showed off these two new dies.

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Project #2 used the Sleigh Gift Card Holder, Merry & Bright Clear Stamps, Rudy the Reindeer and the Merry Christmas die sets. 

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Learn how to assemble the Sleigh GCH die in this video:

 

Project #3 also used the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die, but minus the sleigh. Instead, the Paris Edges and Eiffel Tower plus some gorgeous Graphic 45 paper all combined to make an elegant glittered Happy Birthday card.

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Next up was the Characters & Props board class. Now that we have so many Characters (17) and Props (7) dies it's difficult for the stores to have the room to keep all of them in stock all the time. This display board can help the customer know all their choices so the store can special order any they don't have in stock. Many of the retailers who weren't able to take this class wanted to know how to get one for their store. Stay tuned for that, my retailer readers - we have a plan forming! 

The board also shows off the three new additions - Lucky the Rabbit, Props 6 (western) and Props 7 (woven basket) - which will ship at the same time as the Gift Card Accordion and Flourish Gift Frame in late October.

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After I was done teaching my three classes I was delighted to be invited to attend Susan Tierney-Cockburn's class. The project was a gorgeous 3-panel tag card using a variety of Susan's Garden dies  including her fabulous stone wall die. Swoon! Here I am sponging a sky using Susan's Pan Pastels and clouds-die-used-as-stencil. 

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Saturday night is always the Sample Making Frenzy, where every vendor sets up one or two Make 'n Take tables. My table featured a simple pop-up tree card using the Merry & Bright Collection. I had planned to do all the prep work for this card at the show, in between classes, etc. I was thrilled when the ECD team stepped in on Thursday to help me complete the pre-cutting of the pieces. Aisling cut fifty sets of Christmas Trees and Joep cut all the pop stands and embossed the cards. What a life saver! Thanks, team!

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Here's a shot of the Make 'n Take in full swing. Our prep amount was extremely accurate, as I was left with just 2 kits at the end of the 3-hour session. Yeah!

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Sunday is the trade show. Here's where all the education pays off - in orders! We stayed quite busy and of course having the amazing cards by the Designer Challenge Team on display, plus the awesome giant poster of Pop it Ups dies by category (made by the amazing Marli) made it easy for the retailers to place their orders.

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Sharp eyes in the photo above may have spied the two new Clear Stamp sets coming out in the Fall Release. I've had a lot of requests to release the Characters as stamps so people can color them with their Copics. I'm starting with two small Clear Stamp sets - just 3x4 with smaller outline versions of a Character and phrases to fit the theme. The stamped versions of the Characters are about half-size to the die version, so you could use them (say) on the fronts of the cards, on the envelopes or to make kids for your Characters by combining the stamps and the dies. The coordinating phrases will work great with all the decorator labels, tags, etc. in the Pop it Ups line. Here are some visuals so you have a sense of how big the stamps are in comparison to the dies. 

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Without Els at the show to remind us nobody thought to get our usual "team photo" - whoops! Huge thanks to the staff at Elizabeth Craft Designs for all their prep work getting ready for the show with catalogs, boards, posters, etc. and to Joep, Aisling and Susan for making the show a success.

Check back with me tomorrow for this month's Designer Challenge. The theme is Celebrate with Frame Edges and the team has knocked it out of the park as usual. Look for the new Fall Collection dies and stamps to ship to independent retailers at the end of October.

 


Connecticut Pop it Ups Classes - June 12-13, 2015

Hey Connecticut peeps! I'm heading north in a couple of weeks to teach at The Inspiration Station and Papercraft Clubhouse. Here is the schedule:

The Inspiration Station - Stafford Springs, CT - Friday, June 12, 2015

    • 3-4:30 pm - FREE Pop it Ups Demo
    • 6-9 pm - Pop it Ups Card Class (call store for pricing and availability)

Papercraft Clubhouse - Westbrook, CT - Saturday, June 13, 2015

    • 10:30-1:30 - Pop it Ups Card Class (call store for pricing and availability)

It is the same class at both stores and they have ordered in plenty of supplies to feed your need for after-class shopping.

You will make three cards in class, focusing on three different types of Pop it Ups dies - pop stands, general pop-ups and pull cards. This will give you an excellent base of knowledge for assembling the other dies in the collection as well.

Please bring these tools to class

  • Scissors
  • A variety of adhesives - tape runner, fine glue (my favorite is a Fineline 18 or 20 gauge bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry or Lineco pH neutral adhesive), pop dots, mini glue dots
  • Paper piercer
  • Optional: inks for inking edges. I show my cards “clean” but they will look great with ink.
  • Optional: markers or colored pencils for coloring the words on the greeting label.
  • Optional: smart phone or camera for taking photos of the hundreds of sample cards on display

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I must say, I am really excited about this trip! I haven't been doing much teaching or traveling this year, allowing me to focus on my two high school Juniors and this busy important time in their lives. As such I haven't been able to feed my love of teaching as much as I'm used to. Get ready, Connecticut, because I am going to lace up my teaching shoes and dance a jig! (Ha, just kidding)

Hope to see you there!

 


North/South Carolina Teaching Tour Oct 21-26, 2014

I'll be heading to North and South Carolina for my final teaching trip of the year at the end of October. You can take this class at one of the eight stores listed below. You'll need to contact the stores for times and pricing.

  

Here are photos of the four class cards, although I really like the students to think of the cards more like recipes and idea starters for future creations. The real value in a Pop it Ups class are the tips, tricks and education about the dies themselves. You'll have the opportunity to learn all four categories of Pop it Ups folds; Pivot Cards, Pull Cards, General Pop-ups and Accordions. You'll also try out a Character and other accessory dies and folders.

 

 

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Things you should bring to class:

  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives! - Tape Runner, 1/4" strong tape, mini glue dots, pop-dots and a liquid glue capable of doing detail work. (My favorite is a Fineline 20 guage Applicator bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive)
  • Scissors - detail scissors can also be helpful
  • Paper Piercer
  • Sanding Block (I will have some to share, but bring your own and the class moves faster)
  • Brayer (only if you have one - helps mash down the frame edges)
  • Detail Tweezers (optional, but very helpful for placing glitter dots and bear eyeballs)
  • Inks & Blending Tools (completely optional - all of my cards are inkless, but if you like the look of ink, bring colors to fit each card)

Hope to see you there!


Colorado Classes - Simple Pleasures Sept 12-13, 2014

The machines have been humming and the paper flying non-stop all weekend as I continue preparing the class kits for this weekend's trip to my old hometown, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

It's going to be a jam-packed two days of fun at Simple Pleasures. There are two different class options and both classes will be offered on Friday and again on Saturday. Can't make a class? Head on down to the store on Saturday from 1-2pm for a free demo hour and a chance to see the 100 sample cards on display!

Here's the schedule. Call the store for pricing and availability: (719) 528-1338

 Sept 12 (Fri) 

1 – 4:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop it Ups Cards 

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Sept 12 (Fri) 

5:30 – 9pm 

**Karen Burniston All Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

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Sept 13 (Sat) 

9:30am–1pm 

**Karen Burniston All Occasion Cards Pop It Ups Cards 

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Sept 13 (Sat) 

1 – 2pm 

Demo Time with Karen Burniston 

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Sept 13 (Sat 

3 – 6:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

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What will you learn in class?

In all of my card classes I include a card made with each category of interactive dies in my Pop it Ups collection. Once you've learned how to make one, you can feel comfortable buying any of the others in that category. The four categories are: Pivot Cards, Pull Cards, General Pop-up Cards and Accordion Cards.

What I always tell my students is not to concern themselves too much with the colors or themes of the cards they make in class. Class day is all about learning the techniques and having blueprints to re-make the cards in other colors and styles later on. You'll receive a detailed handout to be able to remake the cards, and I highly encourage "creative choices" where you make the cards your own.

CLASS #1: HOLIDAY/OCCASION POP IT UPS CARDS

We will start with a Pivot Card, this time the new Evergreen Pivot Card, decorated as a Halloween card:

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Next we'll do a Pull Card - the Spiral Circle Pull Card in a Birthday theme using the Clock & Gears die:

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For the general pop-up I am bringing back the class favorite from the May/June class - the Spring Butterflies card with the butterfly-shaped-window (this can be any theme, although you will receive a Thinking of You sticker in your kit)

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And finally we'll end with the Merry Christmas Katie Label Accordion project:

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If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer more sophisticated and/or elegant cards over cute. You'll learn techniques about wallpapering for pivot cards, making window cards that reveal a "flying" object when the card is opened, and tips for Accordion frame edges, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter.

CLASS #2: ALL OCCASION POP IT UPS CARDS

We will start with the House Pivot Card in a congrats/housewarming theme:

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Next will be the Pull Card, this time incorporating a clear spiral that is used to animate the Props 1 so the frog will change as the card is pulled open, allowing the props to fly off his face. (This one is super fun to play with!) A blank speech bubble allows you to write something personal inside the card.

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For the general pop-up we'll use the Lornal Label pop-up and Poppy the Owl:

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And for our final card, the Accordion, we will do a birthday theme with mixed pages - two from the Ring Accordion and one from the Circle Accordion. For an added technique, we'll also add the spiral die from the Spiral Circle Pull Card to the accordion, letting the spiral animate the balloons while also revealing a clear panel with a floating greeting.

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If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer bright "cute" cards. You'll learn techniques about using the interactive dies as decorator dies, assembling the Character dies, using clear spirals and mixing Accordion pages, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter on the Cake Peel-off sticker.

WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS:

  • Scissors
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives! 
    • Tape Runner
    • Strong 1/4" tacky tape or Scor tape
    • Mini glue dots (these are flat)
    • Pop dots (these have dimension)
    • Fine glue pen (my favorite is the Fineline 20 gauge applicator bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry glue)
  • Sanding Block - I will bring some to share, but if you have you're own it makes things go faster
  • Paper Piercer 
  • Crop-a-Dile (this is only for the Holiday class to set an eyelet in the Halloween card) - I will bring mine, so bring this only if you have one
  • Detail scissors and tweezers - optional, but recommended for placing items and detail trimming
  • Brayer - really helpful for mashing down frame edges once you have them placed how you like them
  • Xyron "X" sticker maker - some students prefer to make their small pieces into stickers rather than use glue - optional
  • Coordinating inks and blending tools - absolutely optional, but if you're an inker, feel free!
  • Smart phone or camera for taking photos of the 100 sample cards on display. (seriously - you're going to feel inspired!)

Another reason you should absolutely come to class - the chance to try hundreds of dollars worth of dies before deciding which ones you want to own. Think of it like a test drive. We've cut all the pieces for you, so there's no stress in class and you will leave with four finished cards and no homework. (Other than coloring your cake, which is optional)

We're going to have a ton of fun this weekend - join us!