Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Birthday Cake Pop-Up Card

If you follow my blog, you have probably already guessed that I have a theme going on: pop-ups. Pop-ups were one of the first things that I fell in love with when I started stamping. What’s not to love about pop-ups? They are a step up from a regular card and generally get a great response from the recipient. Soooooo, if you love pop-ups, be sure to check my blog all summer long for my latest pop-up creations.

This birthday card is for my DS, who is turning 11 this summer. I just love the way the cake pop-ups when you open the card. This is another example of an angle fold using a very obtuse angle this time. I played a lot with the angle to get the maximum height out of my cake without anything sticking out when the card is closed. This is an easy and versatile pop-up. If you would like to find out how to make your own, please follow my tutorial below.

Step 1 Pop-up Base

Start with a piece of 8-½” x 11” card stock. On the long side, score at the 5-½” mark.

Step 2

On the short side, score at the 4-¼” mark.

Step 3

On the shorter score line, make a pencil mark 2” away from the center score line on either side (see blue dots). On the long score line, make a pencil mark ¾” below the center score line (see red dot).

Step 4

Cut away the card stock from the 2” marks outward and from the shorter score line upwards.

Step 5

Score from the ¾” mark to the 2” marks you made in step 3.

Step 6

Fold along the angled score lines you made in the previous step. (Do not fold along the straight score line that runs horizontal in the photo. This score line will be covered and ignored). Now fold along the vertical score line to close the card.

Step 7

When you close the card, you will notice that part of the pop-up piece sticks out.

Step 8

Snip off the piece that is sticking out.

Step 9 Birthday Cake

Start with a piece of Designer Series Paper 4” x 4”. Score in half at the 2” mark.

Step 10

Cut a Scallop Oval Frame out of Very Vanilla Card Stock. Center the inside oval piece of the frame close to the bottom edge of the 4” x 4” piece (make sure the score line is running vertically). Cut away the designer series paper along the curved edge of the oval.

Step 11

Now center the inside oval piece of the frame close to the top edge of the 4” x 4” piece. Cut away the designer series paper along the curved edge of the oval.

Step 12

Your cake piece should now look like this with a curved edge on the top and bottom and the score mark running vertically down the middle.

Step 13 Cake Icing

Take the oval frame piece and score it in half on the long side. Here I have lined my frame up on the 6” score mark and score in between the bumps of the frame.

Step 14

Adhere the scallop oval frame to the cake, taking care to line up the score marks on the cake and the frame.

Step 15

Turn the cake over and trim off the excess scallop oval frame.

Step 16

Adhere the cake just above the angled score lines, making sure to line up the vertical score line of the cake with the vertical score line of the card.

Step 17

Cut away the excess card stock from the top of the cake. Save the piece you cut away (we will use it to determine the height of the candles in an upcoming step.

Step 18 Candles

Start preparing the candles for the top of the cake. I used the Alphabet Simple Numbers Die for the numbers and a 1/8” thick strip of Basic Black card stock for the wick. Here I’m preparing to glue more “number ones” to the back of my “number one” fronts, to finish off the backs. Leave off the flames until the next step, so that you can make sure they fit on the pop-up piece.

Step 19

Place the saved piece (from step 17) right above the cake. Now lay your candles on top of the cake to determine placement and how high you can go without going higher or wider than the saved piece. Adhere your candles to the cake.

Step 20

Decorate the rest of the card as desired.

Pop-up half closed

Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Stamp Sets: Word Play, Broadsheet Alphabet; Paper: Elegant Soiree, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Ink: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler; Big Shot: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder; Scallop Oval Frame, Alphabet Simple Numbers; Punches: Bird Punch, Scallop Edge Border; Baroque Border Wheel; Standard Wheel Handle, Baja Breeze Seam Binding.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Two Butterflies Pop-up Card

Last week I showcased a wedding themed pop-up card using angle folds. This week I wanted to show you the versatility of this pop-up mechanism by showing you a different sample. This butterfly pop-up could be used for many different occasions. If you would like to create your own butterfly pop-up, please follow the directions in my Tying the Knot Pop-up Tutorial.

I kept the front of this pop-up card on the plain side. Sometimes I do this to my pop-up cards on purpose to create a more dramatic effect when it’s opened. A plain front doesn’t necessarily equal a plain inside.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Curly Cute, Flight of the Butterfly; Paper: Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede; Ink: Versamark; Punches: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle, Modern Label, Word Window, Itty Bitty Shapes Pack; Big Shot; Beautiful Butterflies Die; Heat Tool; White Embossing Powder; 1/8” Daffodil Delight Taffeta.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Tying the Knot Pop-up Card

It’s wedding season and what better way to WOW a new couple than to make them a pop-up card. I made this particular card for an upcoming wedding that we are invited to. I recycled and changed my very first pop-up idea (from 2005) to create this fun card. If you would like to make your own angle fold pop-up card, just follow my tutorial below.

Step 1 Pop-Up Piece

Start with a piece of card stock 5-¼” x 8-¼”. Score on the long side at 4-1/8”. This piece will nest inside a regular-sized card base (5-½” x 4-¼”).

On the score line, make a pencil mark at the 1-¼” and the 2-¼” marks from the top and the bottom. Draw a light pencil line perpendicular to the score line at both 1-¼” marks. Along the perpendicular pencil line, make a pencil mark 1” away from the score line on both sides (see solid black line). Connect the marks you just made with a pencil and ruler to the nearest 2-¼” mark to form two triangles that are centered on the score line (see dashed black line).

Step 2

Use a ruler and a stylus tool (or bone folder) to score the lines that you just connected (see dashed black line in step one).

Use a ruler and a hobby blade to cut the two 2” perpendicular lines (see solid black line in step one).

Fold the triangles towards the inside of the card as shown.

Step 3

Decorate the inside of the card as desired. Add a small piece of double-sided adhesive to the top of each pop-up triangle (see photo for placement).

Step 4

Turn the piece to the back. Put a strip of adhesive along both of the outer sides.

Step 5

Without removing the adhesive liner, place the pop-up piece inside the card base. Make sure the inside piece is straight and the pop-up piece is all the way back against the score mark of the card base.

Step 6

Remove the adhesive liner and close the card carefully. Flip over and repeat for the other side.

Step 7 Wedding Rings

Punch a 1-¾” circle out of a piece of brushed gold card stock. Make sure the card stock is pushed all the way to the back of the punch before punching.

Step 8

Take the piece of brushed gold cardstock that you just punched and center the circle in the hole of the 2-½” circle punch, to create a ring-shaped piece. Make two.

Step 9

Remove the adhesive liner from the pop-up triangles and adhere the brushed gold rings.

Step 10 Ribbon

Weave an 18” length of taffeta through the gold rings and adhere on opposite card corners. Note: I tied a knot at the midpoint of the ribbon to symbolize “tying the knot.”

Step 11

Decorate the front of the card as desired.

Stamp Sets: Word Play, Curly Cute; Paper: Elegant Soiree, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Shimmery White, Brushed Gold; Punches: 1-¾” Circle, 2-½” Circle; Very Vanilla 5/8” Taffeta; Basic Pearls; Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder; Heat Tool; White Embossing Powder; Double-sided adhesive.

Additional Samples:
Two Butterflies Pop-up Card

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Home from the Hospital

We’ve been back home from the hospital for a week now. Our son is doing so much better. He even went back to school this week, with some restrictions. It’s so good to see him smiling, walking and eating… doing all those things that healthy boys do. Thanks for all the kind comments that were left on my blog during that time.

I had so many people to thank after our hospital stay, so I made up these thank you cards to send out. The quails represent my husband, my son and me. I intentionally kept the cards simple and unembellished, because I had to mail them. I have to admit that my creativity got a little zapped while I was in the hospital. I wish I could have turned the worry time into creative time, but it just wasn’t happening.

I placed my summer mini order today and when it arrives I should be ready to play again. Stay tuned for more fun creations coming soon.

Stampin’ Up Supplies: Stamp Sets: Happy Together, Family Phrases; Paper: Greenhouse Gala, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Whisper White; Ink: Not Quite Navy; Markers: Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz; Scallop Edge Punch.