Merry Monday #51
Seize the Birthday #8 - Masculine

Just Add Ink #154

 Hi there

It has been a race against time to get this card posted before the deadline of the Just Add Ink #154 challenge.  This week the challenge is to create a pop-up card.  I love making special cards and 3-D projects and I have been wanting to do one of these for a while.  I had the idea very quickly, but the execution took longer than I expected (I can hear 'just stick it down' echoing in my head!).  I think this is what you call a 'labour of love' as it will be my Mum's birthday in less than 2 weeks, so this one is for her.

I have used the beautiful 'Stippled Blossoms' stamp set which is perfect for elegant floral cards. The colour combos for the flowers are Pretty in Pink with Regal Rose highlights and Regal Rose with Rose Red highlights. The green combo is Wild Wasabi with Gumball Green highlights, which I was very happy with.

You will have to excuse the lighting in the photos as it was very gloomy in Melbourne this afternoon, so I had to use artificial light. This is the front of the card, which is 14cm x 14cm.

For the pop-up feature, I wanted a flower box full of blossoms and this is what I came up with.

The flower box has been embossed with the Woodgrain folder that has been inked with Soft Suede first. I die cut an oval and adhered it to the back of the flower box and used it as the base to arrange the blossoms. I think the Honeycomb embossed panel at the rear makes a nice backdrop for the blossoms and sentiment.  Overall, I was pretty happy with the result.

The mechanism is very simple, a couple of straight cuts through the centre of the insert as shown below. The only tricky bit is adhering the insert so that it folds properly, but stays upright when open. 



Project Details
Stamps Stippled Blossoms, Bring on the Cake, Afterthoughts (Hostess, retired)
Card stock & Papers Regal Rose, Rose Red, Bazzill Linen, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Pretty in Pink textured (retired), Soft Suede, Subtles Pattern Stack
 Ink Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green, Soft Suede
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Needlepoint Border, Swiss Dots, Honeycomb, Designer Frames, Woodgrain embossing folders,  Labels Framelits, Ovals Framelits, Limitless Layers Ovals (not SU), Ovals Die (retired), Beautiful Wings Sizzlit, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch,Wide Oval punch, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers (Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green), Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thanks for looking!

ETA: Thanks to the DT for choosing this card as the winner this week.