Fancy Fold Pop-Up Card

Triple cube pop-up cards are all over Pinterest at the moment but what struck me was why the top section isn’t taller.  I guess that would make the back section not a cube.  Or maybe two cubes? Who knows?! Anyway, this is my version – a tower cube pop-up card.  Despite the lengthy instructions, this card is quite simple but it is a bit time consuming.

Stage 1: Making the base card

To begin I cut out my bases, mats and DSP layers.  Mats are optional but if not using, cut the DSP in the mat sizes instead.

Base: 6” x 8¼” scored at 2”, 4”, 6” and 8” and two pieces 2” x 8¼” scored at 2”, 4”, 6” and 8” (I trimmed the corners of the ¼” flaps to make assembling neater)

Mats: eight 1¾” x 1¾”, two 1¾” x 3¾” and two 1¾” x 5¾”

DSP: six 1½” x 1½” pieces, two 1½” x 3½” pieces and two 1½” x 5½” pieces.

The fold lines on the bases were reinforced.  After gluing the layers together, I adhered them to the appropriate sections on the bases before assembling the cubes by gluing the ¼” flap to the opposite side.

DSP and mat layers, bases and placement of the mats. On the right, the base assembled.

I stamped my first sentiment and secured it so that it floats in the gap between the two cubes by first adhering two small strips to the centre of the cubes, then attaching the sentiment to the other half of those strips.

Stage 2: Making the centrepiece

The space available for the centrepiece is about 4” x 4” although a smidge over will still be OK but if it’s too big, it won’t fit in the envelope!  To help me gauge the size, I assembled it on my gridpaper.  Also, I was aware of not making it too dimensional (thick!) as the cubes would be folding in on top.

I die cut some stitched nested labels in Old Olive and copper foil paper and heat embossed my large sentiment in copper.  Using the Forever Fern dies, I cut various foliage from Old Olive, Pretty Peacock, copper foil paper and vellum.  On arranging them, I felt it needed some light so I punched out 3 flowers and gave them dimension using a ball tool and foam mat, first working the petals, the turning the flower over and working the centre

 I added a few green highlights in the centre using my Wink of Stella pen and some Old Olive ink before adding some Champagne rhinestone centres.

The centrepiece was layered up and glued in place and I cut another of the large labels from DSP to glue to the back to cover the stems and make it look neater as the back will be visible once the card is displayed.

The final job was to attach the centre piece in the same way as the smaller sentiment was attached earlier.

And here’s proof that it fits into a standard C2 envelope.

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Scrappy Strips

This is a handy technique for using up those old bits of DSP you’ve got lying around after finishing other projects.  However, you can also just use coloured card or even a single colour card that’s been textured with embossing folders.

To begin, I cut a bunch of wonky strips – ones where the edges aren’t parallel.   The strips need to be longer than the card panel you’re sticking them to.  As I was making a single colour, I added texture to my strips by using a variety of embossing folders.

It’s not entirely necessary but makes life a lot easier to have a non-stick sheet to put the card layer on that the strips will be stuck to.  This is because the strip overhang will have glue on and will stick to anything underneath.  I roughly planned out my strip arrangement and began to glue them in place, leaving a small gap between each strip.

After the glue dried, I turned my card over and trimmed the strips with scissors, using the edge of the card panel as my guide.

I layered my strippy panel on a Champagne foil sheet but ‘gutted’ it first so as not to waste the inner portion and then mounted onto my card base.

The last step is to add the sentiment and any decorative elements.  I cut some leaf shapes using the Forever Flourishing dies from the gutted piece of Champagne foil and stamped some foliage images on the liner and envelope.

I also made another card using the Playful Pets DSP together with some blank card strips to tone down the patterns.  The dog is cut from the DSP using one of the Pampered Pets dies.

It really changes up the look using different card and paper and creates fun, unique backgrounds.


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Forever Fern

I’m going to start today’s post not with ferns but garlic!  We’ve been harvesting the first of our garlic and using it ‘wet’, which only means using it straight away and not leaving it out to dry.  The first bulbs I dug up were a new variety to us called Lyubasha, which is originally from the Ukraine and is quite a spicy garlic.  Aside from being very tasty in itself, it’s a hardneck variety which produces flower spikes called scapes – a bonus crop if you know what to do with them.

The very pretty Lyubasha garlic bulb and the curly scapes.

After a quick google search, I discovered that you can make pesto with these weird curly things, using the scapes in place of basil leaves.  The result was some delicious, uber-garlicky pesto.  I just love bonus crops!

Garlic scapes, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, S&P and olive oil…..mmm

My card this week uses the newly released Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern stamps and the coordinating Forever Flourishing dies.  Rather than standard leafy green colours, I decided on Pretty Peacock and Mint Macaron for my colour scheme.   First, to make a DSP style background, I randomly stamped the various leaves onto my card using both inks and then finished with the dotty images into any gaps.  I left a gap in the centre as that was where I was going to mount the focal image.

The next step was to stamp the greeting and cut out some of the foliage pieces using copper foil paper and some velum.

I arranged them behind the sentiment, cutting some of the pieces so that I could spread out the arrangement, and once I was happy, glued all the bits in place.

After mounting the background panel on a Pretty Peacock layer and Mint Macaron card base, I then added the sentiment piece on using dimensionals, adding smaller sections of dimensionals to support the leaf areas.




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