Sunday, August 9

Tutorial: Twist & Pop Card

Twist and Pop cards are fabulous, interactive cards with a central panel that twists and pops outward to reveal a message, image or combination of embellishments that is sure to impress the lucky receiver.


1. Place the 11" x 41/4" piece of card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 51/2". Fold along the score line to form  your card base.

2. Use some patterned paper and an assortment of embellishments to decorate the front of the card as desired. I used one of the images and sentiments from the new Make A Wish digital stamp set.

3. Place the 11" x 33/4" piece of card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 23/4", 51/2" and 81/4". Fold along each of the score lines starting with a valley fold, then a mountain fold and then another valley fold.

4. Decorate your image panel as desired. This is the section of the card that "twists and pops" as the card is open so you will probably want to display your main message or image here.

5. To create the mechanism, place the 8" x 3" piece of card stock horizontally on the desk in front of you. Use a pencil and ruler to measure and mark 21/2" from either end of the card stock, on both the top and bottom edge. See the template above for correct placement.

6. Place the 8" x 3" piece of card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 4".

7. Rotate the card stock so that it is now horizontal on your score board. Score at 11/2" intersecting the first score line.

8. Now we're going to score between the pencil marks you made in step five. Start at the top, left hand mark and score down to the bottom, right hand mark. Now score from the bottom, left hand mark up to the top, right hand mark. The four score lines should intersect in the middle of the card stock. Refer to the template above.

9. Fold and burnish all score lines with a bone folder.

10. Use your index fingers to fold the long sections inward as shown in the photos below.

11. Use a bone folder to burnish all the folds.

12. Now we're ready to construct our twist and pop card. You should have an image panel, the inner mechanism and the card base.

13. Apply some glue to the triangle shaped area on the card mechanism. Lay a ruler along the centre of the card base to find the mid point and line up the mechanism, directly below the fold, making sure the card still closes easily. Apply the mechanism, glue side down, and allow to dry for a couple of minutes.

14. Apply more glue to the second triangle section, then close the card to adhere in place. Allow the card to dry for a few minutes to ensure the mechanism is securely attached.

15. Open the card. The mechanism should unfold and lay almost flat on top of the card. Place the image panel on top of the mechanism, matching the centre score lines and keeping the edges flush.

16. Fold the right hand panel over to reveal the mechanism. Use a pencil to mark the position of the image panel.

17. Repeat on the left hand side, so that you have two clear pencil lines on the mechanism.

18. Apply glue on the top, right hand section of the mechanism. Keep the glue between the pencil line and the edge of the card stock as seen in the photo below.

19. Move the image panel so that it's flush with the pencil line and centred over the mechanism (see below). Unfold the image panel and press against the glue. Allow to dry for a minute.

20. Apply glue on the bottom, left hand section of the mechanism, keeping the glue between the pencil line and the edge of the card stock as seen in the photo below.

21. Unfold the image panel and press against the glue. Allow to dry completely.

Your card is now complete!
(You may have to open and close the card a few times to limber up the mechanism)


Friday, August 7

Peace and Comfort

I love using patterned paper to inspire the colours I add to an image. Not only does it ensure a cohesive project, but it's also a great way to explore different combinations of colours and shades. To help make the process easier, I always use the colour guide I created for the particular medium I want to use. You can find blank charts on the internet by Googling whatever medium you're using and "blank colouring chart". For example: "Prismacolor pencils blank colouring chart". Try it with your paints, markers and mediums too.


Wednesday, August 5

Hanging Sentiment

For something a little different, I stamped a sentiment on both sides of a circle of card stock and hung it from a paper tag. I set eyelets in both the circle and the tag and strung them together with three interconnected jump rings. To allow the sentiment to swing free, I added a piece of foam tape to the tag, just above the eyelet.


Monday, August 3

Candles and Cake with Carla

Check out the two fabulous birthday cards that Carla created with the Make A Wish digital stamp set. The first one has an awesome gold splattered background that shines and shimmers in the light. She has coloured the image with pencils to create a delicious-looking (and calorie-free) cupcake that would be most welcome at any party. For her second card, she used four of the candles from the set, printed on kraft card stock and coloured with a collection of colourful pencils.

For more of Carla's work, head over to her personal blog by clicking the link below.

Sunday, August 2

July Winners

Congratulations to the June Challenge Winners!
NanaConnie, Sarah W. and Teresa H.
You are the randomly chosen winners of last month's challenge.
If you already have a Beccy's Place store account, I'll be adding a $20.00AU credit very soon.
If not, please email me at to claim your prize.

Saturday, August 1

August Challenge

Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy's Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog or other hosted site, and submit a direct link below. The challenge runs from now until midnight on the 31st of August 2020 (AEST).


To keep things interesting, I'll be adding an additional optional element to the monthly challenges. For August, it's Flip-A-Coin time! As always, keep in mind that the additional challenge is just an optional extra.

  • Entries that don't meet the conditions will be deleted from the challenge.
  • Your project must be created during the month of August 2020 and entered into the challenge during the active challenge period. Due to an automated system, late entries cannot be accepted.
  • Each month I will include a re-mastered digital image from my library of freebies as well as a bonus challenge, such as a card sketch, bingo grid, etc. You DO NOT have to use the image or bonus challenge on your project, but you MUST use a Beccy's Place image, either free or purchased, to be eligible for entry.
  • You can enter as many times as you like and you can submit your card to any other challenge you wish.
  • At the end of the month three winners will be chosen to receive a $20.00AU store credit for any digital stamps at Beccy's Place. To redeem the store credit, winners must have a Beccy's Place customer account. (Please note, you do not need an account to enter the challenge. It is acceptable to create an account in the event that you win. Accounts can be closed at any time.)
  • Store credit won during any Beccy's Place challenge is only redeemable for digital stamps.
  • Entries can be uploaded to the challenge from any hosted site including blogs, online galleries, Google photos, etc. If you do not have access to a hosted site, please feel free to email your photos to me and I will add them from the Beccy's Place Guest blog.
  • Beccy's Place designers may enter the monthly challenge but are not eligible to win prizes.