Wednesdays Card: Critter Pop-Up

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Critter Pop-Up

Hi All!

Sizzix just came out with some new pop-up dies. When you look at them, they are pretty simple to replicate without the die. Granted, the die will also cut the image that will be popping up for you (in my case the critters), but why not just have a simple box that you can adhere anything to? I’ve created a few other pop-ups before if you want to check them out: Two Owl Versions (Simple & Advanced) and Loads of Love.

With this one, I made the inside card smaller than the outside (by trimming the sides and die-cutting the pretty edge), which made it easier to adhere together. I used all Penny Black stamps on this one. Aren’t those little critters so cute? The stamp set with the flag is called Sweet Wishes and is awesome because there are several options for the message.

In Stampin’ Up! news, the new Holiday mini-catalog order period starts TODAY! There are some really pretty holiday stamps with matching dies. I donate 20% of every order (the demonstrator commission) to Foster Kids Charity, so please help me support these children by ordering through my sister’s store. You can view the catalog online HERE.

Anyway, I am off to Colorado again with my girls next week! Poor hubby has to stay home and work. 🙁 I’m glad to be getting away from Dallas because we have had a few West Nile Virus deaths (right in the next zip code!) from the horrible mosquitoes. I won’t even let my kids in the backyard. If they go anywhere, I spray them with Deet, which I hate, but I love my kids more. And of course the heat is unbearable this time of year. The high today is supposed to be 108!

So, I will be taking next week off. Yikes! I hate taking a week off. I’ll miss you (I’m not kidding), but I’ll be back the following week!


Note: If you are reading this post in an email, you’ll need to click on the post title above (“Wednesday’s Card”) to go to my blog and play the video.








  1. Love your videos! Just stumble across your website by accident and I’m so glad I did! Too bad about SU! I think SU lost quite a few very talented people for having such tight restriction. Hope you continue to do such great work and ideas!

  2. Hi Darlene!
    I wanted to share the card I made based on your directions!!! THanks so much for your videos!

  3. I can hardly wait for Wed, to come around so I can see your video. (was a few days late this week) I love to watch you use the copic and color. Thank you so much for the basic tutorial last week. It is helping me alot! This card is super cute. TFS

  4. Hello!

    What a wonderful blog you have! Your pages are so refreshing with the white background and layout! Thank you for the great card and video! I shall be back every day to see more inspiration! Wishing you a happy day!


    Barbara Diane

  5. Carrie C says:

    I love it! Thanks for the great video tutorial as well. I’ve just discovered your blog and am off to go check it out some more. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  6. Maureen Chandler says:

    What a darling card – I just love it. We have a new crop of babies coming and this will be wonderful for those birthdays! Thanks so much for the video – it has been quite a while since I made a pop-up card and this was a great reminder of the steps!!! Have a wonderful vacation and stay cool! Hugs!!!

  7. Another wonderful tutorial video Darlene. You always inspire me to push my card making abilities beyond my comfort zone and I’m always thrilled with the results. Have a nice break and I’ll look forward to the next video.

  8. Belinda Back says:

    Hi Darlene,

    Just an observation. It appears that in the critter on the left, the darkest colour is quite noticeable against the medium brown, almost as if it hasn’t blended very well. (And please, this is by no means a criticism – I love your work, and all your cards are amazing). Maybe it’s just the way the photo appears on my computer, though.

  9. This card is a work of art! I haven’t even watched the video yet, but couldn’t wait to give you high praises. I’m working my way into Copics, I’ve gotten about 30 of them, which I love! Your tutorials have helped me tremendously; I sit with my I PAD close by while I try and recreate your designs. Have a great time in Colorado!

  10. Andrea - EnchantINK says:

    What a cutie pie card! Just tried my first pop-up card recently! It was fun. Love the bright happy characters! Hugs xxx

  11. Loly Borda says:

    Adorable card! TFS and for your very clear instructions, enjoy your vacation.

  12. This video was excellent! I’ve never made a pop-up card before, but now i know how.

  13. Kathy Ness says:

    So cute!

  14. Cute Card!!! Love the non-die method. Have a great break from Dallas weather.

  15. This is so cute! I don’t have the Copic markers but I sure do like your videos about them! You are really an artist! Thank you for another great video. Have a good little break!

  16. G’day Darlene- great card – always enjoy your pop up designs, they are very cute. Have made a couple of them and the recipients always love them. Have a fantastic and relaxing time on your break with your girls…see you on line again in a fortnight!

  17. Carol Lucas says:

    Adorable card: perfect for a child or grandchild’s birthday. Gorgeous coloring, too!

  18. You did it again – great creation. I love your cards and your videos. Thank you for taking the time to create this for us. Have fun in your vacation.

  19. Another darling pop-up card. Love this. Enjoy your break and don’t miss us too much, though we’ll miss you. You put so much into your creations and I appreciate it.

  20. Hello Darlene: My goodness!!!!! you have the steadiest hands I’ve ever seen!! When I see you drawing those lines around your cards…..well, it’s just awesome. I’ve tried but my lines look all crooked and stuff so I use a ruler.
    Anywho…..I love this pop up cards! They are such fun to make and a real crowd pleaser when my grandchildren open them on their birthday parties.
    Thank you again, dear lady, for taking the time to make this videos for all of us to learn from and enjoy.
    Do you start thinking about next wednesday card on thursday? or right away after finishing the one for wednesday?? Just curious.
    Ok… the wait starts until next week…..!!

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Maria, actually, I start thinking about the next card as soon as I’m done with the current card! It’s nonstop card thinking and planning, lol!

  21. Adorable. Love the pop-up aspect and, as always, your coloring is awesome. Hope you and the girls have a fun time in Colorado. Hope it’s not too hot there.

  22. tabitha grace says:

    So very sweet – too cute! What a great card to get for your birthday – certainly will make someone happy. You did amazing – you have such a great creative style –
    I just adore your cards. Thanks for a great tutorial & inspiration.


  23. Love this happy pop-up card!

  24. Margaret says:

    Another great card Darlene. Going to miss your creation next week!! Have a great break.

  25. awww…your card is super cute! The colors you have used look really good together, and I like how you have made the inside card have a decorative edge; it makes a big difference! Keeping the outside simple was a good idea too…well, I just love everything about this card! 🙂


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