Christmas Pop Up Book

You may recall the Twas the Night Before Christmas Pop Up Book from last year that I made just for fun – to put my pop up skills to the test! I ended up giving it to my boss’s boss so her children could enjoy it. Maybe I’ll have to make one for my new niece and nephew this year 🙂

Well, thanks to my husband and the purchase of this fabulous product: The Silhouette Cameo, I have made the new and improved Christmas Pop Up Book version! My hands are happy that I’m finally putting the x-acto knife aside because the Cameo is my new best friend for paper-crafting

PROS:

  1. You can custom cut and print any design – I mean ANY design that you want
  2. You never have to buy a die cut cartridge or mess around with expansion packs
  3. You can download designs from their online store and automatically start printing right from your computer
  4. Online designs are endless and they are really cheap $0.50-0.90 per design.
  5. Their customer support staff are super friendly and they respond really quickly through email
  6. And again…you can CUSTOM create your own design and print out any font, style, shape, or image and it will cut it out perfectly and intricately.

CONS:

  1. It’s a little tricky to set up…there are white rollers on the sides that you have to slide to adjust the settings for smaller paper designs. These things are so difficult to budge the first time you try it! It finally worked for me when I discovered from another blog that wearing rubber gloves will help you grip them enough to twist the pinchers out of the notches.

* A NOTE to FELLOW ETSY SELLERS: Make sure that if you use the Cameo, you purchase the license for commercial use and avoid the designs that say “for personal use only” if you intend to use a copy-righted design in a product. You can, of course, create your own designs in the Silhouette Studio software that comes with it so that your original work can be used in your own products, but just make sure you don’t incorporate a personal-use-only design in a commercial product!

I actually purchased the Fiskars Fuse (die cut & letterpress combo set) on Black Friday. It was marked down to $179.99 from $299.99, so it was worth the price to try it out. But before I even took it out of its packaging, I came across a Cameo demo video on YouTube and instantly became awestruck.  I have since returned the Fiskars Fuse – as it doesn’t even compare to this machine. Most craft stores have this machine on sale right now $100 off – so don’t purchase it directly through Silhouette.com if you can help it.

Here is just a taste of some of the work the Cameo can do 🙂

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christmas pop up book twas the night

christmas pop up book twas the night

christmas pop up book twas the night

christmas pop up book twas the night

christmas pop up book twas the night

christmas pop up book twas the night pop up santa

christmas pop up book twas the night

christmas pop up book twas the night pop up christmas tree

christmas pop up book twas the night

christmas pop up book twas the night

Pop Up Card: Spring Flower

I know it’s not quite spring yet. And if you live in New England, you would know that it has been pretty cold, damp, and icy lately from some beginning of March snow showers. But, I was in the mood for making a spring themed card and put together this little pop up flower. I like the pink, green, and purple combination. The cardstock stack is called “Latte” and comes with a great spring color palette. The 48 sheet pack is on sale this week at Joann’s for $9.99…which will help you crank out tons of lovely spring pop ups and other paper crafts. Hope you like this card, and have a great weekend!

handmade pop up flower card spring

pop up flower card pink spring flower handmade

pop up card handmade paper flower

pop up card handmade paper flower

pop up card handmade paper flower

Pop Up Valentine: Pop Up Heart Shaped Candy Box

Yet another little valentine for you.

When I first started using an x-acto knife, I hated it. But, after creating dozens of cards and little pop ups, I have realized that this crafting tool is invaluable. It allows for so many nice little intricate details that you just can’t achieve with using scissors. Maybe for some of you, using an x-acto knife for the first time is a piece of cake, but for me it took lots of practice to get really comfortable with it.

So, I saw a card in the store by Papyrus. You know, one of those super expensive ones that makes your jaw drop and makes you “ooh and ahh” over it for a few minutes. Yes? No? ….Maybe I’m the only weirdo who stalks out the card section of Target taking peeks at how some of the professionals, like Papyrus, put together a pop up card or make a lovely looking valentine.

Well, I saw a little scene cut out of a man and woman surrounded by a heart shape, with all little flowers surrounding it. I took a pic with the good old camera phone and used it as inspiration for my own little valentine scene that I used on the cover of this card.

The Papyrus card:

Pop Up Valentine Card Handmade DIY How to Make a Pop Up Card

My Own, Not-as-Fancy or Cool-Looking Version: 

Pop Up Valentine Card Handmade DIY How to Make a Pop Up Card

Pop Up Valentine Card Handmade DIY How to Make a Pop Up Card

Pop Up Valentine Card Handmade DIY How to Make a Pop Up Card

So this definitely is not Papyrus-quality, whatsoever!!! But, while my x-acto knifing could be a little cleaner in some spots, I was happy that this came out decent enough to give to someone. I am hoping that my next x-acto knife project comes out a little crisper and that I’ll be able to handle a more complex one.

Ok and now for the POP-UP! I’m excited about this one.

Pop Up Valentine Card Handmade DIY How to Make a Pop Up Card

Pop Up Valentine Card Handmade DIY How to Make a Pop Up Card

Lift up the lid of the box and….surprise! There’s some candy!

Pop Up Valentine Card Handmade DIY How to Make a Pop Up Card

Haha and yes, in case you were wondering, for the candy inside of the pop up box, I used real Hershey Kisses wrappers, rolled them into a little ball and glued them in the bottom of the box.  What fun would all this Valentine-making be without some candy?

More to come soon, while I still have some red and pink cardstock, and while there are still a few days left until Valentine’s Day to make some more stuff!

Tutorial: Waterfall Pull Tab Card

I am so sorry for the delay in posting this tutorial! This week has been pretty busy and I know I anticipated having this done Wednesday night…so I hope this allows enough time for some of you who requested a tutorial, to make the cards you wanted in time!!!

I can say that this card isn’t too tricky to make.  I did the whole thing in about an hour last night. While it looks fancy and complicated, the mechanism is simple. A waterfall pull tab card can be seen in my previous post,  Valentine Pop Up Card: Hidden Message, and seen in video action in the post Happy Birthday Waterfall Card.

Ok so now the question – how to make this card?

1. Start out with a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock and cut in half so you have a 12 x 6″ piece. Score and fold in the middle so you have a folded 6 x 6″ square card. Cut an additional piece of cardstock (in a different color/pattern), into a 5 x 5″ square and place it in the inside of your card.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

2. Now cut a 12″ x 2″ strip of paper (preferably the same type of cardstock as your 5 x 5″ square). This strip will be covered by another color and type of paper later on. This will serve as the mechanism for the tab.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

3. Fold the strip in half (so you have a 6″ long strip when folded). Open the strip up and mark five 1 cm lines (note centimeter measurement), above the half way line. So you should have 6 inches at the bottom of the strip, then the fold in the middle of the strip. Then 5 lines each 1 cm apart. Score the lines and fold them in and out so that they are flexible.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Sorry this is so grainy! My iPhone camera wasn’t at its best last night! 🙂 Plus, it’s in pencil which was drawn rather lightly.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

4. Now cut a piece of cardstock into 6″ x 2″ (this will be the strip that you pull down and will display a hidden message or image, whatever you want). Since it is 6 x 2″ it should line up perfectly with the bottom half of your tab.
tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

5. Now cut a 5″ x 1″ strip of paper so it should be as wide as your 5 x 5″ square.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

6. Use an x-acto knife (or teeny-tiny paper punch) to poke a hole through both ends of your newly cut 5″ x 1″ strip all the way through your 5 x 5″ square and your card (you will have the holes covered by your front & back cover on the outside of the card at the end of this). The holes do not have to be neat because you are going to insert little brads into them so they’ll be covered up.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

7. Glue on the outer edges of your paper strip outside of the hole you just cut and then line up the holes of the strip to the holes in your card and press down firmly. Then insert the brads into the wholes.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Little star-shaped brads from Joann’s Fabrics

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Again, this part below will be covered up by your outside cover of the card in the end.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

8. Now take your long folded strip (the one where you made the five 1 cm score folds) and insert in under the strip you now secured with brad. Do not glue anything just yet. Line up the strips and trace with pencil where the edges meet. Cut off the excess.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Cut off the excess paper that would hang down below the orange strip.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

9. Once your excess is cut off, apply a small amount of glue along the edge of the strip and then insert it down under the orange strip and secure it by pressing down firmly so it adheres well.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

It might tough to see but there is glue on the tip of the yellow part that I am sliding down in this picture. It is going to go underneath the orange strip and be glued to it.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Press firmly and make sure it’s dried or at least well-secured.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

10. Now you have the mechanism ready for your pop up messages.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

11.  Cut out 6 squares (2″ x 2″) and glue each one along a 1 cm fold so that one square is layered on top of another square with a 1 cm overlap.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

So for each 1 cm section where you put glue, line up 1 of your 2″ x 2″ squares and glue it down. Keep this going until you have them all glued.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

12. Now that you have all the squares glued down on each 1 cm fold, you can put a little glue along the last square on the bottom and this will slide under the orange strip and be secured to it as well (similar to what we did in step # 9.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

13. You now have your pull tab mechanism ready for decoration!

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

14. I used a mini-paper punch to pop out some stars for decoration on the outer top flap.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

15. Now cut out 5 squares, each 1.5″ x 1.5″ and these will be the squares with the letters H-A-P-P-Y on them. (You can use whatever letters you want to spell out a name or a different word. Or you can use pictures or shapes, it’s really whatever you want to do with it). When you pull the orange tab down all the way, you can write the message you want for it. In this case, I wrote “Birthday” and I always like to do it in pencil first before I break out the sharpie.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

16. Now you can add whatever little cute things you want to the rest of the card. I free-hand drew some balloons and cut them out (all 3 at once because I am lazy). I didn’t have time to add other decorations to this last night but you can use paper stars, add some text, or do whatever you want to make it your own.

17. Now you can cut out poster project board (the sturdy stuff that I love!) and cut out two 6 x 6″ squares (so they should line up perfectly with  the rest of your card) and then cover up that project board with the cardstock of your choice for the outside of the card.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

Cover up those brads!

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

And the piece below will be the outer cover for the card, to be glued to the card and decorated.

tutorial pop up card how to make a waterfall card

I will admit, I didn’t finish the outer part of the card. But, in my defense, I had to choose between either going to bed with wet hair from showering earlier, or quitting my cardmaking for the evening and blow drying it. Since it was 20 degrees last night in Rhode Island,  I chose to blow dry!!!

But, I’m sure most of you are incredibly crafty and good at putting together your own cute looking cover. 🙂 Plus you probably were more interested in the pull tab waterfall mechanism, so I felt that skipping this part wasn’t as crucial.  Let me know if there are any more requests! I will do my best to get them done on time. This has just been a busy season of card making since it’s Valentine’s Day soon and it seems like everyone I know is having a birthday around here.

Happy crafting!!!

Pop Up Card Tutorial: How to Make Valentine’s Day Airplane w/Heart Strings

In my previous post, Pop Up Card: Be My Valentine, I showcased a little airplane carrying hearts strung along behind it, all on top of some pop-up clouds with the message “Be My Valentine.” I figured I would do a tutorial this evening on how you can make this card on your own. Bear with me – I’m not a professional photographer and I don’t have a professional camera. The good old iPhone 4S will have to suffice. I hope that this helps you make a pop up valentine of your own! 🙂 More tutorials coming soon!

Original Card That I Will be Re-Creating:

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

1. Start with project board / poster board. I love this stuff for the backbone of all cards because it is really sturdy material that adds much needed support to hold up the weight from the cardstock pop ups. Cut a 12 x 12″ square in half and then into two 6 x 6″ squares.

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

2. Cut a piece of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half so you have a 12 x 6″ piece and score in the middle (DO NOT CUT into 6 x 6″ squares). This piece will the background of the inside card where the pop up will be.

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

3. Use pencil to draw the outline of your clouds on white cardstock. I free hand draw and prefer x-acto knifing to cut out just about everything – but you can feel free to use scissors. If you have trouble drawing, it’s a good idea to google search “cloud cartoon,” then print the image and lay it on top of your cardstock and cut along the outline of shape using an x-acto knife.

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

4. Now let’s create the base of your pop-up clouds – we are going to use a tabletop pop-up mechanism. Cut a long strip of cardstock 2 cm thick (make sure it’s around 10-12cm long so you have enough). Then score four 2 cm lines, each 2 cm apart from each other and then one 1 cm line as shown below. Repeat this again so you have 2 strips of paper with scored 2 cm lines.

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

5. Now fold the strips along the scored edges and glue the small 1 cm flap inwards so you have a 3 dimensional square. Allow both squares to dry.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

6. Do the same thing again with a 2 cm thick strip of paper but this time, have four lines each 1 cm apart and a fifth line 1/2 cm long. Score accordingly on 2 strips of paper and fold along the scored edges so you now have 2 small rectangle boxes.

How to Make a Pop Up Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

7. Glue the 2 cm squares together on one side – and then place them along the fold of the card so that the middle of boxes lines up right in the fold. Glue along the bottom square faces to secure in place.

8. Glue the 1 cm rectangles together on on side – and then place them wherever you want. I put them in an off-center location to the right. These little rectangles will hold up the cloud that is a step down from the clouds atop of the larger squares. Once you have the right spot for them, glue on the bottom sides and secure in place.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

9. Add glue to the tops of the squares and rectangles you have now securely glued and add your clouds where you want them.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

10. Now you can punch out the heart balloon by using a paper punch and some metallic paper.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

11. Cut the balloon string by trimming off a thin piece of ribbon. Glue it where desired.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

12. Now cut out a shape of the airplane and hearts. Again, I love using the x-acto knife for this because it’s quick and much easier than finagling with the scissors. Write the words you want on each heart using a sharpie.

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

13. Once you have your shapes cut out, lay them down where you want them on top of the clouds.

How to Make a Valentine Pop Up Card

14. Cut out strips of ribbon long enough to reach from the tail of the plane and in between each heart. Once you have everything just where you want it, secure with glue.

How to Make a Valentine Pop Up Card

The Re-Created Card from the Tutorial:

How to Make a Pop Valentine Card Tutorial

15. Create the cover by cutting another strip of paper 12 x 6″ and scoring in the middle to fold and adhere to the poster board. Cut out paper and design a cover however you want. I used paper punches for the hearts and hand wrote “Be Mine.”

Well, I did it in kind of a rush all while watching the King of Queens and Jeopardy this evening, but did the two come out looking pretty similar? You can do it yourself easily at home and add your own creative flair to make it your own. Happy crafting! Hope you find this tutorial useful!

Valentine Pop Up Card: Hidden Message

Valentine card # 3 of the season is a waterfall style card with hidden messages that are unveiled as little flaps pop up and a tab is pulled down. This mechanism was also used in the Happy Birthday Waterfall Card post. I will post a tutorial on this soon!

This valentine card reveals the message “I Love You” in the waterfall pop up. The left hand side words “Be mine” were cut out using an x-acto knife after carefully hand drawing the words with pencil on cardstock. The heart for the “i” in “mine” was cut out using a paper punch by Fiskars. Paper is canvas textured cardstock by Stampin’ Up. Happy crafting!

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade

Valentine Pop Up Card DIY Handmade