Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Owl Birthday Cylindrical Pop-Up Card

The idea for this fun pop-up card came from the oddest place. Can you guess what inspired me (find out below)? The owls on the front of this card are trying to hide, but they are so excited that they’re not really doing a good job. Then when the card is opened the owls spring out from the tree trunk to surprise the recipient. This pop up card uses an easy cylindrical pop-up mechanism. To find out how to make your own, see my tutorial below.

Notes: It’s best to use textured or designer series paper for the pop-up piece, because it's lighter weight than standard cardstock and therefore bends into a cylinder better. Woodland Walk DSP would also make an excellent tree trunk. The Punch Bunch set makes these owls fast and easy, but they could also be made with just the owl punch.

Card Base: Marina Mist Medium (5-½” x 4-¼”)
Grass Inside: Pear Pizzazz DSP (8-½” x 1-½”)
Grass Front: Pear Pizzazz DSP (4-¼” x 1-½”)
Tree Trunk Inside: Chocolate Chip Textured (7” x 5- ½”)
Tree Trunk Front: Chocolate Chip Textured (5-½” x 2-¼”)

Additional Pieces:
6 Owls: Punch Bunch Owl, Early Espresso Ink, Very Vanilla CS, Owl Punch
6 Wings: Early Espresso CS, Bird Punch Wing
6 Party Hats: Daffodil Delight CS, Poppy Parade CS, Concord Crush CS, points from Star Punch
6 Pompoms: Daffodil Delight CS, Poppy Parade CS, Concord Crush CS, Itty Bitty Shapes Scallop Circle
17 leaves: Pear Pizzazz CS, Old Olive Ink sponged, Blossom Petals Punch,
Sign: “Let’s Celebrate”, Early Espresso Ink, Crumb Cake CS, Modern Label Punch
Black Out Hole: 2-1/8” x 2-1/2” Basic Black CS

1. Score your 8-½” x 1-½” Pear Pizzazz DSP, at the 4-¼” mark. Scallop Edge Punch along the entire 8-½” side. Adhere to the inside bottom of the Marina Mist card base, making sure that the score marks line up.

Tree Trunk Pop-up Piece:
2. Stamp your 7” x 5- ½” Chocolate Chip Textured cardstock with the Woodgrain background and Basic Black Ink. Make sure that your piece is oriented horizontally when you stamp it and aim for the center of the cardstock. The stamp will not cover the entire piece with ink, but the blank edges will not be visible after assembly.

3. On the 7” side, score this piece at the 3-½” mark.

4. Punch a hole with the 1-¾” circle punch near the top of the tree trunk. If you wish your hole to be lower than punching from the top will allow, fold the tree trunk piece in half along the score line. Punch your circle along the crease, making sure to punch just half the circle. This works best with textured cardstock or Designer Series Paper, because it is thinner and can punch through two layers at one time.

5. Place 2 lines of sticky strip along both 5-½” edges on the side that will face outward.

6. Remove the sticky strip liner from one of the edges. Adhere along the centerfold of the card base. Note: The trunk piece is being adhered to the right side of the card centerfold in the photo

7. Fold the pop-up piece in half and remove the sticky strip liner from the remaining edge.

8. Carefully close the card, so that the sticky edge adheres to the other side of the centerfold.

Owl Placement
9. When adhering the owl into the hole, test it out with a little temporary adhesive first, until you get the placement right. With the measurements of this particular card, your owl can stick out ¾” from the tree trunk when the card is closed.

10. Decorate the rest of the card as desired.

AND here is my inspiration...
AND my sage advice to always go through your junk mail. LOL!!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
  • Stamp Sets: Punch Bunch, Family Phrases, Woodgrain (W 128763, C 127808);
  • Card Stock: Marina Mist (119862), Pear Pizzazz (131201), Early Espresso (119868), Crumb Cake (120953), Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight (119683), Concord Crush, Very Vanilla (101650), Chocolate Chip Textured, Pear Pizzazz DSP
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz (131180), Black Staz On (101406), Early Espresso (126974), Versamark (102283);
  • Tools: Punches: Owl (118074), Bird (117191), Blossom Petals, 1-3/4” Circle (119850), Scallop Edge Border (119882), Modern Label (119849), Star, Itty Bitty Shapes (118309); Heat Tool (129053)
  • Accessories: Silver Brad; White Embossing Powder (109132); Peach Parfait Marker; Sponge Daubers (102892);
  • Adhesive:Sticky Strip (104294)
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    1. WOW! This is fanatastic :) I love coming to your blog and seeing all the wonderful projects you post! Thanks so much for sharing how you made it.

    2. What a great tutorial. It's well laid out and easy to follow. Your timing, for me, is perfect since I need to make a birthday card this week!

      Thanks for taking the time to put this together and sharing!

      Bobbi :)

    3. You are so clever! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I have the owl punch and love seeing all kinds of different ideas for it.

    4. I love it! You have taken the owl to a whole new level!

    5. Wow! I am so impressed. I would never have thought to design a card around a piece of junk mail. You are very creative. You're tutorial is wonderful. I just might have to try one of these clever little creations. TTS.

    6. Thank you SO much for taking the time to post this .... for free ... and to show it on SCS too. This is SUPER CUTE and SUPER CREATIVE!! serenity_stamper aka Lela

    7. Brenda, I cannot wait to make this card for one of my grandsons. It is absolutely incredible!! Thank you so much for taking the time to make this very clear tutorial for all of us. Blessings, MaryS

    8. Oh, I love your pop up card!!! Awesome is an understatement. You should send this Geico, they'd love it. Hugs,

    9. Amazing Brenda! I've been trying to email you but I can't find your email addy.

    10. This is THE cutest card! Thanks so much for the tutorial and for sharing the source of your inspiration! Haha! Whoever thought junk mail could be so inspirational?!

    11. Brenda, I love it ! Your card is amazing and I will certainly post one of these on my blog with you name as the original creator ! Once again, I love it. Take care. Nyne.

    12. Just so adorable Brenda! You are too too clever.

    13. OMG! this is over the top fantabulous! and thank you for sharing the detailed directions! consider this CASEd (when I have time!)

    14. what a fun card!thanks for sharing the tutorial. This will be on my inspiration blog post tomorrow.

    15. Totally adorable!!! Thanks for taking the time to share all the deets! You rock :D!!!!

    16. Great card! Thanks for sharing.

    17. My friend Jo in the UK taught this at her class recently and I would love it if it would be OK for me to use your design with a few changes. I hope your son gets better soon. Jules x

    18. Wow Brenda, I'm just looking at more of your wonderful creations & have added your blog to my reader feedcso I don't miss anything! Totally love this owl pop up card. It's truly amazing. Thanks so much for sharing how you made it. Inky wishes, Di

    19. Absolutely brilliant, thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    20. Hello Brenda !
      Ta carte est magnifique ! Si tu le permets je vais me servir du modèle pour en faire pour mes petites filles pour leurs anniversaires.
      Bises Marie

      1. Hi Marie,
        Thanks for the compliment. I apologize that my French is not good enough to answer back properly. Please feel free to use my card idea for your daughter's birthday.

    21. Thank you so much for sharing the instructions for this adorable card. Can hardly wait to CASE it - the grandkids are going to love it.

    22. sweet!!!!!!!!!! I love owl's I have both the punches you can do so much with them. Love your card. Wanda