3 D pop up Card for Tejal

3 D pop up card
3D Pop up card
specially designed this 3 D shaped pop up card for my dear blogger friend Tejal. Its a scenic house shaped pop up card which stands on its own on display. I hand cut the house shape and added little hand cut windows ,a shiny roof and a glittery chimney to make a fairy's house pop up card.
Pop up card folded flat
Though there are 4 layers which pop up on opening, this 3 D card can fold perfectly flat for mailing.The photo below shows the side view of the pop up card.
pop up cards
3 D interactive Card
A magical elf sits on the fence which pops out from the background scene of the pop up card.
Interactive card pop up card
Pop up card -Fairy Land
The flowers and trees are foam stickers .I placed a fairy atop a mushroom on the fence which forms a separate 3 D layer.A flying fairy pops up from behind the flowers in front of the house shaped pop up card.
House shaped pop up card
Pop up card -Fairy Land 
Since my friend Tejal loves butterflies I had to add a magical silver butterfly on this interactive card.
3 D interactive Card
I hold Tejal in very high esteem as she is such a generous and helpful soul who is so willing to share her vast expertise in crafting.I hope Tejal likes my magical pop up card
Interactive card
Interactive Card
I didnt take tutorial photos for this card but if any one is crazily found of 3 D cards like me...I can replicate the design for a tutorial [but not the same one as this card is one of a kind specially for Tejal]
Linking to Hands 2 Hearts[Magical Fairy tales are so part of a child's life],Itsy Bitsy March Contest
Supplies: Dies:Marianne Leaf , Marianne Fence ,Tim Holtz sign,Cheery Lynn Butterfly & Fanciful flourish ,Provocraft leaves.Punches:Martha Stewart Vine punch,Jef small daisy punch. Flowers,trees,Hedgehog ,Fruit basket,and fairies are all stickers
Edited:This card won at Hands to hearts
This card was winner at Itsy Bitsy Annual Card Making Contest . A big thank you to Itsy Bitsy team and all my crafty and other friends for the support


Photo frame Tutorial and Handmade Gift Set

Punchcraft flowers Photo frame
I love  recycling and making photo frames and this is a tweak to my earlier handmade photoframe tutorials.I made this photoframe as a matching set to the box and card shared in the Aperture card tutorial

Handmade Photo frame tutorial

This photoframe tutorial is the simplest ever!Do refer to my earlier photoframe tutorials for more details on little steps.
Materials required
1.Corrugated paper/thick card stock/mdf etc for the front of your photo frame. I am partial to corrugated card as it is easy to cut an aperture in and still gives a sturdy frame.
2. Use any thick sturdy material you fancy or recycle a desktop calendar/hard bound book cover/Cardboard box/cardboard etc for the back of the photo frame
Handmade Photoframe
3.Craft knife
4.Double sided foam tape
5.Photo to serve as template .
Photoframe tutorial
1.and 2. Mark around a photo on the back side of your corrugated card--indicated by black bold line.
3. and 4.Run a craft knife against a scale or sturdy edge to cut an aperture a few millimeters inside the photo template marked. Dont worry about ragged edges-- you can always hide it with embellishments!
5.Stick double sided foam tape a little outside the photo template marking as shown leaving one side free so as to leave a gap to slip in your photo.Also stick double sided tape at the border edge of the corrugated card as shown.
Using double sided foam tape instead of glue [ in my earlier photoframe tutorials] has 2 advantages:

  • Its easier to slip your photo in and out  and 
  • Its easier and quicker to make your photo-frame.
Punchcraft flowers Photoframe
When making photo-frames with corrugated paper avoid heavy embellishments on the side through which the photo is slipped in [ ie if you plan to keep changing your photo].The photo is slipped in from the top in this frame so all my flowers are on the sides.I layered some punched daisies and quilled a calyx to make the white punchcraft flowers.
Punchcraft flowers
Made a 3 D bird house by layering the die cuts using double sided foam tape.The red rhinestones are bindis like I used in the altered box.
Marianne die cut birdhouse
I do love the intricate design of the Cheery Lynn Die Butterfly
Cheery Lynn Die butterfly
The tiny golden knobs on my fence are bindis.I cut the fence twice and layered it using the foam to give it a 3 D backdrop for my punchcraft flowers
Punchcraft flowers Photoframe
Glamorized this medicine box into a note paper holder using die cuts and punchcraft flowers.
Punchraft flowers on box
Here is the card whose tutorial I shared in my earlier post.I tried to use the same flowers and leaves on my photoframe to make it a matching set
Punchcraft flowers card and box
Made a 3 D "Best Wishes" tag by layering die cuts with foam tape and adding a tiny butterfly on a punchcraft flower
Punchcraft flowers Tag
Here are all the elements of my handmade gift set which includes a paper holder box, gift tag ,card and photo frame.
Punchcraft flowers Photoframe
Edited:This project came VIP top 3 at Party Time Tuesday Anything but a card
Here are more examples of Handmade Photoframes:
Punchart Animal Photoframe
Paper Flower Photoframe
Paper Tuberose Photoframe
Beaded Flowers Photoframe
Photoframe gift box set


Aperture Card Tutorial -Bigshot Tips

Aperture card
window card
Aperture Card

I have a fascination with aperture cards and have had fun hand cutting  them in the past. Though making aperture cards is a piece of cake for most card makers with machines...it was not so easy for me as I am new to the world of die cutting machines...and made some silly mistakes.So to help novice Bigshot users like me,sharing this aperture card tutorial !

Aperture card tutorial
Aperture Card Tutorial
Score an 8.5 x 6 inch card at 4.25 inches. Chose this size as its an ideal size to emboss half using the ItsyBitsy embossing folders I have. 
Place your nestie/frame die on the center of one half of the card with the ridged surface touching the good side of the card[If the card /paper has a good side eg with shimmer or glitter ,placing the good side against the cutting ridge side of the die makes it cut better ].
Lightly stick the die to the card using tape which is not too sticky so that when you remove it ,it doesnt tear or mark your card.
Aperture Card Tutorial

Sandwich for the bigshot will vary depending on your die.For my Sizzix framelit :Multiplatform-Clear Plate,Die with ridge facing up,Paper with good side facing down,Clear plate.Roll over and you have cut your aperture card .

Aperture Card Tutorial
If you are planning to emboss the most important tip is remember to cut first and then emboss as otherwise you will spoil all the lovely embossing![I made this mistake earlier]Place your aperture cut card inside your embossing folder .If your card has a good /shiny side make sure the rough raised edges of your embossing folder are on the non shiny side so that the final embossed pattern gives raised pattern on the good side of your aperture card.
Aperture Card Tutorial
Sandwich for the Embossing folder : Mutiplatform with tab 1 and tab 2 flipped over to other side,Clear plate,Embossing folder with the card inside,Clear plate. Roll over and you have embossed the front half of your aperture card which you can now fold over at the scored line
Aperture Card Tutorial
Added a 6 petal flower punchcraft rose and some Marianne die cut leaves on one corner of my aperture card.
Punchcraft Flower
On the other corner of the aperture card is a shiny Cheery Lynn die cut butterfly 
Die Cut Butterfly
I altered a box to make a matching notepaper holder and decorated it with punchcraft flowers
Punchcraft flowers
The tiny golden knobs on the fence are "bindis".All the tiny butterflies have been cut from thick silver card using Cheery Lynn dies .
paper flowers
Punchcraft Flowers
The background paper is a gift from my friend Nupur and has tiny embossed birds to give company to my glittery birdie! 
Paper Flowers
The red gemstones on the bird house are also"bindis"[used by us Indian women as decorative adornments on our foreheads!].Used glossy accents to make tiny dew drops on the leaf and petal of the punchcraft flower.
Paper Flowers
The fence goes all around my altered box.
Punchcraft flowers
Its the first time I am playing with so many fancy stuff  such as dies and embossing in a project..All the dies are new crafting toys bought from Priya and in my excitement to use the new goodies..feeling I have gone overboard...opinions and reassurance needed!!
Supplies:Bigshot,Glitter strips,Shiny card stock,Embossing folder,Punchcraft paper,Flower Stamens - all from Itsy Bitsy
Sizzix oval scallop frame-lit,Cheery Lynn Butterfly ,Cheery Lynn fanciful flourish,Marianne Anja Leaves,Marianne Bird,bird house and fence dies - from Priya
Linking to Trimmies craft Challenge,
PS: I am facing a lot of difficulty with the new blogger format with my dashboard and blog reading list not showing posts from fellow crafters...so having lot of difficult seeing my friends new projects.Is anyone else having this problem?
Edited :This project came top 3 at Trimmies craft make your own embellishment
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