Pop-up 2Torial: Doublewide Pop 'n Cuts


Today I'm blogging over at the Sizzix blog with a video tutorial for a fun folding technique to double the width of your Pop 'n Cuts inserts. The video also includes a technique for cutting the Ornate Plate die twice from shrink plastic, linking the two plates together using the leaves, and then using the shrunken version as a wreath "O" in the word Noel.

The card in the video is this one. Check out the Sizzix blog to see more photos and a full supply list

05 Noel Card PNC

You can also use this fun folding technique on the four "stand-up" Pop 'n Cuts inserts (Star, Ribbon Tree, Frame, Poinsettia). Here is an example of the Ribbon Tree doubled. (More photos are on the Sizzix blog)

Doublewide Ribbon Tree

Here are the Sizzix supplies used in the two cards. For a complete supply list (you know what I'm going to say) visit the Sizzix blog!

Pssst, here's a little idea - In the case of the stand-up Pop 'n Cuts inserts, you can use two folds and TRIPLE the item, but you'll lose your negative space. Still, if you had a large card (like on a layout or mini-album) a triple star might look really cool! 

Have you been noticing all my Pop[up] Spotted posts? Wouldn't you like to be included in the next one? Send me your links to projects that use any of my dies, albums or templates - don't be shy! Oh, and they don't have to be pop-up projects - any project that incorporates any Karen Burniston product is fair game to be spotted!

Looking for more video tutorials? You have a couple of choices. The easiest is to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you'll get a notification whenever one is uploaded. From YouTube you can always find the link to the blog post so you can see the photos and supply list. Another option is to click on the category of "Pop-up 2Torials" in this blog's sidebar. That will filter all the blog posts to show you just the ones that have video tutorials. (Here's a bookmark link: Karen Burniston Pop-up 2Torials)

I also take requests! Leave me a comment below and tell me what you'd like to see next. Need some ideas for a particular die? Got a theme that has you stumped? Bring it on!

Happy Holidays! (also, don't forget to visit the, wait for it, Sizzix blog!)

Pop-up 2Torial: Spring Loaded Double Fold Pop-up Card


Today I'm blogging on the Sizzix blog with a video tutorial for two techniques - how to spring load a card so it opens automatically, and how to split and double the card fold allowing for two pop-ups inside.

The card in the video is Gretchen's birthday card. Visit the Sizzix blog to see more photos and a full supply list.


Gretchen Bday Card

Sizzix supplies used:

Pop-up 2Torial: Sizzix Bigz Raising Platform pop-up die


Today's Pop-up 2Torial will show how to assemble the Bigz Raising Platform die #658042.


This die, although ultimately quick and easy to assemble, has a couple of origami folds that can be tricky to figure out for the first time. I've been getting a few e-mails from folks asking for a video tutorial.

What I thought might be helpful is to re-make the card that is on the front of the packaging so that anyone who purchases the die has the package sample for reference when making their own version of this card. Also, I happen to love the card on this package, which was created by Cara Mariano, Art Director for Sizzix.

Here is a photo of my version of Cara's card and the one I create in the video:

01 Raising Hello Card
The video is not under 3 minutes and I'm starting to really regret my naming choice of "2Torial"! Ha! It's 6 minutes, but pretty concise. You'll have the Raising Platform mastered by the 3:42 mark, and then the rest is showing how to do the fluffy flower folds and the front decoration.


Here are a couple of other shots of the card details:

  04 Raising Front

02 Raising Inside

03 Raising Flower
Look for the Sizzix dies at your local scrapbooking and paper crafting stores. Or, if you prefer to shop online, Scrapbook.com has almost every supply I used, so I uploaded the card there and linked in all the supplies. Click on the thumbnail below to view this project and all the supply links at Scrapbook.com.


Scrapbook.com Supply Links

Need some additional inspiration for the Bigz Raising Platform die? Here are some other card and layout ideas. Click on the photos to go to their blogs and see additional photos and supply lists.

Gretchen did an awesome recap of the new Hearth & Home Bigz dies in two parts on her blog. I love the layout she created using the Raising Platform:


Anna-Karin created this stunning white-on-white card using the Raising Platform and it was chosen as a Fab 5 winner by Hero Arts! 

This 6x6 Christmas card shows how you might use the Raising Platform to animate something larger, like a gift card or a photo. Simply attach the item to the platform, making sure that your card is big enough to cover the item when the card is closed. In the same manner, you can replace the label that comes on the die with any other object, folded up the middle, and allow the platform to animate it. Think butterflies, and hearts, and gothic skulls!

As always, I love to see what you create with my dies! Send me links to your blog posts or tag me on your Facebook uploads so I don't miss them!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pop-up 2Torial: Pop 'n Cuts Reindeer Spinner Card


Today the Sizzix Design Team is featuring Pop 'n Cuts! Check out the post here with links to all the designers' amazing creations: Sizzix Blog - Pop 'n Cuts Mania Feature 

You can also upload your own Pop 'n Cuts card and there are prizes to be had, so definitely head on over there to check out the fun!

Last week when Eileen Hull was in town we were honored to help launch the Sizzix Club at Scrapp'n Savvy. My regular students had voted for a spinner card from me and I happily obliged. Here is the project we created:

01 Reindeer Card Closed

This is an A7 card with a clear front to see the spinner in the "closed" position.

As the card is opened, the spinner starts moving.

02 Reindeer Partial

When the card is fully open the "Happy Holidays" greeting is revealed.

03 Reindeer Open

Here is the video tutorial for this card:


You can also watch the previous Spinner tutorial here: Pop 'n Cuts Spinner Technique


Make sure you hop around and see all the projects from the talented Sizzix Design Team! I am thrilled and honored to have these talented designers working with Pop 'n Cuts!

Here is a supply list for my card:

Other supplies: Elizabeth Craft Designs Glitter, Lawn Fawn "Happy Holidays" stamp, Staz-on ink, Kraft and Brown cardstocks, Red Stickles, The Twinery twine, blending tool

You may have noticed that the Base Pop 'n Cuts Die is out of stock on Sizzix.com. Here are a few places that are showing in stock as I type this:

Pop-up 2Torial: Pop 'n Cuts with Floating Floor


When I taught in the Chicago area this summer I was thrilled to be presented with a "Yo-Yo Original" from my friend Yolanda Moran. She made me this Wonderland card, colored to absolute perfection, and employing a technique for a floating floor that allows pop-ups to be placed anywhere in the floor.

Yo Yo Wonderland Card
I thought her idea of hiding the mechanisms under a floating floor (versus having simple box pop-ups behind each element) was a brilliant idea and I could hardly wait to try this effect with the Circle Label Base Die Pop 'n Cuts.

My initial idea was to make tombstones pop-up for an eerie Halloween card. I went so far as to craft the Zombie Mary Poppins before I decided that the video should probably show a holiday card, so I put Zombie Mary aside.

I wanted to use new Lawn Fawn Fa-La-La papers and was delighted that their Let it Snow clear stamps perfectly matched the trees in one of their papers. With a stroke of genius that I assumed was original, I set out to make some trees pop-up for a lovely winter scene.

It is quite probable, however, that my idea of the trees was really not so much a unique idea as craft Inception, as I now recall Shelly Hickox mentioning something about wanting to make a card with trees popping up all over the place when we were admiring a card by Pete Hughes with trees popping up all over the place. I think Gretchen has also made a card with trees popping up all over the place.

So there ya go. I firmly believe that it's far better to err on the side of too much credit than not enough, so I must thank Shelly and Pete and Gretchen for the craft Inception that led to this card.

Trees Summary


Did you watch the video? I completely abandoned the whole "under 3 minutes" thing, huh? Ha!

Looking for the template for the floating floor? Here you go: Download Floating Floor Template

Now one thing you need to check when you print a PDF is whether the print settings say "shrink to fit" or anything disastrously similar. The width of the template should fit the A2-sized backing card just perfectly. (4.25") If the template is too small, then you have to reprint, making sure your print settings say "print full size" or something fantastically similar.

Here are some additional photos of the card from the video:

01 Trees Front
02 Trees Side
Isn't it nifty how the new Evergreen Tree pop-up die also works on the front of a card? This collapses flat for mailing!
03 Trees Open
04 Trees Mechanism




The lovely thing about making the alternate cards is that I can throw caution to the wind and just play with as many supplies as I want to, thank you very much.

The front of this card features my new Fancy Frame die, turned vertically to house a couple of my favorite old Halloween stamps from my stash. 

01 Cemetery Closed


A Karen Foster Pin-up was the perfect thing to hold the ends of the chain and the skeleton key. Initially I had just cut the frames from black cardstock, but they seemed a little boring and dimensionless, so I coated them with black powder and embossed a few times. 


02 Cemetery Side


The inside of this card thrills me! I had picked up this spooky graveyard paper from Moxxie's last year's Midnight Dreary collection. My plan was to carefully hinge some of the tombstones in the floating floor and then add supports behind them to make them raise and lower. I needed to back the excess hole left by the cut tombstones so I used black cardstock.


04 Cemetery Mechanism


Check out Zombie Mary Poppins! Mwaaaah haaa haa! Mary is a Lost-Coast Designs stamp that I recently ordered, but for Halloween I felt that she needed a new identity. After rejecting a Frankenstein stamp as too green, and a skull stamp as too white, I settled on this creepy little zombie head. 

I fashioned the spooky tree using a Tim Holtz Twigs On the Edge die and stamping a woodgrain texture on it. The Graveyard Tours sign was clipped from a piece of Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor paper, shaped, inked and hung with jump rings from the flagpole die.


03 Cemetery Open


Here are the main supplies used on both cards:


So there you have it - Yo Yo's Floating Floor adapted to fit Pop 'n Cuts. What will you create?

Happy Crafting!

Cemetery Summary

An aaah-maaah-zing Shellypiece with Pop 'n Cuts giveaway!

It has become my general practice to tie a bandana around my head, ala Jacob Marley, before visiting the blog of one Shelly Hickox. The bandana keeps my chin from hitting the table forcefully every time I see one of her art creations. Hitting my chin on the table smarts a bit, you see.

Everything Shelly makes is a masterpiece (hence the coining of the term Shellypiece, and if we all start saying it, it will catch on!) but her pop-up creations are (predictably) the ones that really have me dancing Gangnam style.

Last month I posted an idea for making a Spinner to attach to the side of the Pop 'n Cuts Base Die. The full blog post is here: Pop-up 2Torial Pop 'n Cuts Spinner Technique

Here is my video showing how to attach the spinner:


I'd been hoping Shelly would take the technique and put her special Hickox-spin on it. (pun intended) Sure enough, she created this work of art:


But wait! It gets even better. Shelly is giving away one of the coveted Pop 'n Cuts Base Dies on her blog! Just head on over there and leave a comment before Sunday, October 7th, 2012 and you could win! Here is the link: Stamptramp: Leaping Reindeer + A Giveaway

Aaaah-maaaah-zing! Thanks, Shelly!

Pop 'n Cuts with Spinner: Angry Bird-day! (Happy Birthday)

Today I have a fun technique for adding a simple spinner to the side of a Pop 'n Cuts pop-up to add another layer of interactive fun! The technique is explained in a Pop-up 2Torial video that is posted on the Sizzix blog here: Pop-up 2torial - Spinner technique with Pop 'n Cuts

I thought it might be fun to style the new Dena Designs Birds #3 die as an Angry Bird and make him fly using the same spinner technique.

01 AngryClosed

The card is the standard A2-sized Pop 'n Cuts card with the front replaced with a piece of clear plastic so the bird can be viewed in the slingshot. I've always liked my "you're only young once" rubber stamp and this seemed like the perfect card for it.

02 AngryHalf

As the card is opened the bird starts to fly and a hidden target is being revealed!

03 AngryOpen

Once the card is fully open the pig and flying wood pieces are revealed.

My kids were pretty impressed with this card, although Emma did say that I should have made a Yellow Bird because of the wood. Sheesh!

Construction of the spinner for this card was exactly like in the video tutorial, except that I moved the spinner out away from the pop-up by adding and inch to the two horizontal panels. (2" became 3", 1 1/8" became 2 1/8") The video and diagram for the spinner are on the Sizzix blog here.

I also added a rectangle of cardstock to cover the Circle Label pop-up for a solid backdrop for my flying bird.

04 AngryMechanism

Three wood pieces are stuck to the spinner so they move as the bird moves. The fourth is glued down in the background of the card (above the pig) and is revealed as the pop-up shifts. I fashioned the pig from the same bird die by cutting off his middle headfeather and rounding the base.

05 AngryClose

Here are the Sizzix dies used:

Other Supplies:
Grass Sizzlits (retired)
Bazzill cardstocks and thick plastic paper
Inspire Me wooden finish cardstock
Rubber stamps - 100 Proof Press (You're only young once...), Stampin' Up! (happy birthday to you)
Make sure you check out the Sizzix blog to watch the video tutorial for the spinner and see photos of the two cards featured in the video:
Beach Wagon Hearse

Angry Bird-day

Pop-up 2torial: Pop 'n Cuts "Call me" Card

Today I'm blogging over on the Sizzix blog, where you'll find a video tutorial for this card:

Call Me Card

Plus additional photos, a full supply list, and photos of my alternate card version, inspired by the talented Shelly Hickox:

Art Card

Don't miss out on the fun! Click now:

Sizzix Blog: Pop-up 2torial: Call me! Pop 'n Cuts Card

Edited to add:

Here are a couple of sources for the Pop 'n Cuts Base A2 Card kit that are in stock as I type this:

Scrapp'n Savvy - TX (Call the store to order)

Memory Making Crafts - NY

Pop-up 2torial: Pop 'n Cuts Flower Card

It's time for another Pop-up 2torial!

The video tutorial plus the card in alternate colors (Halloween! For reals!) can be found on the Sizzix blog here: Pop-up 2torial Flower Card

02 PNC Flower Hello
Here is a nice cheater "go-by" image for how to line up the flowers from the Hello Sizzlit set to perfectly match (with a little shadow) the flowers on the Pop 'n Cuts Flower Insert.

04 PNC Flower Cheat Sheet

In other news, I'll be heading up to the Woodlands tomorrow and Saturday for the Houston CK Scrapbook Convention. You'll find me in the It's Cheaper than Therapy booth demoing Pop 'n Cuts from 11-1. On Saturday there will be all-day Sizzix demos in the same booth by Gretchen. Come see us!