Gosh it’s so hot here tonight (oops…it’s now morning and the birds singing). I can’t sleep when it’s hot so here I am blogging again. I’ve made a promise to someone that I would post this project and I’ve been looking forward to sharing this one with you all. I hope you enjoy.
You can see that this page is a 3D pop up page. Boy did I have fun working out how to make this. I wanted to create something really different for the Stampin Up Sydney Heartfelt Event and found inspiration from a pop up scrap page that I found in one of my magazines. Whilst searching through my photos I remembered (yet again) that I had never scrapped one of my son’s Santa photos. I’m sure I’ve tried to scrap one of these photos every year for the past 10 years and my son is now 17! That’s when the idea of making a 3D Christmas tree hit me. I have no idea where it came from, but you know what happens when you have these bright ideas…you then have to work out how to make it happen. And I’ve got to say, I’m a bit tenacious when it comes to bright ideas. Just ask my work colleagues. I know they love it when I pipe up and say ‘I have an idea’. The eye rolling is fantastic and I know it means that my plan is simply awesome LOL. Anyway, I digress. So… there I was in my fabulous craft room and I looked up towards my stash of trusty punches and the Full Heart punch seemed to call my name. Ok…maybe I’ve been spending a little too much time in my craft room lately. But, once I had that sorted, the rest came together.
Here’s a quick tutorial and list of supplies.
To make the pop up page
- Score across the page at 9.5cm (3 ¾”). Using your bone folder, fold the page to get a nice crisp fold. Open out the page ready for your background paper/s.
- Adhere your background paper/s in any layout you like. I’ve used 2 contrasting pieces of DSP for my layout. TIP: The most important part when adhering your background paper is to make sure you don’t adhere over the score line. If you want your pieces to look like one piece across the score line (like mine), you need to cut your sheets where the score line is and adhere both pieces as close as possible to the score line. This step is important as it will ensure your page sits nicely.
- Now turn your page over and place the paper in your paper-cutter at 10.8cm (4¼“) and begin a vertical cut at 14.7cm (5¾”) from the top of the page down to 22.8cm (9”).
- Keep your page in your paper-cutter and move your page to the right to the 3.5cm mark (1 3/8“). Cut another vertical slit parallel to the first.
- Score across at the top and bottom in between the parallel slits.
- Score across again at 2cm from the top score line.
- Turn your page back to the front and use your bone folder to make crisp folds so that the sections pops out towards you and the bottom of the page folds up. The popped out section is where you will mount your photo when it’s time to do so (not yet – too much fun stuff to do first!).
To make the heart Christmas tree
- Punch 9 hearts of one colour DSP and 10 of a contrasting colour.
- Score and fold each heart in half.
- Starting with four hearts, turn them over and using sticky strip, connect the hearts together.
- Set aside and repeat with the contrasting set of 4. Repeat with each colour so that when you have finished, you will have 2 rows of 4, 2 rows of 3, 2 rows of 2 and 1 single heart for the top (see project photo for a guide).
- Attach a small piece of sticky strip to the fullest part of the heart at both ends of each row and on the single heart.
- Take off the sticky strip backing and attach the first row to the page, lining it up approx. 2mm (1/16”) from the score line.
- Attach all rows making sure your hearts are not flat.
I’ve cut the photo to suit the size of the page and mounted it on the pop out section, using snail.
You can decorate the rest of the page anyway you like but here’s what I have used:
- Decorate your tree anyway you like. I have used a mix of punched pieces of DSP and stamped card using the merry minis stamp and punch set. I’ve then threaded each punched piece with a thread from the sweater trim. I’ve used glue dot to attach the garland to the tree.
- Don’t forget your tree topper. I’ve made a small version of the star using a 6.5cm (approx. 2 ½”) square of DSP (a link to video instructions are here). I’ve used glue dots to attach this to the page.
- For the garland at the top of the page, I’ve used the piece of sweater trim that I pulled a thread from. You can see that this makes the trim into links and I have used a single strand of the sweater trim to attach the decorations. I’ve attached this to the page using glue dots.
- Sentiments – I’ve used the Heart of Christmas Stamp and stamped one in real red and another in Early Espresso. I’ve then cut each so that I have two separate sentiments. I’ve used dimensionals to attach.
- Parcels – these are super fun to make. I’ve simply cut two rectangles and two squares of DSP. I’ve scored each side at 1/8” using the simply scored, and adhered to make faux boxes. I’ve attached ribbons and strands of sweater trim to finish.
Stamps: Merry Minis, Heart of Christmas
Ink: Early Espresso, Real Red
Card: Very Vanilla 12×12, Whisper White,
Paper: Candelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper
Tools: Full Heart Punch, Merry Minis Punch Pack, Paper Cutter, Simply Scored, Paper Snips, Bone Folder
Fabulous Flourishes: Gumball Green Sweater Trim, Early Espresso and Real Red Tafetta 3.2mm Ribbon
Adhesives: Dimensionals, Snail, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots
I hope you have enjoyed this project and if you have any questions please feel free to ask. I’m always happy to clarify anything. Also, if you do give this project a go…I’d love to see your creations. Feel free to email a pic to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have a blog, pop a comment on my blog with a link to yours and I’ll head on over and take a peek. Make sure you mention the project so I know your link is not spam.