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Pop-up Sock Monkey Birthday Card

Transcript of Blackberry Messenger Chat:

Karen: If I buy you two new pairs of socks, can I cut up a pair of your existing ones?

John: Go for it. If you haven't already.

Karen: I was waiting. Scissors are poised! Your new socks are thick and squishy. It was a good trade!

Notice that he didn't ask why I wanted his socks, or why they had to be his existing socks instead of the new ones I had obviously purchased. (Answer: Color - couldn't find new ones the color of a sock monkey)

Men, in general, and John, in particular, are not very curious creatures!

The Pop-up Snowman die, like all the pop-up dies, is a steel-rule die. This means that you can cut all sorts of alternate materials, like fabric, felt or the upper part (not the feet) of your husband's well-laundered socks. (I used color-safe bleach and hot water) For my sock monkey, I cut the pop-up pieces out of cardstock and then out of the socks. I glued the sock-pieces over the cardstock pieces and then assembled like normal. The ears, mouth, arms and legs are cut by hand and glued on.

(Click to make it bigger)Sock Monkey Birthday Card 

Sizzix products used:
Bigz XL Pop-up Snowman die, by Karen Burniston
Originals Pumpkin Toy die, by Brenda Pinnick (for the hat)
Bigz Ovals die
Bigz Ovals, Scallop #3 die
Textured Impressions Birthday Set #2, by Stu and Rachael Bright
Textured Impressions Dots & Flowers Set, by Rachael Bright & Emily Humble
Bigz Clear Circle, Scallop die, by E.L.
Birthday Phrases Clear Stamps, by Dena Designs
Little Sizzles Matboard

Other products used:
Patterned Papers by My Mind's Eye "Breaking Free"
General craft/source unknown: pom-pom ribbon, ink, silver rhinestones, elastic, eyelets, fabric, socks, buttons

A couple of construction notes:

  • The socks are going to make the pop-up very thick when folded flat. The "river" or thick binding area of my card is about 7/8" thick. I made it by first folding the interior (teal spotted) patterned paper in the middle. Then I measured half my river distance (so 7/16") in each direction and made another fold. I cut my matboard to fit the space from the outer fold to the edge of the paper, leaving the river space open with no matboard.
  • I always complete the insides of my cards first. The pop-up base is lined up to the center fold as usual. However, because the sock monkey is a lot of weight for that little base piece, I reinforced the connection with mini-brads through the base/matboard.
  • Once the inside of the card is complete, I close the card and then wrap my outer paper around the closed card, noting where the outer paper hits the edges of the matboard. I remove the paper and make score lines at those locations. Now glue the paper securely to the front matboard and the back matboard, but use no glue in the river. Notice when the card is open that the outer paper (which is longer) will bow in the river, making a "U" shape.

RKQOTD (Me: What if Gram came to visit and didn't bring you any presents? Emma: I'd be fine with it. Me: Good answer! Gram coming is present enough, right? Karl: Right! Me: quoting Allison Strine Because we love Gram to the moon and back! Karl: Yeah! Emma: Well . . . the moon isn't very far away, speaking in space miles. Me: Would it be better to say we love her to Pluto and back? Emma: No. It would be better to say that we love her to the next planetary nebula and back!)

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