Monday, April 1, 2013

Collage Pop-Up Card

Hello! Since it is April Fool's Day today, anything goes at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week. Fun! But also difficult, since I tend to have a hard time picking one of many ideas for the anything goes challenges.
We loved to think out fun jokes and pranks on April Fool's Day as children, such as when we gave my dad an uncooked egg for breakfast. To make a mess, my youngest sister came up with the idea of opening the eggs in a different way than we normally did - namely by chopping off the top with a quick spoon action. She suggested that everybody did this, and my dad's egg, which was raw, made quite a mess. 
And onto my project, a gatefolded double pop-up card:
I knew I wanted to do a pop-up card with surprises on the inside, but was planning something bright and funny. I sat down without a plan and started gluing pieces of map paper, dictionary paper and old book paper on a large piece of manila cardstock. The project didn't want to be bright and funny, but rather a grungy collage card.

The card is gatefolded and I placed one of Karen Burniston's Sizzix fun Circle & Ribbon Platform pop-ups in each fold. I called the card 'Faces from the Past' since there are many old photos on the papers and stamps that I used.

After gluing all the papers down with multi-medium, I whitewashed the whole background with Picket Fence Distress Paint, which is perfect for this since it is such a fluid paint. The whitewashing toned down the colours of the map paper and also brought all the different papers together. I also applied a little bit of watered down brown paint, lots of Tim Holtz stamps and finally paint splatters.

The dictionary paper I happened to use had some old photographs included and I used them as inspiration for the whole piece. Love the bulb blueprint stamp.

The base of the pop-ups were die cut from Tim Holtz Destinations patterned paper, and the circle and ribbons from manila cardstock. The cardstock was inked with Distress Stains before die cutting and stamped with a script stamp. The pointing hand was stamped on top with Jet Black ink, pointing down to the second pop-up.

On the other pop-up I stamped two of the three gentlemen from Tim's Steampunk set and ChitChat stickers were adhered to both pop-ups. The pop-ups were not assembled until the card was finished. It is very easy to assemble them since the die both cuts and scores the pop-ups and there are clear instructions on the packaging for how to adhere the ribbons. It is really easy, but looks complicated, and gives a real fun look to the card.
I used Tim's new Simple Sayings here and there, a blueprint key, a large sentiment stamp and a compass. The ticket stamp on the Going Somewhere set coordinates perfectly with the new Mini Ticket strip die and was stamped on inked tickets die cut from manila. 
Here you can see the card as it looks when completely flat (12x7 in). When folded it is 7x6 in, so it is a pretty large card.

Another angle of how the card looks when opened.

There is of course also a card front. I used the new Picture Wheel on the front, together with photos from Tim's Lost & Found paper, which fit perfectly. I actually liked it even better on a tutorial I did after this card, but posted before it, where I used my mom's childhood photos, you can find it here.

The background was done the same way as on the inside, except that I didn't cover the top part with collage papers, but still whitewashed it.

I cut the Picture Wheel from a piece of cardstock that had been covered with foil tape. It was coloured with alcohol inks (ginger, lettuce, juniper, espresso) and I sprinkled  Vintage Photo Distress Embossing powder here and there and melted it. I dripped on some more alcohol ink. This gives a cool rusty effect. A clock stamp was perfect for the centre and of course a Game Spinner (you might know that I like to use these).

The title was stamped with the new Worn Text alphabet stamps and Archival Jet Black.
This is what the opened card looks like from above, here you can see the mechanism of the pop-ups better.

Join us this week and remember that there are no rules, so anything goes. As always, our great sponsor Simon Says Stamp gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant.

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Day!


Dies: Sizzix: Circle & Platform, Picture Wheel, Mini Filmstrip & Tickets,
Stamps: Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous: Steampunk, Mini Blueprints 3, Classics #9, The Boys, Going Somewhere, Simple Sayings, Mini Muse, Worn Text, Warehouse District
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone
Stain: Distress Stain: Tumbled Glass, Brushed Pewter, Antique Linen
Alcohol ink: Adirondack: Ginger, Espresso, Lettuce, Juniper
Paint: Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Antique Linen; Adirondack: Mushroom, Espresso
Embossing powder: Distress Embossing Powder Vintage Photo
Surfaces: Ranger Manila cardstock, Metal Foil Tape; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Destinations paper stash, Lost & Found; old map, dictionary and book paper
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Game Spinners, ChitChat Stickers, Long Fasteners
Adhesives: Claudine Hellmuth matte multi-medium; Ranger Glossy Accents


  1. This card is so BRILLIANT on so many levels!!! The design is crazy out of the box, and all the images and ephemera is wonderful! The pops are wonderful! The cover is amazing...WOW...everywhere I look is a WOW!!! PINNED!

  2. OMG ___ OMG ___ OMG

    wow, I'm impressed! This is such a wonderful work! To see so many small and large details and to admire ... a fantastic inspiration from you to the challenge - thank you for sharing it
    CU hellerlittle

  3. Oh my, Anna-Karin! This is really amazing! I love all the details and it's so pretty! Going back for another look! Hugs, Sandra

  4. Wonderful gatefold card, love the pop ups and how,you whitewashed the background. Love you use of imagery and the picture wheel looks fantastic on the front. Tracy x

  5. What a cool card Anna-Karin! There is always so much to look at in your work and you share great tips- thanks!

  6. Anna-Karin....all I can say is WOW! This gatefold card is simply brilliant! I am in love with every single detail about this...and there are many! I love your background. All of the text, the photos, the stamping, the all is absolutely perfectly designed. The circle and ribbon pop ups on either side just blow me away. I love Tim's Lost and Found paper stash that is a scallop circle behind them. That really makes them pop off of the card. The cover of your card is amazing! I love how you've distressed the picture wheel. It look so cool as the focal point of the cover of the card. Love the stamping and splotches of brown on the cover, too. Beautiful make, Anna-Karin! <3 Candy

  7. Stunning! I could just stare at it for hours! You've made me want to use the Circle/Ribbon platform today instead of the other die I had considered. Your artistry knows no bounds!

  8. This is stunning, Anna-Karin... I want to soak in every detail!

  9. Such a glorious project, Anna-Karin - thank you so much for the overhead shot - was hoping for that all the way down! Amazing work as always...
    Alison x

  10. Love meandering through all the fabulous details on your projects! This is beautiful and the design fantastic! So much inspiration in one project!

  11. truly love this--you did a fantastic job!

  12. I'll be honest... I am slightly overwhelmed!! ALL the different components & products used. All the detail & different techniques. Just blown my mind!! I should assure you, it's a good thing it has had this affect. I cannot ever imagine achieving anything close to this ( for 1, I'd never afford all the products but also even if I could, wouldn't know how to use them, lol).
    ABSOLUTELY A-MAY-ZINGLY brilliant! :))

  13. FAntastic job! Love picture wheel die, love the images, and new alpha stamps!!!!!!! fantastic!!!!!!! BArbarayaya

  14. Wow!! What an amazing pop up project, Anna-Karin! I love the map paper and the selective pops really add impact :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. Wow wow wowza!! What a card! You have everything in this card...I am going to have to look again and again :)

  16. Anna, I was passionate about his work, I love pop-up. I want all the stamps for me ... lol
    The clock was super creative with photos.

  17. This is a work of art. It should be shown around the country. Well, it is, isn't it, because we're on the web. But I wanted to make a point, that your creation is a work of art. It's as good as Tim H., if not better. There aren't enough superlatives to say how much I like and admire your creativity. You've definitely got the "eye." Brilliant. Love the wheel on the cover. Great tutorial also.

  18. What a fun card, Anna-Karin! As usual, the layers of detailing are incredible. Blessings!

  19. WOW! you seriously knock my socks off every time I visit! AWESOME work!

  20. Now that is an amazing card! Wow, love the pop up, the background, ALL those fabulous details !!!

  21. Absolutely love this piece. Great picture wheel. Thanks so much for sharing. Karen.x


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