Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 29 - Hearts!

Welcome to our first Designer Challenge of 2020. This month our theme is "Hearts" and you'll find some lovely heartfilled cards by our Design Team to inspire you.

For my card and video I am showing how to use the Surprise Ball Pop-up to animate a circle billboard, suitable for any theme. In keeping with the challenge I decorated mine for Valentine's Day.

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Learn the technique by watching the full YouTube video here:

This card measures 5.5" square when closed. The front is decorated with patterned paper (Crate Paper Main Squeeze, from my stash) and two love note charms from the Love Charms. The scalloped edge pieces were made using the Tropical Scene die set.

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Because of the bulky bead closure, it would need a bubble mailer, but I plan to give it in person. You can always swap out the closure for something more mail-friendly, like a tie closure, belly band or magnets.

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Once the closure is released, the billboard will pop-up, attached to the Surprise Ball. The billboard is created on a base of the largest Crosshatch Circle and decorated with Love Charms and our Happy Valentine's Day word die. The inside patterned paper (PhotoPlay Candy Hearts) is also from my stash. 

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Here are the supplies used in the video. This technique would work wonderfully for any theme by swapping out the papers and embellishments.


Let's take a look at the wonderful inspiration by our talented Design Team. 

Frances Byrne created this fabulous Circle Tag Book featuring the Heart Pivot Panels. Love the touches of cream and gold to highlight the red/pink color scheme. 

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Karen Aicken combined red and kraft for this fabulous Surprise Ball Valentine. I especially love the paper yoyo on the top of the ball. Check out Karen's blog for a video of this card in action.

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Fran Sabad made two cards for the challenge showing the Heart Pivot Panels two ways - in a standard card and then combined with the Twist Panel Pop-up. The foil elements and patterned hearts are gorgeous.

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Sandy Diller cleverly combined the Tag Book Pop-up with the Heart Pivot Panels to create this unique card with elements of both pop-ups. She has a full video tutorial for how she made it on her blog post, so be sure to click over and watch it. Love the combination of pink and teal on this.

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Lois Bak created this magnificent light-up Surprise Ball Valentine. She has more information and a video of the card in action on her blog post. This is such a cool effect and the EZ-Lights from Pear Blossom Press work so wonderfully with our pop-up dies that we are now carrying them on our website.

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Kelly Booth created two amazing cards for the challenge. First up, she combined the Circle Tag Book and Heart Pivot Panels for a fun vibrant Valentine. I like how she added the Love Charms to the pop-up.

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Kelly's second card is absolutely adorable, combining our Surprise Ball Pop-up with cute googly-eyed stamped frogs. One of the frogs is on an action wobbler for even more interactive fun.

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Hopefully you feel inspired by a hearty helping of heart-filled cards. Join us next month on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 for our next Designer Challenge. 

Happy Crafting!

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Video Tutorial: Gnome Surprise Ball Pop-up Card

Happy New Year!

In honor of it being 2020, I think "vision" is going to be my word for this year. 

On Christmas Eve I posted a Christmas gnome card made with our Surprise Ball Pop-up die set, and others. You can check out the photos and supplies for that card on this blog post: Gnome Surprise Ball Christmas Card.

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When I posted the card on Facebook and Instagram I received a lot of requests for a video tutorial. Since Christmas is over and spring approaches, I thought I'd create a version of this card decorated as a garden gnome instead, and decorate it with a "Happy Birthday from the garden" theme.

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Watch the full YouTube video to see how I made this card:

When closed, this card measures 7" x 7". It's a big card and because of the bulk will probably need a bubble mailer or hand delivery. The closure is made using some twill, decorative flower brads (stash item) and magnets. The red dimensional flower is something I found in my stash. The pot, leaves and tulips are made with the Garden Charms die set. The Ovals - Crosshatch set is also used.

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Lift the right side of the twill to release the garden gnome. He springs up inside the card, holding gardening tools in his hands. The patterned papers I used on the card are older ones from my stash. The green polka dot paper is Cosmo Cricket (from 2011 - I told you - OLD!), and the floral paper is from Pebbles Front Porch collection. (newer, but still old) These patterns would be easy to substitute with newer papers.

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Since the gnome spins on a brad, I thought it would be fun to hide the second half of the greeting on his back, revealed when he turns around.

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The garden gnome features yarn hair, ribbon sleeves and die cut hands, nose and hat. I added little thumbs so he could hold the Garden Charms.

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Want to give this card a try? Here are all the dies I used in the video. 


Gnome Surprise Ball Christmas Card

Merry Christmas!

There's gno place like gnome for the holidays! (See what I did there?) I thought it would be fun to style our new Surprise Ball Pop-up die set as a Christmas gnome.

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The front of the card measures 7" x 7" when closed. The flaps come from the Flap and Closure die set, moved closer to the center for more overlap. I loved the characters in the Photo Play patterned papers so I styled our Snowman die to match the one in the paper. The closure is a combination of ribbon, star brads and magnets. 

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Release the closure by lifting the right side of the ribbon. The gnome springs up from inside the card. I created his hat using our Rectangles Crosshatch set, cutting on the diagonal twice and then once across the bottom. The circles for his hands and pompom come included in the Surprise Ball set. The oval for his nose came from our Ocean Animals set. The other ovals from our Ovals Crosshatch set. I used yarn to make the beard and hair. Ribbon is used for his sleeves.

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The gnome will rotate on a hidden brad and a second greeting "Ho Ho Ho" is attached to the back panels. Our Alphabet set was the perfect size.

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Gnomes are hot right now, so this card could be changed to another season easily by changing the colors and styling of the gnome so he's more of a garden gnome. Here are the products I used on my Christmas version.

Happy New Year and may your days be Merry and Bright!


Pop-up Cards class projects - December 2019

My last class of the year is this Wednesday, December 18th at Scrapp'n Savvy in Conroe, TX. As of yesterday there were 2 seats left, so call the store quickly if you want in on this class.

Because it's so close to Christmas I chose not to make holiday cards for this class. We will start with a Surprise Ball Pop-up card with a generic theme of "oh happy day" that can be used for most occasions. 

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The card measures 5x7 and also features our Flap and Closure die set. Decorator dies were pulled out of other pop-up sets including the cute little heart tree from the Oval Frames Pop-up die set and a bird from the Frame Pull Pop-up. The beautiful bird paper is from Bo Bunny. Other patterned papers are Echo Park.

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Next we'll make a birthday card using the Gift Pivot Panels (the die set is included in your kit). These papers are also Echo Park.

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This card is a standard A2 size and will mail easily. It's decorated with our Crosshatch shape dies, Celebrate and Border Blends - Party die sets.

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Students please bring these tools/supplies to class:

  • Scissors
  • Adhesives - tape runner, strong glue capable of making a fine line, mini glue dots, pop-dots (optional)
  • Paper piercer
  • Quickstick or tweezers for assembling the little presents
  • If you have them - clips for holding things together while glue dries. This could be large paper clips or bag clips or binder clips.
  • If you have one - a needle threader to pull the twine through the closure.
  • Print outs of these two cards OR plan to take photos of the originals with your phone/tablet to refer to in class.

I will have a full trunk show with me as well.

See you soon!


Thanksgiving 2019 Photo Collage Memory Card

We had a very relaxed Thanksgiving this year with just the four of us. 

We wore comfy pants.

We ate ham.

And just for fun, we made paper turkeys.

I asked each family member to style two turkeys from our Feathered Animals set using their own creativity. No rules or restrictions. I then took a photo of each family member holding their turkeys and documented it all on a Photo Collage card.

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The Photo Collage is really the perfect crossover die between cardmaking and scrapbooking. This card could be added to a larger scrapbook page or mini-album, or it could be mailed to someone as the perfect little mini-memory card. 

The card measures 5.5" square when closed. For the front of the card I used our Alphabet and Numbers set plus the Autumn Elements set.

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As the card opens the Photo Collage starts to twist and expand.

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Once open, all 8 turkeys and the small photos of us holding our turkeys are revealed. It was a bit of a challenge to find spots for 12 frames without catch points, but I eventually got it. 

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The Tiny Accessories sets were also out on the table in case anyone wanted to accessorize. As you see below, we have a Saints turkey (John's favorite American football team) a pilgrim turkey, and a graduation turkey.

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This could be a fun activity for other holidays, too, styling bunnies for Easter or reindeer for Christmas. Here are the products I used on my Thanksgiving version. The papers are all older ones from my stash.

 


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 28: Surprise!

Happy December! 

For this month's Designer Challenge the theme is Surprise! The team was challenged to use either the Parcel Pop-up die set or the Surprise Ball Pop-up die set for a card of any theme. Both of these dies have a "ta da!" surprise reveal.

For my card and video I wanted to fulfill a request by Michelle J. on our Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps Facebook group who requested a video tutorial for styling the Parcel Pop-up like a present where the lid slides up as the card opens. I went with a 5x5 gatefold card with an extra flap for animating the pop-up. The flaps are made with our Flap and Closure die set.

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Watch the video to learn this technique:

When closed, this card measures 5x5. It stays closed through the use of a elastic bead/button closure. The wreath is made using the vine from the Flowers and Bee die set. The box and tag dies come included in the Parcel Pop-up die set. The buttons, bead and elastic are just supplies I had on hand in my stash, and patterned paper is from Bo Bunny. The greeting stamp is a very old one from my stash and I'm not sure the manufacturer.

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The bead makes an easy handle for lifting the elastic up and off the button to release the card.

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Once open, a present is revealed.

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Lower the bottom flap and watch the lid of the present lift up, revealing two cute reindeer peeking out of the box. The reindeer are made using our Christmas Animals die set. To reverse the direction of the second reindeer I die cut the body and then flipped it over before decorating.

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This card makes a beautiful display piece and can be decorated for any gift-giving occasion. So think birthdays, weddings, graduations, retirements, etc. 

Ready to give this card a try? Here are links to the dies and supplies used on my card.



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Let's take a look at the wonderful inspiration by our talented Design Team.

Parcel Pop-up Cards

Helen Cryer created this gorgeous Parcel Pop-up with an explosion of stars lifting out of the box. I love the mix of blues and greens for this Helencredible card.

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Kelly Booth is a master of color and this cute clear-front bottom-fold magnetic top fold Parcel Pop up is no exception. I just love the snowy scene she created with stamps mixed with dies.

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Surprise Ball Pop-up Cards

Karen Aicken made her DC card early. A couple of months ago we did a product swap event with the design team of Pear Blossom Press where both teams used their EZ-Light sets with our pop-up dies. Karen made this magical light-up Surprise Ball and it's absolutely gorgeous. I love her choice of a two-flap front that allows most of the ball to be viewed in the closed position as well.

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Lois Bak cleverly created a globe from the Surprise Ball for this great space-themed encouragement card. She used a belly band to trap the card closed with a stamped sentiment on the band. So clever!

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Frances Byrne delights with this snowman Surprise Ball card. What a great idea to use the ball as snowman with a hat created with layered die cuts. A snowman scene also adorns the belly band on the front of the card. Fabulous!

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Fran Sabad also created a Surprise Ball with a snowman theme, but hers features stamped snowmen (and a penguin) on the ball and flaps. The Surprise Ball is designed to be able to spin on a brad in the card so all sides can be viewed. I love how Fran has the greeting visible in the closed position atop the ball.

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Sandy Diller also lit up the Surprise Ball with snowflake-shaped windows in the sides of the ball that shine beautifully when lit up. The white and gold foil color scheme is so elegant. Sandy used a belly band to hold the card closed.

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Thank you to everyone for following us through all our Designer Challenges of 2019. We have been blessed to have such talented designers showcasing our die sets. Join us next year (see what I did there) for our first Designer Challenge of 2020, on January 8th with a theme of HEARTS.

Happy Crafting!

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Disco Surprise Ball (and one more Parcel Pop-up Magic Card)

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Over the weekend I hosted "craft weekend" where my cousin Jessica came for the weekend and we were joined by Rebecca, Becky and Karrie for card making merriment.

On our Facebook Group, the Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps, Julie Pea said she wanted to see the Surprise Ball Pop-up die turned into a disco ball. I recently ordered the "Staying Alive Riley" stamp knowing it would be perfect for a disco ball card.

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The first thing I did was assemble the Surprise Ball from a shiny silver cardstock and then added glitter cardstock to each panel. I glued my stamped, colored and fussy-cut image to the ball and then flattened it to figure out what size card I needed. I used Copic markers for the coloring.

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Once I discovered that a 5x7 card would work, I got to work on creating a black card that included four flaps from the Flap and Closure die set. I used our Border Blends - Argyle for the front borders, using the same colors as the dance floor inside the card. I added our large Happy Birthday greeting to the front of the card.

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The closure is made with two shiny buttons that are sewn to the flaps using thin black elastic. For the bottom button I left a large loop of elastic on the front of the card and strung a bead onto the loop to act as an easy handle for lifting the elastic off the upper button to release the flaps.

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Once released, the ball will spring up inside the card, revealing a bright dance floor made with our Squares- Crosshatch die set. I thought I'd add "just a few" rhinestones to the disco ball. (Spoiler alert - "just a few" turned into covering the entire top half of the ball in rhinestones!) The stars come included in the Surprise Ball die set. I also used our large Celebrate die and the Ovals- Crosshatch as a place to sign the card.

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Learn how the Surprise Ball and Flap and Closure dies work by watching this assembly video:

The other card I made during Craft Weekend was yet another Parcel Pop-up Magic Card, also using a Riley stamp.

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Magic Card Riley Stamp

The video tutorial for the magic card technique is posted on the product page for the Parcel Pop-up die set. This card also uses the Flap and Closure die set, Tropical Scene for the stitched scalloped edge, Postage Stamp Riley from Riley and Company, and a retired "happy holidays" stamp from me.

Below you'll find the links for the dies and supplies used on the Disco Surprise Ball card. The black grid patterned paper was an old one from my stash. The rest of the papers are solid cardstocks and glitter papers. 


Parcel Pop-up Magic Card Video Tutorial and Blog Hop Winners

First up, a huge congratulations to the winners of our November 2019 Release Blog Hop. Winners were chosen by random draw from the comments on each blog post in the hop. You will be contacted by e-mail for instructions on how to claim your $25 gift credit to our website. Here are the blog links followed by the winner for each blog. Congratulations!

Karen Burniston - MaryKay C.
Lois Bak - Jennifer G.
Frances Byrne  - Eunice C.
Karen Aicken - Nancy R.
Fran Sabad - Karen P.
Sandy Diller - Lena F.
Kelly Booth - Mary H-B.
Helen Cryer - Raquel M.

As promised, I have completed a full video tutorial for the Parcel Pop-up Magic Card. The video shows two versions of the card - one using our penguin die from the Winter Animals set, and one using the Percy Snow Angel rubber stamp from Riley and Company. Both cards also feature the Flap and Closure die set.

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Learn how to make this fun self-sliding pop-up magic card by watching the full video:

When closed, these bottom-fold clear-front magnetic-closure cards measure 4.25" x 5" and can be mailed easily in an A2 envelope.

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Open the cards to perform the magic trick. The image slides up and out of the frame and "magically" turns to color.

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Traditionally a magic card features an instruction for the user to pull somewhere to slide the items together, but with this version, the Parcel Pop-up die set is doing the sliding as the card is opened.

Because the greeting stamp is taller than my hidden space above each penguin, the "m" of Merry Christmas was showing in the closed position. To disguise it, I added embellishments to the frames in the upper left corner that would hide the "m" when the card is closed. Make sure if you have items extending into the frame that you don't create a catch point for the transparency. Try bending the overhanging items up away from the frame if you need to adjust.

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Here are two other versions of the Parcel Pop-up Magic card. 

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Blog Post: Parcel Pop-up Magic Card

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Blog Post: Parcel Pop-up Magic Card Part Two

Ready to give this card a try? Here are the products used in the penguin cards. I used older papers from my stash (Bo Bunny for the snowflakes and CI for the dots) so you'll want to shop your own stash for papers.

 


Parcel Pop-up Magic Card Part 2

Yes, I know I've promised a video tutorial for how to do the Magic Card technique with the Parcel Pop-up die set. I ordered a rubber stamp to use in the video so I'm waiting for that to arrive before I can shoot the video.

In the meantime, I got to wondering how this card would work using one of our animal dies for the magic trick. The reason this technique is always used with an outline stamp is because you need to be able to stamp the image onto the transparency for the black & white version. Then you stamp the image and color it in for the magic trick.

My solution was to trace the outlines of the turkey onto the transparency with a black Sharpie. Obviously the lines aren't as crisp and perfect as they would be by using a stamp, but it is still a cool look and a great way to use this technique with our animal die sets.

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This card measures 4.25" x 5" when closed. It is a bottom-fold clear-front card with a magnetic closure. I used our new Flap and Closure die set for the flap. The leaves, pumpkin and acorn came from our Autumn Elements die set and the word "Blessings" from our Word Set 7 - Autumn die set.

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As the card opens the turkey starts to lift up and out of the parcel. A stamped greeting (Lawn Fawn) is revealed as well. The scalloped border on the bottom flap was made using our Border Blends - Argyle die set.

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Once open, the turkey has "magically" turned to color. The turkey is one of the animals in our Feathered Animals die set. The patterned papers on this card are from Photo Play. 

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I will teach both a die version and a stamped version in the video as soon as my new stamp arrives.

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Want to make your own turkey magic parcel pop-up card? (Say that five times fast!) Here are links to the products used:

 


Parcel Pop-up Magic Card

Happy Sunday!

Tomorrow is the day that our November 2019 release starts shipping from our website. We've already shipped orders out to stores, so you might check locally first to see if they have the dies in stock.

One of the most versatile of the new pop-ups is the Parcel Pop-up. This is generic die set that creates a pop-up parcel with an extra mechanism behind it to lift an item up and out of the box. It's wide enough for a gift card, can be decorated as a cardboard box, present or anything else you dream up. Watch the assembly video to learn more about how this pop-up works.


I've been experimenting with different techniques with the Parcel Pop-up and my last video taught a peek-a-boo effect where one item slides up and reveals a second hidden item. Learn that technique on my last blog post here: November Release Blog Hop

That got me thinking about trying to create a Magic Card effect with the Parcel Pop-up. What's cool about this effect is that the stamped image appears to magically turn from black and white to color as it slides up.

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The main dies I used for this card were the Parcel Pop-up, Flap and Closure and Word Set 3 - Holiday die sets. However, I did use some decorator pieces from other sets. I used the scalloped edge die from Tropical Scene, the fishtail banner from the Triple Flip and the heart from the Office Charms.

This card measures 4" x 5" when closed and would mail in an A2 envelope if I used a lower profile item for my closure. However, because I chose to use a hitch fastener, I would need a bubble mailer so the hitch wouldn't punch through the envelope in transit. This is a bottom-fold card with a clear plastic front to allow the magic card to be viewed in the closed (black and white) position.

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Open the magnetic closure to lift the flap. As the card opens the stamped owl starts to slide up and turn to color.

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Once open the magic trick is revealed. The owl stamp has turned to color and a stamped greeting is revealed. Both stamps are from an older Darcie's Heart & Home set #JCS229. I used Copic markers for coloring. For the transparency version I would have normally used Staz On black ink, but I couldn't find my newer ink pad (where is that thing?) so I opted instead to use black embossing powder on the transparency image to set it.

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Magic cards have been around forever, but this is a fun twist on a magic card by letting the pop-up perform the magic. Normally the user pulls a tab to make the color change. For this version it's the opening and closing of the card that performs the trick.

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If you'd like to give this card a try, here are links to the main items I used. The patterned papers are older SEI from my stash. This technique will work well with any small to medium outline stamp.