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Triple Pivot Card

June 19, 2014

Hi – it’s Karen Aicken here, and I have a Triple Pivot card to share today. This is the technique Karen Burniston shared on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog for the May Designer Challenge.
Click HERE to watch the video. I love that Karen showed us how to get even more mileage out of our dies. I have SO many ideas for the House Pivot die set. It’s useful for much more than just ‘Welcome Home’, or ‘Congratulations on Your New Home’. Our son is the proud owner of a new puppy and I wanted to make them a card to celebrate the occasion. It was the perfect opportunity to try a Triple Pivot card!

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

1.  Cut white card stock to 11 x 4-1/4″ and score down the center for a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4″ (A2) side fold card. Leave the card folded.

2.  Line up the center of the House portion Pivot with the fold, placing it wherever you want to along the fold. I left more space at the bottom. Make sure the fence and half the house are on your folded card, and the other half of the house is not going to cut anything. Now run this through your preferred die cutting machine.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

3.  You will have a house in the center with a fence on either side. This was the first time I tried this technique, and I noticed that the very tip of the house and the very bottom didn’t cut all the way through, but with two quick scissor snips the house was free. Carefully fold the fence pivots and the house – it will help if you watch Karen Burniston’s video before you start. It would take me that long to describe how I do it!

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

4.  Next, open the card flat and add your background to the inside. You could stamp clouds and ground, or do as I did with a hand-made stencil, dye ink and a blending sponge. Make sure you add the background over the house portion as well. I didn’t do this at first, and had to go back in and do it further along.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

5.  Cut two more fence sections, from white card stock. While the card is opened flat, attach the fences you just cut to the card base lining up the edges. They should fit perfectly! Refold the card to be sure everything lines up.

6.  As per the video, attach a strip of Washi tape down the center of the card. Note – I am not a fan of Washi tape. I didn’t think I even had any, but when I looked I saw that indeed I did have a roll and it had paw prints on it. Serendipity!

7.  Die cut the brick house from patterned paper, then run it back through your machine using your preferred embossing sandwich. This will emboss the bricks onto the house. Alternatively, you could stencil them on leaving the die in place after cutting the house. Trim a little off each side at an angle as shown. Ink all edges and bricks to make them ‘pop’.

8.  Die cut the roof gables from pink card stock and ink the edges. Adhere to the dog house.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

9.  Die cut an oval from pink card stock and ink the edges.  I used the oval that comes with the Pop it Ups Katie Label Pivot set. Glue this to the dog house trimming off the bottom edge.

10.  Score the dog house down the center and add foam tape to the back, along both sides only.
Set aside.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

11. Cut 3 sets of flowers from the same pink card stock, and layer them together with glue. Lightly curl the leaves and add marker to the top bloom. I added black centers by using the leftover bits from a black Peel-Off border.  Set aside.

12. Cut Congratulations from the same pink card stock and lightly ink the bottom edge with brown. Set aside.

13.  Cut two pieces of double sided patterned paper that matches your project. They should be sized at 4-1/4″ high and 2-3/4″ wide. As shown in the video, apply your adhesive only to the area that will be covered by the paper, and adhere your patterned paper.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

14.  Stamp images on white card stock using the ink that will work for your coloring medium. Because I was using Copic Markers, I stamped mine with Momento Tuxedo Black. Color, fussy cut and set aside.

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

Pop it Ups Triple Pivot Card

15.  Now you have all your pieces ready to adhere to your card! Start with the dog house, attaching it as shown. Add the other pieces as shown or as desired. I used varying heights of foam tape for added dimension, as well as a glue pen to attach some directly to the card.

16.  Stamp words on the top left.

17. Add a portion of a fancy lace Peel-Off across the top left corner and color with Tombow markers. Use a light hand, so they don’t bleed through to the front of the card.


I have used this House Pivot quite a bit since it was released, and I’m so happy to have a new look for it. Remember you can also cut it so you have two houses and a fence in the center, rather than the two fences with a house in the center. So many possibilities – I hope you will give the Triple Pivot technique a try!

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:

902 House Pivot die set

784 Congratulations  die

928 Bunch of Flowers dies

7018 Glitter Dots

1278 Lace Fan Border Peel-Off


Other Supplies:

Big Shot & cutting pads

Silicone embossing mat

dye inks and blending sponges

Stamps – The Alley Way Stamps (The Gang)


Foam tape

Pink card stock – a Bazzill scrap from my stash

White card stock

White Bazzill – a scrap from my stash

Patterned Paper – American Crafts

Washi Tape – unknown

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  • Mary Prasad June 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Cool card!

    • karenaicken June 22, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks Mary!

  • dyeandpigment55 June 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    What a super duper card! I wish I could come to your house and we could play with paper. Thanks for the great tutorial.

    • karenaicken June 22, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Awww – what a sweet comment. Thanks so much, and I’m so happy you liked the card!

  • Frances Byrne June 20, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Loving your dog house triple pivot card Karen. Ditto what the others said 🙂 Love the touch of the newspaper outside the fence on the front of the card.

    • karenaicken June 22, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you Frances!

  • DebiJean June 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Love the card …..waiting anxiously to know what the wink is for as I love these pop it up series of dies ! Your team gives us so much inspiration …makes me want them All!

    • Karen Aicken June 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Haha – you noticed the wink, did you? Well just MAYBE Karen Burniston has some dies in the rest of her Summer release that just MIGHT make good templates. 🙂 Wink. Thanks for your comment – I’m glad you liked the card.

  • Raquel Mason June 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Great card Karen! I love how you have a cloud & ground template…..and you labeled it so you could easily find the ground template as it’s clear. Wow – fab idea – I’ll be making my ground template too.

    • karenaicken June 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks Raquel! I’ve been using these templates for years. I’m sure you and I will have some NEW ground templates to make now too (wink). Glad you liked the card, it was so much fun to make.

  • Marlrnr L June 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Love all your cards and this is no exception. Cool idea using this die and very cool clouds!!

    • karenaicken June 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks for the comment … I really appreciate it!

  • Kelly Booth June 19, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Great Tutorial Karen and i LOOOOOOOOOOOVE that card!!! xoxoxo

    • karenaicken June 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Awwwww – thanks so much Kelly!

  • Jean Heming June 19, 2014 at 9:23 am

    What a wonderful Idea!!! I have that die an will be trying it…I love ALL Karen Burniston dies!!! I have almost all the new ones…and saw her new ones with the frog …cute..Been checking out the new circle one!! Anyhow I ramble, I just love your card an all your designing

    • karenaicken June 19, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks so much Jean! Oh, in addition to Hoppy the Frog, Karen Burniston also has Poppy the Owl, and Chilly the Penguin. AND a Props die with things like a top hat and eye glasses that work with all three. And they are sized to perfectly work with her animated dies. :-). Hope you get to make one of these Triple Pivot cards soon!

  • storky46 June 19, 2014 at 8:44 am

    What a great idea for a triple pivot card! Can’t wait to play with some of these ideas.

    • karenaicken June 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks for the comment and I’m so happy you like all the ideas we share here on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog!

  • Edwards Design June 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    What a great card, Karen! I absolutely loved your clouds and grounds and how you worked the little bits and pieces to all compliment each other — you’re a fantastic artist! Xxx

    • karenaicken June 19, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks so much Rita – what a lovely compliment. So glad you liked the card.

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