Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Sweet 16 Birthday Pop Up Card

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Feb 18, 2008

Sweet 16 Birthday Pop Up Card

This card has a fascinating pop up mechanism. The two outside candles fold forward toward the cake and the two inner candles fold backwards toward the 16. When it collapses you can't believe the candles can possibly fit inside the cake!

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Here's the plain paper mock-up. The light gray pattern is the original, printed from Robert Sabuda's site. Changes in black.

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Here's how I made it.

First, I changed the angle of the inner candles a little so they wouldn't hide the 16 I wanted to add.

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Here are the pieces of the cake: blue cake, velum swirl overlay, embossed paper icing. I cut off the icing pieces on the original pattern because I wanted to use a different paper, and added the velum. It is just glued down around the edges, all of which are covered when it's done.

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Candle fold out and flames.

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Pop up support. Numbers cut from self stick paper. The foil photographs a little weird, it's actually blue and purple to the eye.

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Assembling cake and candles.
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Attaching icing.
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The outside of the card says Happy Birthday in a bunch of different fonts and sizes.
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A look at the backside of the pop up mechanism.
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The inside of the finished card.
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Nick Eng sent me a picture of one he made. Love the dog!


Chrissy said...

how awsome! I love this! thanks for the directions. Now for the angel of the candles are you using some kind of computer program or you doing this all my hand. Wow I can't say enough I love it!

cpeep said...

When I made the sample I realized the candles were blocking the 16 so I just cut them off and taped them in a better postition. Then I traced a new pattern from that.

If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you can see that the candles have been cut and moved.

The original pattern comes from Robert Sabuda's site.