Sunday, August 22, 2010

Birthday Surprise

by Kathy Berger

Birthday Surprise

The surprise is that this card will pop open on its own when the card is removed from its envelope.


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • 2 pieces of sturdy white cardstock, each 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
    • 4 scraps of sturdy white cardstock, each 2" x 3/4"
  • Stamps
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Tools
    • EK Success Large Punch, 2" Scalloped Circle     ( EK-PSN-54-30047   $14.99)
    • Original PINK Crop-A-Dile     ( WRM-CAD-pink   $24.99)
    • Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, 1/4" and 1/2" Corner Rounder     ( WRM-CAD-CRNR1   $24.99)
    • The Scor-Pal     ( Scor-pal   $39.99)
    • Hydra Sponge     ( Hydra Sponge   $0.55)
    • ATG-714 Double Sided Adhesive Tape Gun     ( ATG-714   $59.99)
    • Colored Pencils, Pink, Bright Pink, and Yellow
  • Adhesives
  • Rubber band, about 2 1/2" across


  • In landscape orientation, score each of the two 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces at 1/2", 1", 4 1/2" and 5".

  • Punch a scalloped hole horizontally centered on one of the two pieces, closer to the top edge than to the bottom.
    Reserve the punched out piece.

  • Line the front of the card up with the card back.
    With a pencil, lightly trace the scallop hole onto the inside of the card back.
    Using the pencil tracing as a guide, and using the black versafine ink, stamp the cupcake.
    Color the cupcake with colored pencils.

  • Cover the cupcake with the reserved punch out.
    Using the pink ink and the hydra sponge, sponge all around the punched shape.
    Discard the punched shape.

  • With pink ink, stamp "Happy Birthday" on the lower part of the front of the card.
    Also with the pink ink, stamp the confetti repeatedly on the top portion of the front of the card, stamping off the top and over the edge of the punched hole.

  • Fold the card back so that the folds at 1/2" and 5 " are mountain folds, and the ones at 1" and 4 1/2" are valley folds.
    Fold the card front so that the folds at 1/2" and 5" are valley folds, and the ones at 1" and 4 1/2" are mountain folds.

  • Add strips of red liner tape to the edges of the 1/2" wide panels at the left and right edges of the card back.

    Set aside.

  • Round corners on one end of each of the small strips of card stock using the corner chompers.

  • Stack the four strips of card stock.
    Use the small hole punch of the Crop-a-Dile to punch a small hole in the rounded end of the stack of strips.

  • With the strips still stacked, make a diagonal cut from one edge of the strip to the punched hole.

  • With the slit at the top of one of the strips, insert the rubber band through the slit and into the hole.

  • With the slit at the bottom of a second strip, insert the rubber band through the slit, into the hole.

    Glue the two strips together using the ATG adhesive gun.

  • Repeat the previous two steps with the other two strips.

  • Remove the red liner from the strips on the right side of the card back.
    Affix one of the tabs produced by the strips to the tape about 1" from the bottom of the card, and with the hole near the fold.
    The edge of the tab should extend to the right, beyond the edge of the card. It will be trimmed later.
    Apply a piece of red liner tape over the tab.

  • Affix the right side of the card front to the right side of the card back, carefully aligning edges.

  • Repeat with the left side of the card back and the other tab, adjusting the position of the tab so that the rubber band is not stretched, but is taught.

  • Trim off the extended ends of the tabs flush with the card edges.

  • The finished card will pull flat for insertion into an envelope, but when removed from the envelope it will pop itself back to this diaorama shape.

I hope you will give this card a try. It is a lot easier than you might think, and it is a lot of fun!

See you next time.

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