So. I went to Pinterest to check an image on one of my boards. . .
An hour later.
I can't say my visit was entirely unproductive. I found a cute and simple card by Beate Johns that uses a scoring tool to make a pretty border. . .
And then this nifty pop-up card posted by an innovative gal from Norway. . .
Idea #1 + Idea #2 = this fun card made with Club Scrap's colorful Peacock collection.
For the font of the card, I stamped a 4x5.25" white panel and then scored the perimeter at 1/4" and 3/8".
The cutting diagram for the inner pop-up was shared on Bente Arstad's blog, but it was in centimeters. (If only we used centimeters in America---so much easier to do things in multiples of ten, but I digress.) I used a metric to inches conversion chart to figure out how to do the cutting and scoring and spent a few wasted moments trying to decide if I really should put 1-37/64" on my new diagram. Uh, no.
Here's my Americanized
After cutting and scoring, I figured out the folds. Go ahead and do that.
You'll need a 5-1/2x8-1/2" piece for the base of your card. If you nest the pop-up mechanism into the folded card base, you'll find that the mechanism is just a little too big. So, here's what I did to solve that. I put that puppy into the trimmer and shaved off 1/8" from all four sides. I would have started out that way and changed the diagram, but I didn't want to take away from the experience.
Finally, I measured all of the flat surfaces of the pop-up and cut panels to fit. These were the measurements of those panels, in case you were wondering.
(2) 1-1/8x5" Green Panels
(4) 1-1/4x5/8" Purple Panels
(4) 1-1/4x5/8" Blue Panels
(2) 2x3-1/4" White Panels
Stamp and decorate those panels before you install them on the pop-up mechanism. Then, attach only the outer edges of the mechanism to the edges of the card.
Open. Close. Open. Close. Go show someone the awesome card you just made!