Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pop-up THANKS (Kathy Berger)

by Kathy Berger

Everyone who knows me knows that I just love cards that do something. This is one of those cards! Its somewhat simple front is the cover for a fun pop-up card that has real "WOW!" factor.

But before we get into how I did that, let's talk about how I made the front...

First I cut a circle out of a white panel of card stock and also out of gray woodgrain card stock. I pieced the woodgrain circle into the panel of white card, replacing the cut out circle. I taped them in place on the back using wide post-it tape.

Next I cut the Solid Spring Sprig out of the white panel, placing it so it was cut from both the gray and the white. I also cut the sprig out of dark gray card stock. I pieced the gray sprig into the hole left by cutting the white panel.

I glued the panel to a piece of dark gray card stock, just a tad bigger than the white, and debossed it with a leafy embossing folder, then ran it through the machine one time without a folder to flatten it back out, making the debossing a more subtle background effect.

I then mounted that piece to a light gray panel, wrapped that with a bit of gray and white bakers twine, and then mounted it to my card. A few iridescent sequins finished the front.

And now for how I did the inside of the card! It was so easy, you aren't going to believe it!

I cut a panel that would measure 1/4" smaller all around than the main card (3.75" x 10.5").

I scored the card at the center line (5.25"). I placed the bottom of Thanks Card Band die against the score line and marked the top of the die with a pencil. Then I moved the die so that the top of the die aligned with the score line, and scored at the die's bottom edge, and then taped the die in place.

Next I aligned the main die from the Pop-up Card Bases die set with the pencil line so that the short end was toward the THANKS band die, and so the die was centered on the card. I taped it into place.

I ran the whole thing through my die cutting machine. I folded on the score lines and, voila!, my pop-up mechanism was done! I glued it down to my card, making sure not to get glue on any of the actual pop-up parts, but adhering the areas near them well.

All that was left to do was decorate!

I ran the Thanks Card Band through the die cutting machine on a strip of the gray woodgrain card stock that was cut to the exact height as the die. I glued the resulting Thanks over the Thanks on the pop-up mechanism and trimmed at the edges.

I used three different sizes of Coved Labels from the Coved Labels and the Elementals #7- Coved Labels sets to create my label for my sentiment (from Technique Tuesday). I glued the layers into place on the card.

I cut the Solid Spring Sprig out of the lighter gray card stock, and the Open Spring Sprig from the dark gray. I glued them on top of the THANKS box with their stems across the crease.

And now for the POP of color to add to the physical pop!

I cut the Sunburst Card Panel from both orange and sun-yellow card stocks. I used a circle die (the next size down from the one I used for the circle on the card front) to cut the sun out of the two panels. I layered the two suns on top of each other, just barely offset, and then affixed them to the pop-up mechanism. The sun really added just the POP of color I wanted, and went perfectly with my sentiment, don't you think?

Here is one last look at the inside of my card. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it!


*** Materials for this project available at


  1. Very cool card Kathy!! I love it!

  2. Fab! Love pop-ups & this is unique!!

  3. Wow, these pop-ups cards are terrific! Gotta have all these dies!

  4. that is awesome!!! Not only did you turn the Thanks Card Band into a pop up die (aren't we going to have fun with this technique with OTHER card band dies coming out soon).... but you also turned that sunburst panel into a really cool sun shape!!

    I have to say, when I first saw the card, I thought the pop up Thanks would be my favorite part, but when I saw how you made the sun, I fell in love with it. What a great way to get double use out of the dies!

  5. Great card!!! The pop-up thanks, the sun and the inlay on the front, I love them all. Please do more innovative cards like this. The tutorial is very helpful.

  6. Anonymous4:33 AM

    Very your card. JD in FL

  7. Fantastic use of these dies Kathy. So love the 3D effects! Very inspiring. Thank you!