Thursday, 3 May 2018

Pop-Up Cactus Birthday Card

Good morning friends

My card share today wasn't even supposed to be a card - I just wanted to try the technique of adding a cactus to the base of the Palm Tree Pop-Up by Karen Burniston. Since it all worked out, I went ahead and made it into a Birthday card for our grandson Zachary as they visited Arizona in the Spring.

I was able to use up some patterned paper that had been hanging around for far too long as the patterns and colours were perfect for the theme. The front has a two toned Happy Birthday (love that KB die) and a Barrel Cactus die by Lynda Kanase sporting a festive banner.

Inside I used Karen Burniston's Palm Tree Pop-Up base and Lynda Kanase's 3-D Saguaro cactus together to create the Pop-Up inside. It turned out so good - I was really happy with it!

Since it was for a birthday, I added banners to the cactus as well. The letter and number stickers were in the package with the papers and I was happy to use some of them up too.

The card folds flat for mailing! The photo below is of the card as it is closing - you can see how it all collapses inward.

Apparently Zachary was thrilled with is card, and ran around showing all the family his cactus. That did my heart good and sorta made up for us having to miss his family birthday party.

Tips & Tricks
--It did take a bit of fiddling to get it to work, but since I was learning and figuring it out as I went I was OK with that. Just a heads up to be patient.
--If you are going to duplicate this card, I would suggest you use a lighter weight card stock for the cactus as there are four layers of card stock trying to fold together.
--Another option would be to use the Christmas Tree Pop-Up base.
-- You could add a different tree or other shape as well!

Succulents, 2D & 3D - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Kraft, olive and white card stocks
Patterned paper  & stickers - Basic Grey
Bakers Twine
Fun foam
Birthday stamps - MFT Stamps

Card size - 5-1/2"  x 6"

Thanks for stopping by today


StampOwl said...

Love that this worked on the palm tree base

KVencel said...

I love this idea! Of course, I don’t have the palm tree, the Christmas tree or the saguaro yet. Lol But this is such a great idea, the dies are now on my wish list. Thank you for sharing this great card!