Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Designer Challenge - With Love

Hi all! I'm so excited to share this card with you! I created it for Karen Burniston's monthly challenge using her new Pop it Ups dies. Karen has released a brand new line with Elizabeth Crafts that is going to totally change the way you look at pop-up cards. You absolutely must check out her post on Wednesday on the new EC blog to see what all the other designers have come up with.

After much debate over which of the fantastic dies I should use, I picked the Heart Pivot. I love that the pop-up element shows up on the outside of the card, and on the inside. It makes decorating a snap!

Since this is a card for my husband, I wanted it to be Valentine-ish, yet have a manly feel. Gears always say 'man' to me, so that was the basis for my design. Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium Archival ink from Ranger might just be the perfect red I've been looking for!

This key is one of the dies included in the Heart Pivot die set. I love how real it looks! Idea-ology Chit Chat Stickers spell out my sentiment.

For the longest time, I've wanted a die that would cut little circles that would give the look of brads. I was tickled when I realized that the punched out holes from Karen's Border die looked like perfect little nail heads. You can bet I'll be making up a  big pile of these to use in future projects!

Since some of you might not be familiar with these new dies, I thought I'd do a quick little tutorial to show how I put this card together. Hope you enjoy it! 

I started with an A2 sized card cut from manila cardstock. After inking it with various colors of Distress inks, I scored it down the center. The scoring is important, since that's where you'll line your die up.

Next, I decided where I wanted my pop-up to be and aligned the little nubs with the center score line. Using the Sizzix Magnetic Platform ensures that your die will stay right where you want it. One of the most exciting things about these new dies is that you can make your card any shape, any size, and you can line your up your pop-up element anywhere along the score line. Very cool!

Because I wanted the entire heart portion covered with a different paper, I used the Pop it Ups die again and cut some French Text. A few snips and some of Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium Archival ink and they are ready to be adhered to the card.

I wanted to give my gears and numbers a uniform color/look, so I used Silver and Pitch Black alcohol inks to color them. I also cut a key from foil-covered cardstock using one of the accessory dies that's included in the Heart Pivot die set.

After adhering the gears to the left heart, I added idea-ology Chit Chat stickers to the right side. The key is raised up a bit using foam dots and a length of Lace Chain is attached and then draped over and attached to the other heart with a Tiny Fastener. It's hard to see in this pic, but I used Artistic Outpost's Industrial Backgrounds and Stampers Anonymous' Purveyor images for the background of the card.

The faux brads were made by covering thin chipboard with foil tape and then cutting with this border die. You'll end up with two different sizes. After I cut them, I inked them with alcohol inks, just like I did with the gears.

To finish the inside of the card, I added strips of kraft paper, a tiny heart (this die is included in the Oval Accordion die set), and my cool faux brads.

You know how much I love my Vine videos to show the motion of these cards. :)

Very exciting news - Inspiration Emporium is carrying Karen's full line of dies! Of course, you can use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% off of the dies, plus all the other supplies I used to make my card.

Speaking of Inspiration Emporium, we also have a brand new challenge going on right now. This month, we want you to Show it with Words. You can find all the info in THIS post. Hope you can join us!


  1. Great card Shelly. Was wondering what you were going to do with that key. Love the faux brads. What is the border die you used?

    1. Oh just saw the border die you used listed. Thanks for posting!

  2. This is a Shellypiece of epic-ness! I love everything about this and especially the way you styled that key and gears (using the key as part of the greeting - brill!) and those faux rivets. A ton of inspiration here!

  3. Oh. My. I'm speechless.
    Karen A

  4. That's unbelievably cool... and thank you so much for including the little movie snippet - I was having a hard time visualising how it would work!
    Alison x

  5. Cool rivets you created with the edger die. Love that key! Great card as usual - a true Shelly piece.

  6. very cool card! I love how you did the faux rivets. very clever. =)

  7. That is so so clever - sheer brilliance with that die!. Stunning card Shelly. Thanks so much for all the details and the vimeo. Nicola x

  8. This is a gorgeous card Shelly! I have been ignoring these dies and now you have given me incentive to buy them and the little die for the brads, how cute!! Thank you for showing us how this is put together!! I really enjoy your card.
    Hugs Kelly

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE your card Shelly.....it is just Shelly Perfect!! xoxo

  10. This card is so cool Shelly! If we weren't expecting 12" of snow I'd run out and get all this stuff and make this card for my DH!

  11. As always - fabulous!!! I really like the use green and thanks for the tip on the faux rivets

  12. Wow!!!! That is gorgeous. Thank you for the video, I love to see these cards in action.

  13. You never cease to amaze me. Such talent. Your rivet creations are wonderful. Your hubby is going to love this card....if he doesn't, send it to me. hahahahahah.

  14. Hi Shelly,wishing you lots of love on Valentine's day and what a SUER card you made!

  15. This is so cool - love your steampunk Valentine!

  16. Such a cool & manly valentine! I'm sure your man adored it. Thanks for sharing the versatile ideas for this die as well.

  17. I have to say it again...this is one of my fave projects you have made...love all the hardware, and that chain is so fun!!!

  18. i am looking at the list and not seeing the die for bards can someone send me a link plzzzz


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