Pop it Ups Card Class (Scrapp'n Savvy version)

Finishing up my Texas Teaching Tour will be Scrapp'n Savvy this Friday, August 29, 2014 for two class sessions. Since I already taught the House Pivot Card at this store I've substituted a new card using the Evergreen Pivot Card for a spooky Halloween card. The inspiration for this design came from two members of my Designer Challenge team, Donna Wright and Karen Aicken


Here's what you should bring to class:

  • Scissors
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives!
    • Tape Runner
    • Strong 0.25" tape (red line tacky or Scor tape)
    • Mini glue dots (these are the kind that are flat, sometimes called "snot dots")
    • Pop dots (highly recommend black pop-dots so they won't show behind the spooky tree)
    • Liquid glue able to be placed in fine areas (I love my Fineline bottle filled with Scotch Quick-Dry glue)
  • Sanding Block (I will also have some to share)
  • Paper Piercer 
  • Crop-a-Dile or Big Bite (something to punch a hole and set a standard eyelet)
  • Optional: Xyron X for small pieces
  • Optional: Brayer to mash down frame edges
  • Optional: Inks to ink edges
  • Recommended: Detail tweezers for placing small items
  • Recommended: Detail scissors for little cuts
  • Recommended: Smart phone or camera to take photos of samples

Looking forward to a day spent with my usual students and meeting some new friends, too!

Sketch style Garden Bench/Poppy card

Recently I saw a piece of ceramic art by Katharine Morling and I was blown away by the look of her pieces, which incorporate black line art onto 3D sculpted everyday shapes.

It inspired me to try this look with my dies to create a pop-up card. All you'll need to replicate this look are some dies, white cardstock and a black pen.

I started with an A2 card but discovered after adding Poppy to the bench that I needed some extra height to the card to hide Poppy in the closed position. I solved the problem with some clouds placed at the top to become a decorative edge/Poppy hider.


It's really quite fun to cut absolutely everything from white cardstock and then just trace/doodle the details as desired. Since I was creating a scene using the Garden Bench, I decided to incorporate some of the pieces from the new ECD Wheelbarrow die by Els van de Burgt. I also used the All Seasons Tree, which comes with the clouds, leaves and flowers, and the Outdoor Edges die for the grass. Poppy the Owl is wearing the hat and glasses from the Props 1 die set. For the card front, I embossed with the Trendy Tiles 1 embossing folder and then traced around the pattern. I used a black gel pen, medium, to do all the detail work on this card.


The greeting stamp is by Texana Designs. Here are supply links for all of the dies used. 

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Characters!

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with the August Designer Challenge, which is to use any of the three Character Dies (plus Props 1) for a project of any type. Make sure you click over to the ECD blog to see all the amazing projects by the Designer Challenge Team.

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For my project I am teaching how to use the new Spiral Circle Pull Card die for a fun card featuring Poppy the Owl, Props 1 and the All Seasons Tree dies. (clickable supply links at the end of this post

Here is the video tutorial. The first part shows the basics of using the SCPC die, the middle part shows some of the decorated samples by the DC team and the third part shows how to make this specific card.


For this card I cut the spiral from a transparency so the heart tree is visible in the closed position.


Open the card and the spiral expands, lifting the hearts into the air and revealing additional hearts behind them. Poppy the Owl also flips over, revealing a second Poppy for inside the card and exposing the greeting block.


You can see the flying hearts on the spiral in this side view:


My thought is that this would make a great back-to-school card for a child.


Want to make your own version of this card? Here are some shopping links:

VIDEO Tutorial: Floating Clouds Pivot Card

Today I'm teaching a technique for mixing in transparency panels with a Pivot Card die for a floating effect. This works especially well with clouds, but you could do this technique with any shape cut-out (think butterflies, flowers, etc.)

The star of today's card is my new nephew, Michael, born last week to my brother and sister-in-law. Awwww!

Here is the video tutorial:


What I particularly like about this technique is how the cloud holes create the visual interest and no further decorating is needed for the backgrounds. Quick, easy and economical!

Hello Sunshine front

The sun and greeting are from the same Lawn Fawn stamp set (supply links are at the end of this post) and I created shimmer on the sun by coating it with Glossy Accents and then dumping some Diamond Microfine Glitter over it while it was wet. The greeting is stamped in black ink and embossed with clear powder.

Hello Sunshine front

Another economical feature of this card is that it only requires two die sets - the Katie Label Pivot Card and the All Seasons Tree (for the clouds)

Hello Sunshine front

In the video I also show an alternate version of this card, this time in a Birthday theme using the new Hoppy the Frog die (available in stores and online mid-July 2014) The Happy Birthday greeting is a Peel-off sticker.

Hello Sunshine front

For this card I mixed in the larger decorator Katie Label that comes with the new Katie Label Accordion die (available mid-July). It includes the stitching die as well. The beauty of the two Katie Label dies is that the decorator pieces can mix and match between the two die sets but do not duplicate.

Hello Sunshine front

To convert Hoppy into a tree front I cut him from white, orange and patterned green paper and used the white portion for his chin and belly, the orange portion for his feet, eye sockets and mouth, and the green everywhere else. Rather than use the eyes die that comes in the set, I hand cut two almond-shaped pieces of black cardstock and dotted them with a white gel pen for the catchlights. I brushed a littel tan ink over the white parts for distressing and shaded the green portions with a Copic marker. As a final step I snipped off one of his legs and let it hang down from the stick so it would look like he was clinging to the branch.



Everything for the baby version of the card is available now, either at your local stores or online. Shopping links are provided below.

To my American readers, have a safe and happy 4th of July tomorrow!

Summer 2014 Pop it Ups Class Projects

I'll be hitting the Texas highways in a few weeks to teach a Pop it Ups card class throughout northeast Texas. I'm bringing along my daughter, Emma. This will be her first time helping me teach the classes, although she is very familiar with making the kits!

You can take this class all over east Texas or join me in Kansas or Colorado. 

First up, the House Pivot Card. I have hired my friend Jenn Mock to help me make kits and we decided this was an excellent opportunity, with so many Texas stores, to "Texasify" the greeting. Students who prefer a non-Texas greeting can swap out. (NOTES: Stamper's Ink and Simple Pleasures will get an alternate greeting. Scrapp'n Savvy will get an alternate card)


Next we'll use some of the brand new Summer Release dies. The Lorna Label pop-up die, Poppy the Owl and Props 1 are all new and will be available just in time for this teaching tour. 


The third card uses the brand new Spiral Circle Pull Card die plus the Clock and Gears. This die is very versatile, combining a z-fold opening mechanism with a traditional pop-up interior. It can be cut anywhere along the fold of any size card, and the spiral is optional. The possibilities are endless! Plus, the new Clock and Gears die fits just perfectly on it.


The last card will be a Christmas themed Katie Label Accordion featuring both of the new Katie Frame Edges - the Holly and the Stars. It also incorporates some new ECD dies - the Holly Flourish and the Merry Christmas. The Outdoor Edges are used to make the little cluster of pine trees on Page 3. This can easily be converted into non-Christmas with a few modifications, so don't feel like you can't take the class if you don't celebrate Christmas. 


All four of the cards in this class are A2 sized (4.25" x 5.5") when folded and will fit in standard A2 envelopes and mail for a single stamp.

Here's what you need to bring to class:

  • Scissors and a paper trimmer
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives!
    • Tape Runner 
    • Strong 1/4" tacky or scor tape
    • Fine line glue pen (my favorite is a Fineline Applicator bottle, filled with any brand of dries-clear easy flow PVA glue)
    • Mini glue dots
    • Pop dots
  • Paper piercer
  • Sanding tool
  • Optional: Brayer to press down the Frame Edges on the Accordion 
  • Optional: Inks for inking edges - you are always welcome to add ink to projects
  • Optional: smart phone or camera for taking photos of the 100 sample cards on display
  • Optional: print out the card photos from this blog post to refer to in class. You will receive a small color photo of each card in your handout, but many students prefer having big photos.

Everything in the kits is pre-cut, which allows you to try a lot more dies than if you were cutting everything yourself. Take a look, for example, at the House Card kit - 29 pieces just for this card! 


You also receive a detailed handout with supply lists, cut sizes and instructions for re-making the cards, perhaps in a completely different color scheme. 

Hope to see you there!

The Characters celebrate Halloween! (in June)

If you missed this week's Sneak Peek (Part 1) of the new Pop it Ups release coming to stores July 15, 2014, you may be seeing the new Character die sets for the first time. Here is the introductory video:


Summer Release is when we introduce dies that can be used for the fall and winter holidays. With product design you're always working six months ahead with ideas, classes and samples - it's pretty funny, actually! So as the kids start summer vacation I'm pulling out Halloween papers!

I created three Halloween samples using the new Character dies and even though the newest dies won't be available for another month, I've mixed in a lot of existing Pop it Ups dies that are available now.

For example, this first card uses the Lots of Pops, Oval Flourish Frame Edges and All Seasons Tree dies. (Supply links follow each card)

My concept for this card was to have Poppy the Owl wear a Ghost costume when the card was closed. The ghost is hand drawn and cut with a craft knife through both layers (white spiderwebs and black spiderwebs) of the card's front so that I could fill the opening with a larger piece of vellum sandwiched between the layers. A circle punch worked perfectly for punching the eye holes into the vellum before sandwiching. To finish the card's front I cut four Oval Flourish Frame edges from orange cardstock and created the frame. 


You'll see in the photo above that Poppy's eyes shine through the ghost costume when the card is closed. Open the card and a pop-up scene is revealed, complete with spooky tree and Poppy in a Groucho Marx mask.

When I cut the Lots of Pops into the bats patterned paper one just happened to line up with the upper stairstep platform. I hated to cover it up, so instead I wove the brown tree trunk (just a folded piece of brown cardstock) underneath the stairstep and glued it to the back side of the stairstep. I added a hand cut wider section for the base of the tree and branches from the All Seasons Tree.

The Props 1 set includes the glasses and mustache and I thought it would be fun to make a Groucho Marx mask for Poppy so I used his beak cut-out, cut from a flesh color and flipped upside-down, to be the nose. Poppy is attached to another All Seasons Tree used as a branch.


With the Lots of Pops die you can choose which "pops" to expand and which ones to leave collapsed. I only used the big center pop and one of the stairsteps (for the tree) and left the other three pops in the collapsed position.


Die supply links:  

Next up is a different look for Poppy the Owl and Hoppy the Frog - realistic textures!

I wanted to show how nicely you can mix pages between the existing Circle Accordion Album (available now) and the upcoming Ring Accordion (available mid-July 2014). I used the Ring Album for the outside pages and the Circle Accordion for the center page. The inner circles on both albums are the same size, so assembly is a breeze. The outer square on the Circle Accordion will have to be trimmed down on the bottom edge to match the base of the ring page, but it's a quick and easy modification with a trimmer.


For this album I also used a large corner rounder on the center page. When I photographed this project I was losing light and the silver tray was off balance. I didn't notice the album not resting evenly on the tray until I was editing the photos. The album does stand up nice and even on a flat surface.


The Characters are definitely drawn in a cute, cartoonish way but I wanted to show that they can be styled in a realistic way by simply changing their eyes and choosing realistic textures for their bodies. In this case I printed some owl feathers and frog skin photos and then die cut them. For Poppy's eyes I used two different circle punches, since I did not want the little cut-out in the eyeballs. Hoppy's eyes are made using the detail layer die to cut green circles, then hand cutting an almond shape from each circle and gluing them over a black circle. For both Characters I added tiny Glitter Dots for the catch lights and coated the eyes with Glossy Accents.


Die supply links: 

One more Halloween-themed Character project to show. I loved making this one, where each Character is wearing a mask of one of the other Characters. Ha ha ha! What fun!


I used the new Ring album to make a four-page album but mixed in some of the decorator dies from the Circle Accordion album. None of the decorator dies duplicate between the two albums, so by mixing them you get a lot of sizes!


The masks are cut from Shimmer Sheetz so they have that authentic plastic mask sheen to them. I hand cut the little trick or treat bags and drew their little faces on with a black pen. Some black and orange twine spun together made perfect mask cords and handles for the treat bags.


Die supply links:


Sneak peeks also allow customers to plan and budget for items they know they'll want to purchase. For this release, I split the Sneak Peeks into two parts - showing the first 10 dies now and the final 6 in a couple of weeks, closer to the ship date. 

Another perk to Sneak Peeks is that the amazing Designer Challenge Team, who has been making samples with the new dies for the last month or so, are now free to share those projects on their blogs. How do you find them? The easiest is to "Like" the Karen Burniston Designer Page on Facebook, where I post daily links to new projects using Pop it Ups dies.

I've also added a new Pinterest board dedicated to Character samples.

So how about it? Which of these Halloween ideas is your favorite?

Pop it Ups Upcoming Classes

It's a busy time around here as I gear up for a bunch of upcoming teaching trips.

First up I will be teaching at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA on Thursday, March 27th from 6-9 pm with this card class:

*Note* the Funky Cakes Peel-off Sticker sheet includes 5 different styles of birthday cake, so each kit gets one cake, not necessarily the one photgraphed, but equally nice!


Next, I head to Framingham, MA for The Collins Rep Group Spring Retailer Training Event, where I will be teaching two classes, a Make 'n Take, and co-teaching a Workshop with Els van de Burgt.

The first class, Easy Pop it Ups Pivot Cards, is sold out. We will be making a card with each of the three Pivot Card dies in the first Pop it Ups release - the Heart, the Butterfly and the Katie Label. Two of the cards feature new Embossing Folders that have just shipped out to stores.


The next class has a few spots left, at last check. This is the General Pop it Ups card class, where we focus on the three general pop-ups, the Garden Bench, the Lots of Pops and the Lucy Label. Again, you'll see some of the new embossing folders used on these cards as well.

*Note* the Ladybug card was hard to photograph because of the Shimmer Sheetz but in person the two large ladybugs are very shimmery red - quite striking.


I do not have photographs yet of the Workshop projects, but it is also sold out. Els is in Australia, but before she left she designed two brand-new Peel-off Sticker sheets to coordinate with the Fancy Accordion Album and the Katie Label Pivot Card. Those two Peel-offs will be debuted in the workshop, along with a third project that I cannot reveal yet! (ooooh! suspense!!!)

The Store Class #1 (Birthday, Butterfly, Smile Bench Card, Roses Oval Accordion) will be taught at these upcoming stores and events:

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Spring & Easter Cards

I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today with the March Pop it Ups Designer Challenge for Spring & Easter cards. You'll definitely want to check out the eighteen amazing projects by the Designer Challenge team plus a guest designer.



In addition to the Spring/Easter creations by the team, I have a new video tutorial for this Easter Garden Bench + Lots of Pops card. I had a lot of tips to share for this card, and I listened to those of you who requested that I slow down a bit. I'd love your feedback on whether this video length is better - around 15 minutes instead of under 10 minutes. 


The video covers a variety of subjects including:

  • How to fold the Garden Bench and Lots of Pops dies.
  • Cutting the Lots of Pops die into separate platforms to add next to the Bench.
  • The sponge-around-a-template technique for the sky and grass, including inlaid grass and cloud details.
  • Tips for using the All Seasons Tree.
  • Suspending the Butterfly Accessory dies on wires.
  • How to get the black/white texture on the Poles
  • How to extend the length of the Fancy Frame Edges to fit a 6x6 card, plus add glitter.

Right? Everything but the kitchen sink! Here are some photos:







Here are some supply links for the products used in the video:


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Speaking of my newsletter, I use Constant Contact, which is great for you because they won't sell the list or put you on other lists and they offer a very easy Unsubscribe if you get tired of pop-up cards (sniff!

Just this week I received an e-mail saying that my account was chosen as a 2013 All Star winner. It said in the e-mail that only 10% of their accounts are chosen for this honor and among the criteria for being chosen were:

  • Consistently high open rates (greater than 25%), click through rates, and low bounce rates
  • Regular contact with your audience

So I owe a big THANK YOU to the members of my mailing list for opening the e-mails and clicking the links. Thanks!


Butterfly Tree Card

So today I have something quite unusual for me . . . a card front only!

Yep, I made a good old fashioned regular card.

I jot notes all the time. It would be great if they were all tidy in a notebook, but the truth is that they end up on little scraps of paper that end up in the junky heap or thrown on the floor, etc. (I'm not neat, you see.) Anyway, I came across a couple of those notes and decided to combine them. One said "Butterflies in the tree. Rainbow colors?" and the other said "Tree as a hole"


Now with such an excellent game plan this should have been a very quick card, but not so much.

The background cardstock is the last little bit of a coated wood cardstock that I picked up in the U.K. years ago. It was by Inspire Me Papers, but I don't see this particular cardstock on their website.

Anyway, I die cut the All Seasons tree from a 4" x 5.25" piece of the wood cardstock, added foam tape behind the piece, mounted it on a dark brown A2 card (4.25" x 5.5" folded) where I had already added a border of yellow patterned washi tape and figured it was time for rainbow butterflies.

Except I just kept staring at that monotone wood-colored background and feeling like it "needed something".

It ended up getting a whole lot of somethings.

  1. Oh I know! How about I whitewash the wood with a white paint dauber? I'll do it all streaky-like, so the original wood color comes through.
  2. Huh. This cardstock is coated. I forgot. The paint really IS streaky - almost beady. Not sure I like this.
  3. Oh say! Where's that giant woodgrain stamp from Hero Arts? I'll stamp it over the white paint and it will add woodgrain to the background. Brilliant idea! The cardstock is coated, so I'd better use Staz-on ink so it will show up.
  4. Wow, Staz-on black ink is really dark.
  5. I wonder what would happen, since this is coated cardstock, if I took strips of removable Scotch tape and pressed them over the background and then ripped them off, eyebrow-waxing-style?
  6. Hey, this is kind of cool!

I do like the background, although it is teetering on the edge of being too busy for this particular card. However, I was determined to complete my original idea so I could throw away the notes. 

The tiny Butterfly die comes in the Butterfly Pivot Card die set. The grass comes from the Garden Bench die.  Links to all my supplies are at the end of this post.

I die cut the grass several times from two colors of green and then layered them at the bottom of the card. Next I stamped the "Find your Happy" stamp on white cardstock, added stripes with the same Copic markers I had picked out for the butterflies, and then cut out the greeting close to the words and glued it over the grassy area.


I lined the edges of the card with Glitter Border Peel-off Stickers.

For the butterflies, I first applied Elizabeth Craft Designs double-sided adhesive to a piece of white cardstock and then die cut fourteen small butterflies - enough to do each rainbow color twice. I applied Warm Diamond Silk Microfine glitter to each one, pressed the glitter into the adhesive really well with my fingers, and then applied a spot of bold Copic color to the center of each butterfly. I used the Copic Blender pen to disperse the spot of color out to the wings. 


If you'd like to make your own rainbow Butterfly Tree card, with or without happy accident distressed wood background, here are the links to the supplies I used:

One last thing for Facebook users. If you have not already "liked" my Facebook Page, I hope you will take a second to do so. Every day I link several amazing card ideas from my Designer Challenge Team and other folks around the web using my dies. It's a great source of inspiration.


Pop it Ups Card Class - Scrapp'n Savvy, February

This Saturday, February 1, 2014 I'll be teaching a Pop it Ups class at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, TX. There are three sessions and I believe there may be a few seats left, but I'm not sure in which session. Call the store if you're in the Houston area and want to join the fun.

The class will consist of the three cards from my CHA class (which are also the cards featured on the packaging for those particular dies) and then a fourth card using the Garden Bench, All Seasons Tree and Agatha Edges.





Please bring these supplies to class:

  • Scissors (you may also want some detail scissors for fussy cutting)
  • Tape Runner
  • Strong red-liner or Scor tape (1/4" width is great)
  • Mini glue dots
  • Pop dots
  • Fine Line Glue pen (you're going to want this for the flourishes and tree branches)
  • Sanding tool (for the front of the Garden Bench card)
  • Paper piercer
  • Tiny Attacher stapler (optional, but I like to staple the small tabs on the Accordion Album)
  • Tweezers (optional, but helpful for working with Peel-offs)

All of the coloring will be assigned as homework, but if you want to attempt it in class, I used Copic markers in blues (Lots of Pops card), pinks (Heart Pivot Card) and teal/tan (Circle Accordion)

Reminder: Dillon's Eagle Scout project is to collect new or gently used teddy bears and stuffed animals (suitable for children). If you can help him out by donating one, please bring it. 

Thanks, and see you there!