Karen Aicken here and I’m happy to be the Guest Designer for today’s blog post. I’m sharing a birthday card made with one of Krista Schneider’s new line of stamps/dies and a coordinating Bonbon box. Since I’m a visual learner, there are lots of photos in this post.
It’s Frances here, and it is my turn to post a Pop it Ups Wednesday tutorial today.
For my tutorial I have been playing with the Pull Card Edges die set. This die set was designed to use with all the Pull Card die sets to help with layering, but this die set can be used to create other cards as well, as you can see by the photo above. For my cards I have used all the edges in the set and you can see how you can use both the positive and negative parts when you die cut. Of course where I have used one shape on a card you can substitute one of the other shapes for a completely different look.
Bonjour my friends, it’s Sandy Diller here. We have a trip planned to Paris this summer so I wanted to share a little of my excitement with you by showing how I made this Eiffel Tower Pop Stand Card. Part of the fun of this card is that you can see the inside of the card through the window but you really don’t get the full effect until it is opened.
Made by Mary Prasad for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team
Hello crafters! Mary here with an elegant gold and white birthday card featuring beautiful roses and a wreath made with dies from Susan’s Garden Club by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. This card could easily be made into one for a wedding or anniversary just by changing the sentiment. The new Garden Notes Grapevine Wreath Round is the perfect decorative piece for cards and other projects.
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.
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
Let’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.
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.
VIDEO 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.
VIDEO 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.
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!
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.
VIDEO 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.
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.
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.
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!
VIDEO 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!
VIDEO 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.
VIDEO 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!”
VIDEO 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!
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.
It’s Frances Byrne here today with another Pop It Ups project to share with you. With Christmas now being only 125 days away, I figured it was time to add another Christmas card to my stash. This card uses the Katie Label Pivot Card with the Christmas Trees from the new Christmas Tree Pop Stand Card set and the Paris Edges die set.
Here is how I created my card:
1. Score a piece of 12 x 12 designer paper at 6 inches. Adhere a piece of Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to one of the 12 x 6 inch sides remove protection backing and fold designer paper so it is now 12 inches x 6 inches.
Trim card down so it measures 12 inches x 4 1/2 inches.
Score card at 6 inches, fold card closed and use bone folder to reinforce fold and then reopen.
Place the pivot die from the Katie Label Pivot Card die set so that the center nubs of the die are on the score line, closer to the top of the card. Run through die cutting machine.
Fold card so that the pivot part of the card folds the opposite way to the rest of the card.
2. From the Katie Label Pivot Card set die cut the following:
2 x large labels from red card
2 x second largest label from white card
Using the Merry & Bright Clear Stamp set stamp the “Merry Christmas” sentiment to one of the white labels and the “and Happy New Year” to the other white label.
Layer the white labels to the red labels and then adhere these to the pivot section of the card using foam tape.
3. Cut two pieces of card approx 2 inches x 5 1/4 inches. Position the decorative doily die from the Paris Edges set so that the bottom of the die is approx 1/2 inch from the edge. Die cut.
Place Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back portion of the 1/2 inch edge of the card and carefully adhere this to the right edge of the open pivot card, so that it is centred top and bottom and that the 1/2 edge of the die cut is level with the edge of the designer paper. Trim top & bottom edges of the die cut so it is level with the card.
Repeat this with other Paris Edges decorative doily on the left hand side of the card. Tip: Position the second one so it is level with the one already attached to the card and carefully close the card so that the cut out pieces of both die cuts match.
Adhere a Red/Gold Glitter Border Sticker so it covers the join where the designer paper and red card meet. Do this on all sides of your card (ie: front, two insides and back)
4. Using the Tree dies from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand Card set die cut 2 of each of the tree pieces from green card stock. Sponge around edges of trees using green ink.
Die cut 4 of the tree trunks using brown card.
Assembling the Trees:Note – these are assembled slightly differently to how Karen Burniston assembles the tree for the Pop Stand Card so that we can still achieve the 3D look on a solid surface.
Apply a thin strip of glue around the edge of the solid tree and adhere it to the tree with the tree shaped hole in the middle. Adhere the brown trunk over the green one on the outline tree. As per photo above.
Now take the two trees with the notches and slots and thread the tree which only has notches through the middle slot of the other tree. You may need to bend one of the top triangles of the first tree to do this.
Next thread one half of one of the 3D trees through the slot of the large tree. Turn the tree over to the back side and places some adhesive to one side of the half tree, fold this over and adhere it to the back of the tree.
Turn tree back over and fold the inner trees so that you have the middle tree standing upright and the other two trees are sitting on either side of the tree.
5. Adhere the Christmas to the front of the card using foam tape.
Attach Red/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers randomly over the Christmas tree to resemble ornaments.
Cover a piece of white card with Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the front. Use the star die from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand Card set and die cut star. Remove protective backing from adhesive and cover with Silver Silk Microfine Glitter, burnish glitter with your fingers and attach star to the top of the tree using foam tape.
Repeat the process with the second Christmas Tree and attach this to the right hand side of the inside of the card.
6. Using the two “inner” trees which were created when die cutting the largest of the trees, adhere these to the left hand side of the inside of the card, slightly overlapping the trees. Add the brown tree trunks to the bottom of each tree.
Decorate the trees using Red/Gold Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers.
Here is a look at the back of the card. One of the things I love about Pivot Cards is that no matter which way you view the card there is always something of interest to look at.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.
Hello my crafty friends! It’s Raquel Mason here today. I love a good pun so I thought it would be fun to have Cocoa the Horse wishing you a “Howdy” birthday instead of “Happy” birthday. Let me show you how I made this super fun card.
1. Cut mint card stock at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 score at 4 1/4. Place Katie Label Pivot die on the score line and die cut.
2. From grey pattern paper, die cut (2) Katie Labels using the largest decorator die. From curry card stock, die cut (1) Katie Label using the smallest decorator die and stamp “Howdy!” using Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamp Set.
3. Die cut the following pieces shown below for Cocoa the Horse
black card stock – (2) shadow layer, (2) sets of hooves
gray card stock – (2) nose/head, (2) detail layer (keep card stock in die and sponge gray ink through open areas)
tan card stock – (2) tail/mane
white card stock – (2) sets of eyes
4. Die cut the following pieces shown below from Props 2
black card stock – (2) party hat shadow layer
curry card stock – (2) party hat detail layer and (2) party blowers
grey card stock – (2) pom poms (not shown)
5. Die cut the following pieces shown below from Happy Birthday Pop Up
curry card stock – (1) birthday and (6) stars
mint card stock – (6) small stars
6. Cut (2) pieces of pattern paper at 1 7/8 x 5 1/4. Apply adhesive the left side of the base card taking care not to get adhesive on the pivoting labels. Adhere one piece of the pattern paper to the front and repeat on the back.
7. Adhere decorator labels, stars and “Birthday” to base card using photos for placement. Tip: Use a fine line black marker to trace around the stars and “Birthday” for added dimension.
8. Assemble pieces from Cocoa the Horse – only adhere pom pom to one Cocoa. Adhere Cocoa that has the pom pom to the front of the card base. Adhere 2nd Cocoa to the inside of the card lining up both characters. Adhere pom pom to the party hat lining up the shapes.
9. Adhere Glitter Border Lines and Glitter Dots where desired.
Happy Pop It Ups Wednesday! It’s Fran Sabad here, sharing an Anniversary card using some of my favorite dies. There’s always a reason to share love!
This card features the Katie Label Pivot die and the beautiful Paris Edges paired up with the Lots of Owls Peel-Off Stickers in all their glittery wonder.
1. Cut a piece of white cardstock 5 1/2″ x 11″. Score in half at 5 1/2″. Mark the center of both short sides at 2 3/4.”
2. Line up the center of the Paris Edges die on one short side, centering it with the mark you made, and die cut. Repeat on the other side. (NOTE – the Pivot card die in the picture below is to show how the measurement works. DO NOT die cut the pivot card at this point!)
3. Cut 2 pieces of patterned paper 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″. On the front of the card, adhere the paper permanently. On the inside, use removable adhesive to adhere the paper. Line up the Katie Label Pivot die in the center and die cut. Remove the inside patterned paper, cut off the label area and readhere the patterned paper to the inside.
4. Use the Lots of Owls Peel Off Stickers, Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet, Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter and Copic Markers to color the owls. Els has a great tutorial on how to do this here.
5. Fussy cut the Owls and adhere to the front of the card.
6. Die cut both layering pieces from the Katie Label Pivot die set and add the sentiment using the Assorted Words Peel Off Sticker.
Happy Wednesday and Happy July! It’s Karen Burniston here with a different type of Wednesday post. As the Pop it Ups collection grows larger, it may be a little overwhelming to understand all the different mechanisms and how they are different. Today I’ll explain it all!
It’s a good ol’ fashioned Pop it Ups Category Breakdown! (cheer! applause! fireworks!) For each different category of die I have a visual reference of the available choices in that category plus any coordinating dies/folders shown below the die. (Pssst – want to make yourself a catalog/wish list? Got a printer?)
Pivot cards were designed to be a quick and easy interactive card. A fun feature of Pivot Cards is that the same decoration on the front of the card then pivots inside as the card is opened. This provides double-duty decoration, saving time and materials. Pivot Cards work by lining up the alignment nubs on the die over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold. This allows for complete customization of card size, shape and pivot card placement. There are currently six available styles of Pivot Cards.
Pull cards are Z-fold flip or swing cards with a few extra features. They have tuck slots to keep the card closed to avoid an accidental reveal. They also have alignment nubs and the ability to cut the mechanism anywhere along the fold of any size card. They also have an optional pop-up element – the Circle comes with a spiral pop-up die and the Rectangle comes with a spinner pop-up die. Pull Cards differ from Pivot Cards because in this case, the item flips over when the card is opened, so you have front/back decorations. There are currently two available styles of Pull Cards.
Whereas Pivot and Pull Cards are immediately identifiable as interactive cards from the front of the card, the General Pop-ups are the traditional pop-ups where the recipient has no idea that something will happen until they open the card. These are the traditional “magic trick” cards, since they offer the most surprise to the recipient. All of the dies in this category have alignment nubs allowing them to be placed anywhere along the fold of any size card. They are viewed best when the card is open to 90 degrees. There are currently six available styles of General Pop-up Cards.
Pop Stands are another type of General Pop-up card, but whereas the General Pop-ups are viewed in cards at 90 degrees, Pop Stands are viewed in cards that open all the way flat to 180 degrees. Another feature of Pop Stands is that the main item (tower, tub, barn, hay) is independent of the pop stand mechanism so it can be used on its own for flat cards, layouts, place cards, 3D items, etc. A Pop Stand die comes included with each design, and when lined up over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold, will cut tabs to fit the decorative item and turn it into a pop-up. There are currently four available styles of Pop Stand Cards.
Accordion albums are a special category of Pop it Ups dies because they do not have alignment nubs and you do not line them up over the fold of a card. Rather, you use the Accordion die to cut a single page of your card/album and there is an integrated tab system to connect as many pages together as you desire. This makes the Accordions very versatile, as the same die can be used for a quick 2-page card or a 20-page masterpiece. In addition, each Accordion comes with decorator dies included, so right out of the package you’ll have what you need to start making incredible interactive cards and albums to impress and delight your friends and family. There are currently seven available styles of Accordions and more styles in the works.
Add-on dies (separate purchase) that are sized to coordinate with the Accordions (but can also be used on their own to make flat frames) are the Frame Edges. Frame Edges work by cutting four of each piece (square/circle designs) or two of each long/short piece (rectangle designs) and lining them up around the perimeter of the Accordion for fun decorations. Each Frame Edge packaging lists which Accordions it fits. The easiest way to adhere Frame Edges is by using ECD Double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper/cardstock before die cutting, so that the frame edges can be applied like stickers.
The Characters all feature similar construction, with a shadow layer and a detail layer, and then accessory dies, like eyes, tails, etc. Using ECD double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper or cardstock before die cutting makes assembly of the Characters very quick and easy. A signature look to the Characters are their big cartoon eyes, but they are also easy to style with other eyes for a completely different look. There are currently eleven available styles of Characters and four Props styles.
Edge dies are decorative dies that cut just the edge of the item so the height is customizable by the user. It also allows for easy decorative-edges cards. There are currently four available styles of Edge Dies.
Accessory dies are flat designs meant to complement the interactive cards and/or be used independently. There are currently five available styles of Accessory dies and five available styles of Embossing Folders.
In Spring 2015 I released my first set of Clear Stamps – the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps – meant to coordinate with the Farm collection as well as fit some of the other interactive dies. Look for more clear stamps coming soon!
So there you have it! The entire Pop it Ups Collection broken down by category with a ton of video and inspiration links. Speaking of inspiration links, I post cards daily on the Karen Burniston, Designer Facebook Page.