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Monday, December 13, 2021

Penguin Place, Penguin Playmates, Pop-Up Christmas Card, Weekend Project

Today I thought I would have some fun making a pop-up card. It was an experiment and I learned what not do to! LOL Here's how I made the card.

First lets talk about the front. I cut a half-sheet of Basic White card stock on the short 8-1/2" side so it measured 4-1/4" x 11" when I was done. Then I folded it in half. My card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top. 

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Shaded Spruce for the layer. Before I taped it down I die cut a circle using the largest die in the "Circle Dies" set. It measured 2-15/16".  Then I taped the piece on top of the front of the card.

A 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) was taped on top of the Shaded Spruce piece.

I die cut the dashed circle piece using a scrap of the DSP and the second largest circle die. I taped those two circles together.

The bear was fussy cut and set in place on the circle using Dimensionals. Then the entire piece was set in place on top of the card. 

I tied a silky white bow from some ribbon that was 5/8"wide. I set it in place with a large glue dot.

Now for the inside.  I made the pop up part and added the images. I am going to see if I can include the PDF for it here.  If not, I will add a photo of it. 

I then printed out the pattern onto a piece of Basic White card stock. I fussy cut the two pieces. I did trace a second set that has no writing on it because I could see the writing on my card but you really have to look at the inside part of it to really see it.  You could probably turn it over but there will be a light rectangle where the words would go. But you could do the words on a strip of card stock and tape it to the front.  Or you can just leave it as it is and ignore the marks in the inner part of the piece.

When you are done fussy cutting it out, you are going to score on all the dotted lines. I did score on both sides of the three lines that all cross each other. You want to soften them up a bit and scoring on both sides took care of that.  Then you are going to want to fold them in mountain and valley folds. It's a bit tricky but you can do it.  

I stamped the words from the "Snowman Season" set using Real Red ink. I had to do this now if I wanted to have it directly on the piece and not added later.

I cut the circle behind the bear and glued it in place. I added that first because I needed to make the slit for the mechanism and it had to go through both the fussy cut piece and the DSP.  I inserted end B into the slit and folded the piece upward. I glued it in place. Then the other end of the mechanism was glued in place. I folded that end downward and glued it to the area marked with an "A".  

Now I was ready to decorate my pieces. I fussy cut the bear and glued him in place.  I could have omitted adding the circle before the mechanism and raising the circle up higher but I was still experimenting.  If I were to make another one I think I would take that fussy cut circle and make it into a 1-1/4" rectangle that would be about 1-1/2" high.  But for now it's a circle and a little low on the card. 

I fussy cut the fox and snowman and glued them in place. I had added the glue to the side pieces and then added the characters. I did have to trim a bit of the card stock behind them, I didn't want any showing.  

Then the penguin was added. I die cut a 2-1/8" circle of the DSP with the trees in the design and I glued it to the tab that was sticking up. The penguin was added and the card was done. 

When you're holding it and opening it, it doesn't look so bad but the penguin could have been lower on the piece so the other two characters could be seen better. And the words could be stamped directly to the inside of the card.  There's other ways to make this work! I thought about trimming around the penguin so only a little bit of the tree paper shows, then the characters behind it could be seen better.  Still experimenting!!!

The inside cover could use some finesse too, but like I said, it was an experiment and I did learn a lot!

Now to figure out how to get the PDF available to you. From what I could figure out with my limited computer skills, I think you will just have to click Pop-Up PDF and you will get the pattern. If it doesn't work, please look on the right side bar, scroll down to where you can see my email and contact me and I'll send it to you!  I found this a bit confusing to do but I hope I did get it right. 

Thank you SO much for taking your time to stop by and see today's pop-up card,

1 comment:

KardsbyKadie said...

NOW FUN. Those little guys on the inside just make me smile BIG.