Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Mother's Day Pop Up Bouquet

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May 7, 2010

Mother's Day Pop Up Bouquet

mother's day pop up card

(The purple around the edges is just background, not part of the card.)

I made this fan card (twice!) for Mother's Day. Technically it's not a pop up card, but a mechanical card in which the fan opens as the top tab is pulled. Pulling on the bottom tab closes the card. Ingenious!

Even with the help of my trusty Craft Robo, I pretty much spent one whole day, on and off, making and arranging the flowers. Which, by the way, were inspired by a gorgeous illustration by DaPino.

mother's day pop up card

Tutorial for my card

There is a fan card how-to in Making Mechanical Cards by Sheila Sturrock. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in mechanical cards. The author drew upon a collection of Victorian and Edwardian greeting cards, creating templates for 25 designs from that era.

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concretenprimroses said...

Its a very beautiful card. I love the fan technique.

DivineChoice said...

That's a wonderful card. Makes me smile :)

Love crafts forever said...

How fun and beautiful.

Ayana Posadas said...

Oh my goodness! This is veryyy impressive! I love your work!

Helen said...

That's an awesome card!!! Would love to know how to make it.

Jenny said...

Hi Carol,
This is awesome!


Anonymous said...

Are you doing a tutorial for this one? Please, please do!

Dr Sonia S V said...

I love mechanical cards
Please please post a tutorial
eagerly awaiting...


Whimcees said...


Wow! Impressive and gorgeous card! I am still working on my houses but I hope that you have a tutorial for this fan card!

Your skills and creativity are awesome! :<)

Wishing you a good day today!

Barbara Diane

cpeep said...

Ohhhh....do you all promise to MAKE it if I write the tutorial? It's kind of complicated. You could just buy the book and save me the trouble :)


maria dolores morales said...

¡Hola,cómo estás? por lo que se ve en tus trabajos, genial!! Me encanta lo que has hecho. ¿Te gustaría enseñarme cómo lo hiciste? Yo me estoy preparando a aprendiendo cosas para tener mi blog, sería de mucha utilidad saber cómo puedo hacerla. Muchas gracias, desde Córdoba, Arg. muchos cariños. Mary

Ladybuglair75 said...

Love the card! Do you ever feel it necessary to put instructions in your cards....like "pull here?" I just think about my grandmother or MIL who would open that card and think it's pretty....and totally miss the pull tab.

cpeep said...

Ladybug, I put it on the back. On the back of the top tab it says "pull to open" with an arrow, and on the back of the bottom tab it says "pull to close", also with an arrow.

Shoshi said...

Pretty pleeeeeease, Carol, for the tutorial??? I have been struggling for hours trying to work it out and getting nowhere fast! I promise, promise, promise I'll make it if you do! (I know it's asking a lot, but it's for an explosion box that has to be ready by Thursday...)

Everyone's clamouring for it...

I can see you're going to regret this particular follower of your blog lol!!