Turn a dry embossing stencil into a pop-up template with the aid of POP-A-STENCIL ($11.95)


Make cards like these using dry embossing stencils and POP-A- STENCIL

Getting familiar with POP-A-STENCIL.

POP-A-STENCIL has several pairs of marked lines (lettered A-P), spaced equidistant from a center line (marked with arrows). (Notice that the letters and arrows are on each end of the lines.) One set of letters is readable from the front of POP-A-STENCIL, while the other set is readable from the back. (That will be explained later.) Although most stencils can be turned into a pop-up template, some will work better than others. We suggest starting with one in the shape of a figure, animal, etc., (i.e. teddy bear, snowman, ghost or flower). POP-A-STENCIL is designed to work with stencils up to 3 3/4" in height.

Place POP-A-STENCIL on a flat surface. Position a stencil on top of POP-A-STENCIL such that it is centered vertically. (You should see a like pair of lines just above, and below the stencil.) For instance, a 3 inch stencil, when positioned properly, will have line N just above, and below the stencil. Line M will be just inside the outline of the stencil on the top and the bottom of the stencil. Hold in place and tape the stencil to POP-A-STENCIL.

Turn POP-A-STENCIL over (with the stencil still attached). Using a pin or the back of a craft knife blade, scratch a line in the stencil, through the center line. Also scratch lines in the stencil, through the lines that were just inside the outline of the stencil (top and bottom). In the above example, it would be the lines marked M. (This is why one set of lines is readable from the front, and the other is readable from the back).

Remove the stencil from POP-A-STENCIL and position on a folded piece of card stock (moutain fold), with the center scratch mark on the fold. Tape into place (using a good quality removable tape). You may need to experiment with where you position the tape on the stencil to be able to hold firmly in place, yet not cover the areas you will be cutting. If that is not possible, because the areas not being cut are small, try taping one side while the other is cut, then tape the side that was just cut and cut the other side.

Using a #16 blade in a craft knife, cut the outline of the stencil from the top scratch mark, to the bottom scratch mark, on both sides of the stencil. You may cut other detail areas (inside the perimeter of the stencil), dry emboss, or use markers to color them.

Remove the stencil from your card. Using the FOLDING AID from POP-UPs ETC., crease the top and bottom of the cut pop-up as illustrated in the figures below.

Use double sided tape to attach to your outside cover and you have a completed pop-up card.