This week my dear friend landed in the hospital. I wanted to make a card for her that included flowers to brighten her room. I didn’t want to bring her real flowers, because I was worried that the strong scent would make her already weak stomach feel even worse. The inside of the card uses a parallel open box pop-up mechanism. The outside of the card has a window that allows the recipient to peek at the flowers before opening. This card opens differently than a standard card, with the open end facing up.
Notes: This card is a 5-½” Square when closed. If you choose to make it in a smaller size, you will need to be more careful with how long you make the stems, so that the flowers don’t stick out when the card is closed.
1. Start with a 11 x 5-½” piece of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. Decorate one side with the wheel and Old Olive Ink. Score the piece in half at the 5-½” mark.
2. On one of the halves of the Pear Pizzazz piece, cut a centered 2-½” square window.
3. Cut a 3-½” Square piece and two 3- ½” x 3/16” strips of Soft Suede. Stamp the 3-½ “ square window piece and the two strips with the Woodgrain Background stamp and Soft Suede Ink.
4. Cut a 2-½“ square window in the middle of the 3-½” Square piece. Use a trimmer or a hobby blade and a cutting mat. There will be a ½” frame on all sides when you are done.
5. Put adhesive along all four sides on the back of the Soft Suede window piece. Adhere the two strips to create a cross bar for the window.
6. Cut a 3-1/8” square window sheet piece. Adhere the window sheet to the back of the Soft Suede Window. There should be sufficient adhesive leftover from adhering the cross bars to hold the window sheet in place. Put adhesive along all four sides of the back of the completed Soft Suede Window. Adhere to the front of the card over top of the window on the card base.
Flower Box (Pop-Up Mechanism)
7 Start with a piece of 9-½” x 1-¾” piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock. On the short side, score at the ½” mark.
8. On the long side, score at 3-½”, 4”, 4-½”, 8”, 8-½”, 9”.
9. From the ½” scored side, cut away the two scored squares from the 3-½” to the 4-½” mark and the last three scored squares from the 8” mark all the way to then end at 9-½”.
10. Place double sided adhesive along the two 3-½” tabs and on the short end tab.
11. Remove the adhesive liner off the first 3-½” tab and place it along the score line on the inside of the card.
12. Remove the adhesive liner off the second 3-½” tab, bend it around so that you can place this tab along the score line, on the opposite side of the tab you adhered in the previous step.
13. Remove the adhesive liner off the end tab and bring it around to complete the open box.
14: Cut two 4-½” x 5/8” strips of Early Espresso Cardstock. On the long side, score at ½” and 4”.
15. Punch the long side of both strips of cardstock with the Eyelet Border Punch.
16. Adhere the Eyelet Border Punch pieces along the top edges of the pop-up box.
17. Cut seven strips of 4-½” x ¼” Garden Green Cardstock. Place a small strip of double sided adhesive on each of the ends.
18. Remove the adhesive liner and adhere the flower stems to the inside of the box. Adhere four stems on the side next to the window and three on the opposite side. Note: The flower stems are all the same length now, but will be trimmed in a subsequent step.
19. Prepare the flower heads. I used mono multi adhesive to glue the pieces together. Note: the extra punched shapes on the far right are to cover the stems on the back of the flower once you have the flower attached to the card.
two 1-3/8” x 5/8” Ovals, ten Itty Bitty Shape 4-petal flowers
two 5-Flower Petals, one Boho Blossoms Scallop
four tear-drop shaped petals from Blossom Petals
20. Test out how you want your flower heads placed with a little temporary adhesive first. Especially make sure that the two flowers that are most visible through the window are placed with a good view.
21. Once you are satisfied with the placement of the flower head, adhere it with double-sided adhesive and trim the stem below the level of the top of the flower. Cover the back of the flower with an extra punched shape to hide the stem. Repeat this step for the rest of the flower heads.
22. Cut fourteen strips of 4” x 3/8” Garden Green Cardstock. Hand cut the ends to a taper.
23. Adhere the leaves next to each stem. You will need to cut the stems a little shorter according to the height of each flower.
24. Decorate the rest of the card as desired.
Here is the card half open.
Supplies: Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Sincere Salutations, Woodgrain; Paper: Pear Pizzazz , Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Poppy Parade, Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz DSP, Window Sheet; Ink: Early Espresso, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Poppy Parade, Regal Rose; Punches: Boho Blossoms, 5-Petal Flower, Blossom Petals, Itty Bitty Shapes Pack, 1-3/8” x 5/8” Oval, Modern Label, Word Window; Jumbo Wheel Handle; Ink Cartridge; 1- ¼” Striped Early Espresso Grosgrain; Poppy Parade Poly Ribbon.
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