Palm Tree Pop-Up Card

Palm Tree Pop-Up Card


This pop-up palm tree was made with a die set called “Palm Tree Pop-Up Dies #1039” by Karen Burniston, and I just love, love, love it!  Karen’s excellent assembly video makes it super easy to make.  This card folds flat for mailing.


You can create any size card (at least 3 1/2″ – to cover the tree when the card is closed).  My card is an A2 size card, but Karen shows a larger card in her video where she includes two trees with a hammock.  So many options!

In addition to the dies for the palm tree that pops up, there are dies to create a slightly smaller (flat) palm tree which could be glued to the pop-up tree to create a cluster (I added two to my pop-up tree) and could also be used alone to decorate the card front or any other flat card panel.

Here’s a better look at my card front…



… which I created using this sketch:


Besides turning the sketch on its side, I placed my navy panel behind the long strip so there was more of the lighter piece showing behind the palm tree.  (This sketch is on the Dec. ’11 pdf.)

I used Bazzill “Butter Mints” heavy weight ivory card stock for the card base along with  “Deep Navy” by core’dinations.  I followed Karen’s example and repeatedly stamped a random dot pattern with brown ink onto kraft card stock to create the look of sand.  (She suggests using a dense sponge if you don’t have a stamp like this.)  The patterned paper is “Aqua Scales” by Recollections.  The parts for the trees were cut from scraps I had on hand.

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Double Z-Fold Card… with a Twist (Wiper Card)

Double Z-Fold Card… with a Twist (Wiper Card)


This “double z-fold” card with a fun pop-up panel is another project I designed for the course I am teaching.


I recently saw digital cut files, designed by Lori Whitlock, for cute Valentine’s Day cards with this type of pop-up mechanism.  She called them wiper cards.  I started thinking about other elements that would work well on this type of card base and thought this large image from the “Cup of Thanks” stamp set by Studio Katia fit nicely and would be a fun one to color. I watched Lori’s assembly video to get a better idea of how the mechanism worked, and I figured out how to create an A2 size card using a trimmer and score board (instead of the Silhouette).  I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me to look on YouTube to see if wiper card tutorials existed – they do. Nothing like “reinventing the wheel!”  It’s a good thing I like playing with paper – LOL!!  (Anyway, if you wish to see how I made my pop-up card base, look HERE.)

For this next version, I “smooshed” Memento “Danube Blue” ink spritzed with water onto white card stock.  I love this technique because it is quick and easy to do, it looks great (I think),  and it allows you to customize your panels to match your image with the inks you have on hand.  I inked the edges so the panels would stand out against the white card base.


I colored the stamped image with Bic Marking Fashion Permanent alcohol markers (harvest orange, adobe orange, summer melon, ocean view blue, misty blue, deep sea blue, traquil teal, cloud nine grey, and tiki hut tan), and a blender pen.

Double Z-fold cards fold flat for mailing, and this one fits in a regular A2 size envelope.



Here is one more CAS card design I came up with while playing with this image:


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Birthday Balloons (and Bucks) Bridge Card

Birthday Balloons (and Bucks) Bridge Card


This card features a fun card base, a few die cuts… and some bucks!  I was looking for a fun way to present a monetary gift as part of a card layout and had been meaning to try a bridge card with this (unbranded/no longer available?) “Happy Birthday” die (which is actually supposed to make a birthday hat).

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The cake was adapted from an svg file called “Birthday Elements” from svgcuts.  The balloons were made from an unbranded die I found online.  And the flames were cut with the Karen Burniston Cake Pop-Up Die (#1028).

To create this card base which is 5″ x 7″ when folded, I used a 10 1/2″ x 5″ piece of card stock scored at 1 3/4″, 3 1/2″, 7″, and 8 3/4″ and folded as shown:


There is plenty of room on the back for a stamped or handwritten sentiment and signature.  This card, with the money, folds flat (kind of).  It fits in a regular A7 size envelope but is a little bulky and would require a trip to the post office if mailed – if you are comfortable mailing cash.

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And here’s a version without the money.  (This one does fold flat, but some may argue it’s not quite as fun to receive – lol!)


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Safari Birthday Box Card with Tutorial

Safari Birthday Box Card with Tutorial


I really like box cards because they have so much dimension for displaying, but they fold flat for mailing.  They are even better when you have adorable images to work with!  (I’ve included a tutorial at the end of this post for creating the box card base.)

The stamp set is called “Safari Friends” and was included (a free gift) in the April 2017 issue of Papercraft Essentials magazine (issue 145).  (I was lucky enough to find this set on ebay.)


I created cut files for the images with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine, stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored them with Bic Alcohol Markers.  I also used a few colored pencils for the boy’s and girl’s skin.

The patterned paper I used to decorate the box is from a digital set called “Zoo Visit” by Scrapbook Gems and was purchased on Etsy.  There is room on the back for a stamped or handwritten message.

This card is 5 x 7 inches when folded flat and easily fits in a regular envelope for mailing.

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This card was a lot of fun to make!

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