Monday, July 22, 2013

Celebration Star Pop-Up

Hello! Time for celebration! Simon Says Stamp & Show has a new blog and a new name. We are now called Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, since our challenges are posted every Monday. Our design team still focuses on vintage, grungy, shabby and artsy projects, and you never really know what you are going to get. The wide variety of projects is one of my favourite things about this great team.
We are also celebrating that the blog has existed for three years and that we have four new design team members: Andrea Ockey Parr, Meihsia Liu, Michelle Zerull and Mona Pendleton
I made a pop-up birthday card, with lots of glitter and stars.
Celebration Star Pop-Up - Layers of ink
I wanted to use some awesome Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products for this celebration challenge. For the background, and on the front, I used the fabulous Falling Stars die, as well as the Star Border. Fun sentiment stamps from both Shoot for the Stars and For the Record were used. The pop-up was made with the Sizzix 3-D Star die.  
Love how the glitter peeks out behind all the die cut stars. I used more glitter than in a long, and it is all stuck down so well, no stray glitter around. First I die cut a cardbase with the pop 'n cuts base die and covered it completely with Scor-Tape on the inside and on the front. I used 1 inch Scor-Tape, simply lining it up, you don't see the joints at all in the final project. The tape was removed, one panel at a time and the card was completely covered with Ranger Stickles Fine Dry Silver glitter. After shaking off the excess glitter, I burnished it down real well, covering with scrap paper and using a bone folder. 
I placed the Star pop-up in the base die, and die cut from glossy cardstock. Ink was applied with a brayer. First the whole card was brayered with Tumbled Glass. Next, I used Salty Ocean, but leaving the Tumbled Glass uncovered in the centre. I continued the same way with Faded Jeans and finally Chipped Sapphire, just at the top and bottom. This creates a great graduated effect. I love the look of dye ink on glossy cardstock.
The Falling Stars and Star Border were die cut from the inked cardstock. I also stamped the background with a Hero Arts Happy Definition stamp, using Faded Jeans - stamping it once on scrap paper first. I stamped a label, which has place for a message for the recipient, added some more stamping and Prima washi tape

The star was die cut again from patterned paper, stamped with a Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamp, which fit really well together with the star theme of the card. I die cut smaller stars from patterned paper and layered two together with a twisted wire in between. The wire was glued to the star pop-up with hot glue.  
A second star was die cut for the back of the pop-up with a message stamped on top with alphabet stamps ('A big congrats on your day'). 
Celebrate Star Pop-Up - Layers of ink
This is the front of the card, really showcasing the Falling Stars die. A label was stamped on patterned paper and 'congrats' was stamped on top with alphabet stamps.
I cut a panel from glossy cardstock, big enough to cover the whole front and inked it with my brayer as explained above, making it gradually darker towards the top of the card. Here you can see what it looked like after brayering and before die-cutting the tiny stars.
The little 'make a wish' is a Tim Holtz rub-on.
The numbers were die cut from grungeboard, painted black and covered with Silver Stickles.
This is what the card looks like from the top. 
I hope you will celebrate with us this week! As always, one lucky participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.  


Thank you so much for stopping by!


Surfaces: Ranger Glossy Cardstock; My Mind's Eye Collectable Remarkable 6 x 6 pad; Studio Calico HeyDay 6 x 6 pad; Tim Holtz Idea-ology grungeboard
Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Falling Stars, Star Border; Sizzix: 3-D Star Pop-Up, Horizontal A2 card Pop 'n Cuts Base die, Word Play, Party Set #2
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Shoot for the Stars, For the Record; Hero Arts: Happy Definition CG269, Basic Lowercase
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire
Glitter: Ranger Stickles Dry Fine Glitter: Silver; Ranger Stickles: Silver
Paint: Distress Paint Black Soot
Embellishments: Prima Engraver Washi Tape; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Label Letters, Remnant Rubs Words; wire
Adhesive: Scor-Tape 1"
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Ranger Inky Roller Medium Brayer


  1. Anna-Karin...such a cute card! I love all of the die cut stars and how you have used them on this dimensional pop up card. Very cute design. Hugs, Candy

  2. Hi Anna-Karin, loving your pop up celebratory card. Love the midnight blue perfect for that stary backdrop. Love the rub on you added too and the touches of sparkle. Great card. Tracy x x

  3. You make wonderful pop-up cards and this is no exception ! Loved the blue bg and the glitter you have added to the starts.The card front looks equally amazing !

  4. Hi, Anna-Karin! This is SUCH a fabulous card! Wow! Love it! ♥

  5. What a fun card Anna-Karin! Love the dimension and shimmery stars! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Anna-Karin, I am a huge fan of your work and have been for quite awhile. This project is so beautifully executed. Your attention to detail is so amazing. Thank you for sharing your process and for welcoming me to the team. Have a great day!

  7. Hi, Anna-Karin, your pop up card is totally fantastic! I love all the cute die cut stars. Very brillaint design! :)

  8. Card is fantastic. So much fun and I love the brayer effect with the ink pads. I need to try that. Thanks for sharing and you rocked these cards...

  9. Your techniques are awesome, A-K! I love that Falling Stars die and will have to have it! It goes perfectly with the PNC Star.

  10. Pop-up cards intrigue me and I instantly admire anyone who can figure out all that...geometry-type of stuff that must be involved. You did an amazing job on this and I am thrilled to be serving on the Simon team with you!

  11. Anna-Karin, this is such a fun pop-up card! I really like the stars, and the blue background is perfect! Hugs, Sandra

  12. SO loving this!!!

  13. Love the star pop ups and the glittery stars! Beautiful pop up card!


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