Thursday, May 23, 2013

Clear Butterfly Pop-Up

Hello everyone! Today I have a pop-up card to share which features a bunch of fun techniques: dies, clear elements, inky watercolour paper, stamping and molding paste. I was sending something to Karen Burniston (for a project you'll have to wait a while to see), and I sent this card a long. She received it yesterday, so now I can share.

Clear Butterfly Pop-Up - Layers of ink
When starting out, I only knew that I wanted to make a clear pop-up and see if it would work to use a stencil and molding paste to add something to it. I made stencils using the Mini Butterflies dies (see this tutorial). First the acetate was stamped with a swirl stamp and white Stazon ink, which adds great depth to the card. The acetate was die cut with the 3-D Label pop-up, using the pop 'n cuts base tray.

I mixed blue and yellow paint into light molding paste, not letting them mix completely to add colour variation to the butterflies. I got this idea from a post by Jan Hobbins. Thank you for this idea Jan! The paste was applied through my homemade stencil with a palette knife and left to dry. When dry, I dry-brushed a bit of yellow paint on top to increase the texture and added a rhinestone trail. It looks like the butterfly is sort of floating on the pop-up.

I added two molding paste butterflies on the inside, using both of the Mini Butterfly dies.

A Darkroom Door sentiment stamp, from the Bright Blossoms Vol 1 set, was stamped on a label die cut from ledger paper. I used watercolour paper as my base for the card, applied Distress Stains to my craft sheet and misted the paper heavily with water before dragging through the inks. It was stamped with a new Hero Arts ledger stamp and one of my favorites, the alphabet stamp from Tim Holtz School Desk set.

Love this layered stamp look. The small sentiment stamps come from Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol. 1 set.

This is the front of the card. The flowers were die cut from scrap papers using the Tattered Flower Garland die and layered together with a brad in the middle, the flowers on the inside of the card were done in the same way. A Simple Saying was stamped on a Tattered Banner die cut from ledger paper.

I had some left over paste, and used a Mini Mosaic stencil on the front of the card to apply it through. You can see that the blue and yellow paints have mixed more at this stage, giving a greener colour. This was left to dry before colouring the background with Distress Stains.

I stenciled a third butterfly on acetate, cut it out and adhered with foam dots. On this butterfly, you can clearly see that the acrylic paints weren't completely mixed.

Here you can see the mechanism of the card better, it is hard to photograph clear pop-up cards.
Thank you for looking!


Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Label pop 'n cuts, Pop 'n Cuts Base Tray,  Love Set Sizzlits, Mini Butterflies, Tattered Banners, Tattered Flower Garland
Stamps: Darkroom Door: Bright Blossoms Vol. 1, Wildflowers Vol. 1; Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz School Desk, Tiny Texture, Simple Sayings; Hero Arts: Life Can Be S5773, Friend Collage AC022
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Distress Ink: Broken China; Stazon White
Stain: Distress Stain: Mustard Seed Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough
Paint: Golden Artist Paint: Cobalt Blue, Primary Yellow
Medium: Golden Artist Paint Light Molding Paste
Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop: Mini Mosaic
Surfaces: Daler & Rowney watercolour paper; 7Gypsies Postale Ledger 8 x 8 pad; Studio Calico Classics 3 6 x 6 pad; acetate
Embellishments: Panduro white rhinestones; lace trim


  1. The pictures are lovely, but in person it's even better! Thank you for this beautiful card, A-K!

  2. What a brilliant idea of using clear acetate for pop-up ! I loved the colors and the stenciled butterflies are superb ! Card front is as interesting as the pop-up inside !

  3. What a wonderful idea! The butterfly's are fantastic. Your color combo makes me happy. Thanks for sharing.

  4. You are flippin brilliant! This is one of the most beautifully crafted cards I have ever seen. What you did with this card is what I aspire to do. Thank you for sharing. The card is beyond amazing and as I said, you are a brilliant artist. Well done.

  5. WoW! One would want to keep this card close at hand so they could continuously take a sneak peak inside! Love all the clear pop-ups, the special painting, and the fabulous butterflies! Modeling paste is so-o much fun to use glad to see it in more of your projects!
    Thanks for sharing all the details Anna-Karin!

  6. So wonderful... the texture on the butterflies is fabulous, and I love the acetate pop-up so that one is hovering in mid-air - brilliant!
    Alison x

  7. Love this - thank for sharing and inspiring us!!

  8. What lovely details, TFS the how to's!

  9. Very clever to use acetate, love the stenciled butterflies.

  10. This is stunning Anna-Karin! I love the colors and butterflies~

  11. Hi Anna-Karin! Did you know you are famous? I took Karen Burniston's Amped up Pop n Cuts class at my LSS yesterday. She raved about her designers, including you, and suggested we check out your blogs. Thanks for the awesome example of using acetate with Pop n Cuts! This is such a pretty card, and definitely amped up! Awesome photos btw!

  12. Beautiful! I love the way you build up the paste to create depth and texture.


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