High Tide Nautical Lighthouse pop up card created with stamps and real red and deep blues
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Pop-up Nautical Lighthouse Card

I love this stamp set. And I love learning new card folds.

High Tide Nautical Lighthouse pop up card created with stamps and real red and deep blues

I definitely didn’t create this pop-up design, and it was also impossible to find the original creator. Directions can be found in other places, but I had a difficult time following them, or they weren’t for the A2 size card (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″). So I wrote out my own instructions. Well, I actually scribbled a mess into my card design notebook.

But here I’ve neatly typed them out for you!! I hope you find them easy, as this is a fun card to make, and really has a wow factor that’s perfect for whoever needs a little encouragment.



  1. Red Cardstock (2- 8 1/2″ x 11″):
    1. Cut 1 of your red cardstock in half so you have 2 tall pieces 5 1/2″ x 11.”Fold one in half for your card base.
    2. Cut the other to 10″ x 3 1/2.” This wil be the display that pops up.Score at each 2 1/2″ increment so you have 4 equal quadrants.
      • Or just fold it in half, and then half again.
    3. Cut two pieces from your other red cardstock.
      • 2 1/2 x 4 1/2″ to mat the lighthouse on the front.
      • 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ for the mechanism to make the display pop up.Score the long ways at 1 1/4″ (midway).
      • Make marks on the top AND bottom at 2 1/2″ and 6″. Score two lines to form an “X” to connect the top left with the bottom right and top right with the bottom left.
      • Nautical Lighthouse pop up card inside mechanism diagram
  2. Designer Paper:Cut 5 1/4″ x 4″ for the front. Adhere to the red card base.
    1. Cut 3 1/2″x 4″ for the inside top of the card. Adhere.
  3. White Cardstock:Cut 4 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ for the lighthouse. Stamp in pacific point (or your favorite blue to match your DSP!). Adhere to the red mat on the front.
    1. Cut 3 1/2″ x 4″ for the inside bottom of the card. Adhere to the inside of the red card base.
    2. Cut 4 – 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ for the pop up display. Stamp in pacific point. Adhere each onto the red pop up display.
  4. So now the front of the card is done, and you have the pieces cut and stamped for the inside display. Here’s the fun part:
    1. Adhere the left display panel to the TOP ONLY of the scored mechanism cardstock.
    2. Here I usually fold it all down together as if inside the card. This gives you a more accurate placement of your glue for the right panel on the BOTTOM ONLY of the scored mechanism cardstock.
    3. Lastly, Adhere the display mechanism with score tape to the inside of the card, making sure the midway fold matches the card fold.

I hope this was a fun tutorial! It’s a great card to make, and the pop-up definitely has that wow-factor!

I’m entering this card in these challenges:

Thanks for checking out my tutorial. If you like it, please comment below and then check out my other nautical projects!

In the mood for some home decor with a reminder of the sand and sea? Check out this tutorial for aΒ Nautical Welcome Home Sign! Need some more cards? Check out the tutorial for this stack ofΒ Anchor cards!

Happy Crafting!

birthday card in glitter blues created using hexagon punch and embossed textures

Scrap-tastic Birthday Cards — Don’t let your scraps go to waste!

Let’s be real. We all have scraps that we keep “just in case.” But they can pile up and be a bit… overwhelming. I’m trying to get in the habit of going through these colorful pieces once in a while and making a card or scrapbook page from the scraps. Being resourceful is an important part of being a crafter! Am I regular about doing this? Not. At. All.

But then I saw the Stamp Ink Paper challenge to Use Your Scraps and knew this was a great time to create something from my scraps.

birthday card in glitter blues created using hexagon punch and embossed textures

I have a few birthdays coming up and needed to get a jump on making a few of those cards. I started digging through my blues (I’m organized even with my scraps lol) and saw the tiny pieces of glitter. They just barely fit in my hexagon punch! No waste, especially not with glitter paper! I stamped and embossed some texture dots on a scrap of white cardstock. I made some silver and others blue glitter to add a bit of texture!

I had blue sequins sitting on my desk in case I smudged some ink or if the card needed some extra pizazz, but never felt like it needed it.

birthday card in glitter blues created using hexagon punch and embossed textures

Think you made a mistake? Put a sequin over it!

If you want to see other ways to use and showcase your scraps, check out thisΒ Nautical Stamp a Stack from Scraps Tutorial, or this Patriotic Paper Pumpkin Alternative, or these Wildflower Cards Created from Leftovers, or this tutorial on using every bit of a paper pumpkin kit!

I’m going to go through my scraps again and try making this card in a few different color schemes. I hope you like it and maybe even go through your scraps for a new project! I’d love to see what you decide to create from your scraps. πŸ™‚


Happy Crafting!

Tropical Chic Fun Fold Cards showing front and inside

Tropical Chic Diagonal Fold Card Tutorial to create a piece of paradise

Hey Crafties! Ready for a fancy fold? I promise it’s easy, and you can make TWO cards at once!

Tropical Chic Fun Fold Cards showing front and inside

This tropical paradise is so inviting and perfect for a thinking of you card. See below for the tutorial! I love this diagonal fold, as the front opens like a gate. You’ll be cutting the card base diagonally, and so it seemed resourceful to create the second card while making the first one.


Instructions (for 2 cards):

  1. From 1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ Granny Apple Green cardstock
    • Score at 5 1/2″ on the long side.
    • Score at 4 1/4″ on the short side.
    • Scoring first shows you the lines to make it easier to cut diagonally across the whole sheet of cardstock if your paper trimmer is only 12″ like mine.
    • Cut diagonally from one corner across to the other.
    • Fold each card front over. As you can see, I tried both ways…maybe for a left-handed recipient!

  2. From 1/2 sheet of Blushing Bride cardstock
    • Cut into 2 4″ x 5 1/4″ pieces.
    • Cut both pieces diagonally.
    • Adhere onto the front of your Granny Apple Green cards.
    • Fun fold card second layer
  3. With 2 different patterns of Designer Series Paper
    • Cut each into 3 3/4″ x 5″.
    • Cut diagonally. Ensure your pattern is facing the right way for the direction of your fold!
    • tropical chic Fun fold card third layer designer series paper
  4. Create the Frond Squares
    • Cut 3″ x 6″ Granny Apple Green cardstock and cut out 2 Frond squares using the die.
    • Cut 3″ x 6″ Shaded Spruce cardstock and cut into 2 3″ x 3″ squares.
    • Adhere the frond dies onto a square using liquid glue.
    • tropical chic die cut from granny apple green and adhered to shaded spruce square
    • Adhere the finished square to the top half of the card.
  5. Stamp your sentiment and a few flowers and fronds to decorate the bottom corner and inside of the card.


I’m playing along with the following challenges:

I hope you like this card! I really enjoyed creating this tropical paradise. What does your paradise look like? I’d love to know! Happy Crafting!