Nothing says that you care quite like putting in the extra effort on a birthday card. By taking the time to go that little bit further with a design, you can really put your heart and soul into a creation! Today, we thought we’d share a project that takes a little bit more effort, but has a beautifully fantastic result – a Pop Out Word Die card with an extra fold out element.
Now, don’t be put off by all of the steps… this card is much easier to recreate than you think. Just make sure that you read each step carefully and take your time!
You will need:
- 11″ x 4″ piece of A4 300gsm white card stock
- Matt black card
- Watercolour card
- Satin card
- Happy Birthday Pop Out Word Die
- Newspaper Collage Large Background Stamp
- Spectrum Noir Finesse Water Proof Inkpad in Noir Black
- Spectrum Noir Aqua Pens in Kingfisher, Rose Tint, Verdant Green and Boulder
- Spectrum Noir Water Reactive Harmony Inkpads in Sandstorm and Bordeaux
- Magnets (optional)
- Collall 3D Glue Gel
- Gemini Junior Die-Cutting Machine
Lay your 11″ x 4″ piece of white card across your scoreboard and working from left to right, score at 1″, 2″, 6″ and 7″. Turn the card over and score at the same points on the other side of the card so that you’re scoring the same lines. This will make the hinges more flexible. Fold and burnish each line in both directions (mountain and valley).
Cut one piece of matt black card to 5 7/8″. Cut another length to 4.75″ – this is the pop out panel. Cut another length to 3 7/8″ and two lengths to 7/8″.
Lay your pop out panel on to your scoreboard, then lay your die on top. Line the notches on the sides of the die up with the 4″ scoreline on your scoreboard. The top section of the die should be pointing towards the lefthand edge of the panel and the bottom edge should be pointing towards the righthand edge of the panel. Make sure you have placed the panel with the 4.75″ edge butted against the top. Score along the 4″ line from the outside edge of the panel to the notch on both sides.
Use low tack tape to secure your die and run it through the die-cutting machine.
Gently work the scorelines to ‘pop’ the sentiment. Start with the bottom scoreline, followed by the top scoreline, as these both push forwards. Once they are moving in the right direction, gently crease the other scorelines. You should now be able to fold the panel over with the sentiment collapsing upwards as your fold. Once you can lay it flat, burnish all of the scorelines.
Glue all of the internal black panels to your card base. From left to right, this should the two 7/8″ pieces, the pop out panel, which will cross the main scoreline on the card base, then the 3 7/8″.
Cut the black matting panels for the outside of the wrap – cut a piece of card to 5 7/8″, cut two lengths of card to 3 7/8″, and cut three lengths of card to 7/8″.
Glue all of the outside panels to the base card.
Create a top layer panel out of watercolour card for all sections at 1/8″ square smaller than the black panels. For example, the pop out panel was 5 7/8″ x 4.75″, so the watercolour panel will need to be 5 6/8″ x 4.5″.
- 5.75″ widths for all, then:
- 4.5″ length
- Three lengths are 3.75″
- Five lengths are 0.75″
- Create an additional panel 4 5/5″ x 1 3/8″ (for fold out section) and additional six panels of the same size in plain card (do not stamp these)
- Create an additional panel 4 5/5″ x 6/8″ (for fold out section)
Stamp all of the panels with the Newspaper Collage stamp and colour to your preference with the Inkpads and Aqua Pens, then stamp, colour and fussy cut any other elements from the stamp set that you would like to use.
Take the panel that will be on the pop out section and repeat step three, but as this panel is smaller, the scoreline will be at 3 15/16″. As this is difficult to measure, the easiest way to do this is lay the watercolour panel over the top of the pop out panel that you’ve already created at the correct position for the right depth of border between the watercolour panel and the black panel that is already there. Lay the die face down over the top, lining up the notches with the scoreline on the base card. Low tack tape into position and run through your die-cutting machine.
Snip out the wording. If you snip at the top and bottom scorelines, there will not be an inner black border, so if you want an inner border, snip all round just behind the scorelines.
Die-cut the word die again from your satin cardstock and snip the words out. Glue to the black pop out panel, offsetting slightly, making sure that you are not preventing the movement of the scorelines.
Trim the panel along the single scoreline which you should have left, separating the panel into two pieces. If one of the panels has an embossed edge from the scoreline, trim that off too. These are very fine trim lines – you are essentially just removing the fold so that the panels can be attached to either side of the main scoreline rather than over the top of it.
If you are not using magnets, you can skip this step. If you are using magnets, use 3D glue gel to adhere one magnet to the short front flap on the outside and on the inside of the large front flap. They should then magnetise together with both card flaps in between the magnets. The magnets themselves will keep each other in position, so allow todry.
Attach all of the watercolour panels.
Cut a piece of black card to 4 6/8″ x 11″ and score at every 1.5″. You will end up with a short piece at the end. Fold and burnish the scorelines, starting with the smallest flap. The first two scorelines should both be mountain folds and the rest should then alternate. You will now be able to Z fold all of the black sections up to tuck under the short flap.
Apply 3D glue gel to what is now the back of the fold section that you have just created and lay a piece of string on the base card. Stick the fold out panel over the top of the string. The string will now be your fastener for the fold out section.
Layer your watercolour panels on to the fold out section and layer your plain card panels on to the rest of the black sections.
For the front string, apply 3D glue gel to the back of your tag panel. Lay your string in one direction only on to the front of your project, then stick the panel over the top of the string. Make sure that you’re only sticking over one layer of string, as the string should be ‘open’. Allow the glue to dry before wrapping the string and tying it off. Add beads to the ends of the string for decoration.
Add your additional fussy cut elements to complete the card.