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Friday, 23 March 2012

Flower Pot Pop Up Card

It's challenge time again over at Fussy and Fancy and this fortnights challenge is "anything but square/rectangle".

We also have a design team call running too, if you're interested why not pop over and have a look?

We all make square and rectangle cards don't we?  So this time we're asking you to make alternate shaped cards.  Let's see how many different shapes we get shall we?

For my card I've gone for a pop up card, I saw this "hidden messages" example in the February edition of Craft Stamper magazine and found this example too, but I've put my own twist on it and also used one of the flower tutorials from there too.  I've put together a tutorial for my spin on this card along with the measurements that I've used as well.  I'll include this at the bottom of this post if anyone is interested.  Apologies for the length of this post as the instructions are quite lengthy :-)

I gave this card to my Mum for Mothers Day last Sunday as well getting 4 commissions for it too :-)  I also cut out all the elements for a local brownie group (all 19 of them!!!) and gave them it in kit form along with the instructions and they were going to be making them for their Mums too!  I think this card has been a "blooming" success, don't you, and I've loved making it :-)

Materials used:
Distress ink - vintage photo & spun sugar
Card for leaves and insert from stash
Buttons, pearls and ribbon from stash
Mulberry (look-a-like) paper (actually pineapple paper from Thailand)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafters Companion - spring
Joanna Sheen - spring
Papertake Weekly - bingo (flowers/die cuts/gems)
Really Reasonable Ribbons - spring
Polkadoodle - mothers day - WINNER
Crafts & Me - spring
Scrapbook Sisters - anything goes
Hooked On Crafts - more than one fold
Karens Doodles - something special
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - spring - WINNER



Materials needed:

1 x A4 sheet of terracotta card
Double sided tape/silicone glue
1 x A4 sheet of green card
Mulberry paper
Scraps of card for the main flower
Embellishments (for the flower centres)
Craft knife or scissors
Hougie board & scoring tool
Scalloped edge scissors
Ribbler (to crimp leaves)
Embossing tool & mouse mat
Scalloped circle nestabilities
Tim Holtz tattered florals bigz die

Instructions to make the flower pot:

1)  Take your sheet of A4 terracotta card (or the card to be used for your flower pot base) and cut a rectangle measuring 16cm x 28cm.  Place onto your Hougie board in a landscape orientation and working from the marrow edge at the left hand side score at 1.5cm, 12.5cm, 14cm, 15.5cm and 26.5cm (see diagram 1 below).  Alternatively measure the intervals with a ruler, mark with a pencil and use a scoring tool.

Diagram 1 (click to expand)

2)  Fold the card along the scored lines as shown in diagram 2 below.

Diagram 2 (click to expand)

3)  Place your sheet of card into a portrait orientation and work on the larger section of card between the 1.5cm and 12.5cm score lines.  Measure 3cm in along the 12.5cm score line from both the right and left hand side of the card and place a small pencil mark.  Now draw a line from this point to the outer edge on the 1.5cm score line on both the left and right hand sides (see diagram 3 below).

Diagram 3 (click to expand)

4)  Cut along these lines (which form the side of the flower pot).  Do not cut past the fold lines at this stage.

5)  Fold the card again along the score lines as per diagram 2 and using the lines cut in diagram 3, cut the remainder of the card to the same shape (see diagram 4 below).

Diagram 4 (click to enlarge)

6)  Place double sided tape or glue along the fold at each end, 5cm in from each side and stick to the other end (see diagram 5 below).  Ensure you leave the gap in the middle wide enough for your message strip to slide in and out.

Diagram 5 (click to enlarge)

7)  Cut a piece of terracotta card (or the same coloured card to match your flower pot base) measuring 15.5cm x 2cm.  Use a pair of scalloped edge scissors (or similar) to cut along one of the long edges.

8)  Fix to near the top of the flower pot and trim the excess off the right and left hand edge (see diagram 6 below).

Diagram 6 (click to enlarge)

9)  Cut a piece of lighter coloured card measuring 15cm x 5cm.  This will be the slider that will fit into the flower pot and will also hold your hidden message.

10)  Cut a circle with a diameter of 14cm from green card and cut this in half across the middle.  Stick the two halves of the circle together sandwiching 4cm of the narrow edge of the piece of card, from the previous stage, in between (see diagram 7 below).

Diagram 7 (click to enlarge)

Instructions to make the flowers:

1)  For the large flower I've used a couple of the Tim Holtz "tattered floral" dies and cut them from card.  This flower needs to be quite sturdy as it will overlap the flower pot base and needs to keep its shape when you pull it open to reveal the message inside.

2)  Cut two of the nine petal flower and one of the smallest flower (see diagram 8 below).

Diagram 8 (click to enlarge)

3)  Score down the centre of the two larger flowers and fold upwards (see diagram 9 below).  I've used distress ink around the edges and a fine liner to add a line down the score/fold line to match the colour you've chosen for your flower.

Diagram 9 (click to enlarge)

4)  Glue one on top of the other so that the petals of the bottom one fit in the gaps of the top one (see diagram 10 below).

Diagram 10 (click to enlarge)

5)  Take your smaller flower, your embossing tool and a mouse mat and with the wrong side facing upwards, use small circular movements on each individual petal gently until the petals curl up.  Repeat in the centre of the petal until it forms a cup shape (see diagram 11 below). 

Diagram 11 (click to enlarge)

6)  Fill this with silicone glue and fix to the centre of the larger flower (see diagram 12 below).

Diagram 12 (click to enlarge)

7)  You need to use mulberry paper for the rest of the flowers and the three smallest sizes of the scalloped circle nestabilities and die cut four of the smallest size, three of the next size up and 2 of the larger one.  To form the flowers for all sizes the instructions are the same.

8)  Find the centre of the flower by folding in half one way, unfolding and then folding in half the other way and then placing a dot in the centre of the flower.  This will be covered up with your embellishment once completed.

9)  Cut towards the dot in the centre of the flower but not completely at the bottom of every alternate scallop (see diagram 13 below).

Diagram 13 (click to enlarge)

10)  Repeat this process for all of the mulberry flowers in all sizes.

11)  Turn the flower over so that the wrong side is facing up and place onto your mouse mat.  Using your embossing tool work in a circular motion at the ends of the petals on both scallops.  Then emboss down the centre of the petal running from the end of the petal towards the centre of the flower (see diagram 14 below).  Repeat this for each petal.

Diagram 14 (click to enlarge)

12)  Turn the flower over so that the right side is facing upwards and using a circular motion emboss the centre of the flower.  This should now curl up to form the flower (see diagram 15 below).

Diagram 15 (click to enlarge)

13)  Cut fourteen leaves from green card (mine measure 3cm approx in length and 2cm approx in width) and score/fold down the centre.  To make the markings on the leaves put them through the ribbler placing them in diagonally (see diagram 16 below - apologies additional picture to be added as the ribbler is still with the brownies).

Diagram 16 (click to enlarge)

14)  To assemble your flowers place the insert inside your card base and starting with the larger card flower in the middle, glue this so that it is in the centre of the semi circle and overlaps the flower pot rim enough so that when it is closed there are no gaps.

15)  The placement of the mulberry flowers and leaves can be seen from the picture below of the finished example.

16)  I have filled in any gaps with pieces of matching ribbon which have been folded into a loop and glued into place.

17)  The only thing you need to do now is to embellish the centre of your flowers with buttons, sequins, pearls or whatever else you want to use.

I hope that these instructions, diagrams and pictures have been easy enough to follow and that you enjoy making your own pop up flower pot cards.  I would love to hear your comments.

Please feel free to reference this tutorial, along with your project, on your blog and any craft sites but PLEASE spare a thought for the time and effort that has gone into producing this and a link to this tutorial would be very much appreciated :-)

xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx


  1. that is absolutely stunning - i can just imagine the dogs dinner i would make of that!!!

    1. Thanks Margrit, it was fun to make though :-)

  2. Brilliant Sally-Ann, I love those flowers. Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles this week.
    Shell xx

  3. WOW! This is absolutely gorgeous, love the flowers...enjoy the weekend.
    Wendy xx

  4. Such a beautiful design and spectacular tutorial
    How sweet of you to make for all the girls also.
    So glad you could join us at
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  5. This is wonderful! Great tutorial too.

    Thanks for joining us at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge.

    Sarah x

  6. Absolutely beautiful and a fabulous tutorial. Thank you for joining us on the Joanna Sheen Challenge blog & good luck. Don't forget we are going to be fortnightly as of 1st April, so please make sure you come and join in the fun. Jane (DT) x

  7. Stunning card!! Great tutorial too.
    Thanks for joining us on Polka Doodles this week and good luck
    Anne x

  8. OMW, this is stunning!! Fabulous turorial too.
    xxxGorgeous card Kelly; love the image and pretty embellishments.

    Thanks for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly this week and good luck!

  9. Ooh, I don't know what happened! I left a comment and it got all jumbled up with someone else's and then disappeared!

    This is stunning and what a fabulous tutorial too! Brilliant!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Papertake Weekly this week and good luck!

  10. The jumbled message is back - I don't know how that happened!! Can you delete it?

  11. Gorgeous card and how sweet to help the Brownies make pretty cards for their mums too. Thanks for sharing the tutorial on this terrific project. I made something called an accordian cascading card a few days ago which was so much fun. It's on my blog if you want to check it out here http://kathycanandsometimesdoes.blogspot.com/2012/03/go-little-wild.html
    Have a terrific weekend! Hugs, Kathy

  12. congratulations on the new owner bit from above, thank you for moving me to the correct location oops sorry for the inconvenience - this tutorial and creation is fabulous thank you for sharing
    hugs Kate xx

  13. Lovely card. Thank you for entering the Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge. Hugs xx

  14. wow so pretty what a lovely idea thanks so much for joining us at crafts and me this week
    hugs sara x x

  15. Wow! Fantastic creation. Thanks for sharing the tut with us. Great job! Thanks so much for playing at Crafts and Me this week. Hugs...Mona

  16. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

  17. What a wonderful creation and tutorial - totally amazing! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Polkadoodles this time, I hope you will join us again,
    hugs, Em.x

  18. Super card! The flowers are really beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Polka Doodles.
    Clare x

  19. WOW! This is totally gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us over at Polka Doodles. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxx

  20. A beautiful project. Thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles challenge

  21. A absolutly stunning card , am really grateful for the template i hope my card looks half as good xxx

  22. That is one AMAZING CARD!!! great template! will give it a go! xxx

  23. Wow this is wonderful I wrote all the directions down and will now have to try it thanks for the tutorial!!!!

  24. Wow. What an amazing card. Im certainly going to Ok at the tutorial for this one. The greens are perfect for tying it altogether.. Have you ever see the pop up 3d cards. I found them on google, their website : http://popupcard.net.. This is the biggest pop-up cards supplier in Viet Nam.

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