21 March 2012

MCT 3D Wednesday: Happy Birthday Princess

by Veronica

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Hello and welcome to this week's 3D Wednesday with the My Creative Time Crew! 3D Wednesday is the day that we create ANYTHING that isn't a card or scrapbook layout.

Well, guess what... my project is a card! *pause for applause* No, I didn't ignore the rules. I just chose to bend them a bit. You see, I LOVE to create - but with purpose! It's just not my 'thing' to create projects for you to see that I don't actually use for something. So when deciding what to make for this 3D Wednesday, I wanted my project to fulfill a need. And what do I need the most of? Birthday cards.

My husband and I are blessed to have 9 nieces and nephews (with our 10th still baking in the 'oven'). We have three nieces ages 6 and under, so I can never create too many Princess cards! But this is no ordinary card. When you remove the "belly band" (the green strip with scallop and sentiment on it that holds this card closed), you reveal a magical pop-up castle inside!

For the outside of this pop-up card, I cut the unicorn from the Once Upon a Princess Cricut Cartridge. Of course I layered the unicorn using pop-dots (I recommend Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Dimensionals - best stick for the price!). After adhering my patterned paper, white card stock and unicorn to my card base, I hand-set the rhinestones into a fun swirly design.

Tip: Pre-designed rhinestone 'stickers' can be purchased for an easy stick-and-go application. If you're willing to take the time, it can be more economical to purchase loose rhinestones and hand-set them yourself into whatever design your heart desires. I use Stampin' Up!'s Crystal Effects to glue mine down.

I knew that the pop-up castle I would put inside the card would make this card difficult to stay closed, so I created a 'belly band' to hold it shut. Belly bands are super simple to create! Just cut a strip of paper, wrap it around your project and tape it together underneath the 'medallion' (in this case, scallop circle and sentiment). Be sure to make your belly band loose enough to easily slide on and off of your project. I creased my belly band on the edges to better fit my card.

My medallion was created using MCT's Scallop and Stitched Circle Die Set for the outer layers. I stamped "Happy Birthday Princess" (All Around Birthday Time) in Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. The number "6" (All Around Birthday Time) was stamped in black on the stitched circle die from MCT's Build a Banner Kit.

The pop-up castle was cut using the Once Upon a Princess Cricut Cartridge. After layering, pop-dotting, white gel pen highlighting and applying a healthy dose of Star Dust Stickles to my castle, I adhered it to my 'pop-up mechanism' and glued that to the card. To create your own pop-up card, just cut a piece of card stock that can be hidden behind your object, score it into 4 sections, fold on the lines and adhere one end to the inside top of your card and one side to the inside bottom of your card. Then glue your object to the section that faces 'outward'. Here is a side-view illustration to help:

To top-off the inside of my card, I stamped the banner and sentiment from My One and Only, colored the banner with my Copics and popped it up behind the castle.

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see my Pop-Up Princess card!

I hope you were inspired! 

- Veronica


  1. I will definitely be coming back to check on the details, because this is just too cute! Love the pop up!!!

  2. Beautiful Card. Love the colors.

  3. yes I will be back !!! I really need to know how you made this! I have to make a b-day card for my friends daughter for her princess bday party :) this would be perfect!! :)

    awesome job :)


  4. Beautiful Card. I see you put some extra time in this one. Smooches... Felicia

  5. Ooh thanks for the idea on making our own little pop up cards. This will totally make some VERY fun and interactive cards. I LOVE this card and I know your niece will too. I have 35 plus nieces and nephews and I'm always looking for fun and new birthday card ideas. Hugs- Glora

  6. Oh My!! Suppose I am too old to be a niece too?? Beautiful card and wonderful directions and graphics for making one of our own...Thanks!
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  7. WOW Veronica, I think you bending the rules was a Very Good thing!!! This is Awesome!!! Your neice is going to love it!!!
    Puppy Hugs!

  8. Veronica - you're a genius, and i'm sure you're the favorite aunt. Such a lovely princess card

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  9. Veronica ~ First the Princess who is going to recieve this is going to just LVOE you even more! Wow! OMG... you definetly have to keep things fresh with that many nieces and nephews. Thank goodness they have an incredibly talented and creative Aunt! Oh this is soooo 3~D in my eyes! No rule bending here. I couldn't agree with you more about what I create ALWAYS serves a purpose. Very few times my cards/projects do not! Great job!

  10. Darn it ~ GREAT visual tutorial too!

  11. excellent card! I think any little girl would love this!


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