Saturday, March 19, 2011

Big Top Pop-up Easel

This is the card I shared over at the Sweet 'n Sassy blog today - I felt more comfortable taking up lots of page space on my own blog, so I'm posting more details here. I didn't take enough pictures during my process to make a tutorial - mostly because I wasn't sure what I was doing, just trying to work out the concept I had in my head! Hopefully, though, the pictures I have here will give you an idea of the structure of the card... and I'll take better pictures next time! :) Here's the assembled card:
The images I used are from the new Circus Digital Collection - I love the digital format for this because it was easy to resize the big top for my card front. All images are colored with Touch Twin Markers. I made a basic easel card base first, which is a Z-fold (fold your card in half, then fold the top half back to the center fold. This is the shape of the card base - I followed the line of the big top until it came to a good place to cut straight, then continued the shape at the bottom. So old school with my pencil and scissors... sigh...
This is what it looks like closed:For the inside elements, I created some pop-up tabs out of cardstock. I chose a strip about 3" wide, so I could cut several tabs from it and they would all be scored the same. I scored at 1/2", 1-1-2", 2", and 3", then left a little extra on the end. I cut off a couple of strips and folded them into rectangles, and overlapped and glued the ends. I held the animals upright and glued the rectangle square on the back with the bottom flush on my desk, then glued the bottom of the rectangles to the card base, lining them up with a ruler. I used Tacky Glue because it dries quickly and I had it handy... double stick tape should work too. The sentiment is computer generated, using a font called Ziggy Zoe... not sure where it came from, but it sure is cute!

I hope that gives you some ideas for your shaped and interactive cards... if you have questions I'd be glad to try and answer, or experiment some more!
Thanks so much for stopping by!