Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Great New Video by Karen!

 Are you ready?!?  I mean REALLY ready?!?  Here is an incredible tutorial by our very own Karen Burniston on here cake pop-up die. 

Karen....take it away!

Can't see the video? Click Here!

Here is the finished card from the video:
Black Red Congrats Cake

Sizzix supply list:
Bigz XL Pop-up Cake, by Karen Burniston (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Originals Bird w/Branch and Flower, by Karen Burniston (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Sizzlits sets - Celebrate & Flower, Swirl & Butterfly , by Karen Burniston (May 2011 ship)
Bigz Clear Scalloped Circle, by EL
Mini Bird and Cage set, by Tim Holtz
On the Edge Ornate, by Tim Holtz
Texture Fades Pattern & Stitches Set A2, by Tim Holtz
Texture Fades Damask & Regal Flourishes, by Tim Holtz
Black Matboard

Other Supplies:
Rubber stamps ("congrats" "best wishes" swirl on top tier) - The Stamps of LifeGrunge Paper, Metal frame, ball chain, mini paper clip - Tim Holtz for Advantus
Luminarte paints - Creative ImaginationsPatterned Papers, border punch-out - My Mind's Eye "Meadowlark"Cardstock - Core'dinations
Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch
- Stampin' Up!
Write-on transparency (top tier) - Office Max
Inks - Ranger & Tsukineko (Staz On for swirls, top tier)
Slot Punch - EK Success
Tacky Tape - Therm-o-web
Stash items (source unknown) - bead, elastic, eyelets, metal flower brad, rhinestone, pearls, white acrylic paint (top tier, back of transparency)

I'll finish with a few close-ups. The bird die is steel-rule, so you'll be able to cut thicker materials with it. It is available NOW at your local independent Crafter's Home scrapbook store.
 01 black red cake card front

On my card, I die cut the bird from red cardstock and then embossed it with a Texture Fade folder. Then I used Poppy Red and Heavenly Luminarte paints on it. The "congrats" word came from the Banners4All stamp set from The Stamps of Life. That same stamp set has the "best wishes" greeting and then I also used the Swirls2Build stamp set for the top tier.
 02 black red cake card closure
The closure was born from necessity - my first idea didn't work! I thought I could just shove the tip of the Ornate edge through the slot, (LOVE my EK Success slot punch!) but I underestimated the pop-up power of the cake, so it just popped right back out again. (grrr!) Never one to admit defeat, I came up with Plan B - use my slot punch to add cut-outs on the sides of the Ornate point and then use elastic around it. Adding the bead was (pardon while I pat myself on the back) a stroke of genius, right? Because it's easy to grab, that's why!
03 black red cake card cake
Final photo is the cake. You can see me assemble the cake in the video, but in case you don't want to watch it (why not?) I will tell you what's going on here. The cake pops down. That requires folds in those tiers and thus you will always have a slight amount of "footballing" when the cake pops up. Still, it's a 3-tier cake that POPS UP and you sent it through the MAIL, so if your recipient is unimpressed because of a slight almond shape when viewed from above, well . . . one word . . . Hallmark. Heh.
But . . . you can do a lot to minimize the footballing. Here are my best tips, all of which I've used on the above cake:
  1. Use chipboard or matboard or a few layers of cardstock for the card itself. Heavy cards will hold themselves open much better than light ones. The card has to be open fully flat for the cake to pop up all the way.
  2. Reinforce the center piece. You need a strong center piece to support the cake. Download the Reinforced Cake Instructions PDF  (also in this blog's sidebar) for a photo of a crumbling center piece - it ain't pretty! Also reinforce the outer fold connections on the tiers with a staple or mini-brad. Constructing your cake on a "cake plate" first can really help you reinforce those connections.
  3. Choose materials for your tiers that resist folds. Transparencies are awesome for the cake tiers. Paint the back if you don't want a see-through cake. (Or don't - this card just runs with it! So does this card.) Grunge paper also works great. If you're going to use paper, then run it through a crimper so the folds appear to be part of the design OR back it with transparency OR add an embellishment just forward of the folds to disguise them.
  4. Add a spine, or "river" to your card. I use three parallel folds in the middle of my pop-up cards - normally 1/8" between each fold, making a 1/4" river in the card. This allows the cake tiers to remain slightly rounded when the card is folded. Helps a lot!
One last piece of advice . . . BUY THIS DIE! It was released two years ago, so I'm sure the clock is ticking on its longevity. Check your local store, or contact your Stampin' Up! demonstrator to buy the SU! version of this die, which assembles the same way. I will say that this die, despite its material and construction requirements, remains my very favorite pop-up die and the one that I have made the most cards with.

Karen!  Wow!  Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial with us!!!

Happy Crafting!

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  1. It is just fantastic!! I love the colors too!

  2. Awesome!! Love the card Karen made, thank you for sharing this!!


  4. u can imagine that...
    *lin malaysia*


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