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Wednesday With Shelly – Pop it Ups Double Z-Fold Card

March 15, 2017

 

Hi all! It’s Shelly Hickox with you today, sharing a fun alternative way to use your Pop it Ups Iron Fence Die. I’m always a huge fan of finding new ways to use my favorite dies, and when I saw the cool pop-up Double Z-Fold cards that have been popular lately, I thought the Iron Fence would be perfect to adapt for this fold.

Magical, right?! What I love is that it will fold completely flat for mailing, and shouldn’t require any extra postage. You can go crazy with the fussy-cut embellishments like I’ve done here, or keep it simple. Read on to see how to make one of your own.

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Pop it Ups Wednesday With Shelly – Steampunk Birthday Pull Card

January 11, 2017

Hi all! It’s Shelly Hickox here today to share a grungy masculine card that is perfect for any man in your life. I’ve started with one of my favorite dies from Karen Burniston – the Oval Pull Card – then incorporated more of my favorite dies, stamps, and stencils to create a steampunk birthday card.

When the card is in the closed position, it hints at what is hidden inside, but the real magic happens when the recipient pulls it open! Continue Reading

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Pop it Ups Wednesday with Shelly – Vintage Sleigh Ornament

December 2, 2015

shelly hickox pop it ups sleighHi all! It’s Shelly Hickox here today with a fun spin on one of my favorite dies from Karen Burniston. When I first saw the Sleigh Gift Card Holder, I knew I had to find a way to make it into a dimensional ornament. After spotting a vintage pink sleigh online, I was inspired to use those colors to create my own shabby chic version from paper! Here’s how it came together:

IMG_58131. Die cut two sleighs from silver glitter paper using the large base sleigh. Adhere a sheet of Elizabeth Craft Designs adhesive to the back of another piece of glitter paper. Cut two more sleighs, but make the cuts from the back side, creating a mirror image.

IMG_58162. Remove the release paper and adhere the glitter sleighs, creating two sleighs with glitter on each side. Next, cut a piece of glitter paper measuring 4.5″ x 1.5″. Score 1/4″ from the edge on either side and adhere a strip of Elizabeth Craft Designs adhesive tape. Cut tabs as shown.

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3. Fold up tabs, remove release paper, and adhere one side of strip to one sleigh. Repeat with the other piece. You now have a 3D sleigh!

FullSizeRender4. Now we can decorate! Cut two of the decorative layers of the sleigh from Velvet Adhesive Paper, again reversing the paper on the second cut to create a mirror image. Emboss the die cuts using Karen Burniston’s Damask Embossing Folder. Note – it’s better to emboss after you cut. The texture gets flattened a bit if you emboss first.

shelly hickox pop it ups sleigh ornamentTo finish your ornament, adhere the embossed velvet paper to either side of the sleigh. Die cut the Noel and snowflakes from adhesive-backed paper and adhere as shown. Die cut several Berry Branches and glue inside the sleigh. Add a tree, die cut gifts, a ribbon, and your ornament is complete!

I hope you’re inspired to try making a sweet little sleigh ornament yourself. If pink and pretty isn’t your thing, you can choose different colors and style this in any fashion you choose. It would make a great teacher or secret Santa gift with a little candy and a gift card tucked inside. Or make a whole fleet and decorate your mantel – the possibilities are endless!

Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Glitter Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Clear Adhesive Gems
  • Silver Cord
  • Silver Paint

Thanks so much for stopping by today – have a great week!

Shelly

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Pop it Ups Winter Wonderland Tunnel Card

November 7, 2015

shelly hickox pop it ups tunnel cardHappy Saturday, everyone! It’s Shelly Hickox here today, and I’m going to show you how, with a few snips and a lot of glitter, you can turn Karen Burniston’s new Gift Card Accordion die into a beautiful winter diorama card.

shelly hickox pop it ups winter tunnel cardHow gorgeous are those layers of trees and snow?! The beauty of this card is that it’s three dimensional, but folds completely flat for mailing. The recipient will be amazed at how complex it looks, but it’s actually incredibly simple. Let’s get started!

IMG_49061. Begin by cutting a piece of 100 lb Soft Finish cardstock in half lengthwise, creating two 4.25″ x 11″ panels. Fold each panel in half. Place the folded panel on the Gift Card Accordion die, making sure you drop the folded edge below the cutting line on the die, so that the fold stays intact (you may want to tape it to hold it in place). Run the die and paper through your machine to cut. Repeat for other card. Cut out the center panels and cut off the tabs. Next, cut notches into the outer frame of one panel, and into the inner edges of the other, as shown.

IMG_49082. Use a sponge or inking tool to lightly color the panels on both sides.

IMG_49363. To give the card a bit more shimmer, stamp the two small snowflake dies from Karen Burniston’s Merry & Bright stamp set onto the card using embossing ink. Cover with sticky embossing powder and heat. Immediately cover with Warm Diamond glitter. Let cool and tap off excess. Assemble the card. For a more detailed tutorial, see my original post.

IMG_49324. Cover a sheet of white cardstock with double sided adhesive and die cut seven trees, being sure to cut with the release paper side up. Remove the release paper from the trees and cover with Warm Diamond glitter. Polish the glitter with your finger to completely adhere and bring out the sparkle.

IMG_49425. To create the snowbanks, cover another piece of cardstock with double sided adhesive and cut several pieces using the wavy die from the Outdoor Edges set. Cut to fit the area of the card you’re decorating. Remove the backing paper and cover with Warm Diamond glitter. Tip – for an easy way to adhere the panels, cover the outer edges with a bit of release paper before you apply glitter. Remove the release paper and stick onto your card.

IMG_49456. To make the stickers usable for the card, adhere them to cardstock and then trim carefully with detail scissors.

shelly hickox accordion tunnel cardTo complete the card, add the glittered tress and snow as desired and adhere the deer as shown. I also cut a few snowflakes from the excess adhesive-covered paper (never throw away those scraps!) using the snowflake die from the All Seasons Tree set and added them randomly to the card.

I hope you enjoyed my wintry card tutorial! I love the sparkling snow and glittery deer, and how gorgeous is that embossed frame?! I can think of so many different ways you could use this idea. I would be thrilled if you’re inspired to try one of your own. If you do, we’d love to have you share it on the new Elizabeth Craft Designs Family page on Facebook. People have been sharing some amazing cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful, creative weekend!

Shelly

 

Supply List:

Other Supplies:

  • Blue Ink
  • Sticky Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Scissors
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Pop it Ups Christmas in Paris

October 3, 2015

Happy Saturday, everyone! It’s Shelly with you today to share a pretty, French-inspired Christmas card using a variety Pop it Ups dies. One of the things I love about Pop it Ups is how easy they are to mix and match. One of my favorites is the Lots of Pops dies – there are so many ways you can use it!

shelly hickox pop it ups joyeaux noelHow gorgeous is that glittery Eiffel Tower?! I love how well it pairs with the Lots of Pops accessories, and of course, with the Paris Edges die set. While this card might look complicated, it’s actually quite simple. Here’s how I made it:

IMG_35761. Begin by cutting a 12″ x 5″ piece of cardstock. Crease down the center, then cut the pop up element with the Lots of Pops die. Because I wanted a contrasting paper on the back, I cut another piece of paper to 6″ x 5″ and cut the bottom edge with the Lots of Pops die, aligning the center points with the bottom edge of the cardstock. Trim to fit around the pop-up, then train the folds and adhere the contrasting paper to the top. Cut the top edge using one of the edge dies from the Agatha Edges die set (not shown).

IMG_35552. Apply Elizabeth Craft Designs Double Sided Adhesive to a piece of beige cardstock, leaving the release paper adhered on one side. With the release paper side up, die cut the Eiffel Tower. Remove release paper and cover adhesive with Champagne Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with your finger and tap to remove excess. Set aside.

IMG_35803. Cut the elements for the inside of the card using the dies shown above. The banners and pole are included in the Lots of Pops die set, the fleur de lis border is from the Paris Edges die set, and the flourish is from the Agatha Edges set.

IMG_35824. Adhere the banner poles to the narrow pop-up ledge on either side of the main pop-up element. Glue the banners to a length of baker’s twine and tie to top of poles. Add red adhesive pearls to the Eiffel Tower as shown and adhere the tower to the main pop-up. Adhere the red flourish to the top of the card as shown, trimming to fit if necessary (I didn’t want the text on the paper to be hidden by the flourish).

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5. Create a pocket on the lower half of the card by applying glue to the outer edges of the fleur de lis Paris Edges border, leaving the top edge open, and adhere to card. Cut elements from decorative paper and insert into pocket. Glue lace trim to top. Note – I also added a small fleur de lis cut from glitter paper to the small pop-up as seen above.

shelly hickox pop it ups christmas card front6. To complete the card, cut a backing piece from coordinating cardstock measuring 6″ x 5″ and score at 2.5″. Adhere to card, being sure to avoid getting adhesive on the pop-up mechanism. Embellish with ribbon and a length of lace and your card is complete! The completed card is a top fold 5″ x 6″ card that can be mailed in an A7 (5×7) envelope.

shelly hickox pop it ups french xmasI hope my tutorial has inspired you to mix and match your dies in new and interesting ways. Even though this card is a Christmas theme, all you need to do is change out the paper and you can make it work for any occasion – a special birthday, bon voyage, anniversary…the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • My Mind’s Eye Joyous Paper Collection
  • Green and Red Cardstock
  • Red Glitter Paper
  • White Seam Binding
  • White Lace Trim
  • Red Pearl Dots
  • Baker’s Twine
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