Party On! Birthday pop-up Card



The above is the front of a birthday card I made for my sister Susie!  The front monkey is supposed to be me calling Susie!


The inspiration for this card came from a memory of one of my own birthdays.  Susie and I had planned to meet for drinks and dinner at a restaurant that was a popular networking place to meet people on Friday nights.  It had this huge deck that allowed people to have drinks outside before dinner.  My sister was already at the restaurant when I pulled into a parking space right in front of this deck. There were a lot of people standing on that deck with my sister.  As I pulled into that parking place, a police car pulled in behind me and on a loud speaker said for me to get out of the car.  They then put into the back seat of the police car and took me to jail.  I apparently had an outstanding traffic violation that an arrest warrant had been issued.  Fortunately for me, I had enough cash to clear the ticket on me and so they drove me back to the party.  I was gone for an hour but they were all still there and so the party went on!   So let’s make the card.

Step 1:  I cut a piece of white Soft finish cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs that measured 6″ x  11″ and scored at 5.5″ along the 11″ side.  I then masked off one side of my card and using Panpastel Ultra Marine Blue and Colorless blender, I created the blue side for the sky.  I then reversed the mask and using Panpastel Raw Umber and Colorless Blender, I created the sand side.

Step 2:  Using the 1107 “Jinks” die set by Elizabeth Craft Designs, I cut out all the pieces for two monkeys using one with lighter brown then the other.  Susie is a blond and I am brunette.  I cut the Palm Tree, small shell, rope, tall and short grass and All the banners from ECD White Soft Finish cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers.  I cut the Barrel from ECD “Through the Lens” paper from the “Wood” collection.


The above are the products I used.  The Ice chest and beverages are a Silhouette file.  Once I had assembled all the decorator pieces then I “auditioned” where they would go inside the card.

Step 3:  Using the “Barrel Pop up” die set I used the pop up piece in the set twice so that the Barrel and the Ice Chest would both pop out.



The above shows how I auditioned for where the pop outs should go but also made me realize I needed the Palm Tree to be higher then the fold. So it wouldn’t look like it was floating in the sky,  I used ECD’s “Outdoor Edges” to cut a piece of cardstock to match the sand on the bottom.

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I love ECD’s “Banners” die set because you can use them 3 different ways, just the large side, just the small side, or as I did, sm. folded over lg..  The picture below shows how I colored them and then folded over a piece of black and white bakers twine.  I cut the letters from ECD “Lower case Alphabet” die set.  I put a piece of white cardstock on ECD “Double sided adhesive” and cut with the die.  It cuts the whole alphabet at once.  I like to color the letters I’m going to use while they’re still all together.  Then I remove them one at a time as I place them on the matching banner.


Step 4:  The Silhouette file “Ice chest with beverages” cuts all the pieces of this file at the same time once you have sized it etc. for your project.  For example, I could have cut the bottles with green paper, the outside of the chest with red etc. but I chose to cut all the pieces out of white cardstock.  Yes, I did color each of those bottles with Copics and the caps with a silver metallic pen.  I colored a very light blue for the ice in the bucket.  It has slots cut in it that you put the bottles in.  It makes the finished piece 3D.

Step 5:  The sentiment was computer generated and then cut with a die from the ECD Nested “Scalloped Pierced” rectangles set.

Step 6: The bottom (sand) half of the card was decorated with a cute little die set from Impression Obsession.


The dark brown rocks by a couple of grass pcs. are the negatives from the darker Jinks Monkey’s ears.  The little shell is a designer pc. from the “Rocky the Crab” ECD die set (pic. above).  The rope is from ECD “Ropes” die set.

The Front of the card:

  When I make a pop up card I cut two pieces of cardstock.  One piece for the front and another for the back.  I have found that when you try to put one fold inside of another it never works out well.  By cutting two separate pieces you avoid that problem.  I used ECD Buttercream Soft finish Cardstock for the front and back adding 1/4″ on sides and front edges more than your inside card.  I used the same “Scalloped and Pierced rectangles” die set that I colored just inside the scalloped edge with a Copic Marker E71.  The banana background was made by cutting a rectangle smaller to fit over the other and embossed with ECD’s “Bananas” embossing folder by Karen Burniston.  I then colored just the bananas with Copic Y08.  I added another sand border just as inside the card and placed the darker Jinks with a bow (because I’m the girly girl sister).  The cell phone and Selfie button are from The Eyelet Outlet.  I love this company.  They make so many adorable brads.  You almost can’t think of a shape they haven’t turned into a brad.  The sentiment on the front is stamped with a little stamp from Karen Burniston’s stamp set called “Cheeky Monkey”.

Thanks so much for taking a look.

Author: Kathleen Adams

I have been crafting with paper for several yrs. now. I am a single mother of four grown children (2 boys, 2 girls) and a grandmother of 6 (5 girls and 1 boy). I still work as a hairdresser part time at a beautiful retirement community in San Ramon, CA My passions are: gardening, sewing and crafting with paper while watching my favorite TV shows. I have an amazing dog named Shelby who I just can't imagine life without. I hope, with this blog, that I will inspire, teach, prevent costly mistakes in your journey and well, just have a lot of fun creating.

One thought on “Party On! Birthday pop-up Card”

  1. You in JAIL!!!!!! OH MY! I can’t imagine what your sister must have thought when you got into the back of the police car and were driven away! Thankfully, all turned out well…except for your wallet getting lighter from paying the fine. Hope you had enough money left over to buy a drink after that…I certainly would have needed one.

    In any event, the story was enlightening and provided a background for this wonderful card. The time and effort you put into it shows, and I’m sure Susie will love it and remember the incident that inspired it with a chuckle.

    I love how you “audition” where all your props go. That is definitely a tip that is invaluable. Great card, great tutorial, Kathleen.


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