Monday, November 10, 2014

Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Red, White, or Blue

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a card I made for this month's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. For November, the DC team could choose to make an all-white, red, or blue card. I had these snowy, glittery trees on my mind, so I chose white. An all-white card was definitely a challenge for this grungy girl - not a trace of brown ink anywhere!

I thought Karen's Accordion Circle Card die might just be the perfect size for the trees and I was right! I started by cutting the panels from Elizabeth Craft Designs' 100 lb soft finish cardstock (this weight is perfect for Pop it Ups cards). Next, I used the included circle die to cut out the center of the card, creating a thin frame.

To make the trees, I covered both sides of a piece of white cardstock with adhesive using my Xyron, then cut 8 trees using the largest tree die from Karen's Evergreen Pivot card set. I scored them down the center, then folded them and removed the release paper from the mountain fold side. I adhered them to each other (4 die cuts = 1 tree), carefully aligning the edges. After the trees were assembled, I removed the inside release paper and covered them with glitter. The silk microfine glitter is so fine that it adheres to the Xyron adhesive perfectly. No mess!

I created the filigree frames the same way, cutting them from cardstock that had adhesive on both sides, then adhering one side to the card. After all the frames were in place, I removed the top layer of release paper and covered the frames with glitter. I have to give full credit to Karen for this brilliant idea. It makes sticking down intricate dies so easy.

To complete my card, I adhered a transparency window to the center frame. The sentiment was stamped using gray StazOn. I stamped the deer with the same ink, then cut him out and adhered him to the card. Finally, I added my trees, which are suspended on silver cord that hides perfectly behind the top fold.

I hope you can see how pretty all that glitter is. Be sure and click on the photos for larger views. It's one of those cards that just lights up in person!

All the supplies I used to make my card are available at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to check the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog on Wednesday, when Karen will be sharing a stunning card technique!


  1. This is beautiful, love the texture and those adorable trees !

  2. Wow, a masterpiece! All that white on white is so powerful. I can never restrain myself from edging everything with vintage photo. Love the way you used the deer and the new handwritten holidays sentiment!

  3. LOVE this Shellypiece you rock.....That's All :)

  4. This is so not Shelly but you rocked the monochromatic theme!

  5. Shelly, there are just NO WORDS to describe how talented you are. You amaze me alllll the time with your incredible talent. Looking forward to seeing so much more!

  6. This is gorgeous! Truly the most beautiful holiday card that I've seen all year.

  7. I LOVE your accordion cards, Shelly! My mouth literally drops open when you share one of these cards! This card is no exception :) It's so pretty! I really need to get that die!! I want to make cards just like you :) XOXO-Shari

  8. This is a truly amazing card. I've just got Karen Burniston's Evergreen Pivot die and can't wait to try out the 3-d trees you've made. Hopefully Santa will bring me a Creation Station so I can add the glitter like you've done. Thanks so much for all your tips. Merry Chritstmas.

  9. Beautiful card. The links don't seem to be working to the items that you used to make the card.

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I've updated them now.


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