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Pop-up 2Torial: Pop 'n Cuts with Floating Floor


When I taught in the Chicago area this summer I was thrilled to be presented with a "Yo-Yo Original" from my friend Yolanda Moran. She made me this Wonderland card, colored to absolute perfection, and employing a technique for a floating floor that allows pop-ups to be placed anywhere in the floor.

Yo Yo Wonderland Card
I thought her idea of hiding the mechanisms under a floating floor (versus having simple box pop-ups behind each element) was a brilliant idea and I could hardly wait to try this effect with the Circle Label Base Die Pop 'n Cuts.

My initial idea was to make tombstones pop-up for an eerie Halloween card. I went so far as to craft the Zombie Mary Poppins before I decided that the video should probably show a holiday card, so I put Zombie Mary aside.

I wanted to use new Lawn Fawn Fa-La-La papers and was delighted that their Let it Snow clear stamps perfectly matched the trees in one of their papers. With a stroke of genius that I assumed was original, I set out to make some trees pop-up for a lovely winter scene.

It is quite probable, however, that my idea of the trees was really not so much a unique idea as craft Inception, as I now recall Shelly Hickox mentioning something about wanting to make a card with trees popping up all over the place when we were admiring a card by Pete Hughes with trees popping up all over the place. I think Gretchen has also made a card with trees popping up all over the place.

So there ya go. I firmly believe that it's far better to err on the side of too much credit than not enough, so I must thank Shelly and Pete and Gretchen for the craft Inception that led to this card.

Trees Summary


Did you watch the video? I completely abandoned the whole "under 3 minutes" thing, huh? Ha!

Looking for the template for the floating floor? Here you go: Download Floating Floor Template

Now one thing you need to check when you print a PDF is whether the print settings say "shrink to fit" or anything disastrously similar. The width of the template should fit the A2-sized backing card just perfectly. (4.25") If the template is too small, then you have to reprint, making sure your print settings say "print full size" or something fantastically similar.

Here are some additional photos of the card from the video:

01 Trees Front
02 Trees Side
Isn't it nifty how the new Evergreen Tree pop-up die also works on the front of a card? This collapses flat for mailing!
03 Trees Open
04 Trees Mechanism




The lovely thing about making the alternate cards is that I can throw caution to the wind and just play with as many supplies as I want to, thank you very much.

The front of this card features my new Fancy Frame die, turned vertically to house a couple of my favorite old Halloween stamps from my stash. 

01 Cemetery Closed


A Karen Foster Pin-up was the perfect thing to hold the ends of the chain and the skeleton key. Initially I had just cut the frames from black cardstock, but they seemed a little boring and dimensionless, so I coated them with black powder and embossed a few times. 


02 Cemetery Side


The inside of this card thrills me! I had picked up this spooky graveyard paper from Moxxie's last year's Midnight Dreary collection. My plan was to carefully hinge some of the tombstones in the floating floor and then add supports behind them to make them raise and lower. I needed to back the excess hole left by the cut tombstones so I used black cardstock.


04 Cemetery Mechanism


Check out Zombie Mary Poppins! Mwaaaah haaa haa! Mary is a Lost-Coast Designs stamp that I recently ordered, but for Halloween I felt that she needed a new identity. After rejecting a Frankenstein stamp as too green, and a skull stamp as too white, I settled on this creepy little zombie head. 

I fashioned the spooky tree using a Tim Holtz Twigs On the Edge die and stamping a woodgrain texture on it. The Graveyard Tours sign was clipped from a piece of Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor paper, shaped, inked and hung with jump rings from the flagpole die.


03 Cemetery Open


Here are the main supplies used on both cards:


So there you have it - Yo Yo's Floating Floor adapted to fit Pop 'n Cuts. What will you create?

Happy Crafting!

Cemetery Summary

Sizzix Dies: Accordion Album & Frame Label

I am excited that the new Sizzix Hearth and Home collection is now shipping to stores. Definitely check with your local or online retailer to see if they ordered them. (If not, how about suggesting it? Can't hurt!)

I returned earlier this week from the Collins Rep Group Fall Education event, where I taught a project using the new Accordion Album and Frame Label Dies. The retailers were excited about the dies and especially the ease of assembly. 

Want to watch me assemble one? Here is a video that filmed at the CHA-S show:


One of the things I mention in the video is that you do not need to stop at four panels and here's a perfect visual of the album made with six panels by Gretchen - just click on the photo for a full tutorial of this adorable Halloween album on her blog.

Here are a couple of albums I have made. The new Evergreen Tree die fits perfectly in the album as an option!

Seasons Accordion Album

Another great decorator die for this album is the new Fancy Frame die, which can be used flat on a page (Here it is with a heart from the Love Sizzlits Set in the center) 

Album image
Or punch a hole and hang just the frame part of the Fancy Frame to make a great title:

04 Breckenridge Summary
Here are the four dies used for these projects:

As soon as you spot these dies in the stores can you shoot me an e-mail and/or post on my blog or Facebook wall telling me where you saw them? I want to collect a list of "spotted at" stores to direct those folks that e-mail me asking where to buy! That goes for retailers, too. Let me know when you have them and if you're willing to ship!
I also love seeing photos of the projects you've made. You can upload them to the Sizzix Flickr Gallery and you might be chosen to be featured on the Sizzix Blog for an I Spy Saturday! I will also be featuring some giveaways here on my blog once I get a supply of the new dies, so definitely stay tuned for that!

12 Tags of 2012 - Zombie Raven (October Tag)

You may recall that I participated (and made a mess, and had a blast) in the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas last year. You can view my tags here - Karen's 13 Tags of Christmas (Yes, 13. I'm an overachiever, yo!) Nowadays you can make one tag a month, so you don't have to neglect all your festive baking just because your pans are being used for shrink plastic and photo transfers. 

One tag a month ought to be a pretty easy feat, except that I am 0 for 9 on January thru September.

October is my favorite month for stamping, though, so I really wanted to make time to create something using some of my favorite old (and new) Halloween stamps. I was going to make a Pop 'n Cuts card, but then I saw Shelly Hickox's October Tag and it struck me that I could use my bird skeleton on the front of a pop-up tag and then have it open to reveal a suddenly reconstituted raven, Zombie-style! Brilliant! 

01 Zombie Raven Tag

I started with the basic techniques that Tim teaches in his October Tag Tutorial. I cut my new Frame Label die and coated it with glossy accents. Instead of using black glitter I mixed together some orange glitter and black seed beads.

03 Zombie Raven Closeup
The frame is hinged to be able to open. I backed the opening with a stamped Bird Skeleton. First I stamped and embossed the bird on glossy cardstock. Then I used a Stampscapes Tonal Applicator to blend in a few colors of ink. A quick spritz of water, blot the excess, and my mottled background was done. I used a Sharpie white paint pen to color the skeleton.

02 Zombie Raven Frame
The 31 numbers are from the Tim Holtz Gothic Boo die that he uses on his tag. I cut the numbers from black shrink plastic and shrunk them. I found a metal hardware pull in my stash and used it at the bottom of the frame.

  04 Zombie Raven Open

When the frame is opened, a Pop 'n Cuts circle label pops up, adorned by a Zombie raven. (Because he was dead just a minute ago, you see.) The raven is stamped and embossed and glued to the front of the PNC. I stamped the word "Nevermore" and distressed the edges.

It may not be readily apparent from the photos, but I did make Tim's tissue paper background for the tag. I used sparkle Mod Podge as my glue and some dark stained tissue. After finishing the background I discovered some black netting in my stash and though it would look nifty over the top of the tag.

05 Zombie Raven Tissue
The Raven quote is stamped and embossed on my new Fancy Frame die and then attached to the tag with black brads.

I tied a couple of ribbons through the top of the tag and then added the bones charm. It seemed fitting!

So there you have it! Many thanks to Tim Holtz and Shelly Hickox for all their inspiration!

Zombie Raven Tag

Other supplies:
Embossing Powder
Shrink Plastic
Various stash metals (hinges, hardware, brads)
White Sharpie paint pen
Tissue paper
Glitter & Seed Beads
Charm & ribbon
Sparkle Mod Podge

An aaah-maaah-zing Shellypiece with Pop 'n Cuts giveaway!

It has become my general practice to tie a bandana around my head, ala Jacob Marley, before visiting the blog of one Shelly Hickox. The bandana keeps my chin from hitting the table forcefully every time I see one of her art creations. Hitting my chin on the table smarts a bit, you see.

Everything Shelly makes is a masterpiece (hence the coining of the term Shellypiece, and if we all start saying it, it will catch on!) but her pop-up creations are (predictably) the ones that really have me dancing Gangnam style.

Last month I posted an idea for making a Spinner to attach to the side of the Pop 'n Cuts Base Die. The full blog post is here: Pop-up 2Torial Pop 'n Cuts Spinner Technique

Here is my video showing how to attach the spinner:


I'd been hoping Shelly would take the technique and put her special Hickox-spin on it. (pun intended) Sure enough, she created this work of art:


But wait! It gets even better. Shelly is giving away one of the coveted Pop 'n Cuts Base Dies on her blog! Just head on over there and leave a comment before Sunday, October 7th, 2012 and you could win! Here is the link: Stamptramp: Leaping Reindeer + A Giveaway

Aaaah-maaaah-zing! Thanks, Shelly!