Sizzix Dies: Accordion Album & Frame Label
Halloween Pop-up Card with Double Spinner

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