I created this card back in January as part of an online stamping event that I attended. I’m looking forward to attending another one later this month, and I’m sure that it will be loads of fun. This card was called a Center Pop-Out card by the instructor and you can see why in the later picture that shows the card opened up. This card was a lot of fun to create and I love how it’s a great way to use some of the pretty patterned paper that we love. Just imagine this card with the Perennial Lavender paper or the stunning Meandering Meadows paper. I just thought of using the super-cute A Little Latte suite to create a coffee themed card. Wouldn’t that be fun?

There are a couple of things that I am a little bugged by in my card. First, it’s the alignment of my plaid paper. I didn’t think of it when cutting and gluing and the finished card doesn’t have the horizontal lines in alignment and it really tweaks me. Ugh – you can’t un-see it once you know it’s there! The other thing is that the colors feel a little too monochromatic. It’s a little better with the Pretty Peacock elements on the inside, but I feel like there’s too much Lost Lagoon on the front. What do you think? Am I being too critical?

This is the inside of the card and I love how it pops out the center elements. And even better, this card is actually pretty easy to put together. I can share the cutting measurements here, but I don’t feel like I can share the instructions because I don’t want to undercut the instructors intellectual property.

Here are the measurements:

  • Basic White Thick: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″ and 6 3/8″
  • Patterned paper: 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″ (6 pieces for card panels) and 3/4″ x 4″ (for belly band)
  • Basic White: 1″ x 5 1/8″, scored at 1/2″ and 4 5/8″ (for the inside pop-up element)
  • Basic White: 1″ x 3″, scored at 1/2″, 1″, 2″, 2 1/2″ (center of the inside pop-up element)
  • Basic White: 1″ x 10″ (for the belly band)
  • Pretty Peacock: Scraps for banner die cuts on inside
  • Basic White: Scraps for stamped die cuts
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