The former Pop it Ups Designer Challenge team has regrouped as a friends group called Paper Pros and today is the first of our monthly no-pressure challenges. Summer Hills-Painter challenged us to "Shake it Up" by incorporating a shaker element or action wobbler into a project of any theme.
This is a version of a Twist Circle Window Card (Video Link) but as a shaker card instead. I started with a 4.75" x 12" strip of patterned paper (Authentique Legacy "Kindred") and scored it into three 4" panels. I cut the base of the Twist Circle die over the right fold and cut the upper portion of the platform from the leftover paper. Next I folded the left panel underneath the center panel and die cut through both layers with the medium circle die from the Twist Circle set. Between the two layers I added a square made from two transparency pieces sealed around the edges and filled with silver confetti and micro beads. I made a similar shaker label by cutting the label out of both patterned paper and transparency and then hand stitching the two together with yellow thread. This was easy because the label die creates decorative pierce marks around the perimeter. Before stitching the top edge of the label I used a paper funnel to fill it with the same silver confetti and micro beads.
The card measures 4.75" x 4" when closed, so it will mail easily in an A2 envelope. The greetings are from a Stampin' Up! set from my stash called Sale-a-Bration "A Happy Thing"
Here's a close-up of the window area when the card is closed. The flower embellishment is visible through the window in the upper right.
As the card is opened the Twist Circle mechanism starts to lift and twist the interior shaker label.
Once the card is open the flower has moved to the left side and the "Love Life" (same stamp set) greeting is revealed. I also added flourishes from the Merry Christmas Pop-up die set. The flowers themselves are a combination of silk and paper flowers from my stash.
Here's a close-up of the shaker label:
Also, congratulations to Lana R. for winning two dies in the 25,000 YouTube Subscribers giveaway from the last newsletter. Here is Lana's winning comment, chosen by random draw:
"Your cards are amazing! But I am a little intimidated by them."
Lana, I hope you've had a chance to try your dies and that you're no longer intimidated!
I mentioned on Social Media that I recently achieved a goal of 25,000 YouTube subscribers! Whoo hoo! Thanks, all. At the end of this post are details about a Giveaway.
To celebrate, here's a new video tutorial for combining the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set plus the Heart Pivot Card decorator dies to make a pop-up heart-filled flower pot with extra pop-up hearts attached to the front of the flower pot.
The patterned papers I used are older designs from My Mind's Eye from "The Sweetest Thing" collection, but any patterned papers could be used in this design. The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and can be mailed in an A7 (5x7) envelope. The front decoration features an embossed border strip (Stampin' Up! embossing folder), two hearts from the Heart Pivot Card set with vines from the Flower Pot Pop Stand set, and a metal key from my stash.
As the card is opened the flower pot starts to raise and expand.
Once open, the pop-up sculpture is revealed, including extra heart pop-ups built on the front of the pot so they, too, will pop-up. The "love" is an older script die (Stampin' Up!) from my stash.
The video shows a technique for cutting notches in the small hearts to be able to make the interlocking hearts to go in the flower pot.
This side view shows the "feet" that I added to the back of the large decorator hearts to turn them into pop-up hearts for the front of the flower pot. This technique is explained in the video.
This card would be suitable for many occasions, including Valentines Day, Anniversary, Mother's Day, Birthday, Thanks, Love and Thinking of You.
GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a random drawing to win the two dies featured in the video - Flower Pot Pop Stand and Heart Pivot Card. Leave your comment by the end of the week, Friday, February 3, 2017 at 5 pm CST. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and dies will be sent out as soon as we can connect by e-mail to get your mailing address.
Today I'm sharing a Twist Circle Panel Card in a Love theme.
Shelly mentioned that the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog had a theme of Be Square, so I thought I'd adapt the measurements of the Twist Circle Panel Card video to be a square card with square panels and enter it into the Challenge.
This is a top fold 4.5" square card with a ribbon tie closure. The front features layered heart stamps from a Dina Wakley set, plus a key charm from Hobby Lobby.
When the card is opened the panels twist and open. The laser-cut wood letters came from Michaels and I painted them to match my project colors. The patterned papers are older from my stash - Teresa Collins.
For the Twist Circle Panel card itself, I followed the video instructions, with these changes to the dimensions:
Backing Card: 4.5" x 4.5", scored for folding in the center with 5 closely-spaced score lines to create a rolling fold to accommodate the thick wooden letters in the closed position. (NOTE: If you're not using thick items on the panels, there is no need for a rolling fold - simply score once in the center of the backing card)
Inner Card: 4.25" x 4.25", scored for folding in the center.
Arms: 1.25" x 3.75", scored for folding lengthwise up the center
Interior Pop-up Panels: 8" x 2", scored every 2".
Here is the video tutorial for converting the Pop it Ups Twist Circle die into a base for a panel card. If you're making the square version, make the appropriate measurement substitutions listed above.
Here are some shopping links for the products used on my Love card:
Well 2016 is nearly over and our final Pop it Ups Designer Challenge is full of fun! Sandy Diller set the theme of "Party Animals - use any of the Character dies for a card celebrating New Years or anything else"
For my card I wanted to show yet another way to adapt the Twist Circle Pop-up die set. This time I'll use it without the upper platform and instead I'll add spirals to the lower platforms. This generic card design could be used for any theme. I decorated mine for New Year's using Hoppy the Frog and the decorator pieces from the Anita Frames. It would make an adorable Valentines card with hearts decorating the spirals.
The front of my card features the same confetti patterned paper (SEI 8-6909 from my stash) as the card's interior. I cut the patterned paper into two pieces to allow the frog to be tucked behind the title. I added his front legs, trimmed and folded, to look like he's holding the greeting. "Happy New Year" is spelled out in (very old) letter stickers from my stash and Hoppy's eye sockets, cut from gold paper, created the perfect confetti in between the letters.
As the card is opened, the Twist Circle lower platforms start to pop-up, causing the spirals to expand.
Once open, the spirals expand and the frogs pop-up. The banners suspend between the spirals, spelling out the year to come. The greeting comes from an older Stampin' Up! set called "Lovely Amazing You" - I thought it was the perfect greeting for a new year full of promise.
I explain in the video about the banners. If you're stringing 3 banners they fit nicely between the spirals - simply attach the string to the spirals and hang the banners between. However, if 4 banners are required, it took a little extra engineering. Basically I needed to anchor the "2" banner, but that meant it wouldn't be able to shift locations when the card closed. To allow for the other banners to shift, I needed the string to be able to slide through the "2" banner to give slack to the other three so they can find a good resting position when the card is closed. Because the string is anchored to the card, it will pull the slack out of the banners as the card is opened and raise them into the air.
This card design is very generic and can be decorated for any theme. You need only the Twist Circle for the mechanism, but if you're interested in replicating this exact card, here are the items you'll need:
Just a quick note about these 9 amazing ladies. Most of them have been on my team since my Sizzix days and we've been posting monthly Designer Challenges for years! Every month for the last three years this team has posted jaw-dropping projects promoting Pop it Ups and Elizabeth Craft Designs. What an honor to have these beautiful people showing off my products in such clever and creative ways. They are my best friends and I couldn't have done it without them.
Sandy Diller set the theme this month and then created this absolutely amazing card featuring several Character dies and a Hee Haw theme. She doubled the Lots of Pops using a clever box cut in the center of the card. So fabulous!
Frances Byrne created a Z-fold card and then cut the Tags Pivot Card into the panels to animate her greetings. Jinks the Monkey and his pals are partying on the front of the card. As usual, Frances found the perfect mix of papers, stamps and dies for an awesome card.
Karen Aicken is ushering the new year with a stylish card featuring kraft and red with black accents. So many great details in this card - I love the pink bubbly and the styling on Jinks. The Hanging Charm Pull Tab provides the base.
Raquel Mason shows Jinks the Monkey's true party instincts with this fun Oval Pull Card featuring a background of embossed bananas and an inverted monkey flying on the slider arm. I am bananas for this card!
Fran Sabad created a stunning New Year's card featuring black and gold accents and the Clock die turned into a shaker! I love the way she used the Anita Frames pop-up to highlight the date inside the card. The Party Animals have a couple of hours left!
Shelly Hickox is celebrating the new year by getting organized with her planner. She created these adorable Character planner clips using a woodlands styling on Honey the Bear and Dutch the Fox. I like the addition of Chilly the Penguin's scarf to Honey as well. This makes me want to become a planner girl!
Caz Counsell ends the year and the Designer Challenges with this fabulous ode to the team, featuring 10 different "spirit animals" representing all of us. She die cut the Lots of Pops across the card several times to give plenty of platforms. I adore this card almost as much as I adore this team!
At year's end it's always a great time to reflect on the journey, and it's been marvelous!
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.
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).
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.
Once the card is opened fully, the panels will expand and the trees pop-up, creating a fun zigzagging double pop-up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Today I'm sharing a class card I taught in early November. This card combines several Pop it Ups products to make a festive "Santa Mouse in a Chimney" scene.
The front of the card features the decorator pieces from the House Pivot Card plus the Outdoor edges. The house die features a brick stencil/emboss feature to give the house texture.
The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and opens to a 5" x 12". As the card is opened the Flower Pot starts to expand and pop up.
Inside the card the Flower Pot Pop Stand is decorated as a chimney. I used the House die to emboss a brick texture on the panels for the sides of the pot. Jolly the Mouse is wearing the Props 5 Santa costume.
I also used the Holiday Charms inside the pot. The candy cane in Jolly's hands comes included with the mouse die set. The stamp set is called Merry & Bright and the Labels & Circles set works perfectly to frame the greetings as well as a blank circle to write a personal greeting.
Learn how to assemble the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set by watching this instructional video:
Here are the items used on the card. In addition to these items, I used red, white, tan, pink, green and black cardstocks, plus coordinating ribbon.
For last week's Designer Challenge I posted a video tutorial for how to make a window pop-up card using the Lorna Label die set. I mentioned that window cards make particularly good holiday cards because the item in the window can decorate the front of the card and the inside as well. This will save time and materials when you need to make a lot of cards.
Today I have another video tutorial for making a window pop-up card, this time with the Twist Circle die set. I particularly like the Twist Circle for this technique because there is a double motion to the pop-up - twisting and lifting - so the penguin (or whatever you choose to put on it) changes position. Watch this 15 minute video tutorial to learn the technique:
This card measures 5" x 5" in the closed position, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope and mail for a single stamp. (Also important for holiday cards!)
I recommend adding a closure when creating this type of card so the card will stay nicely flat until opened, making for the best viewing of the "closed" position through the window. I created a simple fold-over magnetic closure for my card and added striped washi tape from my stash to decorate both sides of the flap. You can see in the photo below how the Twist Circle starts to lift and twist as the card is opened.
Inside the card Chilly the Penguin, wearing the Props 5 Reindeer outfit, has now changed position and floats inside the card, festively. All of the circle dies used on this card are included with the Twist Circle set. The ornament top die comes with the Ring Accordion set.
Chilly the Penguin and Props 5 combine to make a cute penguin-reindeer. I cut the nose and the scarf out of felt.
Here are clickable shopping links for the products used in the video. The paper is an older design from my stash. I also used several colors of cardstock - kraft, black, white, red and silver, plus twine, a piece of clear transparency, and pop dots.