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Pop 'n Cuts Valentines Day Card with Mirror Technique

You know how sometimes an idea forms in your head and you wonder if maybe, just maybe, it will work?

This one worked!

My idea was to die cut one of the word Pop 'n Cuts by placing the paper pretty-side-up on the die so the word itself would be mirror imaged. Then my plan was to turn the card so the mirror-imaged word was acting as the "shelf" behind the pop-up and the "shelf" was now a platform for something else.

Then, to make the word visible, I wanted to add mirrored paper to the back of the card so the word would read correctly to the viewer, suspended in the mirror.

Did I mention that it worked?! Tra-la-la!

01 Mirror Love Closed

The front of the card uses some Crate Paper and Basic Grey papers, a Paper Smooches "love" stamp, and a Jillibean Soup felt flower. I die cut a streamer from the Party Sizzlits set to act as a stem for the flower.

Now let's check out the real magic - the card interior:

02 Mirrored Love Card Open

Pretty nifty, huh? The "Love" appears to be floating in the background.

03 Mirrored Love Card Mirror

I've used the Love Pop 'n Cuts Insert in the A2 Pop 'n Cuts Base Die to create the pop-up card. I decorated the pop-up word with the companion Love Sizzlits Set, which cuts the same word but a little smaller, to give a shadow. I then used the Flagpole Sizzlits Strip to hang banners and to keep the mirror in the proper viewing position. The mirror itself is a piece of silver Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs.

04 Mirrored Love Card Side View

This technique is so easy. Simply cut a piece of Shimmer Sheetz (mine is 4.25" wide by 4" tall) and fold under a 0.5" foot. Attach that foot just above the mirror-imaged word Love.

05 Mirrored Love Card Details

Because the foot is folded under, the mirror is going to want to fall forward when the card is opened. This is a good thing, since you'll need an angle to the mirror for the word to be viewable from the front. Use a Heavy Duty slot punch to make slots in the top corners of the mirror for the flagpole to slide through. Use no adhesive - the flagpole should slide freely through the slot.

06 Mirrored Love Card Flagpole 

The above photo shows how the flagpoles are attached to the card. I needed the full height of the flagpole, so I created a small strip of white cardstock and sandwiched it in the pole during assembly. I then folded that extra strip under to be a foot and attached it to the card with a Tiny Attacher stapler.

07 Mirrored Love Card hearts

A healthy layer of dust on your mirror is completely optional but seems very fitting for my card! Heh.

I bought these cute little Jolee's Boutique stickers yesterday on a fun lunch/shopping outing with Gretchen. They are stickers, so I stuck them back-to-back so they would look good in the mirror, too. Then I attached them to the twine with crimp bead hangers from the jewelry aisle at a craft store.

08 Mirrored Love Card
I just love it (pun intended) when ideas work!

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