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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Totally Technical...

The monthly January challenge for 613 Ave C is "Totally Technical" - the idea is to create a project using your favorite technique.  This will be a fun post to check out at the link I provided above.  The DT will each have a technique to highlight for you... so ideas galore!
I have two favorites... using alcohol inks and construction - [card construction or image construction as in Paper Sculpting.]
The Copic coloring of this image was done with the colors pictured :

Today I chose to highlight a card construction technique creating a Pop-up Gift Card holder.  The idea is from Sandy Allnock's  Dec. 14th post called "Pop-up Gift Card Holder" and Sandy attributes the idea back to a post by Lyssa Zwolanke.  I have linked to both posts if you want to see the original instructions or great videos to explain the process.  Although I used the basic construction concepts, I made my card into an A2 size card instead of the smaller 4.5 x 4.25 version.

This is the final product - instructions  and photos below.

* Start with a standard 8.5 x 11" sheet of CS  & cut the sheet lengthwise so it will be 4.25 x 11".
* Score it at 4.5", 5.5" & 6.5" from the narrow end.

* Fold the 3 score lines to create a valley, mountain, valley fold.

* Use very strong tape [like a red liner double sided tape] placed at the very bottom edge of the INSIDE of the V to hold it together.  Burnish it well to make sure it connects & sticks.

This photo is showing the tape I used, but the CS would be flipped over so you can tape the inside of the mountain fold together.

* Flip the panel over and use a punch or die  to cut a narrow opening sized to the length of the gift card.  Here I used my punch upside down to visualize placement.  If the punch or die is not long enough for your card, simply use an exacto and slit open the necessary distance on each side.

*I then decorated the side panels and glued it down to the inside of my regular A2 size card.

Oh my gosh!  So quick & easy and so cute when it pops up!

This card should be eligible for the following 
Through the Craftroom Door – ATG Always
Inspiration Destination #116 – ATG
Penny's Challenge #309 – ATG
Art by MiRan Challenge #74 – ATG
Work it Wed. / Simon Says Stamp – Use a Die
Crafty Girls Creations – #32 ATG Always

Create wildly and color with abandon!  ~ginny


  1. A spectacular creation and brilliant tutorial Happy New Year
    Ginny x
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  2. Totally cool, Ginny. Love what you did with the image. And as always, your coloring and choice of colors is smashing.

  3. Cute card and love the idea of the gift card holder. I copied the instructions. Happy New Year my friend

  4. I hope 2017 is treating you well so far Ginny.
    Lovely project and a great idea for all occasions. Thanks for the links to the tutorials too although your step by step is fabulously easy to follow.

  5. Oh, Ginny, your coloring never ceases to amaze me! Girl, you are GOOD!!! So I would have been wowed by just the image, but then you add such a cute design to it all. I really like this popup gift card design, I might have to try this one out myself. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  6. Brilliant pop-up gift holder a great idea-love the steampunk owl and fabulous colouring
    Carol x

  7. This is great! I'd love to know where to get that owl.

    1. So sorry Marji - I spent - I can't tell you - how much time trying to find that image in my files so I could credit it to the artist. I regret I am unable to help you! If anyone out there knows the artist - please leave a comment and I will immediately post the credit! Bummer - since I already colored the image, I can't even do another version for my self!

  8. Hi Ginny...Sorry for the late reply on your question in the comment you left me which is really nice of you. The image is a digi image and totally fussy cut. I seldom use a die to fussy cut the images I used. Anyway, I just love this card/gift card holder you made. Very stylish too. Anyway, hope things are well with you. I have a few orders of crochet accessories the past month that kept me busy and still working on some of them this month. Know that I always appreciate your comments and your friendship. God bless always!

    JO ANN


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