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.

Supplies

Instructions

  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 a Nautical Welcome Home Sign! Need some more cards? Check out the tutorial for this stack of Anchor cards!

Happy Crafting!

Congratulations tasty truck card with moving drive mechanism
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Truck Pull Card…with Moving Food Truck!

A neighbor friend is opening a bistro in the area this month, complete with food trucks! We all couldn’t be more excited, and I knew I wanted to make a congratulations card!

One of the best advantages of creating your own cards is the ability to personalize cards specifically for your recipient and the occassion. I couldn’t help myself but to personalize this card and create a scene behind the food truck with houses next to the new bistro, a mighty tree, and a gorgeous lake. Yes, it’s an amazing place!

Congratulations tasty truck card with moving drive mechanism

When the tab is pulled, the muffin truck “drives” to the other end of the card, and backs up when the tab is returned.

Do you wanna know how this card works? Make it!

  1. Create your scene on a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of white cardstock.
  2. On the back of your scene, draw lines 1/2″ from your short edges and 3/4″ from the bottom as shown below. Cut ONLY on the red lines using a paper trimmer.          truckpull_dimensions
  3. Cut a 3/4″ strip of plastic packaging (mine was from my most recent die cut set…nothing goes to waste!), insert it through the holes and adhere the ends together on the back using glue dots. The plastic strip should be able to slide freely. Move the point of connection to the opposite end of where the truck will be “parked.”
  4. On a scrap piece of white cardstock, stamp and color your truck. Using dimensionals, adhere the truck to the plastic on the front of the card (ensure this is still the opposite end from where the plastic ends meet on the back).
  5. Cut a 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ piece of cardstock for your tab, and punch the end (or just write “pull” on it). Adhere the tab to the plastic on the back at just the far end, so it can be pulled out and stop at the end.
  6. Using foam adhesive strips, create a channel on the back of your card around the pull tab, as well as around the edges. Go ahead– pull the tab and make sure your mechanism works.
  7. Adhere to a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card base.

I used FIVE different Stampin Up sets on this card! That might be a new record for me. Some new, some retired, some only available for a short time, but all still fantastic! One of my favorite things about stamps is that you can use them over and over! If I like a set, I try not to worry about when I’ll have the “perfect” occassion to use it…I’ll have fun and use it!

In The City Photopolymer Stamp Set

In The City Photopolymer Stamp Set

Big News Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Big News Clear-Mount Stamp Set

If you are interested in making this or a similar card, other supplies you will need are listed below.

Product List

 

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I do a happy dance for every comment, so please let me know how you would personalize this card for your recipient or if you tried making this card! Happy Crafting!!

Birthday Watercolor Card
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Watercoloring until the Rain Stops and the Rainbow Appears!

With all of the rain we were having here in Pennsylvania this weekend, I was inspired to bring out my paint brushes and play with some watercoloring techniques.

watercoloring in lauras craft closet

I don’t often do much watercoloring. I can be a bit messy in my small craft closet ha ha! So when my inks and brushes emerge and I fill my beaker with water, you can bet I’m going to play for awhile and create more than just a single card!

First I found a few colors that worked well together.

SU stamp pads used for watercolor cards
I love this combo! Berry Burst, More Mustard, Lemon-Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay

Then, after playing around and testing how much ink was necessary to make the colors as bright as I wanted, I made a background with these colors brushed across and another where they were splashed and dripping down.

Embossing an image will resist watercolors (check out this dandelion card tutorial on how to achieve this easy technique). I started pulling out a few fun stamp sets that would feature this effect well. Here’s what I came up with:

I’m playing along with a few challenges today:

There’s always a rainbow after a storm. Happy Crafting!

Are you interested in getting the right tools for your own watercolor cards? Check them out below!

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