A Graduation Pop Up Card

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Since it’s almost June it’s graduation time!  A customer of mine in the beauty salon asked me to make a card for her great granddaughter’s high school graduation.  Their high schools colors are purple, gold and white.

I purchased this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs 1106 – Hot Air Balloon Pop Up.  This set came out about a year or so ago but Joset Designs within the same company, came out with her “Hot Air Balloons“.  I opted to buy the former because it had a lot of extra little decoration dies.  But recently decided I needed this one too.  Hee, hee.

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When I make one of these pop up cards I usually don’t fuss a lot with the outside.  The inside of a pop up card, is the big bang!  So that where I begin.

Step 1:  Create the pop up.  Rather than try to write how the assembly works, as always, I have the assembly video from the Designer Karen Burniston link below.

 I began with a piece of 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock.  I scored it along the 11″ side at 5.5″.  I trimmed the folded card to measure 5.5 x 7″.

Step 2:  Using one of the “Behind the Scenes Stencils” called “Cloud and Grass” I created a sky background.  I first made the clouds using Panpastel Ultramarine Blue.  Once I had stenciled the whole inside of the card I went over the tops of most of the clouds with a little PanPastel Diarylide Yellow.  The Cloud and Grass stencil is one designed by Susan Tierney Cockburn also with Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Here’s a video by Susan that is a tutorial on this technique:


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Step 3:  Now according to the video above place the die piece that creates the pop up on the center fold closer to the bottom and run it through your die cutting machine.  I then ran it through my machine to extend the longer pop up just as Karen demonstrated.

Step 4:  Cut out all the pieces to decorate the inside of the card (the fun part).  I decided to cut two balloons in her school colors and two using just the balloon die pc. (looks like a light bulb) to use for the sentiments.  I first stamped the sentiments using the “What’s Up” stamp set pictured below on white cardstock with clear embossing ink.  Then sprinkled with Recollections Metallic Gold embossing powder.

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Then used a heating tool to activate the embossing.  Place the balloon die over the embossed sentiment and cut the balloon.  Next ink the edges with purple ink.  Cut the basket piece from gold mirror or metallic cardstock for both sentiment balloons.  For the clouds on foam dimensional dots and squares I used the clouds in this die set as well as the two cloud dies from “The All Seasons Tree” by Karen Burniston for ECD.  Color the edges of the clouds with PanPastels to match the stenciled background.  I added some metallic stars that were cut with the star decorator die from Elizabeth Craft Designs The Evergreen Pivot Card die set.  I added Clear Adhesive Glitter Dots to the top of the color baskets also from ECD.

The Sentiment banner “So proud of you”  is from a stamp and die set that I have no idea who the manufacturer is.  Sorry!  I used the stamp for the banner which I stamped with clear embossing ink and Antique Gold embossing powder.  Then used the matching die that cuts out the banner.  The actual sentiment words stamp “So proud of you” is a stamp set by Avery Elle.  I like little set because you can make a lot of different sentiments with all those little stamp combinations.


You need to make the outside of the card.  I am a big believer in “A fold in a fold never works out well!”  Instead cut two panels that measure 5.5 x 7″ from white cardstock.  On the front panel the graduation cap as well as the grad cap border on the bottom are Silhouette files.  The words “Congratulations” and “Class of 2017”  were cut from these three ECD die sets: 1051 – Congratulations, 967 – Alphabet 1 – Caps and 968 – Numbers & More 1.  The back of the card is always the same for me.  I make from Avery tear apart business cards and use one of their templates on line to make these simple cards attached to the back.

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I use clear double side adhesive to attach the outside panels to the pop up card.  Put the adhesive tape on the pop up back side not the panels you will attach.  This way you don’t accidently tape where the pop up mechanism is. That would be disastrous!

Thank you so very much for your time to look at this tutorial.  I hoped it inspired you to make on with your take on this cute Hot Air Balloon die set.

Materials not otherwise mentioned or in a photo:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:   Clear double sided adhesive 10mm, Clear Glitter Dots Peel off Stickers, Stars: Evergreen Pivot.

Cardstock: Michaels Recollections

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1 thought on “A Graduation Pop Up Card

  1. What an awesome Graduation card. Lots of cutting went into it, and it is a big keepsake for one of life’s great moments.


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