Pop it Ups

Chilly Santa Card

November 4, 2014

By Nancy Walker for Elizabeth Craft Designs

We would like to welcome Nancy Walker as today’s guest designer. She made a stunning Pop Up card featuring Chilly the Penguin and one of her favorite dies, the Garden Bench.

Thank you Joset. Yes, that is correct. I just love the Garden Bench. It my caught attention at first glance when it was first released. I knew it would be perfect for every holiday and every season and occasion for fun and imaginative cards. I have made a summer card, a great fall one, and now I’ve designed one for Christmas. When I saw Chilly the Penguin, I immediately thought of how many different characters he could become with props and clothes. So the fun began as I planned this festive winter card.



1. Cut snowflake pattern paper 6” x 12”. Score at 6” and fold card in half. This will be the backing card for the inside pop-up.

2. Cut 5” square out of red cardstock and adhere to center of card front.

3. From white cardstock cut decorative swirly edge using the Agatha Edges die set, one Merry Christmas and six snowflakes from All Seasons Tree die set (reserve three for the inside of the card). Adhere swirly edge to top of red square.

4. Cut 5 Part Pine from white cardstock with double sided adhesive applied to it. Remove release sheet from each part and cover adhesive with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish and brush off excess glitter. Assemble tree as shown.

5. Add three snowflakes around tree and center “Merry Christmas” at bottom of tree.



1. Die cut Garden Bench from 5 ½” x 8 ½” white wood grain cardstock, centering the designated marks on the Garden Bench die on the fold of the white cardstock. Using Agatha Edges, use the rounded edge that coordinates with the swirly edge and cut top and bottom of the Garden Bench card insert.

2. Gently work the folds on the bench and complete the fold, pressing well. Open and close card insert to make sure the bench is folding properly.

3. Apply adhesive to top side of card insert, covering outer edges of bench, but not on any part that will need to move. Gently scoot the card, centered, into the fold of the backing card and carefully walk fingers from the bottom all the way up the insert, adhering the card to the top of the backing card. Fold the bottom of the insert onto the adhered top. Apply adhesive to bottom side of card insert and close the card base over the adhesive coated bottom section. Press well to be sure insert is well-stuck.

4. Open and close card—try not to squeal with joy when it works perfectly!

5. Cut coordinating swirly piece from Agatha Edges die set (as used on front of card) out of cobalt blue cardstock and adhere to bottom near cut edge of card insert.

6. Add “Believe” (die cut using same cobalt blue cardstock) centered near bottom of insert above swirly decorative piece.

7. Cut two tree trunks by hand (to elevate 5 part pine trees above the bench) from cobalt blue cardstock and apply adhesive to back, sticking them behind the bench as shown.

8. Cut and prepare two trees, one with 5 white sections and 4 light blue sections and the other small tree from two light blue and two white sections. Note that the large tree is bowing slightly to indicate the heaviness of the snow on the tree.

9. Drizzle glue in lines on tree sections and apply Cool Diamond Silk Microfine glitter to trees and allow to dry. Brush off excess glitter and apply trees to trunks behind garden bench as shown. Trim edges of tree that are hanging off edge of card on the right.

10. Using waste from cutting the top with the Agatha edge, add it behind the bench to cover the bottoms of the trees so it looks like a snow bank, then add two snow drifts cut from the waste from the bottom of the card to complete the snow all the way to the edges of the card. Prepare two more small snow drifts from remaining waste, using the snow drift die that comes with the Garden Bench set and adhere to front of bench legs.

11. Add remaining three snowflakes to sky area.

12. Cut Chilly out of black and white cardstock. Cut beak from orange cardstock. Make Chilly as shown on front of packaging, omitting his orange feet overlays. Add Props 1 moustache cut from white cardstock, and edged lightly on side of edges with a black marker to help it stand out from his face.

13. Using a set of three stamps that depict Santa’s costume, and discovering that they would “fit” Chilly was a plus for this project. Stamp the suit and color with alcohol markers. Using Chilly’s base die, cut the Santa coat, which happens to fit nearly perfectly, allowing his toes and the tips of his wings to peek out from beneath the coat. The Santa boots worked by adding them to the back of Chilly’s finished body, letting the foot part show, but keeping the integrity of Chilly’s squat shape. His white toes make a furry top to the now shortened boots. He is topped off by the Santa hat rakishly tilted on his head, giving him a playful air. Instead of a Santa beard, Chilly’s muffler was chosen to go around his neck, cut from white and accented with black marker. (*Option: Hand draw and cut out Santa’s costume instead of using stamps.)

14. The boot stamp has “Ho Ho Ho” beneath the boots, so the sentiment was cut off and adhered to the bench with glue dots behind Chilly Santa. Here is the card from an angle.



Elizabeth Craft Designs – 
780 – Garden Bench
781 – All Seasons Tree
782 – Agatha Edges
755 – 5 Part Pine
908 – Chilly the Penguin
911 – Props 1
944 – Merry Christmas
721 – Believe
642 – Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
502 – Transparant Double Sided Tape Sheet
506 – Transparant Double Sided Tape – 6mm

Other – 
Cardstock in red, cobalt blue, and white wood grain
Patterned paper – 2 sided snow theme – BoBunny Powder Mountain Morning
Hero Arts Santa Jacket, Hat, and Boots
Copic Sketch Markers
Memento Ink – Tuxedo Black
Trimmer – Genesis
Die Cut machine – Vagabond
Liquid Glue and Glue Dots




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  • Cindy Silberblatt November 6, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Another winner from Nancy! You can’t go wrong with any of her designs.

  • cherylannart November 5, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Nancy, that is so delightful!

  • judi kauffman November 5, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I love seeing the Five Part Pine as trees with trunks and one taller tree with more than five parts. I agree that Karen needs to come up with some more outfits/accessories for the Characters!

  • Lorraine Revalee November 5, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Your talent always shines through whatever you design, Nancy…such a happy card!

  • Frances November 4, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Such a Fun card

  • Mary November 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    So cute! Great job, Nancy!!

  • Debra Hensley November 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    What a fun card- love Santa Chilly!

  • storky46 November 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I have gotten lots of mileage out of that old stamp set, and when I thought the hat was perfect for the animals, my head filled with possibilities. Let’s gang up on Karen and get her to design clothes for our little critters!

  • barb macaskill November 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    OOOOOOOOOOO! I am in love with this fabulous card!! G O R G E O U S ! ! ! Every little detail is absolutely fabulous!! TFS!

  • Candy Spiegel November 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

    so cute. I was wishing for a Santa hat for the animals!

  • Raquel Mason November 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

    What a fun card! I love the 5 part pine in blue & white. Chilly looks awesome in a Santa suit.

  • Rita Edwards November 4, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Such a fun card, Nancy! Love Chilly’s Santa outfit!

  • Linda L in Tennessee November 4, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Love this! Too cute!

  • Karen Aicken November 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

    What a fun card … Love all the holiday details!

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