Hello, Karen Burniston here with this month's Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my designer friends to use my dies in a specific way. In September the challenge was to make Holiday Projects. You can see that challenge by clicking here: Karen Burniston September Designer Challenge - Holiday Projects.
This month I challenged eleven designers to create something using Karen Burniston pop-up dies incorporating a clear material to make portions of the design "float" or defy gravity. Links to their amazing creations are coming up, but first here is a video tutorial for how to create the Multi-Tier plus Spiral technique shown in my Halloween card above.
Patterned Paper - Reminisce, Distress, Alcohol Inks & Blending Tools- Ranger, Cardstock - Bazzill, Rubber Stamps - Ghost (Stamps by Judith), Bat (Stampin' Up!), 31 & Halloween (Recollections), Ribbon (Creative Impressions)
Clear Material: Write-on Transparency (office supply store)
Generic Supplies: Washi Tape, plastic spider, Spider & Web stamps, Vellum, stapler
Time to check out the wonderful creations by the eleven designers who participated in this month's Designer Challenge, plus another idea from me. FIFTEEN great ideas are coming - grab your mouse and a refreshing beverage and let's dive in!
Gretchen Schmidt is first, with this clever clear creation using the Label Window Insert. When the card is closed the googly eyes line up with the back of the black label, looking like a little monster. Then, when the card is opened, the googly eyes float in the air as though the monster disappeared! Check out all the photos on her blog here: Gretchen's Disappearing Monster Card
Next up, Caz Counsell impresses with this bright fun buzzy bee Hello card using the new Sassy Label insert, cut from clear to allow her to animate the bee hive and her cute flowers. Strips of transparency extend upwards to the flying bees. I especially love how Caz incorporated the new Label Trellis Sizzlits Border Strip die in a two-tone color scheme by cutting it from both green and pink and layering the pink pieces into the green border. Check it out on her blog here: Caz's Buzzin' By Hello Card
Fran Sabad created a lovely winter scene using a clear material for the new Multi-Tier Insert and then filling all the tiers with stamped images. She also stamped snowflakes all over the acetate and highlighted some with rhinestones - a fabulous detail! Check out all the photos on Fran's blog here: Fran's Clear Winter Card
This card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson is magical. She is the master of incorporating photography into her designs, in this case, a cute photo of her son so that he appears to be walking up the "step" of the pop-up. She also oriented the new Multi-Tier insert in the opposite direction, giving her long platforms extending further into the card. Check out all the details and the techniques here: Anna-Karin's "What does the Fox say?" Card
Another super cute creation from Caz Counsell uses the new Sassy Label, cut from clear, to animate a stamped snowman. This type of clear card works with any of the generic Pop 'n Cuts inserts, since the pop-up itself is being used just for its mechanism. See this card on Caz's blog here: Caz's Snowman Card
Several of the designers chose to make clear Accordion Album projects, like this fun Halloween card by Shelly Hickox. I love her use of the corner areas for the web and glittery cat. By using the new Stitched Framelits set that coordinates with the Accordion Album she was able to cut perfect frames to highlight her silhouetted details. See more photos on her blog here: Shelly's Trick or Treat Card
Helen Cryer always excites with her creations. This holiday card combines the Label Window Pop 'n Cuts insert with the Wavy Labels Framelits to create a framed clear panel for suspending the stars. I particularly love the way Helen trimmed the inner card to fit behind the gold flourish just perfectly. Check out all the fun details on Helen's blog here: Helen's Label Window Christmas Card
I must say that when I saw this next card on Donna Wright's blog I was in awe. She thought of every angle when she constructed this scene as an homage to her daughter's favorite kite, named Bob. The lampposts line up in the closed position and she was very clever in how she combined the pop-up Label ("Happy") with a flat label ("Birthday") inside the card. Definitely check it out on her blog here: Donna's Bob the Kite Card
Donna used the Pop 'n Cuts A2 Base with the original Label Pop 'n Cuts Insert, the *NEW* Label Framelits Set, the Flagpole w/Lantern & Sign Sizzlits Strip, Banner & Borders Thinlits and the Label & Stitched Frames Framelits for her card.
Frances Byrne has styled amazing Poinsettias by layering the larger Poinsettia from a Pop 'n Cuts insert with the smaller Poinsettias on the Noel Sizzlits set. She used her amazing flowers on this Accordion Album with clear inner panels. Check out her pretty creation on her blog here: Frances Byrne's Clear Noel Album
It is my sincere pleasure to welcome Karen Aicken to the Designer Challenge. Karen posts Pop 'n Cuts cards all the time on her blog and I was thrilled when she agreed to participate in the challenge. When I saw her creation I nearly fell out of my chair. What a perfect use of clear materials to create a layered spooky Halloween scene. This card is blowing up on Pinterest, so definitely check it out on her blog here: Karen's Halloween Spooky Card
Raquel Mason is next, showing a very clever combination of embossing techniques - both machine embossing on the Stitched Framelits, plus powder embossing on the resulting surface. Love this beautiful Christmas card where the greeting appears suspended. She also made an additional stair step "chunky" pop-up on the back shelf to animate the snowflake. Check out the details on Raquel's blog here: Raquel's Christmas Clear Creation
This card by Kelly Booth just makes you say "Awww!". She created a fireplace by using the Multi-Tier insert cut from clear and then only covered the areas that would make it appear as a fireplace. Love the use of the framed photo on the top tier and the cute pajama girl on the bottom tier. Check out all the details on her blog here: Kelly's Christmas Fireplace Card
How cute is this next card by Frances Byrne? Answer - CUTE! I love Frances' use of clear materials for the card using the new Sassy Label Pop 'n Cuts insert with companion Embossing Folder set. The embossing folder created highlights on the pop-up as well as the background embossed pattern. You'll want to check it out on her blog here: Frances Byrne's You're a Hoot Card
Frances used the Square Pop 'n Cuts Base w/Decorative Edge, the Sassy Label Pop 'n Cuts Insert and matching Sassy Label Stitched Framelits plus the Sassy & Circle Label Textured Impressions Folders, the Chevron Sizzlits Strip and the Banner & Borders Thinlits for her card.
Helen Cryer joins us again with a sweet clear Accordion Album card. I love the way the clear materials allow her banners (bunting) to appear suspended. She also used Velcro to attach the 3D bow so it can be removed for sending. So clever! Check out all the details on her blog here: Helen's Hello Kitty Accordion Card.
One last inspiration card - my "Warm-up" card from last week. I do so love gruesome Halloween cards. Perhaps one day I will share my collection of eyeball stamps. (heh heh heh) Check out this "Hand over the Candy Corns" card on my blog here: Karen's Macabre Halloween Card
I was in Fort Worth last weekend teaching at CKU and one of the Keynote slides I show my students is all of the resources that are available for inspiration and instruction using Karen Burniston dies. In the sidebar of my blog you will find these helpful links (don't try to click them from here - it's a screen shot) You will find links to the blogs of all eleven of the designers from this month's Designer Challenge in the sidebar of my blog. You will find a big blue button to easily subscribe to my mailing list for ONE e-mail a month (believe me, I will not fill your in-box!) and you'll also find links to all of my Social Media accounts, including my YouTube channel and Pinterest boards.
Hopefully this post has inspired you to try some Clear Creations of your own. Happy Crafting and see you next month!