Monthly Archives: February 2014

TBC Crafters 48 – Pop Up Box Card

I mentioned in my previous post of Feb 6th, I joined a scrapbooking fans club and the members exchange cards in major occasions. My Pop up box card has arrived and I can disclose it now. This is not my original idea, definitely not know who is the “creator”. Recently, I have seen a lot of people posting their cards in different social networks. If you search “pop up box card” in google images or Pinterest or youtube, you can find tons of beautiful cards made with this technique. I guarantee that you will fall in love with this type of card. For the template and how-to tutorials, you can easily find many videos in youtube and major online craft suppliers. I learned it from splitcoaststampers on youtube. This is the link of the video http://youtu.be/iaKsxdaVwv8 and you can check the tutorial and step-by-step instructions in the website of Splitcoast Stampers at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/popupboxcard/

Here’s my first pop up box card, definitely not the best and need improvements. But, it’s a good start for me and I am addicted now. Since it is my first trial and I actually spent a few nights to finish (my two wrists and my left arm hurt, I could not work continuously for too long!) , I did not take pictures for a detailed tutorial, sorry.

This is the front of my card. I picked the theme of flowers, butterflies and birds. I wanted my card to deliver a happy message hence, I decided to use bright and pastel colors.  Flowers were made with the technique used in the post of TBC Crafters 46 Paper Flower Valentine Card (yes, made with my favorite buttons!). The 2 big butterflies were made with stamp and ink. The other smaller butterflies were cut out from a scrapbook paper. They all were stick on plastic stripes which made them more presentable.

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TBC Crafters 47 – Paper Heart Flower Deco

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I have too many ideas in mind, not sure which one to go first. I want to make a craft using Chinese New Year red envelopes like that in last year. I want to make a Valentine for my loved ones. I want to mix Chinese and Western elements together because it would be both Chinese Valentine’s Day and Western Valentine’s Day on the same day this year. This would not happen often and the 2 calendars are so different. Finally, I come up an idea of a hanging deco that made with paper. It is really, really, very, very Valentine’s Day. It contains hearts, sparkles, flower, ribbons….

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TBC Crafters 46 – Simple Paper Flower Valentine Card

I have joined a scrapbook/paper-craft group and we would exchange greeting cards during major seasons/occasions to practice different card-making techniques. It really open my eyes. Card-making is not just making or drawing a plain card. It can be a pop-up card, a collages of multiple media, a box or just whatever you can imagine. This time, I have to make a Valentine card using the technique of a box pop-up card. I have seen so many people in social networks making this card. But, I cannot share the card before the group friend receives the card. However, I have used a piece of item in that card to make another one which is very simple and fun to work with kids. I’m going to lead a project for my kids to make some cards this weekend. Let me share the simple paper flower Valentine’s Day card.

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Materials

Card stock paper, I used  4-1/2″ x 12″ and folded it in half into 4-1/2″ x 6″

Some color origami paper, for easy cutting and folding

Some buttons, yep, buttons again! I can always find ways to use my lovely buttons

A piece of string, I used the one people used to make Chinese knots. You can use a thin ribbon or lace too.

Some gift wrap tie, I used green color for the flower stems

Cutter and scissors, glue or adhesive tapes

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How to make the card?

1) Cut a small square (whatever size does not matter, it just decides how big the flower would be), I cut out 4 squares from a piece of origami paper. Fold the square in half horizontally and then another fold in half vertically.

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2) Fold the square in half again but diagonally this time, make it into a triangle. And then fold the triangle in half again. (look like below) Then, use a pen or marker to draw a curve to form a half petal.

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3) Cut the petals out and open up the paper square. You would end up having a paper flower with 8 petals.

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4) Glue a button in the middle of the flower. Use tape to stick a piece of gift wrap tie at the back of the flower as its stem.

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5) Then, I cut out some paper stripes of 2 different colors and weave them into a fence. Arrange the flowers on the card. Tie a piece of string and make a bow on one side of the card. The card is now completed.

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My daughter loves the card and she asked me to give it to her, She told me that she is going to give it to someone she loves as a Valentine. I asked her who she would like to give the card to. She told me to excuse her and she needs to write the card and draw pictures inside. A while later, she presented the card to the one she loves – MOMMY! This is the inside of the card that she wrote and drew.

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Honey, I love you too! My dear daughter!

P.S. My son and my daughter will be making more for their loved one this weekend. If I have time to take pictures, I would post their works later.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

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