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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Accordions with DC Team and Friends

I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Designer Challenge. You will not want to miss all the amazing inspiration on that post from the Designer Challenge Team and ten talented guests invited by the team. I've discovered some new blogs to follow and I'm sure you will, too!


For my project I wanted to show off my latest release, which debuted at the Collins Rep Group Retailer Training Event in Boston this last weekend. There are five new dies and a set of clear stamps in the collection.  


The idea for my accordion project was to have the new Barn placed on the first page with holes behind the window and sliding doors so that, in the closed position, Brownie the Cow would peer though the window and a haystack would be visible through the doors. 


Then, when the album opens, the pages separate into one overall scene.


One of the techniques in the video tutorial is a way to use Frame Edges to make a debossed frame using an embossing sandwich. When inked, it gives a lovely effect. The technique is shown in the video, but here is the sandwich for achieving this effect using a Big Shot, Big Kick or Vagabond (adjust your sandwich accordingly if using a different machine)

  • Tab 1 on your flippy tab platform
  • Impressions Pad (black, hard)
  • Silicone rubber pad (black, squishy)
  • Cardstock big enough to build a full frame
  • Two frame edges taped together at right angle to make half the frame
  • Cutting pad (clear, hard)

Roll through the machine, switch the dies to the other corner, and roll through again. After debossing the frame into the cardstock highlight it with sponged or brayered ink, then cut out the frame using the Accordion Album die, snip out the interior shape and the long tab, and glue to the page.


Ready to learn how to make this card? Here is the video tutorial:


The Farm dies will be available at the end of April/early May at independent craft stores worldwide. If you don't live near an independent craft store you'll be able to order online from the ECD site once the collection arrives. Here are the "available now" supply links to get you started.