Monday, December 31, 2012

Mad Tea Party Pop-Up

Last day of the year! I can't believe how fast this year went by. We have a 'Mad Hatters Tea Party' challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week, it is an 'anything goes' challenge, so you can go wild. Don't miss the gorgeous DT projects!

I took this challenge quite literary, because we recently watched the Alice in Wonderland cartoon. To celebrate the last day of a fabulous year, I made a pop-up card full of surprises:

What better way to end a year full of stamps, dies and inky fingers than to make a colorful Mad Hatter's tea party pop-up card, with additional surprises on the front. I used Karen Burniston's Sizzix Party Phrase Pop 'n Cuts die, which was perfect for the theme of my card. It became a stage for my little tea party, which was attached on top of the pop-up, also as a pop-up, to add dimension. I used the Pop 'n Cuts base tray for my card and pop-up, but if you don't have the base tray, you can use the pop 'n cuts dies in your ordinary base tray too.

The background is manila cardstock with was inked with bright Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Barn Door, Mowed Lawn, Salty Oceans, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs), and misted heavily with Biscotti Perfect Pearls, since New Year needs some shine. All my stamped images comes from the great TJ Designs Mad Hatter's Tea Party set, except from the script stamp, which is Hero Arts Old Letter Writing. I stamped the script stamp here and there, to fill out the area in between the other stamps.

The images were stamped on white cardstock and coloured with watercolour pencils.

I found just the perfect little Kaiser playing cards and distressed the edges a bit. The sentiment was stamped on top with Archival Ink Jet Black.

I didn't add a lot of details to the text pop-up, only a little tea pot and cup. Since I wanted the word to stand out nicely, it was inked with Salty Ocean.

You can see the pop-up mechanism better on this photo. More stamping, the rabbit, and two more playing cards on the lower panel. I love the amount of space you get to decorate on a pop-up card.  

There are more fun elements on the front of the card. I used the great Opening Door die, also by Karen Burniston. The die both cuts and scores the door, and also has door panels (which I didn't use here, you can see them on this and this project), a handle and a key hole. I cut it from manila cardstock and from mat board, using only the frame from the mat board piece. It was inked with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap and stamped with a Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz wood stamp using Pumice Stone ink. The door handle and key hole were inked with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.

Alice looks pretty small when she stands there knocking on the door. What might she find on the inside?

An invitation, and of course a much smaller door. I cut the smaller door from manila cardstock, and scored one side, so that it can open.

And that is where you will find the Queen of Hearts!

Join us this week in our 'anything goes Mad Hatter' challenge, and you could be the lucky one to win a $50 gift voucher from our fabulous sponsor Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you for the visit! I hope you will have a Happy New Year full or creativity and crafting!!


Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Party Phrase Pop 'n Cuts insert, Opening Door & Wreath, Pop 'n Cuts Base Tray
Stamps: TJ Designs Mad Hatter's Tea Party; Hero Arts Old Letter Writing S4878; Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Wallpaper & Wood
Surfaces: Ranger Manila cardstock; watercolour paper
Ink: Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Barn Door, Festive Berries, Broken China, Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo
Stain: Distress Stain Brushed Pewter
Mist: Ranger Perfect Pearls Biscotti
Pencils: Derwent Watercolour pencils
Embellishments: Kaiser Playing Cards,


  1. What a beautiful pop-up card! It's really pretty, and love all the surprises! Wishing you a happy and great new year, that it may be full with creativity! Hugs, Sandra

  2. Anna Karin that is so clever with the multiple doors on the outside and then the beautiful popup on the inside! Gorgeous! Love the sweet party scene and the cards across the top! Wishing you and your family a wonderful blessed New Year!

  3. Hi Anna-Karin, love your Wonderland pop up, the door on the front is perfect, love the sentiment and rabbit stamped on the inside as Alice opens the door. Love the party scene too. Happy New Year. Tracy x

  4. Gorgeous pop up project, Anna-Karin! I love the pretty color blending :)

    Happy New Year!
    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. Anna-Karin...your pop up card is so adorable! I love the design. Love the stamps you used. Love how you colorized them. The conglomeration of doors on the cover of the card is such a cute idea! You are so clever and always create such wonderful projects! <3 Candy

  6. Oh my goodness this is fabulous! Happy New Year to you!

  7. love this!

    Wonderful job!
    Sandra ltb

  8. Totally fabulous! You always add in so many lovely details :)

  9. Love your pop up card! Great images too! FUN!!!

  10. How fabulous is this?!?! Love how you spread the title across the cards, and the way you the word party pops up to form the legs of your table. It's wonderful!

  11. The detailing and color scheme in your card are truly mesmerizing, Anna-Karin. Happy New Year!

  12. Feel like I'm falling through the rabbit hole! LOL!

  13. Love the lettering on the playing cards, and the succession of doors is brilliant! Gorgeous tumbling images against the inky background too - wow!
    Alison x

  14. Wow! This is a masterpiece, Anna-Karin! I love all the details and the colors and that awesome double door! You're so clever and talented. Happy New Year!

  15. This is so wonderful. I love the cards and the pop up and doors. My goodness, you must have an extensive stamp collection!!


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