Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Die Cutting Paper: Winter Scene Pop-Up

Time for some pop-up Christmas card inspiration. Anna-Karin here with a tutorial for a winter pop-up card, using different dies, embossing folders, stamping and inking. November is usually my main month for making Christmas cards and this year there will be many pop-up cards since they are so fun to make, and to receive.

This is the front of the card, with a dimensional tree, made with Karen Burniston's Evergreen Tree 3-D pop-up Bigz die. I love creating little scenes on my cards and pop-up dies are perfect for that.

Here's the inside of the card where the same tree pop-ups in the fold of the card, in the midst of a snowy forest and some very happy reindeer. Here's how I made this card:

Die cut four trees from Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper or another smooth white cardstock.

After die cutting, stamp or embellish the tree die cuts.  When looking through some of my stamps, I saw that the Classic Evergreen stamp by Hero Arts fits perfectly on top of the Evergreen Tree die cut. Stamp it straight in the middle of the die cut with Olive Archival Ink. I used a stamp position tool for precise placement. The trunk was extended with a distress marker (Forest Moss). If you don't have a stamp that fits, you could ink the tree green and maybe stamp it with a background stamp (flourish, snowflake, dots, scripts, etc.).

Cut your cardbase from Specialty Stamping Paper. I used this Winter Scene stamp by Hero Arts for the background landscape. If you have other stamps of trees, hills or perhaps little houses, they will work too. Even one small tree stamp can create a little forest if you stamp it at different heights. I stamped it twice and masked out the two deer on the right hand impression. To mask a portion of the stamp, place a torn piece of post-it note on top of the deer when you ink up the stamp, remove the paper and stamp.

Now to the inking. Tear strips of printer paper, forming hills. Place the first one a bit below the stamped image and ink. It is easiest to turn the paper upside down. Using an inking tool, start inking on the printer paper and then go on to your card. That way, it is easier to apply the ink smoothly and not get any marks. I used Adirondack Aqua for my first layer of ink, which is a very light blue ink. You could use another light blue dye ink instead (such as Distress Ink Tumbled Glass). On this photo, I moved the paper mask a bit, so you can see the soft hill that the ink has created.

Continue in the same way, using new torn papers so that the hills look different. For your second hill, start with a layer of the lightest blue, then add a slightly darker shade of blue on top. Starting with the lightest ink, makes it easier to apply darker shades on top smoothly.

Continue making hills, adding a darker shade of ink, but still starting with the lightest one. This technique works great for other seasons too, with green inks you can make lovely grassy hills, add a bit of orange and yellow and you have hills covered in autumn leaves.

Again, using the lightest shade of blue ink, ink the corners and top of the sky. Stamp a sentiment in the sky (my stamped sentiment didn't turn out perfect, but I decided that it adds to the snowy look of the card).

Ink the edges of the tree with your lightest shade of blue dye ink so that it will blend into the background.

Stamp the remaining three tree die cuts with the tree stamp, and extend the trunks with a marker. Ink the edges blue. Fold one of the trees as instructed on the insert packaging that comes with the die. Fold the other two in the centre. Karen has a great video explaining how to use the Evergreen Tree die on the outside of a card, you can find it here (towards the end of the video). She also explains how to fold the tree for the inside.

Apply a bit of Stickles to the two pop-up trees, for snow.

Allow the Stickles to dry before moving on.

Adhere one of the trees to the centre of the card (see the insert packaging for details). 

I wanted to make more snow, and dry embossed vellum makes great snow. Emboss a piece of vellum with the new Dot Swirl folder. Vellum goes white on the embossed parts.

Tear the vellum into strips and apply Stickles to the top of each one. Put aside to dry.

We need some life in our winter wonderland, so I die cut three reindeer from white sticky back canvas. I wanted one of the deer to face the other way, so it was placed with the canvas side up on the die. Also, die cut one pair of antlers using the Branch Tree die.  After die cutting, ink the edges with Antique Linen.

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Die cut a bunch of snowflakes and the Fancy Frame, also from Specialty Stamping paper.

Ink the base piece of the frame with blue ink and stamp a sentiment in the middle. Cover the frame with Stickles (I used Frosted Lace).

Mask and ink a few hills on the front of the card, using the same technique as on the inside.

Time to assemble everything. Glue the centre tree (the one to which you applied Stickles), to the folded trees, one on each side (check Karen's video for this step). The tree pops up, but folds down flat. Using small dots of Glossy Accents, glue vellum strips to the bottom of the card.

Glue the frame to the the inked panel. Isn't it pretty? I love this new Fancy Frame die, and it is a Bigz die so you can cut it from so many different surfaces. Glue snowflakes here and there.

Give the deer an eye with a black pen and place the legs of the deer underneath one of the vellum strips so that it looks like it is standing in the snow.

Glue vellum strips in two overlapping layers across the length of the inside of the card and place the reindeer in the snow as on the front. Put antlers on one of them. Glue snowflakes here and there (if you made a mistake when stamping or inking, a little snowflake can hide it).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for looking!

Happy Christmas crafting!


die cutting supplies

Surfaces: Ranger Specialty Stamping paper; Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas- white; vellum
Stamps: Hero Arts: Classic Evergreen K5515, Winter Scene K5524, Spirit of the Season CG375, Holiday Sayings CL343
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans; Ranger Adirondack dye ink: Aqua, Stonewashed; Ranger Archival Ink: Olive, Jet Black
Stickles: Ranger Frosted Lace Stickles
Marker: Ranger Distress Markers Forest Moss
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  1. This is simply gorgeous! I love the wintery-ness of it and the elegance.

  2. A-MA-ZING! I am completely entranced by this card! It's just beautiful. Thank you for the step-by-step.

  3. LOVE this...Such a Fun Scene!! Your making me want that tree...Love this!

  4.'s not a's a work of art! Too pretty to give away!

  5. Oh my goodness!! I think this is one of the prettiest cards I've ever seen! Anna-Karin, you amaze me!

  6. It's like every step and technique is entrancing! When I got to the dry embossed vellum snow I fell right out of my chair. (Seriously, there's coffee on my shirt, thanks a not!) Anna-Karin. Unbelievable! I love this to undiscovered galaxies and back!

  7. oh my goodness- so beautiful!!

  8. What a wonderful card - almost too good to give away, it would be a special person in your life to give this one to!!! thanks for sharing!!!

  9. Stunning card, beautiful scene, fantastic techniques and yippee I have just had these dies delivered. I am so happy lol. Tracy x

  10. This card is absolutely elegant!

  11. WOW!! You did an amazing job!! Sooo Love this!!! :)

  12. This is really gorgeous, i am so jealous i haven't got everything to recreate your card (yet). But I'm going to let myself be inspired by you and will try my own variation. I would be proud to receive a beautifull card like this!!!

  13. This card is amazingly beautiful,one of the best I have ever seen. Love it.


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