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May 21, 2008

Who Rocks My Socks?

Hey, thanks, I've been tagged by Mel at MelStampz for Blogging with a Purpose!

I'd like to send it out to Occasional Genius who is co-conspiring with me in planning a fabulous (though teeny) birthday party; Jes at Jes' Messes for sending me some pop up card pictures; and the fabulous Cornerstone's Pyrography and Pop Ups. Just because. Pass it on!

Seven Flower Pop Up Card

I know I say "amazing" a lot, but this really is the Amazing Seven Flower Pop Up!

seven flower pop up card 

 


It's not hard to make. Really, truly. But it takes some time. Impressive results!

There's a video showing how to make this beast, but it's annoyingly speeded up. And after it finishes a menu of videos comes up, and most of the time there are some offensive ones in the mix. Eeeuw. So I suggest watching just the beginning of the video to learn a really clever way to cut out a perfect 8 petaled flower. Then following the assembly sequence here. Unless, of course, you secretly want to watch those nasty videos!

Download MY cut files: PDF, SVG, DXF, GSD (opens in Silhouette Studio)

If you have a Cricut, you can get a free cut file (for the flowers) from ScrappedLives.

You can modify files from the Silhouette Store to make a Lily version.  Check out Tonya's instructions.

HOW TO MAKE A SEVEN FLOWER POP UP CARD

You will need seven flowers, 8 petals each.

seven flower pop up card


Cut away and discard one petal section from each flower.

seven flower pop up card


Imagine the petals numbered 1-7. Align and glue petal #1 on top of petal #7


seven flower pop up card

seven flower pop up card

seven flower pop up card


Each flower will be a little cup. Fold each flower flat. Be sure you fold between the petals, not down the center of the petals.

seven flower pop up card


Arrange flattened flowers as shown. Apply glue to flowers as indicated by white spots. You can use glue dots or liquid glue. I used both--the glue dots held everything together while the liquid glue set up.

seven flower pop up card


Stack pieces 2 and 3 on top of piece 1, lining up edges.

seven flower pop up card


Glue piece 4 onto stack.

seven flower pop up card


Now pieces 5 and 6, just like 2 and 3.

seven flower pop up card


Piece 7 is last.

seven flower pop up card


Here's the real one. I have a little scallop on each petal.

seven flower pop up card


Put a book on the flower stack and allow it to dry. It will fall apart if you try to open it too soon. Not that I would know.

Here's how the flowers look when you pull the stack open.

seven flower pop up card


Fold a piece of card stock in half. Lay the flower stack in the crease of the card. Dab glue on the flower as shown. Close the card and flip it over, then open it and glue the other side of the flower to the other side of the card.

seven flower pop up card


Done!

7 flower pop up card



(This one is glued on each scallop of the center flower.)
There's an easier, three flower version, too.





I made this one for a friendly competition.

seven flower pop up card




I made this one for Easter.

seven flower pop up card

Mother's Day card with painted flowers by Christina.




Beautiful colors from Miles Thomas.





Here's one made by Totty Teabag
Pretty!

seven flower pop up card



This one is from Melody

seven flower pop up card



Some great variations from genescrapper 

seven flower pop up card

seven flower pop up card

seven flower pop up card



Here's an eye popping one by Debbie.
 
seven flower pop up card



I like how arinstamps substituted foliage for some of the flowers!

seven flower pop up card



A seven flower pop up for Chinese New Year by Azlina
 
seven flower pop up card

seven flower pop up card



Cynthia Emerlye used an all-white version in her pop up book. (If you enjoy paper cutting and kirigami, you'll love her site.)




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