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Pop it Ups Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Video Techniques

November 18, 2015

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the November Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my Designer Challenge team to use Pop it Ups dies for a specific theme. This month the theme is Video Techniques. The team was challenged to use any of my Pop it Ups technique videos to put their own spin on a new version of that card. I think you’ll find that the cards they created are amazing and you’ll find new inspiration to try the video techniques using their fun adaptations.

For my card and video I decided to teach a new technique for mixing the smaller Accordion pages with the larger Accordion pages. Mixed Accordions are very popular with the team, and we’ve seen amazing small/small and large/large mixed albums. With a simple modification of height, plus the addition of two hand-cut “chunky” tabs, it’s also possible (and beautiful!) to make small/large combinations.


Here is the video tutorial for this project.

Here’s how the album looks when folded up. Because the pages are different widths, you’ll actually see parts of the Rectangle page peeking through the area around the star. I really like the way this looks – so many layers!


Here’s a top view:


For the bead garland, I used a clear flexible bead string with red, silver and clear beads. I die cut four snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree die set from white cardstock with double-sided adhesive on it. I added a small pearl to the center of each snowflake and then dumped the same embossing powder from the stars and trees over the snowflakes and heated. Next, I pierced a hole in each snowflake to add a jump ring and then hung them from the bead string. To attach to the stars I wove the end of the bead string through the pierced hole from the front of the star, slid a crimp bead onto the string from the back and crimped it close to the star to trap the end.



The finished card, when folded up, measures just under 5″ x 5.5″, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope for mailing. However, with the beads being so chunky, this one is a better candidate for a bubble mailer.

Ready to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need, and to help you out, here are the details of a fabulous offer, good only through tomorrow. To coincide with the November Designer Challenge, every purchase made over $40 of Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups will receive a FREE $10 Gift Card. You will receive your Gift Card with your order in the mail and your Gift Card can be used on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. This offer only applies to purchases made on our website between Tuesday 17th November and Thursday 19th November.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Simple Stories “Pumpkin Spice” Crisp Air patterned paper (wood), Echo Park “The Story of Christmas” Village patterned paper (snowflake)
  • Bazzill “Candy Bar” Card Shoppe cardstock
  • Any smooth white 80 lb. cardstock, any bright red cardstock
  • Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel, plus heat tool
  • Fineline 20 gauge bottle w/Lineco pH neutral glue
  • General items: spray adhesive, brayer, beads, bead string, jump rings, crimp beads, small halfback pearls, coordinating ribbon

2015_Designer_Challenge_Team_FallLet’s see how the amazing Designer Challenge Team interpreted this assignment. As you scroll through their cards below, take note of the links. The VIDEO TECHNIQUE is linked, which will open the video from my YouTube channel in a new window. For information, supplies, instructions, more photos, etc. about the specific cards, click on the designer’s name to open a new window with their blog post.

Doublehigh Katie1VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Doublehigh Katie Label Pivot Card – This technique makes use of paper folding to allow the Katie Label Pivot Card to die cut twice as tall.

Caz Counsell used this technique to create more height for Whiskers the Cat and Buster the Dog. The colors are fabulous and I particularly like her edge strips using the Butterflies Embossing Folder.

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Double KatieVIDEO TECHNIQUE: Double Katie Label Pivot Card – This is a different technique than the Doublehigh technique above. This time the Pivot card doubles horizontally, creating a 4-panel card that resembles an Accordion card.

Karen Aicken made this amazing western themed Double Katie card and combined phrases from several Clear Stamp sets. I just love the way she built her scene throughout the piece and the black pen detailing really creates an impact.


Caz Counsell also used the Double Katie Label technique for this cheerful birthday card. She used bright colors, Lucky the Rabbit and the Lucky Birthday Clear Stamps. Caz has such an eye for soft colors. I like how this card coordinates with her earlier card above.

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DoubleEvergreenVIDEO TECHNIQUE: Double Evergreen Pivot Card – This is the same technique as with the Katie Label above, but using the Evergreen Pivot Card die set.

Helen Cryer outdid herself with this stunning version of the Double Evergreen Pivot Card. I just love her choice of patterned papers and how she added the dimensional element to the trees.


Explosion BdayVIDEO TECHNIQUE: Explosion Birthday Pop-up Card – This is one of my most popular videos, combining hand-folded explosion sides to a pop-up card.

Frances Byrne created a Christmas version of the explosion card and swapped out the pop-up die for the Lucy Label. She also used the Christmas Trees Pop Stand, Merry Christmas and Outdoor Edges and the results are definitely festive!


Grungy Gears

 VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Grungy Gears Background – fun with gears, foil, paint and more!

Sandy Diller started with the general idea of the background but expanded with more items and a different paint color for this fabulous Spiral Circle Pull Card featuring the Clock & Gears and Lucky the Rabbit.

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Pivot Accordion1VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Pivot Accordion – another really popular video, this one teaches how to cut the Evergreen Pivot Card into the Fancy Accordion die.

Kelly Booth put her own spin on this technique with an amazing unusual and beautiful color scheme. She used the Fancy Seasons Frame Edges, Outdoor Edges and Holiday House as well.

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Shelly Hickox also used the Pivot Accordion technique to make this gorgeous woodland Christmas card. She used the Barn instead of the Holiday House and embellished with the Western Edges, Merry Christmas and banners from the Lots of Pops.

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SCPC1VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Spiral Circle Pull Card with Clear Spiral – the video shows how to use the Spiral Circle Pull Card die with a clear spiral to make things fly.

Summer Hills-Painter adapted the card to use the new Lucky the Rabbit die plus lots of balloons on a clear spiral. She used the “swirlydo” die from the Rectangle Pull Card as balloon strings. The balloons themselves come included with the Spiral Circle Pull Card die. She also used the new Lucky Birthday clear stamps. SHP1_November closed SHP2_November open

Fran Sabad also used this video for inspiration, making this fun Jolly the Mouse Christmas card. She used the Spiral Circle Pull Card, Clock & Gears die, Merry & Bright Clear Stamps, Props 5 and Jolly. Instead of a clear spiral she used patterned paper. Candy canes flying on the spiral – how fun!


Seamless BackingVIDEO TECHNIQUE: Seamless Pivot Backing Cards – this video shows three different methods for cutting seamless backing cards for Pivot Cards.

Raquel Mason used the outside border technique on this fabulous Evergreen Pivot Card. She took advantage of the stencil features on the decorator tree dies to add glittered decor and used the Merry Christmas script die on the card’s front. So festive!

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Triple Pivot1VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Triple Pivot Card – This video teaches you how to cut a Pivot Card die into the fold of the card, away from the fold to create a triple.

Frances Byrne used the Triple Pivot technique with the House Pivot Card to create the floating fence between two houses. She then decorated with the Holiday House die and decorator dies from the Evergreen Pivot Card. The Merry & Bright Clear Stamps create the perfect greeting.


Sandy Diller also used the Triple Pivot Card technique for her card, using the Tags Pivot Card. An adaptation that Sandy made was to slide the die even further from the fold, creating more of a Quadruple Pivot Card, which she accordion-folded as a cascading inner pop-up element. The colors and styling are just perfect for her Thanksgiving theme.

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Confetti AccordionVIDEO TECHNIQUE: Confetti Stream Accordion Card – this video shows how to cut a stream into the pages of the Gift Card Accordion and fill it with confetti for a fun shaker card.

Fran Sabad used Whiskers the Cat for her confetti accordion. She chose bright patterned papers to tie in all the colors of the sequin confetti. As Fran says on her blog; “You just can’t help shaking this card!”

Rocky Doffs1VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Rocky Doffs his Cap – this video shows a fun technique using the Rectangle Pull card and altering a Character die to have articulated limbs that allow the spinner die to create great movement.

Raquel Mason made a brilliant version of this technique using the Rectangle Pull Card, Sleigh, Chilly the Penguin, Props 5 and Merry & Bright Clear Stamps. On her blog is a video of the card opening and closing – well worth the click!

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shelly-hickox-accordion-steampunk-card-open-viewCARD TECHNIQUE: Shelly Hickox’s Accordion-turned-Tunnel Card – Shelly Hickox has been transforming Accordion dies into tunnel cards with an easy little notching technique in the centers of the pages. She’s made several versions, including a Tea Card and a Winter Wonderland Card.

Karen Aicken really wanted to try Shelly’s tunnel card idea for her second challenge card and since I make the rules for the challenge, I can change the rules for the challenge! Ha ha. Here’s Karen’s fun card, featuring a lot of Pop it Ups dies, including the Gift Card Accordion, Fence & Christmas Trees Pop Stands, Characters Virgil, Snowball, Brownie and Cheepers, Props 1 and 2.


I say this every month, but I’ll say it again – the Designer Challenge Team is INCREDIBLE! Not only are these ladies talented, but they’re so nice and supportive to each other. They are my very best friends.

Hey Facebook users – there is a new Elizabeth Craft Designs Family group where you can share your own projects using ECD products. Crafters have joined from all over the world and are posting amazing inspiring projects. You can also participate in regular contests and giveaways, so join the family today!

As for Designer Challenges, we’ll end our second Pop it Ups year with a theme that hits close to home (literally!). Join us December 16th for a challenge called “Home for the Holidays.” The team will be interpreting the phrase using Pop it Ups dies.

Happy Crafting!

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  • Shari D November 23, 2015 at 5:19 am

    I love watching your videos. I learn so much from them. You are such an inspiration Karen and cant wait to see what’s next. Thank you.

  • Linda Clark November 22, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I always love seeing all of the ideas for really cute cards on your videos (video!!!).

  • Rosemary November 21, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I just love all your videos, and they are so informative with a lot of great ideas!! Have a great holiday season.

  • Yvette November 21, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I just love all the videos on how use the dies! They’ve inspired me to spend lots more time in my craft room!!

  • Barbara Woodard November 20, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Karen all your videos are amazing in teaching how to use your dies. I always refer to them when using my card dies to make sure I don’t forget an important step. thank you so much

  • grannygoose November 20, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Your video(s) are so instructive, thank you so much… My creative juices have been revived after 1 1/2 years of no card making. Must dig out some of my dies & get-er-done

  • Yve Kelly November 20, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I need Christmas to be in another year (??!) so I can sit back with coffee and cake and watch all these wonderful videos

  • witchduck November 20, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I loved the video. You make the process of card making fun and easy. You don’t rush and you explain everything so well. Thank you for all you do.

  • Sabrina Radican November 20, 2015 at 4:31 am

    I love watching all of your videos!! I always learn something new!! Can’t wait for the next one!!

  • Vivian C. November 19, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Super video! And what a fabulous idea to have the design team give us more amazing ideas using your videos. Thank you all for the wonderful inspiration!

  • Patricia Van Dinter November 19, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I love all your pop-it up VIDEO tutorials! They are such a blessing to me. They’re such a great teaching tool for all crafters who want to learn new technics and have trouble coming up with their own ideas. Keep up the good work all you designers with Elizabeth Craft Designs. Karen, thank you for all your VIDEO tutorials!

  • Nancy Walker November 19, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Karen, I can’t tell you how much your VIDEOS help me when I am trying to learn how to teach your fantastic pop its cards to the Tennessee Stampers group and others. You show great shortcuts and great variety of uses for each! I love this particular challenge. It sure shows the talent you have in the designers for ECD!

  • lisa808 November 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Fabulous cards!!! I always enjoy a good video!

  • Susan B. November 19, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Love to watch your videos.

  • Tami November 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

    OMG!!!!! Love this card!! Your video is so helpful and easy to follow. Thank you for creating such beautiful projects and inspiration!

  • Linda Peterson November 19, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I always enjoy your videos. They are easy to follow and inventive. Keep them coming!

  • marylouh November 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I don’t watch the videos as much as I should. If I get stuck I’ll go to the video – like the idea I figured it out on my own. the pop-ups as much harder to figure out on my own, so I do consult those videos.

  • Vicki November 19, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Thanks, Karen. I just love your creativity and how you – through your videos – clearly explain ways in which your dies can be altered and become mutli-use dies. You inspire me to think outside the box.

  • Fran Oldaker November 19, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I love watching your videos.

  • Gail D. November 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

    A video can answer a question before it is even though of when making a card. Thank you for all the great videos.

  • Kathleen November 19, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I could spend all my free time watching your videos, but then I wouldn’t get any card making done! You are so creative, I love how your mind works.

  • Linda Agers November 19, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Karen, I love your videos. You are so creative and your instructions are so clear. Your dies are the best! Thanks for sharing

  • Lynn Lang November 19, 2015 at 5:28 am

    I love watching your videos! I know how much work goes into each one and they are so professional!

  • kraftyaunt November 19, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Thanks for creating the videos. I’ve gone to them many times for inspiration and technique/instruction. I appreciate the way you present the information. It works for me!

  • Betty B November 19, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Karen, as usual your videos are concise and easy to follow but most importantly inspirational. After watching them I want to pull out all my Pop It Ups and try out your newest idea! Thanks for finding new ways to use your product line.

  • linda fontanella November 19, 2015 at 3:34 am

    As usual all your videos and ideas are great. And the best thing is they are free to copy. Thanks

  • Sally Esp November 19, 2015 at 3:13 am

    WOW those videos are fantastic. Thanks to your team.

  • Dr Sonia S V November 19, 2015 at 1:24 am

    WOW this was a treat for the senses…I love all the inspiring projects and your VIDEOS are always jam packed with little tricks and ideas Karen!

  • soggystamper November 19, 2015 at 1:08 am

    I sure wish I would have a windfall of money arrive in my mailbox because I can’t decide which of your dies is my favorite. I’d like to buy them all! 🙂 And the very best thing is that you make wonderful videos showing how to use the dies to make beautiful cards. Thanks so much.

  • Shari November 19, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Wow. All of these cards are SO gorgeous! I need to look into these dies. Thanks so much for a great tutorial, and taking the time to make the video. ♥

  • Frederique November 19, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity through your videos; They are absolutely a “must” for us who do not have english as their mother tongue ! I just love them …

  • hellerlittle November 19, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Love every card with surprieses… and with this helpfull Video from Karen there are many new ways to make some other card out of the line.
    Thanks Karen for all your great useing ideas
    CU hellerlittle

  • Paul Collins November 19, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Wow just spent an evening watching one video after another. So much inspiration I can’t wait to try out some new ideas. Thank you all.

  • Ronda November 18, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Your videos are always so full of inspiration!

  • Clare Ellison November 18, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Fantastic VIDEOS as always – really encourages us to get the most out of our dies. Thanks so

  • Jen Koppe November 18, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Love the video slide show and tutorials!

  • NancyR November 18, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Karen, I love watching all your videos and this one is great to learn different ways to use your dies.

  • Debra November 18, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I would be totally lost without your videos. Thanks for making all them and giving us so much inspiration. I am addicted!!!!!

  • Mary Beth November 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Love your videos. Your ideas are always so creative.

  • Raquel Mason November 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Great job Design Team and awesome video Karen!

  • Cheryl November 18, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I love watching videos and yours are especially cool and I always learn more ways to use your dies.

  • Lynda Lockerbie November 18, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Your videos are so neat to learn more ideas! Like the combos of dies!

  • Liz Hahn November 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Videos and Ideas abound this day. My head is spinning. Can’t wait to create my own combinations !

  • La Mari Lechuga November 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I watched your mixed accordion video today and I am so motivated to try this great technique! Thanks for always making your videos so easy to follow, Imlove learning from you!

    Maricruz Diffey

  • Jean Heming November 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    i love watching all the videos on this site and have made many of the cards… They are beautiful!!!

  • Cheryl November 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Love the videos. I always learn something.

  • Janet Ingraham November 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    So fun to see techniques and creativity of all sorts in the videos of your pop-ups. I own so many I love learning of new things I can do without buying a whole lot more.

  • Connie November 18, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Your videos are a true blessing; I’ve learned so much from them….

  • Carol b November 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    All of Karen’s Videos are wonderful but I especially love the Video on the star and the rectangle! Wish I had the components for that card.
    Carol b

  • rene1942 November 18, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Wow, loved the videos. Thanks
    Rene from OZ xo

  • Deana Hayes November 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    As usual, your video inspires us. Each offers a useful tip to accomplish a fantastic card.

  • Gina Patt November 18, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I love your videos. They really will help me create my Christmas cards. Thanks Karen!

  • Paige November 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I love watching your videos! I am so in awe of your creativity and talent! You and your design team are so inspiring! Thank you!

  • Phyllis November 18, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Wowzers! I love all these new techniques!! With your videos it looks like even I could make one! Thanks so much, Karen!

  • Karen Buchanan November 18, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    What a great video, love to see the cards in action!

  • SusanHnSC November 18, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for the video!

  • queenie73722 November 18, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I love your videos and usually save them to my youtube acct for future references. My kids are adults and still love to get popup cards in the mail. Thanks for making it easier to make them happy. I love your dies

  • nicky Foden November 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Love love love all your videos. I always look forward to a new one.

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