Sunday, 23 June 2013

Pop up Sunflower

A friend of mine has her birthday today and I finally finished this sunflower card for her last night.  It's a little experimental so please don't look too closely at the details.  In fact it did cause me a bit of grief and I think this is Sunflower card mark III and with each attempt, attention to detail got poorer as I wasn't sure if it was going to be binned as well !!!
The green/gold/black colour combination are her favourite colours (according to her girls anyway) - being those of the Jamaican flag, which is why the sunflower sprung to mind as the focal image.
The distressed polka dots on the pot and sentiment page were stamped with Peeled Paint DI.  My dear friend Lena bought this for me at a craft fair in Metz I was unable to get to.  It's from a French company called Aladine.
The Sun image and "wishing you sunshine" sentiment are from a MyStampBox set called appropriately enough Wishing you Sunshine.  The rest of the sentiment was from the Waltzing Mouse Celtic Heritage set.
The sunflower is a sizzix Original die - Sunflower #3 cut from yellow card and distressed with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey DIs.  The leaves were cut using a spellbinders die which I bought at the same time as my cuttlebug several years ago and I have no idea what the name is.  The flowerpot was cut using a Spellbinders Pennant die.
Originally there was to have been a pull tag at the bottom.  But for some reason it kept snagging.  Pulling from the top worked perfectly so I added a filigree butterfly to the flower with a yellow brad and some some yellow embroidery floss to indicate it's to be pulled.  I also had to cover the semi-circle I had punched on the bottom of the front panel for the tag, so I created a saucer for the flowerpot with two spellbinders petite ovals.  Naturally once this was done the pulling mechanism came good and I could have gone with my original design after all.
Here are some intermediate step photos so you can see how the double slider mechanism works.  That white strip in the middle is a strip of plastic shopping bag.  As you can see there is a notch at the top and bottom of the slider panel so it resembles a spool.  I found this works better and the plastic is not so visible when you look down at the card from the top.

As my friends keep telling me to get out more, I am entering this in the Lawnscaping Challenge 60 to add dimension and layers on my project.  I hope this qualifies as dimension even though I didn't use any pop dots.


  1. very cute! thanks for playing along with us at lawnscaping!

  2. Gorgeous card, love how the sunflower grows & the beautiful butterfly charm :)

  3. Wow, this is so cool! What a creative idea!!!!
    Thanks for playing along with Lawnscaping Challenges!

  4. Love interactive cards!! And this one is so clever!
    Thank you so much for playing with us at Lawnscaping :)


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