Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Scary Apothecary Pop-Up Card

Hello everyone! Today I have a scary pop-up card to share with you, full of secrets and charms. I also wanted to show how you can change a Karen Burniston Sizzix pop 'n cuts die into a different shape.
Scary Apothecary Pop-Up Card - Layers of ink
We've never celebrated Halloween, but my son is now very interested in scary stuff, spiders, bats, skeletons etc. so I thought I would do some scary crafting too. Here we step into the frightening shop of a scary old-time apothecary. Don't taste anything! I wanted to make a counter full of drawers and therefore needed a rectangular pop-up. You can place larger papers on top of most the pop 'n cuts inserts, and I found that for my large counter, the 3-D Suitcase die was most suitable. The suitcase has a flat base and is pretty large, giving me an easy surface to attach my counter to.
I started out by die cutting manila cardstock with the 3-D Suitcase die. My card is wider than the pop 'n cuts base dies, so I used my base tray to die cut the insert. To make sure the die doesn't shift, I adhere it to the cardstock with masking tape (first removing some of the stickiness on my clothes). The background was inked with orange and brown distress inks, making it mainly orange at the top where the wall is, and mainly brown where the floor is. The background was stamped with a text stamp from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Chemist set (designed by Brett Weldele), and Archival Potting Soil ink.
I die cut a rectangle from black kraft-core cardstock. The drawers were made by cutting strips of the same paper, sanding all the edges and gluing them to the rectangular piece. The handles were made with black Enamel Accents. The labels come from another Tim Holtz set, but were too large for my project. I stamped them on shrink plastic, shrunk them and painted the back with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Paint. The top was coated with Glossy Accents, to give them a finished look.
The counter was attached to the pop-up suitcase with double-sided tape. It is higher than the suitcase, so you don't see the suitcase at all. Just make sure that you leave a tiny bit of space at the base so that the pop-up will fold over easily.
Stamps from the Chemist set were stamped on the smooth side of Ranger's new watercolour paper. I watercoloured the images with Distress Inks and a paintbrush. I thought they were a bit bright and inked lightly with Gathered Twigs to tone down the colours. Enamel Accents was applied here and there for a splattered look. I also stamped the script stamp on a piece of ledger paper, crumbled it up and folded it over the pop-up so that it look as if the bottles are standing on a sheet of notes. If you look closely, you might see that there is a small shrink plastic tube next to the blue bottle, made with one of the stamps from the Laboratorie set.
I have a thing for pen nibs and was happy to see Tim Holtz new Writing Desk die. The pen nib was die cut from grungeboard, inked with Black Soot and Enamel Accents was used for the ink. 
Here's another fun little detail. I used Karen's Foyer set embossing folder and cut out only the picture frame. It was inked with Gathered Twigs and I cut out the centre and placed it over a skeleton stamped on a piece of scrap paper. The centre was coated with Glossy Accents, to make it look like glass. This is my son's favourite part of the card.  
At the front of the pop-up, I stamped a wooden floor with a Darkroom Door stamp and Frayed Burlap ink. I also embossed the carpet from the Foyer Set, inked it with Gathered Twigs and stamped 'welcome' on a Funky Label die cut. The black dots are Enamel Accents. The books and tube were coloured the same way as the other images stamped on watercolour paper. The sign stamp is repeated on the front of the card.
Apothecary Pop-Up Card - Layers of ink
The cardbase is watercolour cardstock which was coloured with Distress Stains and stamped with a brick stamp and a skeleton. Is he a customer coming out from the apothecary or planning to go inside? This was the perfect opportunity to use one my favourite dies again, the Opening Door die. It was die cut from black kraft-core and sanded. The handle was coated with Enamel Accents and I placed another pen nib on the door.

Do you recognise this sign from the inside? I wanted a sign above the door, but of course the stamp was far too large. I stamped it on shrink plastic, punched two holes and then finished it the same way as the labels on the inside. Love this look.  

If you dare to open the door, there is another sign on the inside, stamped on a Funky Label and with a Tim Holtz rub-on. The Enamel Accents made really cool dots, with dimension. 
It was hard to capture the dimension of this card, you might see the pop-up a little bit better here.
Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!


Surfaces: Ranger: Manila cardstock, Watercolour cardstock, Shrink Plastic; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard; Tim Holtz Core'dinations kraft-core cardstock
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Suitcase, Opening Door & Wreath, Funky Labels, Writing Desk, Rectangles
Embossing folders: Sizzix: Foyer Set
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Laboratorie, Poisonous, The Chemist, Ultimate Grunge; Darkroom Door: Woodgrain
Ink: Archival Ink: Jet Black, Potting Soil; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn; Tsukineko Stazon Jet Black
Paint: Distress Paint: Mowed Lawn, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap
Stain: Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs
Medium: Ranger Black Enamel Accents, Glossy Accents
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Chit Chat stickers, Elements tissue tape, Elements Remnant Rubs


  1. Absolutely brilliant pop up. Love love how you have used the Chemist stamp and added a counter/cupboard for the Chemist bottles. Love the little frame on the back wall with the skeleton. You really have showcased the products beautifully and highlighted how you can use just parts of products. Love the shrink plastic label too. Bravo! Tracy x x

  2. AWESOME card with great details!

  3. This is incredible Anna-Karin!!! Wow!!!! I love all of the amazing details. The Welcome Mat (rug) is fabulous. It was the first detail that I noticed. And I love the "this way" when you open the door to the shop. Seriously ... one of the best cards you have ever made (and that is saying a lot because all of your cards are great). Oh and I love the sign and the framed sketleton pic and really cool idea for making the drawers. Genius!!!-- Mary Elizabeth

  4. Oh -- and one more thing. Thanks for dropping by my Chiari Awareness blog post. It was not an easy decision to share that. I appreciate your kind words. -- Mary Elizabeth

  5. This is fantastic , so many wonderfl details to inspire! How cool ! Hugs trace x

  6. Loads of treats to look at, love all the details. Great use of shrink plastic.

  7. You r just amazing Anna ! You put so much thought n effort in your projects...every tiny detail is fabulous ....A wonderful inspiration to give twist to simple things n make them fab..loved how u have used suitcase die !

  8. Love, Love, Love...everything about this card. Attention to detail is amazing..Anna-Karin! Love your work.

  9. Simply brilliant, Anna-Karin! That chest of drawers is complete genius, and I love the weathered front door too. Glorious details in the spooky background, and all the stamping and colouring is - of course - perfect!!
    Alison x

  10. Love this Anna Karin - I'm playing with this stamp set at the moment for an ex colleagues 40th birthday card - we were both chemistry teachers! Thanks so much for the inspiration - love it x

  11. So much to admire. You put a lot of thought and magnificent details into this spooky creation. I totally love it all!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

  12. I adore this stamp set too and love the scene you have created on your pop up card - great inspiration! Anne x

  13. wow. What a wonderfull card !! I love it :)).


  14. Your imagination and talent are amazing . . . I love at the detail.
    Happy crafting, right back at you.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  15. Your card is amazing! Your attention to detail is out of this world! I love the shrink plastic sign and portrait and the aged drawers are so brilliant. It is a work of art with each pieces being treated special.
    Thank you for sharing! Love it!!! :)

  16. this is gorgeous Anna! Thanks for sharing the close ups!

  17. Wow, this creation is amazing! I love the design, colors and all the great details! Hugs, Hanneke


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