Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Tip of the Hat to Pop 'n Cuts!

I tip my hat to Karen Burniston of I am Not Left-Handed! She's the designer of the Pop 'n Cut Dies that Stampin' Up sells and a creative and amazing card designer as well!

I love the ideas she has on her blog.  You should definitely check it out on the link I gave you above. I'm sure she has no problem at all using these great little inventions.  After all, she came up with them.

Me?  Not so much.  You may remember me creating this card for a convention swap.  I struggled to get everything lined up properly and I had so many of them to do that I was pretty frustrated at the end.

Today, I guess I was sufficiently healed from the last trauma that I was ready to try again.  (Kind of like having a second baby! lol)  The pain came back to me pretty early into the creation process!  But I persevered and came up with what I think is a pretty cool card.

  • I glued the base and the DSP together before die cutting the card using the Pop 'n Cut base die, hoping to avoid the problems I had with the convention swap card.  That worked really well and kept the paper even.  I would advise you, if you are going to try this, to let the glue dry well before die cutting and folding the card, so that the pressure doesn't move the layers out of alignment.
  • I folded the top of the card in half to created an easel card.  I used the Deco Label Collection Framelits to cut  a shape out of the middle of the top of the card.  I then used the next largest framelit to cut the top half of the top of the card into a little frame.  
  • I also cut two frames out of some Silver Foil cardstock by first cutting with the larger of the two framelits, then centering the smaller framelit inside and running it through the Big Shot again.  I saved the inside of one of them for the sentiment inside, that also acts as a ledge to hold the easel up.
  • I die cut four of the smallest Festive Flurries framelits, two each from Silver Foil cardstock and two from a page of Winter Frost DSP, strategically moving the framelit to cut out one of the snowflake designs on the paper.  I used snail to adhere the two snowflakes together with a length of thread sandwiched between the two.
  • Folding the top of the card in half leaves the frame to stay straight.  I positioned the snowflakes where I wanted them with glue dots, then over top of that I added one of the silver frames I made, using quite a few glue dots and some liquid multipurpose glue.
  • I used the Christmas Messages stamp set for the sentiment, stamping it in Island Indigo over a Coastal Cabana snowflake from the Festive Flurries stamp set. (Stamp off the Coastal Cabana snowflake once or twice to get a nice light image to stamp over with the sentiment.
  • I die cut the sentiment first with the 2 3/8" diameter Circle Framelit and used the 2 1/2" Circle Punch to punch out the matte in Island Indigo.  I mounted these on the Deco Label die cut and popped the whole thing up on Dimensionals to form the lip to catch the top of the easel card.
  • The whole card can be closed flat for mailing.  I was wishing I had smaller snowflake framelits to use so that the sentiment could be read through the front, but those were the smallest I had.
Stamps:  Festive Flurries (w131778;  c131781); Christmas Messages (w131790; c131793)
Paper:  Winter Frost Specialty DSP (132341); Silver Foil Sheets (132178); Textured 12 x 12 cardstock in Island Indigo (132132); Whisper White cardstock (100730)
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Coastal Cabana (131175) and Island Indigo (126986)
Tools:  Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102); Circles Collection Framelits (130911); Pop 'n Cut Card Base (130099); Festive Flurries Framelits (132193); Big Shot (113439)

I designed this card for a crafting retreat I am heading out on this weekend at this amazing place:
I was asked by the organizer to do a little designing with the goodie bag materials ahead of time!  Hope I don't have to demonstrate this one! Ulp!

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  1. Heather, thank goodness for Pinterest or I would have missed this awesome card! And I've clicked to see your awesome Convention card, too. I can save you from future pain with Pop 'n Cuts cards - don't try to use a full backing card on a full interior card and line up all four ends - it won't work. They are cut with the same die but are technically a paper width apart in the finished card - know what I mean? Far better to cut down either your backing card or your inner card and just use one set of deco edge/closure rather than two. This will save you paper, too. Now let's talk about this Flying Easel card, which is awesome! I love the snowflakes suspended in the opening. Thank you for pulling out your PNC base and making this awesome card!

  2. Heather, This card is to die for!!! I love it. Karen designs the most awesome products.


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