Friday, December 29, 2017

Gingerbread House Pop-Up Card

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Here is another Christmas pop-up card. This time it's a Gingerbread House as the pop-up. I chose to do a gingerbread house because I just got a white gel pen and it's so fun to use. I had to think of an excuse to use it and I thought the icing on gingerbread would be perfect.

Gingerbread House Pop Up Card front

Gingerbread House pop-up house

The other idea I had was to mix cinnamon and cloves in the paint so the house would actually smell like gingerbread. That didn't work out as well as I expected. It has the faint smell of cloves and cinnamon but it's not very strong. I think the paint covered up the wonderful Christmasy smell. I will experiment with that again though. I didn't want to waste too much paint so I didn't mix as much as I should have.

Inside view of pop-up card

I made the house out of the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling Die. It's the basic house without the front gable. On most of the pop-up houses I studied online, the roof is not attached at the wall-roof intersection because it has to float enough for the house to become square during the popping up action. I attached the roof with a folded piece of paper in the center under the roofline. I also cut the roof larger to make overhangs to cover up the gabled ends of the house better.

I made a couple of other pop-up features - 2 gingerbread men, 2 snowmen and one tree from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Christmas Things. I think they are a nice addition to the house. The page the house sits on needs more decor. I will work on that.

Opened pop-up card

The front of the card was fun to do as well. The background is a Tim Holtz Layered Stencil called Crossed where I used crackle texture paste highlighted with Distress Walnut Stain Ink. I used some Christmas papers from paper stash and mini-paper stash behind that. The cardstock inside is scrapbook paper from years gone by. I love the deer from the Winter Woodlands Thinlet dies. And then there are 2 stamped messages - "Wishing You Peace and Joy" and "Happy Holidays". I choose those 2 because it's after Christmas. I'm going to send this to a friend with 2 girls. I think they will enjoy it.

Winter Wonderland deer Christmas card

This card is works much better than my very first pop-up card earlier in the month. It lays flat and opens a little better. Also I glued the flaps that hold the house to the card INSIDE the house this time which looks better. I also think the front of the card looks a little more polished. These cards are experiments for  next year's invitation to the Little House Making Party which I intend to host next November. You know you can't start too early on these kinds of things. Creativity takes awhile.

I am going to add this to 2 online challenges - the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is "Anything Goes" and the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style - tag number 2. Linda's background is what inspired me for this card. I only entered 3 tags in the 12 Tags of Christmas but that is 3 more than I did last year. I'm going for at least 6 in 2018. 

I hope you have a Happy New Year. Take care.


  1. Lucy, you're a GENIUS! I need you to come build me a house that doesn't have so many issues. But that's another story. Let's focus on this wonderful pop-up card! The front of your card is beautiful enough, but then these incredible surprises wait inside. And to top it off it smells like gingerbread??! Wow! Congratulations on working out the 'bugs' in your pop up design and for getting three 'tags' done! Your blog is always a treat to visit, and thank you for all your inspiration through out this year--so glad I found you! Happy New Year!

  2. Super!!! I love making Pop Up Cards too!
    Dr Sonia

  3. Gorgeous card & Gingerbread house Lucy! I love the cute deer and the texture paste looks lovely.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  4. Amazing Lucy. I can't even get my mind around how something like this can be constructed. The front of the card is gorgeous, beautiful layers and textures. The pop up is crazy wonderful! Thanks so much for playing in week #2!