Create a 3D Popup birthday card using Sizzix Framelits and felt fabric - JPriest

CardMaker Magazine and Sizzix Blog Hop – Happy Birthday Card with Felt

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Sizzix and CardMaker Magazine have teamed up all this week for a fun blog hop with card ideas featuring Stephanie Barnard's line of Sizzix dies. Stephanie is known for her cute whimiscal images and these die sets did not disappoint. I decided to make a cute an happy card using a mix of papers and fabric for a unique tactile experience. Mixing up fabric and paper is a fun way to make a child's card more interactive, as they can touch the different materials on the card and explore the differences between them. Here's the card I created:

Create a 3D Popup birthday card using Sizzix Framelits and felt fabric - Jennifer Priest shares a video on how to do it. Check it out!

You might think that these wafer thin dies can't cut fabric but they totally can! The trick is adding shims as well as running the die through the machine twice. I decided to see if the die would cut through craft felt, the kind you can get in 9×12 sheets at the craft store. It totally did! To cut through felt with these wafer thing dies, fold TWO sheets of 8.5 x 11 copy paper in half to act as a shim. You'll need to experiment a little to check that the dies are cutting all the way through the felt. Try adding an additional paper shim if needed. Also, you can cut away small attached areas with a pair of scissors if needed.

Create a 3D Popup birthday card using Sizzix Framelits and felt fabric - Jennifer Priest shares a video on how to do it. Check it out!

Check out this handy dandy video showing how to create this card from start to finish, including tips on cutting multiple small dies at once:

The felt I used is from Kunin Group – it is made form recycled plastic bottles and can be found in most craft stores in 9×12 sheets. You can make a lot of little suns and clouds with one 9×12 sheet of felt!

My niece's birthday is coming up and I just know she will love this fun card.


  • Sizzix Big Shot Machine
  • Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue
  • Sizzix Triplits Die Set- Kites & Sail Boat
  • Sizzix Framelits Die Set 19PK – Card, Happy Birthday Step-Ups
  • Sew Easy Industries 12-Sheet Velvet Paper
  • Kunin Classic Rainbow Eco-Fi Felt

If you love making cards, there's a blog hop for that! Sizzix & CardMaker Magazine have combined forces to bring you a flurry of card projects, ideas and inspiration featuring cardmaking dies by Stephanie Barnard.


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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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  1. It’s very interesting to see each designer’s creation using the same products. I love the warm and fuzzy feeling that felt projects. Love your colors, too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is such a cute card! LOVE the addition of felt! I think it adds so much to the card!! My granddaughter would love this fun card! TFS!

  3. This is amazing! I wish I could make mine look as clean and creative, but alas, you have so much more talent.

  4. How fun! I love all of this. I need more ideas to help me with crafts and homemade cards. They are so much more meaningful and fun for any event!

  5. I had no idea those dies could cut fabric. Thanks for more inspiration and techniques. Love that die!

  6. What a sweet card. Great idea using the button for the center of the sun. Fun color combo as well. Thank you.

  7. Awesome card…your niece is going to think you are the most amazing auntie! Thank you for sharing your great tips too.

  8. I love step cards. I have used felt a few times for my cards but need to get it out more.
    Sometimes it’s hard to get the dies to cut thru it so there is a little fussy cutting – but it’s worth it.
    thanks for sharing a summery card.

  9. I always wondered about this machine, so glad I read your post. I’m going to have to add this to my wish list! Your so creative, just love the pop up card! The addition of felt is a sweet touch!

  10. Beautifully done, Jennifer! I will have to try cutting some felt – love the fun texture on your card!!! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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