I was inspired by some awesome pop-up cards that I saw at Convention this year.

They were a something I had never tried before and I thought that Under the Big Top was the perfect set to showcase this technique.

I used the tutorial from Splitcoast stampers which you can find here

It’s fiddley, and I don’t think I have it perfect (just yet) but I wanted to share it so you know that part of paper craft is learning and sharing.

I started with the inside of the card and built the background before building the stage by following the tutorial directions.
To pretty up the front of the stage I added a Scallop Edge Border in Real Red.
I then stamped the performers on Very Vanilla and coloured them using Ink Stampin’ Spots and a blender pen. This means the colours are matched but softer. The tabs which hold your performers in place is the tricky bit but stick with it and the result is impressive.

I really enjoyed doing the outside of the card too and it just makes me smile when I see it.

I cut the bunting out of DS paper and stuck in place by using 1/2 size Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The stampset “Congratulations” is from a retired set call Well Scripted. I have to place some “Greeting” stamp sets high on my wish list as almost all mine are retired.
Good news for you is that I will have a sale of retired sets just before Christmas!

I will be trying this again – I can see great potential for a Christmas scene!