Sunday 1 September 2013


It is my turn to choose the challenge at Country View Crafts’ Challenges and I chose ‘Layers’ so that whatever your style you get a chance to play along.
I have seen so many of those fabulous pop-up cards on the blogs over the past few months and thought it would be good to do one, but as I don’t have a die to help me out I knew I was going to have to start from scratch and design my own. When I was a teacher in the classroom my children always made topic books and putting pop-ups in them was great for them to apply some art and technology skills and they were really good at them, but I have kept to basic rectangles on which I have added images and ephemera.
Let’s start with the front cover though.
I have used Tim’s French Industrial paper stash and added a frame (cut for me by my friend Lucy), part of a tag from a TH purse, a stamped ticket and a crown and Fleur de Lys die-cuts. The frame was painted with distress paints, black acrylic paint and pewter treasure gold added (you wouldn’t believe it started off as a piece of white card would you?) The picture came from the paper stash.
The die cuts were black card and I coated them with distress embossing powder. For the fleur de lys I covered it in black soot and then sprayed it with a shiny varnish and put some pewter TG on it, but it faded into the background so I alcohol inked it with pitch black.
For the inside I cut a piece of the paper stash to size and turned to the back drawing in the lines I wanted to cut and to fold.
I pushed the pop-ups inwards folding in the appropriate places and then set about adding layers of card, images, ephemera, washi tape and words until I was happy with the effects.
So a very simple pop-up design but I think it looks ok
Looking forward to seeing you join in with the challenge this month. Please pop over and take a look at the inspiration from the DT and the winner and Top 3 from July will be joining us over the weeks too.

Have a creative week.

Thanks for reading.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Jane said...

Brenda this is just brilliant...I have seen all these new dies too but your drawn lines and cuts work perfectly. Your layers are gorgeous such great details.I may well have a play with this for my SIL's bday card, he is a marine engineer and would find it very appealing. Thanks for all your inspiration and have a lovely sunny Sunday x

Paula Whittaker said...

lovely layering.

Kathyk said...

So lovely to see such a fab pop up card that isn't all "cutesie" too - YAY!

How was your workshop? Guess you're saving that for a separate post ..... I didn't miss it, did I?

Happy Sunday and welcome to September


Anneke said...

Fabulous piece of work. Love the look.
Thanks for showing Anneke.

Jenny Marples said...

Love the pop up look Brenda and the design works beautifully with these 'busy' papers. Another triumph from Mrs B! Hugs, Jenny x

Sam & Poppy said...

You clever lady, this is beautiful! Big hugs from me and Poppy xx

Redanne said...

Fabulous pop up card Brenda, who needs the die. I used to love doing these with the children too, thanks so much for the inspiration! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Anne x

Annie said...

Fabulous make and a wonderful challenge theme. Might have to join in x

Those papers are stunning. Love the vintage look

Crafty hugs Annie x

Gina said...

I keep promising myself I'll try this technique, thanks for the simple tutorial :D XXX

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous card Brenda, so many layers! And thanks for sharing how you made this - I will certainly give this a go. Jennie x

Meggymay said...

Awesome details and great layers. Its a fantastic card.

froebelsternchen said...

such an elegant vintage feel with masterly techniques on it!

Inkypinkycraft said...

this is another gorgeous make, love the vintage feel and all those lovely layers x hugs trace x

Gerri Herbst said...

You are the queen of layers! Also I havent been around much, but I wanted to tell you that I adore your new banner...very clean and crisp!

Sandy said...

You did it - you made a wonderful pop up card with lots of layers and yet very well designed! Sometimes, the design gets lost in lost of layers. I love your black frame!

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Brenda,

Wow -- aren't you somethin'. I love this pop up card - everything about it. Way to go in designing your own pop up card.

As always, I enjoy visiting to see what you've been up to.


Paper Profusion said...

Wonderfully made Brenda and I love your choice of papers, ephemera etc. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Nicola x

Nan G said...

Great pop up card! Who needs the die! Love all of the layers you've added. And the texture. Thanks for reminding us how to do our own pop-ups! Hugs

Margie said...

Love your design Brenda and its ages since I've done a pop-up card like this so I'm going to have a go at playing. You've done a great job with all the layers though, I really like the old photo you've used and all the textures. Margie x

kateri said...

I really like everything about this piece; the colors, the layout, the pop-up. And I really appreciate it when the artists explain everything they did.

The frame is sooooo cool.

Paula J Atkinson said...

Well chosen papers & gorgeous layers. I like the images they work so well.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

So cool, that's a fantastic creation.

Mrs.B said...

Stunning pop up card Brenda - great papers and images
Avril xx

Shirley said...

This is brilliant Brenda and the girls in your class will love this card if you teach it to them. When I taught my girls how to make them they were all ecstatic.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Rossella said...

This is fab and so is the lovely birdhouse above but I don't seem able to comment on it
Rosie x

Words and Pictures said...

What a wonderful showcase for those gorgeous papers... so many lovely layers (oh - great challenge theme too!), and fab distressing. Lovely make!
Alison x

Marjie Kemper said...

Wow! Those clever cuts add so much 'oooomph' to this already awesome project. Lovely layering, indeed!

Anonymous said...

Amazing card Brenda. I must get some of these papers. Karen.x