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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!