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*FREE* Uncle Sam Template for Stampin' Up! Dress form

Summer is right around the corner and I know the Stampin' Up! demonstrators are busy preparing for the new Annual Catalog and the treasures within. As you are planning your classes and workshops I thought I would provide another masculine option for the exclusive Stampin' Up! Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts insert and Pop 'n Cuts Card Base.

Uncle Sam Pop n Cuts Inside Front

This Uncle Sam outfit will obviously be great for 4th of July cards, but could also be used for any type of Patriotic card, especially for the troops.

Uncle Sam Pop n Cuts Close Up

I'm giving you some options for this *FREE* template. You can download it as a PDF for hand-cutting, like I offered for the Tuxedo Template, or you can also download an SVG file with the pieces ready for your e-cutter. If you have an eclips and eCal software, you can download the SCAL3 file, where I have separated the four colors onto separate tabs and changed the shoulder lines to scores. 

PDF for hand-cutting: Download Uncle Sam Template

SVG file for e-cutting:  Download Uncle Sam SVG (instead of clicking this, try hovering over it and right clicking and seeing if you have a "Save" option - not sure what Typepad thinks this file is!)

SCAL3 file for eclips/eCal users:  Download Uncle Sam eCal

Now you can definitely use Uncle Sam on his own with the Dress up Framelits Dress form for a card front or on a layout, etc. In that case, you can choose to put his hat higher and/or have him hold the hat in his hand. Have fun with it!

However, if you want Uncle Sam to fit, with hat, inside a Pop 'n Cuts card, here's the best way to ensure it:

Uncle Sam Steps 1 2 

STEP 1: Hand or e-cut all the pieces from the appropriate colors and assemble these three layered parts:

Upper Body - white shirt, followed by blue vest, followed by coat sides. Tuck white shirt sleeves under the coat sleeves and secure. Add the blue lapels. Add the bow tie, making sure it is low enough to leave room for the hat. Draw black buttons on the shirt and white buttons on the vest.

Pants - white pants followed by red stripes.

Hat - white hat, followed by red strips, followed by blue hat band, then white stars and white hat brim. Use a craft knife to cut a slit below the hat brim as shown.

STEP 2: Slide the hat over the body and secure on the back with glue or a piece of tape.

Uncle Sam Steps 3 4

STEP 3: Turn the piece back to the front.

STEP 4: Die cut and fold a Pop 'n Cuts Dress form. Trim off the shoulders of the pop-up dress form.

  Uncle Sam Step 5

STEP 5: Add the pants to the bottom of the dress form, just slightly above the ground so they won't bunch in the fold. Add a strip of Sticky Strip to the front of the dress form. Lay the upper body piece flat in front of the dress form and arrange it so the hat is within the card. Center it in front of the dress form.

Uncle Sam Step 6

STEP 6: Peel up the liner on the tape and carefully bring the top of the card down to stick the dress form to the back of the upper body. Trim any part of the top of the dress form that still shows on the front of the card.

Uncle Sam Pop n Cuts Inside Side

For my card, I used a Whisper White backing card and embellished the card's interior with Polka Dot Parade DSP and some stamped images from the retired Independence Day stamp set. I also used the Adorning Accents Edgelits to make some decorative borders.

  Uncle Sam Pop n Cuts Details

I had already added the backing card before deciding that I wanted my firecrackers to be on pop-up platforms. This meant that I couldn't do a simple parallel-slits box cut on the "shelf" area of the Pop 'n Cuts, so I made simple box pop-ups from scrap cardstock instead. 

Uncle Sam Pop n Cuts Closed

The front of the card is a very simple flag-inspired design using the leftover DSP and another stamped star banner.

Demonstrators, you may distribute this template to your customers and use it for samples, workshops and classes as long as you are using it as a sales tool to promote the Pop 'n Cuts and Dress Up Framelits dies. Please give credit for the source as Thanks!

So who's ready to make their own Uncle Sam Pop 'n Cuts card? Send me a link - I'd love to see your creations!