Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Die Cutting Paper: Happiness Pop 'n Cuts Card

Hello! Tammy here to share a Pop 'n Cuts card with you that features the sweetest little bluebirds die. The front combines lots of textures and finishes. I think the finished card turned out so pretty. I love the way it turned out. I hope you will enjoy the tutorial showing how I created it.

Cut one card base using the Pop 'n Cuts base die without an insert from natural colored cardstock.  Cut the card insert with the Pop 'n Cuts Label magnetic insert from pattern paper (Wayfarer collection by Bazzill.)  Fold the insert according to the package instructions.  Lay the folded insert on the cardstock outer card, lining up the bottom edges of both.  Mark the cardstock at the top of the two arms of the insert.  Create a fold line at the pencil marks.  One side of the cardstock outer card will be shorter than the other.  This shorter side will be the front cover of the card.

Use an opaque marker and a ruler to mark the bottom edge and center of the Brackets Card Front die.  I often do this for my On The Edge dies.

I wanted to shorten the front of the card more, so I drew a straight line across the cardstock on the short end of the cardstock.  I also marked the center.  Place the cardstock on the die matching the straight line and center marks.  The excess cardstock can be wrapped around the back of the die to fit through the Big Shot or Vagabond.  Use Post-It notes to help hold the cardstock in place for die cutting.

Note: The Card Fronts die has a scoring blade in the top.  If you use it as shown it will make a fold line on the card front.  This fold line will be obscured by the embossing.

Ink a text stamp (shown Tim Holtz Reflections stamp) with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Stamp the image on the inside  front flap (the one with printing) of a Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Stamp the text so that it is right side up starting at the bottom edge of the folder moving towards the center of the folder.  Place the card front with the short decorative edge in the folder so that the decorative edge is in the folder right up to the fold of the folder.

After running the folder through a die cutting machine, the design will be embossed with the text printed in the background.

Use an ink blending tool to apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to the card front focusing on the outer edges, leaving the center natural.  After applying the blue ink, blend on Walnut Stain Distress Ink the the outer edges.

Die cut a ornate frame from manila cardstock using the Renaissance Sizzlit die by Scrappy Cat.  Apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the die cut.

While the ink is still wet, cover the piece with clear embossing powder.  Heat the powder with a heat tool.

Use a liquid glue pen to apply glue to the back of the scroll piece to adhere it to the front of the card.  Cover a small piece of grunge paper with metal foil tape.  Die cut the piece with the Mini Heart Mover & Shaper die.  After die cutting the heart, place the heart inside a Textured Impressions folder to add an embossed design to it.  Adhere the heart inside the scroll frame with adhesive foam squares.

Use an ink blending tool to apply Walnut Stain Distress ink to the edges of the pattern paper insert and around the edges of the pop up piece.

Place adhesive of the back of the bottom half of the insert.

Adhere the bottom half of the insert to the inside bottom half of the outer card.  The fold of the insert should match the fold of the outer card.  With the insert folded in half so that the back of the top half is facing up, apply adhesive to the back of the top half of the insert.

Place a piece of metal foil tape on a piece of cardstock that 4 3/4" x 2".  Die cut the piece using the bottom edge of the Pop 'n Cuts base die.  With the back side of the insert facing up, adhere the foil piece to the bottom edge of the back side of the insert.

Fold the front cover of the card down, pressing it into the adhesive on the back of the top half of the insert.  The foil piece will show on the cover below the decorative cut edge.

Die cut two sets of birds and branches from manila cardstock using the Bird & Branches die.  Use an ink blending tool to apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to one of the branches.  Use an ink blending tool to apply Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the leaves of the second branch.  Cut the leaves off of the green branch and adhere them onto the branch with brown ink.

Tuck some of the branches with leaves behind the heart on the front cover.

Cut the beak off of one of the two sitting birds.  Use a Wild Honey Distress Ink Marker to color the bird's beak.  Color the body of the beaked bird with an ink blending tool and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Use an ink blending tool to apply Tumbled Glass, Wild Honey, and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to the bird without a beak.  To add color to just the tip of the wing, slip a scrap of paper under the wing flap with inking.  Adhere the bird without a beak to the top of the bird with a beak.  Lift up the wing flap.  Roll a small adhesive dot in your fingers to create a ball.  Place the ball under the wing.  Press the wing down onto the glue ball.  The ball will keep the wing from lying flat, making it dimensional, and will be less noticeable than an adhesive foam square would be.

On the flying bird, cut off the tip of the wing on one bird.  On the second bird, cut off the tail and beak.  Snip the connective pieces on the wing so that it will lift up like a flap. Ink the bird pieces and assemble following the instructions for the other bird.

Die cut a decorative label from pattern paper.  Adhere the label to the pop up part of the inside of the card.  Adhere a branch with leaves over the label.  Adhere the sitting bird on the branch.  Adhere the flying bird with an adhesive foam square so that he floats out away from the surface.

Lightly draw pencil lines on the lower half of the card insert.  Hand write or stamp a sentiment on the lines.  Once the ink is dry, gently erase the pencil lines.

I love the quote I added to the inside of my card.  I found it while doing an internet search for quotes about happiness.  It says:
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
-Maxim Gorky

Thanks for letting me share with you today!
die cutting supplies

pattern paper: Bazzill Basics Wayfarer Collection
cardstock: Ranger Ink- manila cardstock; Bazzill Basics Natural Cardstock
stamps: Tim Holtz Reflections CMS111; Hero Arts- Printers Type Lowercase
ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Walnut Stain, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey; Ranger Archival- Jet Black
marker: Tim Holtz Distress Marker- Wild Honey; Sakura Glaze Pen- black
adhesive: Therm O Web- Zots Medium, Adhesive Foam Squares, Sticky Strip Runner; Zig 2Way Glue Pen
tools: Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, Ink Blending Tool, Non-stick Craft Sheet; scissors; bone folder; ruler

Interested in more pop up card ideas?  Our gallery at is loaded with ideas that you can use to make your cards "POP"!  Find them here: Pop 'n Cuts Cards Gallery.
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  1. Tammy

    This card is just fabulous! I love your work and this is right up there at the top. The soft colors and embossing work so well together.

  2. Holy cow! Tammy, this is all kinds of WOW! The Pop 'n Cuts styling is gorgeous and I am absolutely captivated by your idea of stamping the script on the embossing folder . . . BRILLIANT! More! More!

  3. Tammy -

    Great tutorial, so easy to understand. Thanks so much. And the card is just so sweet. Loving those blue birds!

    Elaine Allen

  4. ...this card is simply awesome and I think its now my favourite to date, love everything about it, so esthetically pleasing...thank you too for the step-by-step...Mel :)

  5. What a gorgeous card! Love your ideas.

  6. I'm usually a lurker but really had to comment on how cute this came out! You are so creative!

  7. Very inspiring! Thanks for the step by step! Love your work!

  8. I absolutely love this card, the elements work together to make a perfect design! And I adore the quote. I will be using this tutorial!

  9. This is lovely Tammy! The birds are so sweet and the combination of dry embossing, heat embossing, inking and metal elements is just wonderful.

  10. OOO! Tammy: This is such a work of art. Amazing!

  11. It's gorgeous! Thank you so much for showing us. I own the Sizzlits Birds & Branch, but got never a good result. Now I know how to make "living" birds. Thanks so much! Your follower from Germany

  12. Brilliant tutorial and fab card, bit different from what we expect with pop up, love it!! and thank you for sharing with us

  13. This card is absolutely stunning!! Thank you for sharing your techniques. I love it!!

  14. Thanks so much for this tutorial as I have the bird die and thought it strange to have the slits - didn't understand what they were for. I can now make these beautiful bluebirds also! Mary Werner

  15. What a beautiful card. Thank you for the tutorial. They help me so much.


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