When I first saw a Step Pop Up card in a magazine recently I thought Wow! It turned out to be a Sam Calcott card and included the written instructions. As a visual person, I prefer to see videos and went onto YouTube to find Sam’s video. I was amazed at how so amazingly easy it is to make. It’s time consuming because there are quite a lot of parts. Unfortunately, my video is ten minutes longer than it needed to be because I made my biggest (video) boo-boo ever!
As you know, I don’t edit out my mistakes; instead, I show how they can be fixed and today is no exception. Although it took three extra sheets of cardstock (CS)/Designer Series Paper (DSP) to fix my mistake, it was a lot less than the amount of CS/DSP that would have been wasted if I’d binned the card and started all over again!
My prototype is the Cherry Cobbler card which is a 5¾” x 5¾”, my “before video” card is the one with the Whimsy & Wonder DSP Mint Macaroon card and the video card is the Painted Christmas Pool Party card. I have included metric measurements as well as inches for US & Canada; their card measures 5½” x 5½”. The size of the card is the only size difference between the A4 cardstock and the letter-size cardstock cards.
That is, the size of the pop ups are the same measurements for both cards. The other size change I have made from Sam’s 6″ x 6″ card, apart from my prototype, is the size of the four step pop ups. I’ve made mine wider to fill more space and to allow for larger images. In the list of measurements I’ve provided I have included the size for the smaller steps for anyone who prefers the smaller steps.
On the inside of the card, there is a lot of spare space at the top and the bottom which gives plenty of opportunity for adding more images, sentiments or to personalise with someone’s name. The top and fronts of the steps would also be ideal for photographs. This is a very popular time of the year for exchanging photographs with family and friends.
When I made my prototype I found it very difficult finding images small enough to fit the four steps. I finally achieved my goal by cutting images from two different sheets of DSP from the Sweet Stockings pack. It was very fiddly despite using my trimmer to start and stop where I needed the cuts to be. I also felt that it was a waste of DSP because the “scrap” left behind wasn’t big enough to do anything with! Having said that, I’m still pleased with the images I was able to use.
Before I started making this video, I received in the post three Woodware Ultra Fine Tip Glue Applicators (WW2916) I’d ordered last week from an online craft shop called Crafts 4 Less (www.crafts4less.co.uk). Over the years I have seen lots of crafters use these but never thought about it for myself. That is until a couple of weeks ago!
I don’t remember who I was watching, but a crafter was using one and she used it to apply the glue as dot dot dot along the thin edges of some letter die-cuts. She had the right amount of glue coming out of the fine metal tip – not too much and not too little! I was totally sold on this idea and ordered a pack of three which come with a non-rust pin to stop the glue from drying in the tip.
I gave a brief demonstration how it works when I adhered some holly and berries to my video card. When I was looking online, I did see cheaper bottles i.e. five bottles for the same sort of price. I decided on a brand because they do say “buy cheap, buy twice” and I wouldn’t want to a problem with glue bottles especially if the problem was that the bottles split! (Note: I’m not getting paid to talk about these bottles – I’m really impressed with them!)
That’s it from me today. I hope you have a very blessed Sunday and I look forward to being back with you soon. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
US Measurements – follow first three for card base and layers ONLY then follow all measurements in inches
Pool Party Cardstock – card base 11½” x 5¾” (29.2cm x 14.6cm) US 11 x 5½”
Score and fold at 5¾” (14.6cm) US 5½”
Basic White Cardstock – middle layers 4 pieces 5½” x 5½” (14cm x 14cm) US 5¼” x 5¼”
Whimsy & Wonder Designer Series Paper – top layers 3 pieces 5⅜” x 5⅜” (13.7cm x 13.7cm) US 5⅛” x 5⅛”
US now follow inches for A4 cardstock users – they are the same for US
Pool Party Cardstock – large pop up base 4½” x 5” (11.4cm x 12.6cm)
Score and mountain fold at ½”, 2½”, 4½” (1.2cm, 6.3cm, 11.4cm)
Basic White Cardstock – middle layers 2 pieces 1⅞” x 4⅜” (4.7cm x 11.1cm)
Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper – top layers 2 pieces 1¾” x 4¼” (4.4cm x 10.8cm)
Pool Party Cardstock – 4 step pop ups 4 pieces 1½” x 4” (3.8cm x 10.2cm)
Score and mountain fold at ½”, 2”, 3½”(1.2cm, 5.1cm, 9cm)
Basic White Cardstock – middle layers 8 pieces 1⅜” x 1⅜” (3.5cm x 3.5cm)
Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper – top layers 8 pieces 1¼” x 1¼” (3.2cm x 3.2cm)
Basic White Cardstock – scrap for sentiment
Basic White Cardstock – scraps for images
Garden Green Cardstock – scraps for 19 pairs of holly leaves
Real Red Cardstock – scraps for 19 sets of holly berries
Measurements for smaller Step Pop Ups
Pool Party Cardstock – 4 step pop ups 4 pieces 1¼” x 4” (3.2cm x 10.2cm)
Score and mountain fold at ½”, 2”, 3½” (1.2cm, 5.1cm, 9cm)
Basic White Cardstock – middle layers 8 pieces 1⅛” x 1⅛” (2.9cm x 2.9cm)
Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper – top layers 8 pieces 1” x 1” (2.6cm x 2.6cm)
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