Cardmaking with Dies: Parcel Pop Up Magic Card

Cardmaking with Dies: Parcel Pop Up Magic Card


hello it’s Karen Burniston here with a
cardmaking with dies video teaching how to make a parcel pop-up Magic card
the parcel pop-up is a very generic die set it makes a pop up cardboard box or
present and then it has an extra mechanism that slides something up and
out of the box as you open the card it works great in a top fold card but it
also works great in a bottom fold card and for those I like to add our flap
and closure at the top to keep the card closed then by using a clear front you
can watch all the action of the item coming up and out of the box as the card
opens now after making that peekaboo snowman card I got to thinking that the
parcel pop-up would probably work great for magic cards and was delighted to
discover how well it works so it’s basically a self sliding magic card
because you don’t have to pull the tab to make the color change you do that by
just opening the card now every time I’ve made a magic card in the past I’ve
used an outline stamp but we are a die-cutting company not a stamp company
so of course I wanted to see if I could get a similar effect using one of our
animal dies so I tried it first with this Thanksgiving card using the turkey
from our feathered animals die set so in the video today I will teach it both
ways I’m going to make one magic card that features one of our animals so it’s
the penguin from our winter animals die set if you’re not much into stamping and
coloring this could be a good option for you because it is the paper that creates
the colored version however you have to be willing to trace your image onto the
transparency using a permanent marker so that takes a little bit of a steady hand
which brings us to the more traditional way of making a magic card which would
be to use an outline stamp so this little cute penguin making a snow angel
is from Riley and company and I do love the way that stamped magic cards work
because of course there’s no dimension to the one that you’ve colored in so the
transparency one really disappears okay so first up I’ll work on the
stamping I’ll start with a piece of white cardstock that is 2 and 1/8 by 4
and a quarter the parcel pop-up is going to create a
frame for that stamp that’s about 2 by 2 so when choosing a stamp choose one
that’s no more than about 1 and 3/4 inches tall
you can go of course up to the full width of 2 inches and I chose this cute
Percy snow angel stamp from Riley and company since I
plan to color with copics I’ll use a Copic friendly ink this memento tuxedo
black I’ve got my cardstock put into my mini Misti stamp positioner. You don’t have to use a stamp positioner but I do like it because then of course I can stamp it twice if I missed any spots
this is not a coloring video I would not be the one you would want to learn
that from but I did use my Copic markers and just colored in Percy
for transparency I usually just use write on transparencies you could also
use printer transparencies just a thin clear material if you are using a stamp
positioner then you can just cut the transparency to the same size as the
cardstock and stamp it in the exact same position now I’ll have to switch to
using stazon ink because I’m stamping on a piece of plastic and of course a
benefit of using a stamp positioner is that you are able to stamp that twice if
you need to but also for this technique that you’re getting the transparency
image in the exact same spot as the cardstock image so now it’s just ready
to attach but you do not have to own a stamp positioner to make a magic card I
would use a bigger piece of transparency if I were stamping using an acrylic
block and that way after stamping I can line that up over my cardstock version
and then just trim off the excess now since I’m planning on shaping my piece
of cardstock as a tag later my thought was that I would just use a strong glue
dot up in the center where the hole protector is going to cover it later and
I want to make sure that the transparency version is exactly over the
top of the cardstock version and once it lines up perfectly then I can press
those two together then I’ll just put that piece on my trimmer and trim away
the excess transparency now that step would not be needed if you had already
cut the transparency to perfectly fit and used the stamp positioner so that’s
the basis of a magic card that you have a transparency version over a version
that’s been colored in then you have a piece of blank cardstock in the middle
and the trick is that card stock goes down or the image goes up whichever way
you want to think about it but in any case it makes it look like the item
magically turns to color okay so now let me do the same thing but
this time I’m going to make my penguin by die-cutting
okay so I’ve already cut and assembled my little penguin from the winter
animals and there is an assembly video on that die set if you need it and then
I just want to securely glue down that penguin right in the middle of my
cardstock then I cut a piece of that same write on
transparency bigger than the cardstock and since I’m going to have to do my own
tracing I want to make sure that I use some temporary tape and really secure
down the transparency over the top of the cardstock so that it doesn’t move
while I’m tracing I have a fine tip black sharpie because I do need a
permanent marker for doing this tracing since I’m going right on to the
transparency now through the magic of video editing I have sped up the footage
of me doing this tracing but really I went quite slow on this and went over
each section a couple of times to get a good dark black image on the outline
trace you can see how it’s coming along and even with a steady hand it’s going
to be slightly imperfect because it’s traced on there but I still think it
makes a really cool effect and it’s a good alternative when either you don’t
have a good stamp handy to do this effect or you just want to do it with dies
okay so then the same thing glue dot at the top to attach them and trim the
edges to fit but then I noticed with the single glue dot I felt like it was too
easy for my Penguin’s to slide out of alignment so I went ahead and added some
strong tape at the top as well I knew I was going to be adding a ribbon this
would just dictate where my ribbon would go Riley and company also has their funny
bones line which has some really hilarious greetings this one says merry
Christmas to all and to all some good wine I noticed that the tiny little
Merry Christmas at the top would be perfect for my penguin cards so I went
ahead and stamped those onto white card stock and then fussy cut them out
now if I had planned ahead I could have just stamped them directly on the white
cardstock above the Penguins but this just worked in a pinch so it was fine
for a card base I started with a piece of cardstock four and a quarter inches
wide by seven and three-quarter inches tall and then I scored it at an inch and
a half and six and a half inches from the top
the flap die from the flap and closure set can be used to just die cut a flap and
glue it on using the tab that’s attached to that piece but if your card is narrow
enough to fit through the die then you can skip the step of gluing it on and
only cut the flap itself by just weaving the card stock through the die so that
only the edge you want is going to cut and I can do that same trick with one of
the dies from our boarder blends Argyle set that does the little small scallop
the die is wider than the card so I can actually weave the card through the die
and cut just a single scalloped edge out on the end you can use any die cutting
machine that can accommodate a wafer-thin die and today I used my
Spellbinders Platinum 6 okay so that is how I created my bottom fold card that
has at least an inch at the bottom to hide the pop-up inside and to that flap
at the bottom I want to add my thicker clear plastic so I like to use the
grafix plastic in a 0.02 but you could check also at your local craft store
maybe they just have it by the sheet since I can really see that tape shining
through the plastic I decided to disguise it by putting another piece of
the card stock on the front of the card and I cut the edge with the same scallop
so then if I just line it up and glue it to the front of the card it will
disguise all of that tape that I could see through the plastic and then to the
inside of the card I added patterned paper I buy thin strong magnets from K&J
magnetics and I will put the link in the supply section below so what I have is
some glue dots and I’ve got a magnet with a glue dot on it but where I want
it to go is actually on the underside of the plastic so I’m going to tuck my blue
cardstock flap to the inside of the card and use it as a guide to figure out
where the magnet should go on the underside of the plastic so that it will
overlap the flap when the flap goes back to the outside again
okay I have two more magnets just in case I need them but I’m going to start
with just one so letting that stick to the magnet below then I’ll add my glue
dot on top of that magnet so right now the only thing that’s holding it on
there is that it’s just stuck to the magnet that’s underneath the plastic now
if I put my flap down it’ll pick that magnet up and move it to the other side
and then to hide that magnet I can use the decorative piece that comes in the
flap and closure die set and just glue it to the inside of the card
I die cut snowflakes out of patterned paper and used it on both sides to cover
the magnet on the plastic then I made another card using different materials
and this time the magnet’s not quite enough the two magnets so that’s what
I’m going to use magnet number three for so I want to test that before I’ve put
the decorative piece on the front of the card so I can add a third magnet if I
need it now the darker blue card is working great but I’ll just go ahead and
add the magnet anyway because it could be that once I put the pop-up inside
it’ll need a little bit more strength the flap and closure die set also comes
with washers for the closures and those work great as hole protectors when
you’re making tags and then my favorite way to do the corners of tags is just to
cut one by hand and then flip that corner over and use it basically as a
template on the other side to make it match since I’m making two cards I can
just use my first tag as a template for my second one okay time to make the
parcel pop up first thing I’m going to do is cut frames so I’m using the big
stitched square and then the plain square that’s a little bit smaller nested those
together taped them together so they wouldn’t move and then cut the frames
and then for each card I also need one white stitched square to attach the frame to the square I want
to use foam tape just up the sides so peeling the liner up off of the foam
tape I just want to line up the frame over the square make sure that
everything matches perfectly and then attach those pieces together okay grabbing my tag what I want to do
is get the transparency sliding through the frame and then out the other end
that way I can slide it down until I like the positioning of my penguin in
the closed position and I’m generally centering it but also trying to disguise
as much of merry christmas’ as I can and you can see that the transparency is
going to hit the bottom of the frame if I don’t trim it off so my first step
once I found a location I like is to reach in with my permanent Sharpie pen
there and just put a little pen mark on the transparency at the location that I
want to cut it now I only want to cut the transparency down right now I will
have to trim the white tag but it is going to be longer than the transparency
so for now I want to just get the white tag out of the way while I trim the
transparency down to where the edge of the transparency when the card is closed
is just going to rest against that frame at the bottom and I already trimmed down
the transparency on my stamped version so doing the same process okay this is what I’m looking to make
for each card it’s the parcel pop up to make that I need to die cut three pieces
so the one that’s the slider arm mechanism has been scored on the side in
two locations and then along the long arm in two locations so I want to find
all those score lines so basically just above and below that kind of wider part
of the slider arm there are score lines so I want to work
those that one’s a valley and then the one that’s above the little bit wider
part is a mountain fold and then what I have is the main three part slider arm
which has in it a mountain and then a valley fold and that I’ve got these two
reinforcing tabs now on the back of the piece I want to glue down my upper
reinforcing tab so this one here can just get glue everywhere fold it over
pinch it or you can even just clip it so that you don’t have to pinch it but
we’re not going to glue down the other one just yet I’m going to switch instead
to my main pop-up part and then what this slider arm is going to do is I want
to get it through this section of the pop-up right here so I bring the slider
arm through and then you’ll see that you have not just in the slider arm you have
not just in the pop-up piece and on the pop-up piece which is the blue one I
want to carefully stretch that notch around so that I can trap the slider arm
notches in the notches of the pop-up piece so the white slider arm already
knows how to fold because I’ve already worked those folds that one’s a mountain
that’ll bring that down flat on the front and then on the back it’ll be
going the other direction and then I have that Valley fold which brings the
long piece down so you can see how it’s going to kind of accordion fold down
into its flat position I still haven’t glued down my reinforcing tab on that
long piece because as I do it I want to trap that little blue tab in between the
layers now right now these two do not match up but they will as soon as I work
the folds in the pop-up piece so I get my thumb’s underneath those skinny parts
and I work those folds and then they fold the other direction
as a mountain there so that’s basically making the pop-up box so see it’s just
two folds and in the flat position then now when I look on the back and I
flatten down my white slider arm it’s brought that little blue tab up next to
it so that as I glue down my reinforcing tab on the white piece I’m actually able
to trap in the blue tab in between the layers so keeping everything nice and
flat and straight then I’m just going to fold over the blue tab and into that
glue and then I fold the white one right around it and you can see there’s
a little bit of the blue tab still showing that’s fine it just needs to be
flat so it doesn’t matter if the entire blue tab is trapped in there it just
matters that it can fold flat and I can even clip that now to kind of give it a
second to set up ok removing my clip I have now made my pop-up I’m just missing
one fold and it’s the fold on the blue piece right here that defines the bottom
of the box so I want to fold that one as a mountain and now I have created that
pop-up with that extra mechanism behind it kind of hard to see how it works
before it gets in the card but basically this little section up here is going to
slide up as the card opens that’s where you would want to add this rectangle
there’s also a thinner rectangle in the set you can use either of them but the
glue should just go on the slider arm only in the area above the fold so that
little rectangle out on the end is going to get the adhesive and then this one is
going to line up at the top so I’m just centering it and lining it up at the top
and I want the tail of that rectangle tucked down into the box so if it’s in
front of the box make sure you lift it and tuck it into the box so that as
everything closes it slides down into the box then as the card opens it’ll
come up and out of the box so adhesive all over the front of my
pop-up and then I’m going to add my square to it since I have foam tape in
my square then I definitely want to be a little bit higher than the fold at the
bottom that gives it room to fold down and I’m just centering it since I used
the stitched square it’s not going to be quite as wide as the pop-up so
there’ll be a little bit of a pop-up showing on both sides it is good
practice with the parcel pop-up to just take care of a potential catch point now
and it’s this edge right here where the pop-up is on the back of the box
depending on what you put on your slider army it could come down and catch
against that edge I do not believe our white tags will ever get high enough
that they could catch against that edge but just a good practice to add some
tape there smoothes it out and then it can’t catch your item OK for smooth
operation you really don’t want your back item that whatever is attached to
the slider arm to go any lower than the little rectangle itself so I’m looking
in the closed position at where that rectangle ends and then I’m just
measuring up to where that inside edge of the frame is because I know that’s
where my transparency ends and that distance is a half an inch for me so
what that means is I need the white tag to be a half an inch longer than the
transparency so I put the edge of the transparency at a half an inch and I cut
through the white tag and I do that on both of them but I wanted to show how I
calculated it just in case you’ve made a different choice maybe you’re using a
the bigger you know square to make your frame or something so just measure from
where you know your transparency ends to the end of that sliding rectangle in the
closed position okay so putting everything in and just checking it now I
can see as I close it down that I’m fine I’m actually above the edge of that
sliding rectangle it looks like I probably could have even used like a 5/8
of an inch but the half-inch will work just fine
the white tag is going to attach to that sliding rectangle so I need to add glue
to it but then I have to be a little careful here because I want that sticky
sliding rectangle to stay away from my tag until I get all the way down into
the closed position so I have to get the transparency into the frame then I slide
the transparency down until it’s right on the edge of the frame
that’s my closed position then pinch though so nothing moves and now I’ve got
to get the pop-up into its closed position trying to keep everything
straight just taking my time with this once it’s in it’s completely flat in
closed position then I can make sure that that rectangle presses to the back
of the tag okay adding the parcel pop up inside the
card is just normal assembly so the adhesive goes all over the base of the
pop-up and then I want to flip that face down and make sure that the ends of that
pop-up are right in the fold of the card that I can go anywhere along the fold
but I’m just centering it today so you can see how it’s gonna look just make
sure that that’s all pressed down really well for the upper part of the pop up
the adhesive needs to avoid all the center section because that’s where the
slider arm is but can go out on the outside edges like that and then close
the other half of the card against it and then just take your time to make
sure that you give it enough time to set up and I do like to kind of go slowly
the first time it could be that a little section isn’t glued down or something I
can reach in there and pinch it as I open it that first time but you can see
now that the opening of the card performs the magic and that will be the
exact same process for the stamped version so just doing exactly what I did
with the die-cut version just making sure that this slider arm is attached to
the tag then getting it centered and put in my card add my adhesive to the other
side close the card give it time to set up and then watch the magic and now
everything left is just optional decorations so I did a little decoration
up here on the front of the flap, some twine and some beads and jingle bells
and then for decorative pieces I went with a large snowflake from our winter
charms and then the binder clip from our office charms and that paper clip on the
front is also coming from the office charms and then whatever item I put on
the front of the plastic I put a matching item on the back and that way I
didn’t have to worry about adhesive showing I did not spare the snowflakes
on my other card the one with the stamped penguin and in fact a snowflake
is what’s being used on the edge of the frame to disguise the M of Merry
Christmas and I wanted to have a little bit of red on the card when it was
closed as well so on the top flap I added winter greetings from our word set
three all of the magic cards that I have been
making with a parcel pop-up measure four and a quarter by five inches when closed
which makes them mail nicely in an a2 envelope
and I love this technique both with using stamps and also with using our
die-cut animals I think it works great either way if you check the description
box below this YouTube video you will find all of the supply links as well as
a link to the blog post which is just a really good spot to see all of the
pictures and information thanks for watching
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check out some of my other videos thanks so much for watching and I’ll see you
next time

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