Sorry I was gone for the last couple/few weeks, I thought I had my health issue under control, but it had other plans. It's on a come-and-go as it pleases sort of basis right now. Unfortunately, that makes blog posting consistency a bit of a challenge for me! However, my son turned 20 recently and I had an idea for a card that I just *had* to create and send to him:
The idea really did start in my own head, but I figured it wasn't original, so I used the Google and found the perfect pop-up template HERE. I used the PDF at actual size, but I did trim around the pattern to make a standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card (instead of a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" card). I temporarily adhered my trimmed pattern on top of my 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Pool Party card stock, and cut and scored right through the copy paper printed pattern--pressing down hard to get the cuts and scores to transfer to the card stock properly. Then, I removed the pattern, creased the folds, and backed that with a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of Island Indigo card stock which I scored to fold in half.
I put a band around it (top pic) that just slides off, to keep it closed. The background on the front of the card is the Alhambra Jumbo Wheel, just rolled over the front a billion times at different angles. On the inside of the card, if you look at the side view (bottom pic) you should be able to see that I assembled the cupcakes first, then had to cut into and trim a side on the ones that were next to "steps". You totally can't even tell I did this when you just look at the card. Here's the text I got from my son: "WOW. Now that's a birthday card!". Needless to say, I was elated at his response :-D
Stampin' Supplies: Create a Cupcake stamp set, Cupcake Builder punch, Sassy Salutations stamp set, Letter It stamp set, Number It stamp set, Alhambra Jumbo Wheel & Handle, Island Indigo card stock & ink, Pool Party card stock & ink, Crumb Cake ink (frosting), Soft Suede ink (sprinkles), Whisper White card stock, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals (only for the 4U pieces on the band), Paper Snips. (I also used an Exacto & self-healing cutting mat for the pop-up pattern)