Saturday, September 8, 2012

Thank You and a Pop-Up Card

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who left comments and good wishes for me on my last post.  I am happy to say that the doctor gave me a clean bill of health at my surgery follow-up!  I am so grateful for their expertise and for the excellent care I received from them and from the hospital.

Karen Burniston, who designs pop-up dies for Sizzix, recently posted a tutorial on her blog showing how to add a spinning mechanism to her new Sizzix Pop 'N Cuts pop-up dies.  Her tutorial used the Sizzix Pop 'N Cuts XL Die set base tray which I don't have.  It has been difficult to find due to the immense popularity of these dies!  Shelly Hickox, who is on the Sizzix design team, also recently posted an anniversary card that she made using the pop-up insert for the pop 'n cuts dies without the base tray.  Sooooo...I decided to see if I could combine both techniques and make a pop-up card, with a spinner, using just the Pop 'n Cuts insert along with the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers base tray.  And it worked!  I've included pics and a quick video showing the action!  Please forgive my amateurish video.  I shot this one-handed with my iPhone while I opened the card with my other hand!

To assemble the card I cut a 6" x 12" piece of patterned paper for the inside.  I marked the center of each side of the card along the 12" edge.  I also marked the center of each side of the base tray.  I put the pop 'n cuts insert into the base tray and centered it using the marks I made on the sides.  Then I lined up the center marks on the patterned paper with the marks on the base tray and ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot Machine.  I cut another 6" x 12" piece of patterned paper for the outside of the card and glued them together.   I added the spinning platform based on Karen's specs and from there I decided what other pieces I wanted to add.  I did have to do some trimming and tweaking because the ghost's fingers kept catching on the pop-up behind the house!

I decided after the pop-up card was assembled to add the trick-or-treaters from the TH Stamper's Anonymous Halloween Cutouts stamp set.  I couldn't easily stamp it on the assembled card so I had to stamp it on a separate piece of paper and cut it out by hand.  Not fun!  Sure would have been nice to have the Stamp2Cut cartridge for this one!!

I hope you like the card!  I have an idea for another one so stay tuned!

List of products used: Karen Burniston Sizzix Pop 'N Cuts Label 3-D pop-up; Tim Holtz Sizzix Branch Tree, On the Fence, Movers & Shapers Mini Cat and Raven, Rickety House and Bewitching Hour (bat only); Sizzix Bigz Ghosts #3; Stampers Anonymous Halloween Cutouts stamp set; Boooo! from Inkadinkado Creepy Face; Paper from Teresa Collins Haunted HollowsAuthentique Glowing and Core'dinations Black Magic; Ranger Black Archival Ink; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot and Weathered Wood;  Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue Christmas Red; Advantus Heidi Swapp Scrappy Glue.


  1. WOW! Donna, this is fabulous! I love everything about it and can hardly wait to see your next creation! Great idea to record a little video of it opening and closing to really see the effect. Will be borrowing that idea!

  2. I have the spinner die but nothing else, and need to figure out a way to use. This is grand!!! Love the ghost, and that you did a video to show it is brilliant!!! Thanks for the trouble of the video! Love it!

  3. Holy crap this is freakin' awesome!