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For You Pop Up Card

Hello everyone! Anna-Karin here with a pop-up card using some fun techniques. A pop-up card is perfect for a birthday since it hides a fun surprise for the recipient on the inside. I used the new Labels and Antique Handles dies, as well as Journey dies and embossing folders by Karen Burniston.

Sizzix Die Cutting Inspiration For You Card by Anna-Karen

I  love to make little houses and realised that the Antique Handles look like an ornate roof, especially when used together with the coordinating textured impressions folder (which comes with the die). Have a look at your dies and see if you can't use them for something else than they were intended for, it's lots of fun. I die cut one of the Antique Handles from grungeboard, embossed it and painted with Broken China and Bundled Sage Distress Paint. When the paint was dry, I sanded the embossed parts and inked with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Finally, the roof was inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

The house was die cut with Artful Dwellings and Mini Openings, also from grungeboard. I painted it with Fired Brick and Antique Linen Distress Paint, in a streaky fashion. When dry, a Ranger Emboss-It dabber was swept over the house, not covering it completely. Clear embossing powder was sprinkled on top and melted. The house was inked with Walnut Stain, the embossing resists the ink, so only the areas which have not been embossed will be inked, giving a great textured look. The house has a door die cut from text paper, a mica window with a lace curtain and I added some star rub-ons too.

The card base was die cut with the Horizontal A2 Card, Pop 'n Cuts Base die, and the background piece is Core'dinations cardstock embossed in the Birds embossing folder, sanded and inked.


The birds come from the Sizzix/Hampton Arts Wings set, which includes both cling stamps and Framelits to die cut the stamped images, much easier than to cut those thin legs with scissors. They were stamped with Archival Jet Black and colored with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.


Here's the pop-up inside of the card. I used the 3-D Funky Label for the pop-up, placed in the base die. You don't see the label, because I put a label from Labels w/Bonus Textured Impressions on top. The label was die cut from Core'dinations cardstock and embossed in the coordinating folder.

The background was painted with Broken China and Fired Brick in a streaky fashion. I added some Brushed Pewter Distress Stain over the blue area, and Antique Linen Distress Paint over the red part, before inking with Walnut Stain. I stamped it here and there with a text stamp and the top part was embossed in the Birds folder and sanded.


Two more birds from the Wings set were stamped, die cut and coloured with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I twisted a piece of wire and glued it to the top bird with hot glue and then to the pop-up, so that it looks as if the bird is flying above the label. For the sentiment, I die cut the smallest Wavy Label from manila cardstock.


I also die cut two different Wavy Labels, one from old book paper and one from grungepaper. The latter was painted the same way as the roof and left blank for a message. The ornate edge was die cut with the Square w/Ornate Edge Card, trimmed a little bit to fit this card, and inked with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.

Thank you for looking!

Happy Crafting!



sizzix die cutting supplies

Surfaces: Ranger manila cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard, Grungepaper; Core'dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core and Color-Core cardstock; old book pages

Stamps: Hampton Art/7Gypsies: Distressed Words; Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Simple Sayings; Hero Arts: My Favorite AC030

Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain; Ranger Emboss-It Dabber

Stain: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Brushed Pewter

Paint: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Broken China, Fired Brick, Bundled Sage, Antique Linen

Embossing powder: Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Elements Tissue Tape, Remnant Rubs Elements, Label Stickers; US ArtQuest mica flakes

10 thoughts on “For You Pop Up Card”

  • Debbie Kaste

    Cute card, Anna-Karin! Love the funky label with the birds and the colors you used.

  • Pooja

    Wonderful card ! You always make fabulous pop-up cards ..I loved the inside part more ,the embossed birds and the fancy label looks awesome and so does the distressed n painted bg !

  • karenbee4

    Fantastic as always, Anna-Karin! I love how you used the Birds Textured Impressions folder in the background and the clever trimming of the flourish from the PNC square base. The bird stamps are awesome!

  • Helen

    All the pictures have been coming thru all compressed to the left side of the screen -- unable to see them. What is wrong?? Would love to be able to see your wonderful examples.

  • Hetty

    Beautiful card, Anna-Karin! Such lovelty elements and new dies! Can't wait to see them in the shop!

  • Jacquelene L

    Fantastic card, Anna! I love the use of the antique handles to make a decorative roof. Thinking outside the box and using dies in an unusual way is my favourite inspiration. The inside of the card is amazing, so many great details. Thank you for sharing this beautiful, inspiring card.
    Jacquelene L

  • Marlene L

    Once again, I am in awe. A little bit of this, a little bit of that and you have created a masterpiece!

  • Raquel Mason

    I really like the birds embossing folder in the background & how the stains are streaky.

  • Chrissy Lovell

    Love this card, I'm not sure if I'm creative enough to make a card so awesome. But I will try and try again and again until something good turns out!

  • butterfly

    Just brilliant - every detail is a delight... Love the bird flying over the greeting inside, and the wonderful painty inky effects - gorgeous!
    Alison x

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