The idea for this Valentine card came from Lisa Curcio's Double Door Pop-Up Card video which you can view here: 🔴Surprise & Delight with this Double Door Pop Up Birthday Card - YouTube. I modified the inside of the card so that instead of a top-fold card inside, (spoiler alert!) I have 2 pop-up sloths😁.
Using Lisa's measurements, I created a cut file for this card using my Silhouette Design Studio software. It was a bit tricky to create the mechanism that makes the inner doors pop open, but otherwise this was an easy card to create a cut file for because it is mostly just rectangles and some vertical score lines. I love the design and am definitely planning to revisit this style of card later using the inner top fold card next time.
I chose some pretty Valentine card stock that has hearts on one side and some gold foil, balloons, cupids, and flowers on the other side. I used Art Impressions' Sloth Pop-Ups (a stamp and die set) and Sloth-Some stamp set to decorate the card. I love puns, and the puns in the Sloth-Some set really sold me on buying the set! Then I couldn't resist the pop up sloth stamp and die set! It's so cute! The pop-up stamp and die set is on clearance for just $5.25 right now for all you sloth lovers! Here's the link: 5357 – Sloth Pop-Ups – Art Impressions.
I used my MISTI for all the stamping on this card. First, I stamped the focal point onto white card stock and colored my little sloth with Copic and Chameleon markers. I wanted to keep things mostly pink, so my sloths are all in shades of pink. The theme at Double Trouble is "Love is in the Air," so I chose the sloth who is hugging a balloon. Isn't it cute how the balloon has a heart shape at the top?
For the inside of the card, I cut out the "doors" and adhered the heart side of the design paper to the front of the doors and the reverse side of the design paper to the inside of the doors. There's a bit of gold foil trim at the bottom of the doors that I really liked as it goes with the gold trim at the top of the card. I also added another layer to the bottom of the focal point that shows when the flap is lifted. I wasn't planning to do that, but the back side of the patterned paper had the hearts upside down because I didn't check how it looked on the back before adhering my stamped image onto it😂. I like seeing the balloon bouquet better than more of the heart pattern anyway as it coordinates with the balloons I cut out for the sides of the card, so it all turned out for the best!
I die cut a heart shape using a Gina Marie Designs stitched heart die and then stamped "I love you slow much" on the center of the heart. I adhered that to the center of the inside panel.
Then I stamped and die cut the 2 sloth pop ups using the special pop-up die that also creates score lines on the stamped image so you know where to fold the pop up. It was a little tricky at first, so I checked to see if there were any videos on using the pop-up dies. Sure enough, once I watched the video Art Impressions posted with instructions for their pop-up dies, it was easy to know how to fold it and where to glue.
I heat set the sloths before coloring them, but I still had a bit of smearing with my black ink. I probably should have waited to let them dry overnight. I colored them with my Copic and Chameleon markers and then adhered them to the inside of the card. The placement was a bit tricky as I needed both of them to fold down and fit inside the doors of the card, but thankfully they were able to fit with a little maneuvering.
To finish the card, I added a few puffy heart stickers to the front: 2 gold and one light pink.
Here's a look at the front of the card when it's standing up (notice how Cupid is hugging a heart on the design paper at the top right? I love how it looks like he's mimicking the sloth on the front!):
I have to pinch it to keep it flat, but it will be fine in an envelope:
Here's a look when the top flap is opened:
Here the doors are opening up, and you can see the sloths unfolding:
Nearly fully unfolded:
Close up of the sentiment:
Here's a screen shot of the cut file I created in Silhouette Design Studio in case you are curious about how that looks. I used Lisa Curcio's measurements to create the cut file and added colors to the pieces so I could see which ones should be cut from the various card stock and pattern papers I chose:
Challenges I'm entering:
Art Impressions Blog: You're My Everything Challenge #344 (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com): Card for someone you love or a Valentine's card (2/2; ends Feb. 15)
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/: Love is in the air (3/5; ends Feb. 9)
https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge: Love is in the air (1/5; ends Feb. 14)
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge -1st to the 25th every month: Valentine or in the garden (3/5; ends at the end of the month)
Double Trouble Paper Crafting (doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com): Love is in the air (I used balloons😃) (1/4; ends Feb. 19)
Inspiration Station (inspirationstationchallenge.blogspot.com): Inspiration photo shows hearts and indicates the couple is in love. My card also has hearts on it and is about love:
Colorful Options: Pink (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)
The Diva's that cut ....paper! (die-cut-divas.blogspot.com): Add some gold (gold foil on the design paper and gold puffy hearts as embellishments)😃 (2/4; ends at the end of the month)
Let's Craft and Create (letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com): ATG with option: Use a sentiment (2/3; ends at the end of the month)
February Mood Board Card Challenge (not2shabbyshop.com): I chose the colors from the mood board (2/3; ends at the end of the month)
Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge: ATG (1/2; ends Feb. 14)
Double D Challenges (daranddiane.blogspot.com): Hearts (1/3; ends Feb. 12)
The Paper Funday Challenges: ATG with twist to add lots of layers (I have extra layers on the front focal point, the sides and top, and the doors inside the card) (3/6; ends at the end of the month)
Creative Creases Challenge Archives - Secrets to Stamping (secretstamper.com): ATG with a fun fold (ends Feb. 17)
Gem of A Craft Challenge (pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com): ATG (2/3; ends Feb. 18)
Allsorts challenge blog: ATG with option of "I love..." (2/3; ends Feb. 11)
digidesignchallengeblog (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.com): Add one or more hearts (3/3; ends Feb. 17)
613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG with option of use red for anything but a heart (2/8; ends at the end of the month)
Challenge – Dare 2B Artzy Blog: Love (2/3; ends at the end of the month)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge ...: ATG (2/3; ends Feb. 18)
Stamping Sensations (sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with stamping (1/3; ends at the end of the month)
We Love Stamping: ATG with stamping as the focal point and the option of adding a stencil (1/3; ends at the end of the month)
We Love to Create mixed media Challenge Blog...sponsored by Polkadoodles (welove2create.blogspot.com): ATG with mixed media (I used alcohol markers) (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)
Word Art Wednesday: ATG (3/5 for the week; ends Feb. 15)
Park Hopping, My happy place (parkhoppingmyhappyplace.com): Anything theme-park related: It turns out there are two-toed sloths at Disney's Animal Kingdom! They are apparently in the Rafiki's Planet Watch area of the park (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)
Scribble Challenge (rabiscochallenge.blogspot.com): ATG (1/5; ends at the end of the month)
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: ATG (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)