Tuesday Tutorial

I'd like to welcome some new friends from a website called Miss Art's Papercrafting School - Alyssa McGrew and her designer Karen Hanson have generously shared this fun tutorial with us this week for Tutorial Tuesday. As an amazing bonus, they are sharing the news of a different tutorial each Tuesday in April . . .and a chance to win a nice kit too! Details follow at the end of this tutorial... so be sure to check it out and have fun trying your hand at this spectacular suprise pop-up card!

A copy of this tutorial is also posted at Miss Art's Papercrafting School this week... the tutorial reads as follows:

It never ceases to amaze me how giving, caring and supportive the papercrafting community can be!  There always seem to be initiatives to support those in need – everything from family tragedies to large scale support programs.

I recently heard about an organization called Operation Write Home (OWH) through the Miss Art’s Papercrafting School.  OWH’s mission is “Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank hand made greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.”  Now, I know many of you are saying – hey Scrappy, the USA is not your nation.  While that might be true, I think this is a great program in support of people, so I was happy to see how I might be able to contribute!  And to be completely honest, I am always looking for a good excuse to craft! ;) 

So, out came the paper and glue, and a new card creation was born:

This card utilizes a fun, and fairly simple interactive element called a surprise pop-up.  When the recipient pulls on the tab at the top, the stamped image slides up to reveal the sentiment,  For this design, I used a cute free digi from Paula over at Handmade by Paula and simply embellished the sheep with a little fussy cut flower. Paula actually created this cute sheep and sentiment specifically for a OWH blog hop back in 2010, so I thought this would be a great chance to give this adorable stamp the spotlight again!  And finally, all the paper used for the card is from the Echo Park Springtime collection – the perfect collection to bring a fresh and bright feeling to projects this time of year! 

Here’s how you can create a standard A2 card too:

Paper Cut to: Piece 1 - 4 ¼”X 5 “, Piece 2 - 4 ¼” X 10”, Piece 3 - 3” X 4 ¾”
Craft Knife
Metal ruler
Scoring board
Optional – ribbon or other fiber


Step 1

Cut 3 pieces of cardstock to measurements.

Step 2

Using Piece 1 – Place the paper down so the 4 ¼” edge is across the top.  Measure in ¾” from the left and right side.   
Use these marks to draw 2 vertical lines – one on the right and one on the left side starting and ending¾” from the top and bottom edges. 
Connect these two vertical lines across the bottom.
Use a craft knife and metal ruler to cut each line you have drawn.

Step 3

You should now have a flap in the middle of your card that is still connected at the top edge. 

Step 4

Using Piece 1 – Rotate your paper 90┬║ so the 5”edge is across the top and the “bottom” edge is lined up at the 0 mark.
Score at the 1 ¼”, 2 ¾” and4 ½” mark. 

Step 5

Using Piece 1 - Turn your paper over so the wrong side is facing up.
Apply a strip of adhesive along the tab created by the bottom cut and first score line.

Step 6

Using Piece 3 – Line up and center one 3” edge with the bottom of edge of the flap (where you just applied the adhesive). Press down.

Step 7

Using Piece 2 – Fold in half
Using Piece 1/3 – Apply adhesive along the sides and bottom edges of piece 1/3

Step 8

Using Piece 1/3 – Turn it over so the right side of your paper is facing up and the adhesive is facing down.  Line it up with Piece 2 and adhere the pieces together. 

Step 9

Step 9

You now haveyour completed pop-up element.  Embellish the pull tab with ribbon and add your stamped images to the flap and the hidden compartment. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope this little card brings smile to your face!

Did you try it? Don't forget to share your card with us below, and leave a little love for these ladies for sharing this tutorial with us today! You can also find more from Karen at her blog here... she must be from Canada, eh?:) The following message is from Alyssa, with more details about the other tutorials on her website this month. . .

Do you enjoy making cards?  Every Tuesday in April the teachers at Miss Art's Papercrafting School will be teaming up to bring you a card tutorial, designed to spark your creativity, teach you new techniques, and meet the specifications for Operation Write Home cards.  Each Tuesday, visit the Miss Art's Blog to view the tutorial.  Then join designers Karen Hanson. Alyssa McGrew, Tina McDonald, and Jodi Baune in creating cards to donate to Operation Write Home.  Cards will be collected at the Miss Art's office, then forwarded as a group to the Operation Write Home distribution center. (Thanks, guys! How generous!)

Every card we receive will become an entry to win the Esther's Innovations kit  from Miss Art's!

You can send as many cards as you like, earning as many entries as you like, but only cards following the OWH guidelines will be eligible.  Cards must be received by May 25th, 2012 to be eligible for the drawing.  International entries and cards are welcome.  Cards created should be shipped to Miss Art's Papercrafting School, Attn: Alyssa McGrew, 125 Sherry Ln, Attica, IN 47918.

Unknown  – (April 3, 2012 at 4:04 PM)  

Fun! I will have to try this.

Jen M  – (April 3, 2012 at 7:24 PM)  

Fun!! Love paula's digi on that sweet card!

Susan  – (April 4, 2012 at 12:12 AM)  

This looks like a fun card, is there a video tutorial anywhere...I am a very visual learner.

SuzAnn  – (April 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM)  

this is so cool, I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous –   – (April 7, 2012 at 7:11 AM)  

Thanks very much for sharing! Such a fun card to make.


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