My nephew turned one this week and I wanted to make him a special card. Michael's too young to have favorite cartoon characters (and really, he'll probably just want to eat the card anyway) but I remembered that my niece Hannah, his older sister, loves Minions.
It was actually quite easy to fashion Minions by combining pieces from Chilly the Penguin and Hoppy the Frog. Here's a picture tutorial for how I did it. (click the photo to enlarge)
Once I had my Minions I made an explosion pop-up card.
I used the same dimensions and instructions as the Happy Birthday Explosion Card but swapped out the pop-up die for the Lucy Label instead of the Happy Birthday. Here is the video tutorial:
The card uses the same magnetic closure system as in the video. I decorated the front of the card with another Minion, peeking out and giggling.
I found a thin gray printed grid paper in my stash to use for the explosion sides and used a blue spray to make it colorful for the card. As it turned out, I preferred the back side of the paper (white) where the blue spray had soaked through. When I cut the ends of the explosion sides with the Outdoor Edges I also punched a hole through the entire piece, creating holes along the sides that I could weave twine through.
The card's interior features my two Minions - one holding onto two balloons (attached to the explosion side) and the other sitting against the top Lucy platform. I bent his legs to make him look like he was sitting. I used the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps for the Happy Birthday, stamping in watermark ink and embossing with white powder. Neither Minion could wear the birthday hat or it would stick out of the card, so I used it above the Happy Birthday greeting instead.
My original thought was to weave twine through the holes, across the back, and then use it to suspend the balloons. Unfortunately the balloons were far too heavy for the twine and ended up pulling it down. So I attached the balloons to each other and then to the explosion side and added a foldover "1" banner to the twine instead.
If you need instructions for assembling the Lucy Label Pop up Die, check out this blog post: Lucy Label
If you'd like to see the original blog post for the Happy Birthday Explosion Card video, it is here: Happy Birthday.
Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. If you need online shopping links they are shown below. In addition to the pictured supplies I used various cardstock colors, baker's twine, white embossing powder, a C10 Copic marker (eyes) and blue spray.