Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Hi Crafty Friends,

I am back today with my 2nd project for the February Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.

Check out Karen Burniston's blog on Wednesday (US Time) when you will be able to see what all the designers created for the challenge this month, plus Karen will have an amazing video tutorial to share with us all.

Our challenge theme this month is .... "DOUBLE" - make a card of any theme using a doubling technique. This could be a double Pivot Panel, a double Katherine, a double Surprise Ball, or any fun combination of two different pop-up dies. 

When I was making my penguin card using the Surprise Ball Pop-up die set, I had the idea to create a Panda as well. I am loving creating these Double Surprise Ball Pop-ups as stand alone characters, rather than securing to a card. Cards normally get put away a week or so after a birthday, while these characters can be placed on a shelf in a child's room or whatever and they can play with it whenever they wish ... I love flattening the characters and seeing it bounce up.

Here is a quick video to see my Penguin Surprise Ball Pop-up in action.

This time around I created both of the surprise balls using white cardstock. I had planned on coloring the black portion with a marker, but when I started doing this I wasn't happy with the result, so I die cut another half ball from black cardstock and then used the panels from the ball to add the black portion around the top of the panda's body. 

For the panda's arms and legs I used the arms from the Adirondack chair, rounding off the sharp portion of the die cut. The die cuts a right and a left arm, so I adhered these back to back to get an cleaner finish and then adhered the arms and legs to the panda's body using foam tape.

I used a small circle from the Coffee Pop-up die set for the ears. I folded a 1/4 of the circle back to adhere to the side of the head. To hide the black on the head, I die cut another circle from white and added this to the 1/4 circle that is adhered to the head.

When I researched the color of a panda's tail, some were white and other's black, so as black would stand out a little better I went with black.. I used the flower hole reinforcing die from the Circle Tag Book Pop-up for this, cutting the flower in half seeing it had to be adhered over two panels which separate when the card is flattened.

I felt the panda needed some bamboo, so to make this I used the diploma from the Tiny Accessories 2 die set and a plant from the Garden charms die set. I used three diplomas for each bamboo, adhering it to a piece of cardstock for extra strength and then adding the leaves to it.

As I have panda themed sentiment stamps in my stash it seemed a shame not to make use of them. I stamped onto onto a sign the panda is holding. The sign was created using dies from the Parcel Pop-up die set. The sentiments are from Art Impressions Pand-tastic stamp set.

The base of the panda is attached to a green circle using the largest circle from the Crosshatch Circles die set. To cover the brad that attaches the circle, I adhered another circle over it. This is a good place to add a stamped sentiment and to write a personal greeting to the recipient.

I needed something for the panda to go into for when the card is presented to whoever it is going to. So I decided to create another pocket card as I did for my penguin yesterday. As the focus is on what comes out of the pocket, I kept the front of the pocket simple, using the Alphabet die set to create the word "PAND+TASTIC" 

I also added an arrow to the top right corner of the pocket, so it points to the bamboo that sticks out so they know to pull on this to pull out the panda.  I ended up stamping "Pull Me" onto the arrow after I had taken all the photos,  so there was no doubt as to what to do.

Don't forget to visit Karen Burniston's blog on Wednesday when you will be able to see what all the designers created for the challenge this month.

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Interactively Yours - Heffy Doodle 


dyeandpigment said...

You have inspired me. My daughter loves pandas so I must try this for her. Very creative. 👍

CarlavdM said...

What an wonderfull Panda Pop-up you created, I really like it.

slbt17 said...

very cute! Love it!

JenH said...

Thank you for the idea. My little sister loves pandas and my daughter found the card to be insanely funny!