Freestanding pop up jar of love card

If you know me or a regular follower then you know that I am a sucker for a card that folds flat but stands up somehow for display and that I love multitasking. Some would say that's because I am too cheap to pay non-standard postage and am always looking for a way to explain why I am crafting rather than doing what I should be doing! Whatever the reason it has worked out well today as I have a great card to show you that suits 2 challenges.

So...... first to the card.

It is a card fold that has been around for a long time (my original notes are from a class I taught in 2009!) called a Free Standing Pop Up card. I have combined the colour combination from Just Add Ink #JAI 317 and the sketch from Global Design Project #GDP042

This card is really easy to make and I think it is due for a revival!
  1. Start off with a piece of cardstock 28 x 10.5 cm.
  2. Score along the long side as shown on the below.

    3. On the centre line (14 cm score line), punch a hole with a 1/8" hole punch about 1.5 cm in from each edge. Using your paper trimmer cut either side of the score line between the 2 holes. Try not to make the gap too wide.

      4. Fold on each score line and flip over to the back. (I have used the Hardwood stamp with Versamark ink on the front of my Kraft cardstock for a table like effect). Fold the bottom section up and add Fast Fuse. To this affix the pull up mechanism. Normally you would have a tag that was about 7 x 13 cm but I have adapted it for this card. I added a strip of Whisper White 3 x 13 cm. The reason for this is because you don't want the jar to sit below the 'table'. This white strip will have the jar attached to it and will be trimmed. Poke the strip through the slit you cut earlier.

        5. Fold the top fold down and apply Fast Fuse to it. Fold the card in the middle and line up the 2 bottom folds. The pull up mechanism should be poking out the top.

        6. Pull the mechanism up and the bottom box/table will form. If you cut the slit too wide your pop up bit will keep falling through and your box won't stay put. Next time cut it a touch narrower. Then you just decorate. For mine I have added the jar with leaf sprays, then added the flowers. Take card to make sure that the card fits in an envelope and the pop up pieces still slide through the slit.

        7. The card front can be decorated as well. Make sure to only attach the embellishments to the front of the box so that your card can still stand up. You can see here how I have used the Global Design Project sketch. The coil of linen thread is the circle element.

        The Thoughtful Banner stamp set and coordinating Classic Label punch made for great sentiment banners. I love the little arrow details that helped accentuate the great colour scheme from the Just Add Ink challenge.

        I am really happy with how this turned out. I know that I will be making some more soon. Check back later in the week as I have another one in the pipeline for a challenge using the Birthday Fiesta stamp set. Can't keep a good llama down!

        And of course every card needs a message panel so I stamped and die cut and extra jar for this and also to cover the stems.

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        1. Oh, this is beautiful, Lou! I'm the complete opposite to you, in that I like to make plain old cards! LOL. Love how you've used the challenge colours, especially on the ends of the sentiment banners. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink this week!

        2. What a beauty! I love those blooms on the base of your card - fabulous use of the challenge colours. Thank you for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week, Lou. x

        3. Love this Lou ... thanks for the detailed instructions. Yes, a card with a touch of something a little different is always a hit, and this is a stunner! xxx

        4. Love your brilliant update of the freestanding pop-up with Jar of Love - a perfect combination & brought back memories of 2009 for me too. The challenge colours look so fresh too. Lovely! I'm going to have to add this to my must try list. Glad you could play along at JAI this week.

        5. Love this Lou. The pop idea works great with Jar of Love and your pretty flower embellie on the bottom is super cute! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

        6. So sweet - I just made cards like this last week too. Love your pretty flowers. Chantell JAI

        7. As always I love your creative folds cards! I can't wait to try this (right after I try the shaker cards)!

        8. What a wonderful interpretation of the sketch this week. Such a "Wow" card! This is my new favourite stamp set too, lol. Thanks for playing at Global Design Project with us this week.

        9. Gorgeous card! So nice of you to include how you made it--much appreciated! Thanks for inspiring me today.
          :) Marie

        10. What a gorgeous card Lou - such a great use of a pop up! I'm off to have a go at one too!

        11. Super gorgeous Lou! I am loving this set more and more every time I see something new and fun and yours certainly is that! Thanks so much for sharing your talents and joining in with this week's Global Design Project!

        12. That's a cool card Lou!!! Great instructions too. Thank you so much for playing along with this week's Global Design Project challenge. Hope to see you join us again xx

        13. How fun is that!?! What an amazing amount of work - pays off because this card is wonderful. Thanks so much for playing along with this week's Global Design Project sketch challenge.

        14. Stunning! I have never seen this template before! I am bookmarking this page and giving it a try!! Thank-you for sharing the details! Thank-you for playing along with the Global Design Project.

        15. Beautiful card!! I would like to make a free standing pop up card too. I was trying to convert your numbers to inches but I don't think I got them quite right. Can you help out? I think the base of the card would be 11 - 1/4" x 4-3/8" and it would be scored at 1-1/4", 3", 4", 5-3/4", 7-1/2", 8-1/2" and 10-1/4" Thank you for any help you (or anyone else) can give me.

          1. Hi Lisa. Sorry for taking so long to reply. I have been overseas. I am not sure where you live but if you live in the US you different cardstock sizes to us in Australia so I have changed the measurements slightly for you so that you can get 2 cards from on sheet of cardstock. I would start with a piece 11" x 4". Score at 1", 2 3/4", 3 3/4", 5 1/2", 7 1/4", 8 1/4" and 10". Try this on a piece of scrap card to see if it works. Let me know if I can help further. Cheers, Lou


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