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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Triple Categories

Today I'm on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog with this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The theme for January is to include dies from at least three categories in the Pop it Ups line. Categories include: Accordions & Frame Edges, Pivot Cards, General Pop-ups, Pull Cards, Pop Stands, Edge dies, Characters & Props, Embossing Folders, and Accessory Dies. The team, as usual, knocked it out of the park with 20 fabulous cards incorporating a ton of the brand new dies from the CHAW2015 collection.

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For my project I took requests during the CHA show last week. Visitors to the booth wanted to learn how to make the Stacked Star Accordion album like the one I made to introduce the 2015 Designer Challenge Team. They also asked how I achieved the sketch cartoon effect on the Garden Bench/Poppy card. I combined the two techniques into my project. Here is the video tutorial:


Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking - "Great, Karen, I only need white cardstock, adhesive and a gel pen . . . oh wait . . . plus enough dies to pay off my mortgage!"

Fair point.

It is true that I got a little excessive with the amount of dies I used on this project, but I have a very good reason.

I want you to want them all.

Ha ha. Just kidding. (sort of) The real reason is that I didn't know which Character or Characters you might choose for this technique and which Frame Edges might call out to you and I thought you might like to see my tracing and sketch/hash marks on all the choices. So I went for it and made a Manifesto of a Stacked Star Accordion that is positively dripping with dies. 

My suggestion, so as not to break the bank, is to pick one or two of your favorite Characters for your version of this project and fill the other pages with those same Characters (maybe swap out the props to give them a different look), photos, other dies or embellishments from your stash. 

Here is how I traced and hashed each Character:


The Props dies are used as follows:

Props 1: Glasses on Buster the Dog and Honey the Bear, Bow on Poppy the Owl, Bowler Hat on Chilly the Penguin

Props 2: Party Hat on Dutch the Fox, Noisemaker on Hoppy the Frog, Balloons with string bows on the album edges

Props 3: Snorkel and fins on Rocky the Crab

Props 4: Bonefish by Whiskers the Cat


The Frame Edges are used as follows:

Fancy Frame Edges: Scalloped edge on front of album 

Fancy Seasons Frame Edges: Spotted edge on Page 3 

Star Fancy Frame Edges: Stars edge on Pages 1 and 4, Striped edge on Page 2


How fun would it be to send a child a black/white sketched Character card with a box of crayons? They could color it in! If you're going to try that idea, though, I do not recommend doing it as an Accordion Album, since you cannot flatten it once assembled. (Too hard for them to color) Far better to use your sketched Characters on a flat card front if you're going to send the card with crayons. But cool idea, huh?

Truckfuls of the new dies are leaving the Colorado warehouse daily heading to independent craft stores worldwide. If you have no local store near you I've provided some shopping links for everything I used on my dripping-with-dies Stacked Star Accordion, including the stuff people tend to ask me about - dryer sheets, glue bottle, small cutting pad, magnetic auto parts tray, etc. It's all in the links below, right down to the actual gel pen and cardstock I used. 

Don't miss checking out the ECD blog for photos and links to all the great Triple Categories projects by the team. You'll also find out what next month's challenge is - it's going to be a great one! Something for everyone.