I love a card that surprises. If it makes me smile while creating it then hopefully the recipient will smile too.

I have tried pop-up cards before and had mixed results (read epic fail!) but this one is really straight forward and while it has a few fidley folds it actually came together easily in the end!

Cut your base cardstock to 22cm x 14cm and score vertically at the halfway point (11cm)
For my base I used Baja Breeze which is still one of my favorite colours.
Cut the DS paper 13cm x 10cm. You will need 2 pieces for each side of the card. I used the very pretty Paisley Petals which is lovely and co-ordinates with a wide range of colours. (11 in all)

Set aside and start working on the easel. Cut a square of cardstock 8cm x 8cm. Score vertically at 4cm and then horizontally at 1cm.
You can see how my ruler slipped a little when I scored, which is really annoying! I NEED a Simply Scored Scoring Tool. I have had a play with one at Convention and it’s pretty AWESOME!
Can you remember the first time you saw how a Bone folder could neaten up edges? How excited you were at the professional crisp look? A Simply Scored Scoring Tool does it even better! So as soon as I have one in my paws I promise a full review with loads of pics:) Back to our tutorial!
Snip a cut along the vertical to the horizontal. So just a little snip;)

Next step – concentrate. Fold easel in half along the score line. With fold at the bottom and snip to the right, fold up the left bottom corner to meet up with the top of easel.

Open up the easel completely.

Place your finger on the middle crease fold and push inward to create a pocket. Set aside.

Work on your pop-up flower (or other design). I used the Fun Flowers Bigz L Die (page 160)
I am loving this Die – which I actually only have on loan – and it’s so versatile. I originally borrowed it to work on some fabric flowers but it keeps finding its way to my cardstock!
It has 3 different 5 petal flowers and 2 different middles. These flowers can also be used to make really cute butterflies – How you ask?? Keep watching this space;)
The leaves are made by snipping petals off one of the flowers.  I gave them extra dimension by daubing the edges of the leaves and the blue flower. The middle flower is given extra dimension just by curling the petals up with the bone folder.

Fold the flower in half and neaten up the crease with the bone folder.

On the easel add some strong adhesive to the 1cm fold. I used Sticky strip. Cover the two Triangles of the easel with glue and insert the pop-up flower.

Fold the two small flaps of the easel up and line the snip up with the fold on the card. Stick in place about 5.5cm from the edge of the card.

 That completes the inside of your card.
Only once I was done did I really wonder where I was going to write my message but will work on that and add an update.

Now time to work on the front of the card.

The sentiment is from Perfect words which is a Hostess set. If you like the set, then book a workshop soon because the hostess sets change every year and we are fast approaching the end of the 2011-2012 Catalogue.
I used a plain Whisper White ribbon to hold the card closed as it ends up being quite bulky.  The flowers are all cut from the Paisley Petals. I was getting to the end of the packet of paper and I just snipped the pieces from left over stock.
I have a friend who says you never throw away a piece smaller than your smallest punch or stamp….but I struggle with scraps. I am glad I had kept these bits so maybe this will get me to change my ways…maybe.
Looking at it again I think it needs a little bling.

Sometimes a card is like that – you think you’re done and then you see it another way.

I’ll add some updated photos.

The original tutorial for this card can be found on Splitcoast stampers and is by Kim Score and you can see her site at
www.paperpunchaddiction.com

Happy Crafting
XXX

Miss Fox