By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
From: Peg’s Crafting Corner
Pop up cards are fun aren’t they? Often, though, they take time to make and we don’t have a chance to make them. This spiral pop up can be made in just minutes and is as fun to make as it is to receive. The theme of this card was inspired by one of the newest Sizzix embossing folders entitled, “Cascading Flowers,” by Brenda Walton. What better way to show flowers cascading then down a spiral that allows them to pop up when the card is opened.
Now, again, using the paper trimmer cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 4 5/8” x 6 ¼”. Place this piece inside of the Cascading Flowers embossing folder and run it through your die cut/embossing machine using the correct plate stacks. The Sizzix Big Shot was used for this project.
Lightly rub a piece of chalk over the design. Chalk pastels are a good choice to use for this as they are a softer chalk that easily transfers color onto paper and have bright pigments to make embossed areas stand out.
Lightly rub your hand over the embossed area to remove excess chalk. Repeat adding the chalk and rubbing your hand over the area until the design has the look that you want. The less chalk added the light colors your card will have and the more that is added the darker the color making it a brighter piece.
This piece has had more chalk added to certain areas to make them brighter while other areas were left with less chalk. This gives a nice contrast to an embossed piece.
Now, create a second card base from white cardstock that measures 6” x 8”. Score and fold it in half, too. This will be the insert on the inside of the card.
Attach it to the first card base using a tape runner.
Punch, die cut or use a circle cutter to cut a 1 ¼” circle. Shown is a circle created using the Standard Circle Dies by Spellbinders. Cut a spiral into the center of the circle with a pair of scissors.
Snip off the end of the spiral to give it an even edge.
Place a strip of adhesive using a tape runner or double sided tape or a pop dot onto the back of the spiral where the end was even out in the previous step and onto the center top of the spiral that is facing up.
Close the card to attach the pieces securely to the card base as shown.
Punch several flowers with a flower punch. The Hydrangea punch by Martha Stewart was used for this project. Punch even so that you can have 2 layers to one flower. You can also use other punches or dies for this depending on the theme of your card. Add a dot of glue using a glue pen to one of the flowers and then place a second flower on top to layer them.
Attach the flowers to the spiral in various places along it using the glue pen.
Add more flowers to the inside of the card.
Finish the card off by attaching the embossed piece to the front of the card base.
Cut 2 pieces of cardstock that measure 1 ¼” x 2 ¼” and 1” x 2” and layer them on top of each other. Stamp or place the sentiment onto the smaller piece and attach it to the front. Place a second sentiment inside the card for a finishing touch.
This is an easy way to create a pop up card especially when you are short on time. It’s great to use with any theme or occasion when you need something special. Make several in advance and keep them on hand so that all you need to do is add the cut outs and finishing design to the front. Then, you’ll be ready to go.