Monday, April 29, 2013

Fly to Paris Pop-Up

Hi everyone! Monday and time for another Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. This week we are travelling, with our challenge 'passport to fun', and I took an imaginary inky trip to Paris.

I have never been to Paris, so it was fun to take a trip there with stamps, inks and dies. I wanted to use my new Tim Holtz Paris Memoir and Paris to London sets and thought the Eiffel Tower would look great on a pop-up. I love making pop-ups, they are so much fun and also give more space to embellish. I used the Sizzix 3-D Label die by Karen Burniston for the pop-up. It was die cut from manila cardstock, which was inked with Barn Door, Fired Brick, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and a bit of Black Soot around the edges.

After inking the background, I splattered it with water to create texture and misted with Biscotti Perfect Pearls, since a trip to Paris needs a bit of bling. The background was stamped with a bunch of different stamps using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and with the fabulous text stamps from Paris Memoir and French Marketplace, using Fired Brick and Broken China.

The man was stamped on Specialty Stamping paper with Archival Jet Black and inked with Barn Door, Antique Linen and Salty Ocean. The Eiffel tower was embossed with Platinum embossing powder on Specialty Stamping paper. I painted it with Pitch Black paint and when it was almost dry, wiped the paint off from the embossing. The combination of the embossing and the matte black paint looks pretty cool in real life.

Love that this hot air balloon stamps now come in a smaller size too (I used the big version on the front of the card). I stamped postage stamps on postage die cuts.

A sentiment from Tim's Simple Sayings was stamped in two parts, so that it could fit onto a mini ticket.

This is the lower part of the inside of the card. You can see the pop-up mechanism better here. Lots more stamping, another postage stamp die cut, another mini ticket and a pen nib pointing to the main sentiment. Bon Voyage was embossed with platinum powder.

The fleur-de-lies was made in the same way as the Eiffel tower. You can see a bit of the Perfect Pearls sparkle on this photo.

This is the front of the card, with the hot air balloon I flew to Paris in. The background was done in the same way as on the inside. Tim Holtz new Postage Stamp Frame was die cut once from Specialty Stamping paper and once from his new 8 x 8 paper pad, using a section with the Eiffel Tower. I cut out only the frame part from the Specialty Stamping paper one, swept it with an Emboss-It dabber and embossed with platinum powder. After embossing, I painted it with black paint and wiped most of it away before it dried completely. The fleur-de-lies was made in the same way.

The balloon was stamped on one of my all time favourite products, Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art Modeling Film. I coloured it at the back with Silver and Sailboat Blue alcohol ink and after the ink was dry, the balloon was heated up with my heat gun and shaped. (Don't burn yourself.) It cools down very quickly and keeps its shape perfectly and if you are not happy, just reheat and reshape. I attached it to the card with mini staples.

Did you know that the hot air balloon, which was the first successful human-carrying flight technology, was invented in France 1783. When we were children, we marveled at hot air balloons flying above our house. It was especially cool if there were many at once.

Close-up of the texture on the frame and fleur-de-lies, and another mini ticket, inked with Salty Ocean.

The little Eiffel Tower stamp is from Hero Arts. I tucked another postage stamp die cut behind the balloon.

I hope you will join us on some travels this week! As always, our great sponsor Simon Says Stamp gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant.

Thank you for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Label Pop-Up; Mini Bottle Cap & Stamp, Postage Stamp Frame, Mini Filmstrip & Tickets,
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Paris Memoir, Remnants, Warehouse District, Paris to London, French Marketplace, Elements of Time, Mini Classics, Artful Voyage, Simple Sayings; Hero Arts: Untitled Heart
Surfaces: Ranger Manila cardstock; Ranger Specialty Stamping paper; Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art Modeling Film; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Mini 8 x8 paper stash
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Salty Ocean, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Black Soot, Tumbled Glass, Gathered Twigs, Peacock Feathers, Broken China; Ranger Emboss-It dabber
Alcohol Ink: Adirondack: Silver, Sailboat Blue
Paint: Adirondack Pitch Black
Mist: Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist
Embossing powder: Ranger Liquid Platinum
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pen Nibs


  1. what fun!
    Can I borrow your brain? I love your creations!
    Sandra ltb

  2. Amazing card ! Lots of detailing to look for .I loved the balloon on front specially its 3D look !

  3. What a brilliant card, love the pop-up idea and the way you have executed it is fantastic, - so much yummy detail to admire!

  4. Wow! Once again your techniques amaze me and that balloon is awesome! I love the Paris scene you created in the card with the Pop 'n Cuts.

  5. Fabulous Anna-Karin, the dimensional balloon is wonderful and adds o much dimension as does the pop up. Love the fleur de lis too and your added details. Fantastic colours. Tracy x

  6. Anna-Karin....I totally love your pop up card. You always use such gorgeous color combinations in your work. The stamps you've used to create this Parisian pop up card are perfect. The soft beige/brown, blue and red combinations work to perfectly together. Love the addition of the postage die cut. That really helps to frame such a gorgeous use of color and elements on the front of your card. That dimensional hot air balloon really looks amazing on the Clearly For Art Modeling Film. Beautiful job! <3 Candy

  7. This is beautiful, love all the colors and so awesome the way it all pops!

  8. Beautiful pop-up card. I love it.

  9. I love this! So cool that it's a pop up too! :)

  10. Really love this pop up creation, Anna-Karin! The color combination is absolutely beautiful and embellished perfectly :)

    SImon Says Stamp!

  11. Gorgeous! Love that you paired the traveller with the tower! The balloon is brilliant! Lovely colors too!

  12. Well I lived in Paris (ner ne na nerr na, lol). It's a really cool & vibrant place. Your pop up is pretty cool & vibrant too. Love balloon! Oh to have sooo many products to play, I mean WORK with... hee hee!

  13. Hi Anna- Karin.....what a fantastic make you have here.............the colours and use of this stamp set is wonderful....very inspiring


    Annie x

  14. Wow Anna-Karin! Love your pop-up tag card! It's really pretty! Are you really never been to Paris? It's such a pretty city! I wish I could take you with me next week too! That would be so much fun! Well maybe someday in the future! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Love the details and layers you put into all your creations. They just draw the eye into them. The balloon is awesome!!! I love the dimension and the way you coloured it.
    The inside of your card is just as spectacular as the front. The pop-ups and the details with the colour are all so creative. I am always so inspired when I see your work!

  16. this is gorgeous! Love the colors you used and how that little man just "pops" :)

  17. I love your pop up of Paris!!! All of these images are so darn fun, and you've made a fabulous collage card!

  18. This looks like a fun type of card to make, and the colors are fabulous. Blessings!


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