Cardmaking with Dies: Twist Panel Flower Pot Pop-up Card


hello it’s Karen Burniston and today’s
video is a technique video for how to combine the twist panel pop-up with some
clear panels that you can then use with a flower pot pop-up to make a really
cool combined card and you can check out all of my designs at karenburniston.com i made this card this week for my sister’s birthday and it got a lot of
attention online people asking for a tutorial I decided to make a version of
the card using the same techniques but I’m going to decorate it as hello
thinking of you this time a little bit different pattern paper but otherwise
substantially the same so let’s dive right in first things first I need to
make my distressed oxide backgrounds and these are what’s going to be used to
die-cut the flower pot part so the pots and the vines and the bees and the
flowers did I mention the flowers anyway all that stuff with a flower pot dies
that are going to be used with these backgrounds so the idea with these inks
and of course I learned this all by just watching Tim Holtz’s video on
YouTube you can just google distress oxide inks and you’ll find his video and
he shows you really nicely how to use the ink you just smear them onto your
craft sheet you spritz them with water to make all of those inks bubble up and
then you just dredge your card stock through the ink or you can pounce or do
a combination of both and you basically do several layers and that’s how you get
all those variegated colors you’ll dry it with a heat gun you can add water at
any point you can spritz it with water and that will make some of those water
droplets start showing up in your background as you notice I’m just using
white cardstock and I don’t really particularly care that I didn’t cover
all the white cardstock on the first pass because I knew that for this
terracotta background I was going to make several passes with it so I’m just
kind of filling in as I go I’m going to add now some of the vintage photo
because I want to have some of that brown look to my terra cotta pot so it’s
mostly made with the red and the orange and the yellow but I’m also adding a
little bit of the vintage photo as well so this particular background that I’m
using for the pots I took my time on I did about four layers and I did a lot of
just sort of selective pouncing of the inks because I wanted a
lot of variation in the colors so that I could move those
cops around and get different combinations but then for the background
that I was making for the bees and the flowers I really wanted those colors to
blend more so that there wouldn’t be as splotchy and for that it’s more just of
a dredge and then the colors will really blend together and they won’t be as
splotchy it combines the three green colors to
make a background for the vines and then I made one more kind of that terracotta
mix but maybe it’s a little bit less splotchy and that’s what I will use for
my tops flowers bees and vines now I’ve put all of my flower pots dyes that come
in the set 14 guys here on this magnet sheet I’m going to start picking out the
decorator pieces so there’s two sets of decorator pieces that decorate the
pop-up flowerpot so I’m going to grab those I’m going to grab the vine I’m
going to grab all three flowers both flower centers and then the bee so
basically to use every single decorator dye in the set only the pop-up parts are
not going to get used because of course I’m going to use the twist panel for the
pop-up my dye sets are alway for thin metal crafting dyes and they’re pretty
much universally compatible with all of the major die-cutting machines I’m using
a civics Big Shot today that’s actually my favorite machine but really any of
the die-cutting machines are going to work with these dyes you just need to
make sure that you make a sandwich for your own particular machine that works
for a wafer-thin dye and then you’re just going to send
that right through your machine to do the die-cutting
now that background has lots of different areas and I can see down
through those pot dyes to see exactly what kind of pattern I want to put both
on the side of the pot and on the little decorator strip that goes across the top
and then I’ll just need to repeat that process because I want four flower pots
for my card and just to create a little definition
I’ll add a little bit of that vintage photo on the edges of those pot pieces
before I assemble them and of course I just can’t craft without my fine line
bottle filled with line code neutral pH glue and that’s what I’m going to use to
add those decorator strips across the tops of the pots
so basically now I’m just going to start die-cutting and I could have doubled up
that cardstock and cut through two layers at once with that fine
but I’m kind of trying to choose make sure that I die cut some from the front
some from the back so I get mirror image vines I need 10 fines total so I’m just
going to die-cut them one at a time and another little time savers actually
use one of those little small cutting pads so those are called on the edge
cutting pads again from Sizzix and they’re really good when you’re cutting
just those small pieces kind of one at a time now this card is going to look
lovely with flat flowers who do not feel like you have to shape them it’ll save
you a little bit of time and it will save you a little bit of bulk if you
leave them flat but for the video today I’ll show you how I shape them and using
fun foam and a ball stylus I’ve also used just the end of a paintbrush you
just need something kind of blunt and round to shape flowers I’ve cut two big
flowers for each of my big ones and I’m going to turn those over onto the fun
foam and rub that ball stylus on the back of each of the petals and what
that’s going to do is going to make them start to curl and then once I’ve done
all of the petals on the big flower I’ll turn it back over to the front again and
then just run my ball stylus around the center so just repeat that now on the
second flower now you do not have to double up your big flowers they look
great just as a single flower with a flower center or maybe a rhinestone
I am trying this as a double because I actually sell Lisa McLeish and do it
first to make these little zinnias and I thought it looks really beautiful so I
wanted to try it as well just basically lining up two kind of
flowers over the top of each other but not having the petals line up perfectly
and then it really gives that quite nice layered zinnia sort of look now on the
medium flowers I did just the medium flower itself with the shaped petals and
then added to that the small flower and the small flower center just gluing all
those layers together from the yellowest part of my
backgrounds like die cut three of the bees and then I like to just color in
the head and the antennae and then draw on some stripes using a black pen now I
have seen some clever designers do vellum wings transparent wings glitter
on the wings so different things you can do I’m just basically just doing a
two-tone just the yellow bee with black styling and then I’ll just repeat that
now to make three of them now you don’t have to shape the bees but since I’ve
shaped the flowers I figure a heck why not you know
shape the bees so I’m just going to take my ball stylus behind the wings behind
the body and then when I turn that over I’ll just shape those wings back out
again just give them a little shape and then when I add those to the project
I’ll put a pop dot under the body and that will kind of keep its shape and
remember you can make this project shorter by eliminating any of the steps
that you find time-consuming you don’t want to shape these vines they’re going
to look great if you don’t you don’t want to make your own backgrounds just
find some cool cardstock or patterned paper now what I thought I would do is
use some of these new bow drops I’ve got the copper penny one here and those are
going to be great for the flower centers and I’m also going to use some self
adhesive rhinestones so on the big flower so I’m going to do is I’m going
to take those nuba drops and I’m just going to add a ring of that copper penny
around the center and then sink one of the rhinestones in and actually I could
have done at the other direction which is just to put the rhinestone on first
and then kind of put the copper penny around it either way my thought was to
kind of mostly cover up the rhinestone and just have a little bit of its
showing so that are underneath the copper color for some shine now one
thing about that those new bow drops is you have to let them dry so you have to
be patient here I’m going to use them in the Centers of all of my Center flowers
and I may use some of the dries clear to highlight the bees as well I’m going to
set everything aside to dry because I’ve got a card to make and by the time the
card is done most likely these are going to be dry and ready to go on it okay the
pop-up is going to be made with the twist panel die set and we’re going to
add some clear panels so you choose your own card size for my card today I’ve got
an inner piece of patterned paper I’m going to cut the pop-up into that one
that one’s four and a quarter by eight-and-a-half and then a backing card
that’s green that’s four and a half by nine and both of those pieces of
scored in the center for folding now from that same green I took the scraps
and cut a couple pieces big enough to cut the arm piece for the twist panel
and I’m going to need two of those for the panel’s themselves I always keep
just clear packaging material you can see that embossing folders came in these
and then to actually extend the card so that it’s a little bit larger on the
finished card I’ve got two panels of brown cardstock they are four and a half
inches by five and a half inches okay let me do some die-cutting from the
twist panel die set there are 15 dies I’m only going to use a few of them the
first one is the arm pieces so those are the ones I’m going to stack up those two
pieces of green card stock put my arm piece on my small cutting pad and roll
that through and then I’ll roll back through since I’m going through two
layers and each one of these arm pieces the score line is right up the middle to
give it that mountain fold you can use a bone folder on that if you want to it’s
not absolutely necessary I just like to make nice crisp folds on my arm pieces
now I’m going to cut the pop-up bass into that pattern paper card so it’s
already got the fold in the middle and what I want to do is take the alignment
nubs that are on that pop up base guide and make sure that they are directly
over the fold of the card and basically I just want to Center this die so I can
do that by just looking out on the sides and seeing if about an equal amount of
those little ends of the dies or kind of sticking out beyond the paper and once
they look pretty even and I’ve got the alignment up directly over the fold of
the card that I can press down my temporary tape to hold that in place and
then roll that through my die cutting machine okay so now I can remove the dye I’ll
just do that carefully and what I want to do is I want to train the folds now
on this pop up base so I’m going to back fold the card in the center so against
the way that I normally would fold it that allows me to see those little
diagonal score lines so what I’m looking to do is to take those two little kind
of stubby arm pieces and fold on those diagonal lines to work those folds you
can see you can just bend through both layers on that diagonal and then return
everything to its first position and then pinch them and bring them into the
card so this is what you’re looking to do for your pop up base you’ll end up
with just a little point in the center and I like to take my scissors and
actually snip a little bit of that point off it’ll actually give you a little
hole in the center of the card you can look down through that to make sure it’s
lined up directly over the fold of your backing card actually makes it operate
just a little smoother too because as you can imagine it’s really hard to get
just a point to come down in the fold and have everything be straight but if
you’ve removed that point now it’s much easier for me to line up that fold in
that fold so you have plenty of surface area here to attach this inside your
backing card so feel free to use a tape runner if that’s quicker your favorite
adhesive I’m going to ahead and use my glue I had it out so I’m just going to
use the glue but I want a piece of all over one half of the pop-up card and
then I’m going to open it up flat look down and make sure that those arm pieces
the centerfold of the arm pieces is directly over the center fold of the
backing card and then I can also just the arms don’t have any adhesive
underneath them so I can actually press those down to kind of help me make sure
I have this aligned nicely and press that whole side down onto the backing
card and then once one half is on it’s just a matter of folding the card up
adding my adhesive to the other side of the pop-up and again opening it up nice
and flat making sure everything’s straight and pressing it into position
so this is the base of the pop-up and what will happen is those two arms that
I die-cut are now going to glue to those little starter arms on the base and you
just line everything up so a really good idea for these to use glue because you
get kind of a chance to slide it into position
in there and I wouldn’t spare the glue I would go pretty generous with your glue
on this so that you a really good adhesion everywhere because you really
just kind of want to shellac that arm piece right onto that arm starter just
making sure that your centerfold is lined up your edges are lined up the
point is down into the center of the card give it a second to you know set up
and then you might have to give it a little help that first time because you
flatten everything down but just making sure that it’s still collapsing down
into the card creating that kind of Mountain fold up the center of the arm
now I just need to repeat that process on the other side so it’s just a matter
of adding the glue everywhere again I’m not sparing my glue and then for the arm
itself I want to make sure the center fold is right over the center fold of
the base get those little folds right along the edges of the arm you can snip
off that little point there that’s down in the middle if you want to so that you
don’t have that point and then just giving everything a little bit of help
to remind it what it’s supposed to do just go ahead and collapse the card down
and give everything a good press now if you look out on the ends of the
arms you’ve got one half of the arm end that has a square corner see right there
where I’m adding the tape and then the other side is angled and the tape is
going to go on the side of the arm that has that square corner and I’m using a
nice strong red liner tacky tape or any kind of strong score tape will do if
you’ve got a thin tape like I’ve got then you probably want two lines of tape
and on either end of the arm is only going on the side of the arm that has
the square corner and then as so you know where to start it you see where it
just looks like I magically know exactly where to start it well I do and that’s
because let me show you here in a close-up the arms themselves have a
little notch and it tells you where the tape should start see it right there
so that notch will also tell you which side the tape should be on okay let’s
talk about panels I decided to remember I want to make clear panels so I’ve got
that packaging material or you could just look for kind of a medium weight
clear plastic like a graphics plastic or I think Basile makes them plastic like
that the thing about cutting them with wafer thin size is you need to either
have a metal cutting pad or you need to have a precision base plate you need a
little help with wafer thin dies when you cut through plastic materials so if
you’re using a precision base plate like I am it replaces your bottom cutting pad
then you put the plastic then the die then your top cutting pad like normal
and you roll that through and you only have to roll through one time so don’t
overdo it don’t roll through and then back through just one time through will
be enough to die cut through that plastic and then you’ll have your two
panels and then I’m gonna repeat it so that I have four now I’m using a
crop-a-dile to punch some holes and let me explain that because it’s hard to see
clear panels on the video basically typically if you are making a panel card
you would have these things all hinged together with the paper but plastic is
not going to fold and unfold the way you want it to it’s not going to expand
nicely if you just leave the plastic connected together as a hinge instead go
ahead and separate it into four individual panels and then you need to
hinge those panels together now that can be done with paper or in my case I
decided to punch those little holes in between each of the panel’s so I’ve got
a hole near the top and then a hole near the bottom
and then I’m going to use Baker’s twine to tie a knot between each panel using
the top holes so I go down through one hole back up through the other and just
tie a typical knot you know like you’re starting to tie
your shoe and then double that up but not so so tight that they’re over the
top of each other you want them to still be able to sit next to each other so
that’s how much slack you need in them not a lot but just a little okay the
bottom holes are also going to get twine hinges but this time I’m going to use
longer pieces of twine that I can later tie into bows so I’m just going to
loosely get them started for now and just let them hang in those holes for
now until I get it all attached to my card
in with my die set I keep just one of the panels that I’ve die-cut and fold it
in half and that helps me anytime I’m making a panel card I can just line up
that folded panel so that I know exactly where the center of that final panel is
and that just helps you with alignment because I’d really like to have the
center right at the center of the arm the edge along the edge so by using my
little paper cheat it helps me without having to measure and make any 10 marks
or anything like that so I’m going to get one panel on on the outside of one
arm and then I need to peel up the liner on the tape to make the arm sticky on
the other side and then I’m still going to use my paper cheat I’m going to hold
that in place over the clear panel so I know exactly where the center is that’s
going to go right up the arm and then the edge is going to go right along the
edge so pretty easy to align this now if you had used paper panels this thing
would just start immediately working but since I haven’t tied my bows yes my
Center is still rolling so I need to kind of pull that forward as I close the
card just that first time until I get that bow tied in there just to kind of
make sure it’s all working and then what I want to do is I want to set the
mountain I don’t know how else to say it basically the two Center panels need to
come up into a mountain and what’s going to keep them in that mountain
orientation is that you’re going to tie the bow and tie it pretty tight you know
not you know super SuperDuper tight but not loose either basically you just want
to set that mountain and then I’m going to trim off the excess and tie my other
two bows as well and those can also be relatively tight but it’s really the one
in the middle that’s the most because that’s the one that’s really
setting the accordions fold of those panels so that it’s always going to stay
like this and you’ll notice that once the boughs are tied then the things
going to open and close really smoothly and don’t worry that it’s sticking out
of the card because remember this isn’t our finished card sighs the finished
card side is set actually by the brown panels it’s going to be a four and a
half inch by five and a half inch card when it’s done
and I’m just going to use my tape runner for this so I’m just adding tape runner
all over the green card stock I’ll line up one of my brown paper paddles with
the fold at the top and the sides it’s the same width as the green so it’s
actually pretty easy to line it up and then I’ll just turn it over and do the
same thing on the back side so that’s how you make a twist panel card with
clear panels and then anything that you add to the clear panels is just going to
appear to be floating and of course we’re going to make flower pops for this
card dry adhesives work best when you’re attaching things to clear plastic so for
my flower pots you can see I’m using a tape runner and I’m just actually adding
the tape runner kind of to the middle portion of the pot behind there just one
single line and then just getting one attached to each panel and that way I’ll
still be able to slide in the vines from the top always a good idea to test them
especially since the pots are hanging down a little lower than the bottom edge
of the panel’s themselves you just want to make sure there aren’t any catch
points they’re operating nice and smoothly so I can continue on my
decorations okay sticking with my dry adhesive I’ve
got some mini glue dots on a roll and I’ve got some kind of medium sized dots
here basically those are just those sticky clear adhesive dots and they come
in different brands in different sizes doesn’t really matter which ones
whatever you got handy and my favorite thing on the vines is actually to stick
the end of the vine the stem into one of those glue dots and then peel it up off
of the plastic so that basically the whole bottom part of the vine is sticky
and it really doesn’t matter how it ends up looking in other words no matter if
it folds over it ripped in half I just want a little adhesive under there to
where when I press it down I’m kind of essentially attaching the vine to the
plastic and also the pot to the vine all in one fell swoop and then on the
flowers the best thing to do is to try to at least have a portion of that
flower over the top of the panel itself so I
know you can’t see on the video here but right up here in the corner of the
actual panel I’m putting a glue dot now kind of over the vine it’s sticking
partially to the panel and then what i sticked on has been supported by both
the vine and the panel and at any time i add a flower especially if it’s sticking
up higher than the panel give it a little test let me close it make sure
it’s hidden by the card in the closed position that is operating smoothly and
I’m just going to carry on so over 20 years ago when I first got married John
and I had this cactus plant in our house in Louisiana and it just sat by the
kitchen sink and it was real cute and everyone told me you couldn’t kill a
cactus but I sure enough did so I must say that paper gardening is pretty much
the only kind of gardening that I can do but it’s really fun so I’m just going on
doing the same thing filling up all my pots with vines and big flowers little
flowers and one of those bees I used a thinking of you from word set number one
and the scalloped rectangle that comes with the twist panel die set and then
just my leftover flowers B and fine to finish out the interior making sure that
I did not create any catch point so you got to make sure that those things are
high and low enough that your panels won’t scrape against them when the card
closes I like to use my leftover materials to create just kind of a
simple lead-in on the Front’s of my pop-up cards knowing this are going to
be displayed open anyway so it’s just nice to take whatever leftover materials
I have kind of clump them together and create that simple lead-in now knowing
that my videos end up kind of being shared in places other than YouTube and
sometimes there on social media so I don’t know where you’re watching this
video but if you would like to see photos of this project clickable supply
links for everything that I used you need to get over to my blog and you can
do that by looking in the upper right corner of your screen and you’re going
to see a little information circle click that it’ll take you directly to the blog
post or if you are on youtube watching this video you’ll find the clickable
supply links in the About section below the video ok between all the layers and
the shaped flowers this is a bulky card it will get a little flatter as it goes
through the mail and the best size envelope I think is an a7 which is a
envelope for a 5×7 card it’s going to take you an extra stamp
but it’s worth it hey thanks for watching I know this was a longer video
than my usual ones and I really appreciate you sticking with me till the
end if you click on the website link you’ll go to care Inverness ENCOM where
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see you next time you

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