A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Friday, 24 August 2018

Pop-Up Ornaments

I was thrilled when I won one of the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenges (see this card) and even more thrilled to be invited to be their Guest Designer for this challenge:

Now the problem is that I've never made a pop up or cube card in my life.  My cardmaking style is CAS so I wanted to come up with quite a CAS version of a pop up card. 

Using a simple ornament punch, I punched several ornaments, each out of different decorative papers, all containing images of holly.  I scored each one down the centre and folded them in half.  I then glued them back to back, except for the two that are glued to the card.

It is glued to a panel that is dry embossed with an ornament embossing folder.  I added a sentiment and a length of green hemp twine.

The papers for this ornament on the front of the card are all quite heavyweight papers, giving lots of substance to the ornament.  I was going to repeat it on the inside of the card so that it would pop up when the card is opened but it was too bulky.  Instead I used a lighter weight decorative paper - also holly-themed.  Here's the inside of the card:

And here's a close-up of the ornament on the front of the card:

And a close-up of the inside one:

Here's hoping this will qualify as a pop up card!!  I sure enjoyed making it!  Head on over to 52CCT to see what the Design Team came up with!

Stamps - Rubber Soul sentiment (outside), SU sentiment (inside)
Ink - Memento Bamboo Leaves
Paper - white cs, various holly-themed decorative papers
Size - A2
Accessories - SU ornament punch, Crafts Too embossing folder, green hemp twine


  1. ta carte est superbe Susan, j'aime beaucoup ce que tu as fait de ce modèle, merci d’être notre guest designer cette semaine, biz

  2. Love your first pop up card, it is so unique and beautiful. Congratulations on your win and on guesting. Fabulous card Susan X

  3. Incredible Susan, I'm glad I got to see this IRL. I love the way you added the pop up to the inside of the card as well as the outside.
    Congratulations on winning and being GD :)

  4. What a pretty ornament and I love that it's repeated on the inside!

  5. Talk about creative! Not only is it a pop up card but it's all hand crafted. This is so clever and fun, Susan! I have only done one pop up years ago with a die but this is just super! How imaginative!

  6. Totally adorable Susan! Love the pretty ornament and the one on the inside is a bonus! Great work! Congrats on being Guest Designer at 52 CCTD challenge! xx

  7. Congratulations on the Guest Spot at 52 CCT, Susan! I LOVE this card! The pop-up card is so much fun! It's wonderful that you managed to keep the design CAS. And what a surprise to see another pop-up ornament inside. I can't believe this is your first pop-up card. Fantastic job! Hideko xx

  8. Susan, what a great card idea you did for us at 52CCT. I remember doing this technique in elementary school. (not making cards, but actual ornament for the tree) Thank you for sharing and bringing back some great memories! Myrna Sweet 52CCT Design Team

  9. Congrats on winning and now guest designing, Susan! Love your CAS pop up card with a little surprise on the inside! The papers are beautiful and loving that embossing folder design too. xx

  10. OMG, Susan your pop up ornaments are fabulous. No wonder you were given the honor of being the Challenge's Guest Designer:-) I loved your choice of designer papers...inside and out and your pretty dry embossed background. TFS Hugs...

  11. This is really beautiful and an inventive CAS pop-up card. The embossing is perfect to add texture and interest and frames the ornament nicely. Thanks for being our guest designer this week.


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