Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pop Up Blog Hop (à la Mo)

Mo's Digital Pencil  pop up box - CLOSE mel stampz

Whew...fixed my Blog Hop Catastrophe! For some reason, my photos that were all loaded on here wouldn't work. I kept getting a series of nasty html errors, so I took them all off & now all that all the tutorial & template goodies are back.... I'm on top o' the world, baby! hehehe

It must have been a flickr issue, but I had to rewrite the post...
[HAL, what are you doing, Hal? teeheehee]

If you missed the beginning of Mo's dream team hop,
please start here on Suzanne's blog.

The theme is Pop Up! (Love that idea! Thanks Suzanne!)

I made a pop up in a 3.5 inch square box:Mo's Digital Pencil  pop up box

This is a new New Year's
Mo's Digital Pencil image! Reach for the Stars. stuff (printing/embossing details)
2...making a pop up in a box 3.5 x 3.5 box template

I've printed image (and all the parts for layers) at 80% and
embossed everything in silver.

There's a tutorial here for embossing digital images from an
inkjet printer with Matte Medium:

This technique also works well with Gesso.


...make a pop up in a box

Step 1)
Cover white cardstock with Matte Medium & print images & pieces for layers at 80%.
Colour & cut the pieces out.

(Lil' Note: With silver embossing powder & Copic markers you just want to be careful not to touch the silver too much with the markers--embossing powder can react with Copics. It worked A-okay on this wee fellow though with Ranger embossing powder.)

Step 2) Create the pop up bit (white rectangular paper):

(This will work for a pop up card that you want to lay flat too. I just popped it in the back of a box for this project...)

2a) Cut a piece of cardstock to measure 1/2 inch wide by 5 1/2 inches.
2b) Score at 1 1/2" then 2" and 3 3/4" and the 4" mark
2c) Fold it & adhere on itself so it makes a rectangular shape.
2d) Lay the image (baby) over it & mark anywhere the rectangular pop up support shows.
2e) Cut away the marked off bits & dry fit it to be sure it looks tidy. :o)

Step 3) Glue all the layers on & the paper-pieced banner. (Since the Matte Medium used to coat the paper for the silver embossing is clear, it lets you emboss on patterned paper for paper-piecing too.) :o)

Step 4) Adhere the pop up rectangular bit to the back of the baby

Step 5) Print the 3.5 inch square box template, score, cut, & fold it. Adhere the image into the bottom of the box (For added interest, I trimmed the image in a cloud shape, pierced a dotted line around it with a paper piercer & added glitter to the stars.

...and.... printed a couple of the stars from the image at 200% and hung them on silver thread so they spin around. :o)

Step 6) Finally, print the lid. Cut it out (I also cut a circle in it), score it, & assemble it (The lid may require trimming to even it up.) Add the lid to the box.

Tie a ribbon around, and that's it!


(Please click the links if you'd like to
download the free templates)

This box measures 3.5 inches square
The bottom template has one side missing
(which is included in the template with the lid.)

Bottom of the box:

3.5 inch square Box Bottom With Scorelines JPG
3.5 inch square Box Bottom With Scorelines PDF

3.5 inch square Box Bottom WithOUT Scorelines JPG
3.5 inch square Box Bottom WithOUT Scorelines PDF

the lid & side:

3.5 inch square Box Lid & Side With Scorelines JPG
3.5 inch square Box Lid & Side With Scorelines PDF

3.5 inch square Box Lid & Side WithOUT Scorelines JPG
3.5 inch square Box Lid & Side WithOUT Scorelines PDF

  • white cardstock (for the image)
  • ...coated with Matte Medium (by Golden)
  • Silver embossing powder & heat gun
  • Copic markers
  • Cream Cardstock for the box
  • Patterned paper (BasicGrey Figgy pudding)
  • Paper piercer & silver thread
  • Tombow & Double-sided tape

Next, the gorgeous creations of


Thanks so much for stopping in.
Hope you have a wonderful day!

P.S. Mo's Challenge Team has some stunning projects this month.
You can join in on the fun HERE!



Hi Mel
A gorgeous box,
Hugs Dianne xx

Cheryl said...

Hi Mel, Looking forward to seeing your whole project! Arent' computers wonderful!
What you've been able to show looks great!

Shelley said...

Mel, what we can see is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing the whole card when you sorted out your camera. hugs Shelley

Holly said...

Well this looks to be adorable! I love how you have the star hanging down. Such a cute image!

Kim Nath said...

Gorgeous! Thanks so much for the template!

Dawn said...

OMStars & Garters... too CUTE!

sorry this post gave you fits though, glad you got it figgered out!

SuzanneM said...

Hi Mel...Your creation is just beautiful. As a newbie I really appreciate all the instructions. Really glad you worked out all your computer problems so we could see this!!!

Sandy Hulsart said...

Goodness what a project. Just adorable!

mekei said...

well, i hopped all over. thanks for sending us on such a beautiful journey. wow, such creativity and all so different and all from people who enjoy the beauty of details.

Nancy said...

What an amazing box, and thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial!!

Janette said...

Great card and box,love the stars hanging down,nice touch,thanks for sharing everything with us.x


Great Job! It is so adorable!! You might even use it as an ornament!
Hugs, Gina Marie

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

Wow, what a great project! I absolutely LOVE the embossing on the stamped image. I have a laser printer which is great for printing smudge-free digis, but I don't think I can do any embossing with it since the toner comes out already fused. I've have to think of alternative methods.

Thanks for all the super-useful info!

Suzanne J Dean said...

Mel you are the DIGI QUEEN I tell ya--I never knew you could emboss digi images! Fabulous & will have to give it a go! Love the paper piecing & your box is just fabulous!


Mina said...

wow Mel this is fabulous, Im learning so much on this blog hop...fantastic and clear tutorial as usual...brilliant
Mina xxx

Guylaine said...

what a beautiful work! I can't see all images but what I see is very nice!

Lauretta See ( LadyPou) said...

You never stop amazing me Mel.. You and Mo together make me OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHH WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW all the time :) i love you 2 artiste's soooooooooooooooooooo much ;)))) great job !!

Hugs, xx

Judi M said...

Mel, this three-dimensional effect is gorgeous. Your designs always go one step further... such as suspending those extra stars. Just precious.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 17 Dec [LA 02:59pm, NY 05:59pm, UK 10:59pm] - 18 Dec [OZ 09:59am]).

scrappypug said...

I am just so amazed everytime I visit your blog!

Gwen said...

Mel, you put so much work into this. Lots of payoff too. It looks incredible.


Anjou Krelovich said...

This is outstanding! What a gorgeous project -- thanks for the great instructions too.

Gina said...

Wow! thanks for the template. This is so impressive!

Country Mouse said...

This is great!! And with the's super!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

Cathryn said...

wonderful tutorials, cute templates and beautifully created project. TFS

Kylie said...

OMGoodness! What a creation. Thanks for all your hard work in sharing the details.

Kylie xo

NormaJean said...

wow!! Beautiful thats what first popped in my head.. thank you so much for showing us how to do it too
hugs normajean

Anonymous said...

Mel, this is great! Thanks so much. I couldn't get the link for the tiny tags.png to work. Is it me?

Bonnie Brown said...

That was some project! Great job.

Carlie M. said...

Love your little box!!!!! It is so cute!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Box, Purses, etc. post on Jan. 08, 2010. Thanks again.