Happy Birthday, Alayna!
Here's what I made to celebrate her birthday. It's a pop-up card using acetate strips. It's very easy to make and fun to give to any age. Using Raisin Boat stamp set, "Hey, Cupcake!" and various shades of lavenders, orchids and pinks, I stamped and colored the heart image (stamped repeatedly on the front) with my Copic Markers. I am in love with orchid and lilac these days. They are hot, hot, colors for the season (just bought the hubby a Calvin Klein tie in these colors) and love our new Copic Marker Lilac V04 in the new Copic Collection called Soft Picks. I punched and popped up a few hearts in Lavender Bloom cardstock, too.
The fun part of this card is that when you open it, it reveals an over-sized cupcake and various sized hearts in shades of lavender and purple. All of them are connected to acetate strips that pop up at different heights. I used our fab white pen to make the Xs and Os and our Gelly Roll Stardust Clear pen to add glitter on the hearts, too. Inside, the card reads, "It's Your Day -eat it up!" - a phrase from the "Hey, Cupcake!" stamp set.
This past weekend we also celebrated a senior graduation. I used the same idea to make his card. Our Grad Hats embossing folder and stamp set, "High Five Grad" were used for the card front. I popped up the grad hat that I colored using Copics C1 and C3. This is a very quick card front to make.
Inside the card is various stars punched out in Black Granite, Grape Stomp and Brighton Beach White. I used the glitter pen to add a bit of glitz to each star.
I also used one of our Innies and Outies(TM) verses from the Congrats and Graduation set to finish the inside of the card.
Here's a side view of the stars popping up as you open it. I added notches to hold a gift card or cash/check behind the stars.
To make the pop-up card, follow these steps:
- Cut a piece of cardstock 4" W X 11" H. Keep in mind, that your finished length will be 1" short on both sides due to the tabs you are creating in the center. If you want your finished piece to be longer, use a 12" X 12" cardstock and cut down to 4" W X 12" for a portrait-shaped card.
- Score at 5.5" and then score two more times on each side of the center line in 1/2" increments. That is, score at 4.5", 5" 5.5" 6" and 6.5".
- Fold the lines to make an "M" shape from the side.
- Add Sticky Strip Adhesive to each inner side of the "M" shape as seen here.
- Using a tape runner or more Sticky Strip, adhere the back sides of each "M" peak so that you only see two tabs sticking up from the center. You can see how it should look from the side view of the stars photo above
- Add acetate strips to one side by removing the adhesive cover strip to reveal the sticky part of the strip. The strips should be at various lengths. I like to make the center strip the longest and taper to shorter strips on each end for a symmetrical shape.
- Remove the other strip protector and attach to the acetate strip fronts so that they are enveloped inside the tabs.
- Add this inside piece to the inside of your outer card (that is 4.25" W X 11" H).
- I added a 4" X 5.25" cardstock piece to each inside panel so that my matting was consistently 1/4" all around. This does add additional weight to your card, however.
- Lastly, attach your stars, balloons, cupcakes or whatever you choose!
Ideas to try
- Use pop-up stars or fireworks for a July 4th card.
- Use pop-up hearts for a Valentine's Day card or wedding card.
- Use pop-up monsters or ghosts for a Halloween Card.
Try a pop-up card today. I hope Miss Alayna and my neighbor enjoyed there cards! I sure had fun making them :) - Smiles, Bobbi