CIC 472 | Puuur-Day Surprise | Pop-Up Element | Gerda Steiner Designs

Today marks the start of a new Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. For this challenge we are looking for cards that have a pop-up element of some kind. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! The challenge is sponsored by Gerda Steiner Designs, and if you join in with us you’ll be entered into the draw for a prize!

I began by printing the Cat With Balloons Digi by Gerda Steiner Designs directly onto my card base. I then coloured it in with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I made the cat into a grey tabby, and coloured the balloons coral, grey and lime. I used the same lime green colours for the cat’s eyes. I then stamped a sentiment from The Greeting Farm beside the image and set the card base to one side.

Next I die cut some snippets of white card with the Shaker Balloons #3 Oval dies from STAMPlorations. I cut five balloons and five strings. I used the same markers I’d used on my image to colour three coral balloons and two green balloons, as well as using both greys on the strings.

Next I worked on my pop-up element for the inside of the card. It took me some fiddling to work out the right way to do this as I’ve never actually made a pop up card before! I found the easiest way was to create an insert for the card and make three pop-up strips to attach my balloon cluster onto. Once I had that done I added an inside sentiment, this one from Clearly Besotted, and the card was complete.

Whilst I did get a little frustrated when trying to work out the pop-up mechanism, I had a lot of fun with this card and I really enjoy how it turned out! I love the sweet image from Gerda Steiner, and I think it makes a great focal point for the clean and simple front of the card. The balloons on the inside add a lot of fun and add to the party feel of the card. I hope this inspires you to join in with the challenge, for your chance at winning a gift card! And if you need more inspiration you can see what the rest of the team made over on the challenge page, or directly on their own blogs via the links below.


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

Addicted to Stamps and More – CAS (edit – where it was chosen as Top Addict!)

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Pop-Up Element

Gerda Steiner Share Your Designs Challenge – Anything Goes

MFT Color Challenge – Color Palette

Seize The Birthday – Anything Birthday


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)







6 thoughts on “CIC 472 | Puuur-Day Surprise | Pop-Up Element | Gerda Steiner Designs

  1. What a fantastic card!!! Love all the details and the effort that you’ve put in, Charlotte! The cat looks the most adorable, and the balloons are just perfect! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Seize the Birthday challenge!

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  2. I really love how you coloring the Cat
    what a cuuuuute Image
    and the balloons colored adorable too
    great CAS card
    many thanks for joining with us at ATSM this time
    biiig hugs

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  3. Love this pop-up card, how fun and your colouring is amazing, you’ve become a pro with those Illustrator markers! Thanks for sharing it with us at Addicted to Stamps and More and we hope to see more of your beautiful creations again soon! Hugs, Gwendolyn

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