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Penguins in Paradise Pop-up Card

May 2, 2017
Penguins in Paradise Handmade Card
My first pop-up card featuring MFT Penguins in Paradise

First Pop-up Card!

Hi friends! Today’s card is my first pop-up card. I got these cute little Mama Elephant dies from my crafty friend for my birthday last month. It’s tiny and looks like nothing but man, are they great dies! I love the satisfying feeling of a clean cut from dies. We decided to do a pop-up card challenge and this is my entry.

MFT Penguin in Paradise Handmade Card
The scene turned out super cute!

I used My Favorite Thing’s Penguins in Paradise stamp set to create the scene. I love these little penguins! They’re just adorable. I colored them with Copic markers, paper pierced the inner tube, swim shorts and beach towel with patterned paper. Paper piercing is so fun! I loved it at the end when it all came together. The beach towel is definitely my favorite.

handmade pop-up card
I love how paper piecing the beach towel turned out!

Next, I created two card bases out of Bristol Smooth paper. I knew I would be using Distressed Inks for the background and I am most successful with ink blending on Bristol paper. The reason I cut two is that one piece will be the card back the second will be used to create the pop-up piece. For that piece, I use my Cuttlebug to cute one edge to look like a hill. This is my sandy background for what will eventually become a beach scene. I blended Distressed Ink in Gathered Twigs to get the perfect sand color. (Oh! Before I did this, I stamped a sentiment in Versamark ink and added white embossing powder before I heat embossed it. I wanted the sentiment to show up after I blended in the Distressed Ink.) I then blended Broken China Distressed Ink on the other cardbase for a soft sky background.

handmade pop-up card
The front of the card – I kept it super simple since the inside was so involved.

Now the exciting part, assembly time! I used my Cuttlebug again but this time, I used the Mama Elephant Pop-up Trio Creative Cuts to cut out two pop-up tabs for two of the 4 penguins I colored. After I popped the tabs out, I glued the sand panel to the card base. I then glued the penguins to the tabs. I finished the scene by adhering the trees and the penguin laying down on the beach towel to the background.

For the front of the card, I kept things simple since it was already so involved in the inside. I used some pattern paper and adhere the last penguin holding the cocktail with the “Cheers” sentiment to the front of the card. I added some white dotted lines to frame the entire thing for a more finished look. Ta-da! It’s completed!

I hope you love this card as much as I do. This was definitely one of my favorites to create!

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handmade pop-up card
Side view of how the pop-up mechanism looks.

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