Pop Up Floral Card Tutorial

Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
Hi friends, Sharing my DT project for Crealies showcasing their gorgeous rubber stamps.I made a Pop Up Box card  with more than a dozen  stamped flowers swaying beautifully in a burlap covered Pop Up Basket !
Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial

When  you want to quickly color a bunch of images without spending hours together watercoloring is a fabulous option! And heat embossing the images before watercoloring makes it even easier to keep the colors within the lines.
I stamped and heat embossed the images in gold  and watercolored them using Zig Watercolor Brush Pens .
These are the Crealies stamps I used. I love the delicate designs and quality of the Crealies stamps!
Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
 Later fussy cut out the flowers ...you dont have to be super accurate when making such a card as you can use a bit of green between the leaves and flowers to mimic foliage.
Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
Pop Up Box Cards are fun designs you can adapt to suit your theme. I conceptualized a basket of flowers with a rustic look and so made a horizontal boxthe Here are the dimensions on instructions to make this one.
You will need Card stock :two pieces 7 x 2 inches and two pieces 5.5 x 2 or slightly less than two inches

Score the long 7 inch strips at 1/2  and 2.5 inch from one end

Score the short strips at 1/2 and 5 inch

Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
Fold the long pieces as shown below.
Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
Stick the short tab as shown- use good strong adhesive.
Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
Stick the short tab of the other strip to complete a box.
Fold the box down to make sure your gluing is correct and you have a structure which folds perfectly flat
Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
Take the scored short strips and fold the side tabs in opposite directions- this tiny step will  make your Pop Up Card more sturdy.
Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
Glue one tab inside the box as shown , apply glue to the other tab

Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
Before the glue dries, fold the box flat so that the tab will stick perfectly to the opposite side
Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
Stick the other strip in the similar way 

Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial

Your Pop Up Card is ready to embellish!
You can use strips of acetate to stick the flowers and add them to your Pop Up Card dividers. The pearl sprigs were simply wound around the dividers and sway beautifully as the card folds and unfolds!
Pop Up Garden Card Tutorial
Here are the list of supplies used 
Crealies Stamps/stempels:


3 D Pop Up Tags

3 D Pop Up Tags
Hello friends, Thank you so much for all the Anniversary wishes you showered upon me in my last blogpost " Mini Album Tutorial " .
Sharing a trio of 3 D Christmas tags made as my DT project for Maureen's Rudolph Days Challenge!
3 D Pop Up Tags
The 3 D tags/mini cards feature a pop up staircase which can fold flat.
2 of the tags feature an adorable Santa standing on the steps of a staircase . The holly leaves and poinsettias are from a stamp set gifted to me by Maureen. 
I stamped and gold embossed the images and after water-coloring with Zig Watercolor Brush Pens gave a wash of gold using Gansai Tambi watercolors! Love the look!
3 D Pop Up Tags
The 2nd tag has a golden staircase with a  cute Christmas robin  made with Dee's Distinctively Winter Robin die again a gift from Maureen. Made the tree using handmade paper and foam as a backing.
3 D Pop Up Tag Tutorial
I bought the newly launched Graphic 45 square tag die and used it to make the frame for all the tags. Embossed a square of white card stock to layer over it. The staircase I used was diecut using a Memory Box die but I think there are quite a few companies who manufacture staircase dies.
Here is how I made the staircase dimensional....leave a strip of cardstock to the die cut
3 D Pop Up Tag Tutorial
I made it upside down for the next step which is scoring. Score at 1/2 inch intervals to get  four 1/2 inch segments and cut off the extra card-stock.

3 D Pop Up Tag Tutorial
Fold at the score lines  and glue the last segment behind your staircase...you get a nice pop up 3 D structure which you can glue to your cards/ tags!

3 D Pop Up Tag Tutorial
I hope you liked this easy idea to make a pop up element...it can be adapted to any theme!
3 D Pop Up Tags
Wishing you a good day with this cute Santa made using various types of foam!
Don't forget to link in a Christmas Project at the  Rudolph Days Challenge!

Supplies : Dies :  Dee's Distinctively Winter Robin,Memory Box Classic Staircase,Eline's Santa COL1391,Marianne Designs Creatable Pine Tree LR037,Recollections Christmas Noel Stamps and Dies Poinsettia,Graphic 45 Square Tag and Clock
Stamps : Recollections Christmas Noel Stamps and Dies Poinsettia ,Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora
Embossing Folders : Sizzix Snowflakes,Darice Stripes


Multifold Mini Album Tutorial

Multifold Mini Album
        Hi friends, this week my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. I was at a loss on what to buy him  but since he loves handmade gifts  I made a special Multi-fold Mini Album and a bouquet of tiny handmade foamiran roses in a dome as an anniversary gift.
Multifold Mini Album
I made this mini album using  gorgeous Graphic 45 papers and Crealies Cardzz No 06 die [also featured in this Home Decor project Tutorial ] .
Multifold Mini Album
The photos above and below who how the accordion album looks on one side and how the flaps fold down!
Multifold Mini Album
And there are flaps which fold up on the other side and the whole album can be displayed in a zig zag fashion as shown below.
Multifold Mini Album
The frames, doves and winged hearts on the cover page were handmade using air drying clay[ Japanese Sakura clay] .
Multifold Mini Album
Here is how the other side of the mini album looks. 
Multifold Mini Album
The flaps on this side fold up and this is how the mini album can be displayed! In the album shown here I have used 7 bases and 6 flaps and it can hold 25 photos excluding the cover. You can easily add more pages and flaps if you wish and even tweak the dimensions!
Multifold Mini Album
Creating this mini using the Crealies Cardzz No 6 die was a breeze as using this die you get die cuts with in-built tabs which you can use to create the folds easily . I have a detailed Tutorial on the Crealies blog on how you can make this Mini Album easily using Crealies dies.
Handmade Foamiran Roses
My husband loves flowers and  I made a bouquet of 3 tiny roses using foamiran and added them to a tiny ceramic vase to fit inside a cute dome from Crafters Corner.
Handmade Foamiran Roses
I made a base for the dome using 2 wooden disc [ a remnant of carpentry work at my home] and added a feminine touch using some beautiful lace[ again from Crafters Corner]
Handmade Foamiran Roses

I hope you liked this simple yet fun to play with Mini Album and the Roses in the Dome gift idea


Interactive Pop Up Card

Pop Up Box Card

        Hi friends sharing a Pop Up Box Card made as my DT inspiration for the  Cuttlebugmania  Challenge where it was my turn to chose the theme and it is Interactive cards...you can make shakers, sliders , Pop Up Cards etc.

Light Up Card
 My Pop Up Box card  is a very special birthday card made for my daughter!It has so many layers and lovely cheerful daisies and wild tropical  leaves swaying on strips of acetate !Hiding all the way at the back but still occupying centre stage is an adorable baby elephant clutching a bunch of daisies and an envelope .
Light Up Card
The envelope is sealed with a tiny flower which lights up blue on pressing a leaf on the corner of the card! Isn't that fun! I made the light up interactive element using a Chibitronic LED light and copper tape.Here is the Tutorial link to make a light up card : Light Up Card Tutorial 
Interactive Pop Up Card 
There is a huge amount of stamping and die cutting in this card and I really went to town with the water coloring too!
Supplies : Dies :  Spellbinders Labels 47 Decorative Elements S5-229,Dee's Distinctively Berry Sprigs,Marianne Designs Lace Border LR0508, Leaves from Heartfelt creations  Tropical Cockatoo Die set, Heartfelt creations Delightful Daisy Die,Couture Creations Scalloped Circles,Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax
Stamps : Wild Rose Studio Bella with Flowers , Leaves from Heartfelt creations  Tropical Cockatoo stamp set, Daisies from Heartfelt creations Delightful Daisies Stamps
Coloring Media : Distress Inks  , Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  , Staedtler water-color pencils Papers : Dress My Craft Hydrangea Lawns. Acetate : Dress My Craft 


Home Decor Project Tutorial with Crealies

3 D Spring Decoration
            Hi friends hope you are all doing well....I am so happy to be back in the crafting world and am so thrilled to share that I have joined Crealies as part of their International Design Team.
I very very rarely even think of applying to a design team as my schedule is pretty busy but I have been in love with the unique style of Crealies products for quite some time and so when Annelies , the owner of Crealies let me know that they were having a DT call...I applied following my heart!For once I didnt listen to the negative voices in my head telling me I wouldnt be able to handle it and a trillion other excuses our brains do tell us! 
Now I am part of the Crealies team and so happy to share my first DT post... a Spring themed Home Decor project featuring the new Crealies Cardzz no. 06 Bag Card Dies and showcasing the newly launched beautiful Crealies Mounted Rubber Flower Stampzz.

Water-colored Crealies Sunflower Stamp
I love rubber stamps and was super impressed at the delicate intricate designs on the Crealies floral stamp sets. I heat embossed the stamps in such a way that I got a framed border around the floral images .

Water-colored Crealies Hibiscus Stamp
Such delicate images are fabulous to  water color using Zig brush pens and a water-brush.To make the hexagonal shaped ornament you need 6 images. The Crealies flower stamps are all the same size and coordinate so well together. I used 3 stamps and had fun experimenting with different colors.
Water-colored Crealies Stamp Sets

 How to make the hexagonal ornament

  • Good quality thick card stock
  • Images- you can use stamped images , photos or any kind of picture you fancy
  • Good adhesive- I used a combination of liquid glue, the glue gun , carpenters masking tape and red tacky tape depending on what I was gluing--- will share in the steps.
  • Decorative elements- pearls, laces, ribbons and tassels all look good on a hanging ornament 
DIY Hanging Ornament
Though you can make the hexagonal units by manually measuring and hand cutting  it is quicker , more fun and neater if you have dies to help you.
I used the Crealies Cardzz no.06 die to make the units of my hexagonal frame.This die is fabulous for making pockets for scrapbooks, bags , envelopes and special cards but because it has flaps it is simply fabulous to create 3 D projects too.
Crealies Cardzz No 6 diecuts
The ornament is made of 6 triangular units each of which is made using 3 die cuts as shown above.

Creating the Units
 The diecut has a saw tooth/zig zag border on one side and you can optionally score this border  ,fold it up and use it to add a decorative lace like I have done or leave it as it is.
Hexagonal Ornament Tutorial
Glue the flaps to adjoining pieces. Using a good quality wet adhesive is the best option here  as you get strong adhesion  and your ornament wont fall apart later even if you add heavy embellishments!
Hexagonal Ornament Tutorial
Glue the pieces to form a triangular unit.

Hexagonal Ornament Tutorial
It is easier and neater  to make your ornament if you glue 2 triangles to each other on one side.

Hexagonal Ornament Tutorial
I suggest using carpenters making tape and binder clips or jumbo paperclips to hold your pieces together while your wet glue dries.

Hexagonal Ornament Tutorial
Make 3 such units as shown below.

Hexagonal Ornament Tutorial
Glue the pieces to form a hexagon...again using paperclips and masking tape with wet glue and going slowly will ensure you have a sturdy, perfectly geometric ornament you can show off in your home for many seasons!
Hexagonal Ornament Tutorial
You can keep the saw teeth edge side down as it looks so pretty when you look at it from below and you can also use it to add decorative die-cuts ,laces , beads or tassels.
The lacy border you can see here was made using the  Crealies Decorette XL no.02 die . It is one of my favorite dies and was sent to me long back when I did a Guest project for Crealies and you can see another project here : Teachers Day Gifts
DIY Spring Decoration
 The triangular units look so interesting that you can play with it to make other 3 D designs...see the half star I made by re-arranging the shapes.It would look special  as a Christmas Decoration with family photos and festive elements wouldn't it!

DIY Ornament Idea
Or maybe something abstract like this funky shape below! Hehe I think you get the idea!
DIY Ornament Idea
Now coming back to this project...I wanted to give a rich Victorian look to my ornament and added lots of pearls and framed the gorgeous images in Victorian style DIY frames.

3 D Ornament
I used Silicon molds and air drying clay  to make the frames.
DIY Clay Frame
I used a Japanese air drying clay from the brand Sakura which by the way is one of the best clay I have used when working with molds! It was super soft , did not crack, did not take long to take the shape of the mold and un-molded easily without having to use anything extra.
DIY Clay Frame

 I used a combination of double sided foam tape and hot glue to add the frames to the floral images. I  felt it was not a good idea to use wet glue and risk smearing the watercolored images!
Hanging Decoration

You can attach a ribbon or a string of beautiful pearls to the top of your ornament to hang it in your home or boutique!
Crafty Tip :Used die cut foam flowers and hot glue to attach the pearl string to the ornament.Foam melts with the hot glue to give a strong adhesion and the lovely flower design hides the blob of glue!
DIY Hexagonal Ornament
I hope you liked my home decor project idea!
Here are the list of products used with link to the Crealies website:

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