Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 28: Surprise!

Happy December! 

For this month's Designer Challenge the theme is Surprise! The team was challenged to use either the Parcel Pop-up die set or the Surprise Ball Pop-up die set for a card of any theme. Both of these dies have a "ta da!" surprise reveal.

For my card and video I wanted to fulfill a request by Michelle J. on our Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps Facebook group who requested a video tutorial for styling the Parcel Pop-up like a present where the lid slides up as the card opens. I went with a 5x5 gatefold card with an extra flap for animating the pop-up. The flaps are made with our Flap and Closure die set.

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Watch the video to learn this technique:

When closed, this card measures 5x5. It stays closed through the use of a elastic bead/button closure. The wreath is made using the vine from the Flowers and Bee die set. The box and tag dies come included in the Parcel Pop-up die set. The buttons, bead and elastic are just supplies I had on hand in my stash, and patterned paper is from Bo Bunny. The greeting stamp is a very old one from my stash and I'm not sure the manufacturer.

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The bead makes an easy handle for lifting the elastic up and off the button to release the card.

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Once open, a present is revealed.

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Lower the bottom flap and watch the lid of the present lift up, revealing two cute reindeer peeking out of the box. The reindeer are made using our Christmas Animals die set. To reverse the direction of the second reindeer I die cut the body and then flipped it over before decorating.

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This card makes a beautiful display piece and can be decorated for any gift-giving occasion. So think birthdays, weddings, graduations, retirements, etc. 

Ready to give this card a try? Here are links to the dies and supplies used on my card.



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Let's take a look at the wonderful inspiration by our talented Design Team.

Parcel Pop-up Cards

Helen Cryer created this gorgeous Parcel Pop-up with an explosion of stars lifting out of the box. I love the mix of blues and greens for this Helencredible card.

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Kelly Booth is a master of color and this cute clear-front bottom-fold magnetic top fold Parcel Pop up is no exception. I just love the snowy scene she created with stamps mixed with dies.

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Surprise Ball Pop-up Cards

Karen Aicken made her DC card early. A couple of months ago we did a product swap event with the design team of Pear Blossom Press where both teams used their EZ-Light sets with our pop-up dies. Karen made this magical light-up Surprise Ball and it's absolutely gorgeous. I love her choice of a two-flap front that allows most of the ball to be viewed in the closed position as well.

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Lois Bak cleverly created a globe from the Surprise Ball for this great space-themed encouragement card. She used a belly band to trap the card closed with a stamped sentiment on the band. So clever!

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Frances Byrne delights with this snowman Surprise Ball card. What a great idea to use the ball as snowman with a hat created with layered die cuts. A snowman scene also adorns the belly band on the front of the card. Fabulous!

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Fran Sabad also created a Surprise Ball with a snowman theme, but hers features stamped snowmen (and a penguin) on the ball and flaps. The Surprise Ball is designed to be able to spin on a brad in the card so all sides can be viewed. I love how Fran has the greeting visible in the closed position atop the ball.

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Sandy Diller also lit up the Surprise Ball with snowflake-shaped windows in the sides of the ball that shine beautifully when lit up. The white and gold foil color scheme is so elegant. Sandy used a belly band to hold the card closed.

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Thank you to everyone for following us through all our Designer Challenges of 2019. We have been blessed to have such talented designers showcasing our die sets. Join us next year (see what I did there) for our first Designer Challenge of 2020, on January 8th with a theme of HEARTS.

Happy Crafting!

image from karenburniston.typepad.com

 


Parcel Pop-up Magic Card Video Tutorial and Blog Hop Winners

First up, a huge congratulations to the winners of our November 2019 Release Blog Hop. Winners were chosen by random draw from the comments on each blog post in the hop. You will be contacted by e-mail for instructions on how to claim your $25 gift credit to our website. Here are the blog links followed by the winner for each blog. Congratulations!

Karen Burniston - MaryKay C.
Lois Bak - Jennifer G.
Frances Byrne  - Eunice C.
Karen Aicken - Nancy R.
Fran Sabad - Karen P.
Sandy Diller - Lena F.
Kelly Booth - Mary H-B.
Helen Cryer - Raquel M.

As promised, I have completed a full video tutorial for the Parcel Pop-up Magic Card. The video shows two versions of the card - one using our penguin die from the Winter Animals set, and one using the Percy Snow Angel rubber stamp from Riley and Company. Both cards also feature the Flap and Closure die set.

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Learn how to make this fun self-sliding pop-up magic card by watching the full video:

When closed, these bottom-fold clear-front magnetic-closure cards measure 4.25" x 5" and can be mailed easily in an A2 envelope.

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Open the cards to perform the magic trick. The image slides up and out of the frame and "magically" turns to color.

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Traditionally a magic card features an instruction for the user to pull somewhere to slide the items together, but with this version, the Parcel Pop-up die set is doing the sliding as the card is opened.

Because the greeting stamp is taller than my hidden space above each penguin, the "m" of Merry Christmas was showing in the closed position. To disguise it, I added embellishments to the frames in the upper left corner that would hide the "m" when the card is closed. Make sure if you have items extending into the frame that you don't create a catch point for the transparency. Try bending the overhanging items up away from the frame if you need to adjust.

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Here are two other versions of the Parcel Pop-up Magic card. 

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Blog Post: Parcel Pop-up Magic Card

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Blog Post: Parcel Pop-up Magic Card Part Two

Ready to give this card a try? Here are the products used in the penguin cards. I used older papers from my stash (Bo Bunny for the snowflakes and CI for the dots) so you'll want to shop your own stash for papers.

 


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Yes, I know I've promised a video tutorial for how to do the Magic Card technique with the Parcel Pop-up die set. I ordered a rubber stamp to use in the video so I'm waiting for that to arrive before I can shoot the video.

In the meantime, I got to wondering how this card would work using one of our animal dies for the magic trick. The reason this technique is always used with an outline stamp is because you need to be able to stamp the image onto the transparency for the black & white version. Then you stamp the image and color it in for the magic trick.

My solution was to trace the outlines of the turkey onto the transparency with a black Sharpie. Obviously the lines aren't as crisp and perfect as they would be by using a stamp, but it is still a cool look and a great way to use this technique with our animal die sets.

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This card measures 4.25" x 5" when closed. It is a bottom-fold clear-front card with a magnetic closure. I used our new Flap and Closure die set for the flap. The leaves, pumpkin and acorn came from our Autumn Elements die set and the word "Blessings" from our Word Set 7 - Autumn die set.

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As the card opens the turkey starts to lift up and out of the parcel. A stamped greeting (Lawn Fawn) is revealed as well. The scalloped border on the bottom flap was made using our Border Blends - Argyle die set.

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Once open, the turkey has "magically" turned to color. The turkey is one of the animals in our Feathered Animals die set. The patterned papers on this card are from Photo Play. 

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I will teach both a die version and a stamped version in the video as soon as my new stamp arrives.

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Want to make your own turkey magic parcel pop-up card? (Say that five times fast!) Here are links to the products used:

 


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Happy Sunday!

Tomorrow is the day that our November 2019 release starts shipping from our website. We've already shipped orders out to stores, so you might check locally first to see if they have the dies in stock.

One of the most versatile of the new pop-ups is the Parcel Pop-up. This is generic die set that creates a pop-up parcel with an extra mechanism behind it to lift an item up and out of the box. It's wide enough for a gift card, can be decorated as a cardboard box, present or anything else you dream up. Watch the assembly video to learn more about how this pop-up works.


I've been experimenting with different techniques with the Parcel Pop-up and my last video taught a peek-a-boo effect where one item slides up and reveals a second hidden item. Learn that technique on my last blog post here: November Release Blog Hop

That got me thinking about trying to create a Magic Card effect with the Parcel Pop-up. What's cool about this effect is that the stamped image appears to magically turn from black and white to color as it slides up.

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The main dies I used for this card were the Parcel Pop-up, Flap and Closure and Word Set 3 - Holiday die sets. However, I did use some decorator pieces from other sets. I used the scalloped edge die from Tropical Scene, the fishtail banner from the Triple Flip and the heart from the Office Charms.

This card measures 4" x 5" when closed and would mail in an A2 envelope if I used a lower profile item for my closure. However, because I chose to use a hitch fastener, I would need a bubble mailer so the hitch wouldn't punch through the envelope in transit. This is a bottom-fold card with a clear plastic front to allow the magic card to be viewed in the closed (black and white) position.

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Open the magnetic closure to lift the flap. As the card opens the stamped owl starts to slide up and turn to color.

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Once open the magic trick is revealed. The owl stamp has turned to color and a stamped greeting is revealed. Both stamps are from an older Darcie's Heart & Home set #JCS229. I used Copic markers for coloring. For the transparency version I would have normally used Staz On black ink, but I couldn't find my newer ink pad (where is that thing?) so I opted instead to use black embossing powder on the transparency image to set it.

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Magic cards have been around forever, but this is a fun twist on a magic card by letting the pop-up perform the magic. Normally the user pulls a tab to make the color change. For this version it's the opening and closing of the card that performs the trick.

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If you'd like to give this card a try, here are links to the main items I used. The patterned papers are older SEI from my stash. This technique will work well with any small to medium outline stamp.

 


Karen Burniston November Release Blog Hop

It's a fun and busy week for us as we launch our November 2019 release of seven new die sets. The dies start shipping from our website on Monday, November 11, 2019 in the order received.

Nov2019ReleaseGraphicTanya had the brilliant idea to add a blog hop to our release week featuring our fabulous Design Team. Many thanks to Frances Byrne for putting everything together for us and collecting all the team blog links. In addition to the great inspiration on the hop, we're giving away prizes! Here are the details:

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To celebrate the release Karen Burniston and each of the Karen Burniston - KB Riley LLC Design Team members will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to some lucky person who comments on our blog posts, so make sure you join the hop and comment on everyone's blog post. Winners will be randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received on our blog posts by Saturday, November 15th 2019. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop posts to enter!

 

For my card and video I wanted to feature the Parcel Pop-up and Flap and Closure die sets in a clear-front bottom-fold card. For an added bit of interactive fun I cut a window into the parcel to create a double reveal. Watch the video tutorial to learn this technique, which can be easily adapted to other themes.

My card measures 4.5" square when closed and it could be mailed in an A7 envelope if I swapped out the metal doorknob closure for a button or something else with a low profile. Because of my closure, however, I'll have to use a bubble mailer. The stitched hills are made using our Nature Edges die set. The stamp set is Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler. The snowmen and small snowflakes are from our Snowman die set. The large snowflakes are from the Winter Charms. (Check the end of this post for supply links)

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The flap is made into a magnetic closure. Lift the flap to open the card. As the card opens, the center snowman starts to lift up out of the box.

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Once open the scene is revealed. The sliding snowman holds a greeting sign and a hidden snowman is revealed in the window.

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If you missed this week's Designer Challenge, make sure you check it out for another video featuring the Snowman and Winter Charms. That video teaches how to create the different faces on the snowmen.

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Ready to hop on? Here are the stops on the hop. Remember, each stop has a $25 gift credit to our website to give away randomly to a commenter, so leave comments on all the blogs to increase your chances. The drawings will take place on November 15, 2019. Best of luck!

Karen Burniston <---- YOU ARE HERE

Want to give my peek-a-boo parcel card a try? Here are the die sets that I used. Cardstock colors are white, brown, orange and glitter white. 

 


Karen Burniston November 2019 Die Release

Happy November!

We have a fun 7-die release that you can order starting today on our website.

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Although it's a smaller release, it packs a big punch. Start mixing and matching with our other sets and the possibilities are endless. Learn about the new dies in this preview video:

The design team is free to start sharing cards on their blogs starting today, so be sure to cruise around and see what they're posting for inspiration. There is a handy list of links in the left sidebar of this blog. 

Throughout the week we'll be sharing ideas and the assembly videos for the new dies. Follow our Facebook Page and join our community group Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps to make sure you don't miss any of the fun.