Stampin’ Up! Birthday Salute continues with the Pop-Up Cake die!


Hi All,

And happy birthday to any and all celebrating today.   Tightwad Tuesday began a salute to birthdays and today I’m continuing that with a peak at our bonus project for next Saturday’s Stamp a Stack.   

Those of us on diets (or just crazy for papercrafts) were jazzed when last year Stampin’ Up! started carrying a type of cake that requires no oven for preparation and has no calories!    What type is that?   Why a die cut pop up cake of course.   So get out your Big Shots, order your very own die and join the party!


Last week my friend and Upline Cheryl and I, while preparing for our upcoming Birthday Stamp a Stack, sat down to play with her new pop up cake die.   Being the eternal optimists we are we started out to create a full on pop up card.  Being pragmatic and frugalistas we not only downloaded Karen Burniston’s excellent alternative directions for assembling a cake card (available for download in my Scribd files or on Karen’s blog) we also started our experiments with retired papers so any boo boos wouldn’t be overly mourned.   Karen Burniston for those of you who don’t already know is the creator of this fab die that is made by Sizzix.  And if you’ve never visited her blog you really should.  Karen is a wildly creative and fantastically talented lady who freely shares her creations and helpful tips with other like minded creative paper freaks like you and I.   And while not a demo she is rather partial to Stampin’ Up products so you’ll see lots of great uses for our latest papers and tools on her blog that can be found here.

Here’s the result of our play (er, event prep) time:

My first pop up cake attempt.

Front of card:

And the inside…..

(Check out Cheryl’s cool Valentine nails that she used as a photo prop tool and in case you are wondering that’s the latest Sweet Pea papers that are doing double duty as a photo booth!)

In addition to the Pop up die the following was used:

Stamps: A Little Birthday Cheer, Whimsical Words

Ink: Melon Mambo, Summer Sun Marker (candle flames)

Paper: Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink Cardstock – retired SU DSP

Other: Two Step Bird Punch, Modern Label Punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Loopy Flowers Decorative Strip die,  Pop-Up Cake die, Big Shot, and lots and lots of sticky strip!

As you can imagine with a cake waiting to pop out of the card a Belly Band or ribbon to hold the card closed is a must.   I did discover after the fact that I had made the band just a bit wider than strictly necessary.  Partly lack of acute math skills due to lack of sleep and partly forgetting that the card was a 5″ square and that it was the envelope that was 5 1/4″!  I discovered that for a closer fit you want to add about an eighth to a quarter of  an inch to the measurement of your card depending on the size of your envelope when you create your belly band.   Ah well hopefully not too bad for a first attempt.    I did find that Karen’s directions for reinforcement, etc. really helped create a strong card that will hopefully stand the test of time.

Also discovered that a full pop up cake card is a bit of a time consumer so we moved on to the idea of a free standing cake as our SAS bonus project with the plan to save the card for a less time restricted stamp camp in the near future.

Here’s my free standing cake sample:

Stamps: A Little Birthday Cheer

Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla Cardstock

Ink: Melon Mambo, Summer Sun Marker

Other: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Scallop Circle Die, Pop-Up cake die, Big Shot

And here’s Cheryl’s beautiful Spring version:

Paper: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White Cardstock – Tea Party DSP

Ink: Summer Sun & Certainly Celery Markers

Other: Scallop Trim Border Punch,  Scallop Circle Die, Pop-Up cake die, Big Shot

Note:  While generally DSP strips are the recommended cake covering (they fold much more easily) we chose to use Cardstock as backing for the DSP strips on the top and bottom layers.  The cardstock added a bit more structural stability for a freestanding cake that won’t be folded up as well as a fun design element.

Not too bad for first time paper cake builders wouldn’t you say?   Much easier too than the full on tiered cakes I used to bake and decorate for weddings and other events.

What we learned:

Though we did learn that repeated folding up of the cake card tends to make the cake look a little tippy we also discovered that if you make your paper strips a wee bit taller than the frameworks layers they help to hold the card stock framework in place.  If planning to use border punches for added interest you’ll want to use minimum 1- 1/4″  tall paper strips for the cake cover strips.  

Inside structural view (click on image to enlarge for easy viewing):


Make sure you use your sticky strip and not your snail!  And make sure you use lots of it!  While less forgiving than snail for placement errors sticky strip really is the way to go to hold your cake together.   Make sure too that you attach to both side panels on each level with sticky strip and not just to one side.   Also if you use Cardstock, as we did on the freestanding cakes, as a backing for your DSP strips you will want to curl the paper a bit (rather like curling ribbon) before attaching to the cakes framework.  This will help you keep it locked down and less likely to pop away from the base.


I’ve compiled a list of inspiring and hopefully helpful links to other cake projects as well as info on where to find helpful documentation and tutorials.  I’ll be adding a PDF version of this to my SCRIBD files shortly that you are welcome to use for your own info, classes and customers.

Pop up Cake alternatives, Instructions and tutorials:

Splitcoast Gallery: – Sizzix Assembly Instructions (same as comes packaged with the die) – Karen Burniston’s Heavy Duty Cake instructions – Cake Video w/ Dawn Griffith


Karen Burniston (creator of the die) Cakes: – flowerpot & tutorial PDF – – New Years – Halloween – Harley – Princess Cake – Teal Flower

*********************************************************** –  Tug boat – Castle and Bunny in Wicker Basket – flowerpot – tutorial PDF – up cake die  – Flowerpot – UnderSea Sand Castle   – Snowman – 3D Santa – UFO & aliens up cake die – Butterfly Garden & Card Front – up cake die – Basket Woven Cake – Wedding Cake – variety of cakes – Wedding Favor – Balloon Make a Wish Cake – Jan Tink’s cake – Cupcake – 2 tier – Basket Ball Hoop! – Graduation Cake – other die embellished cakes – several cakes including a “Love Bandit” kids cake


Hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek.  If you are in the Jacksonville, Oregon area next Saturday please join us for a fun Birthday Stamp a Stack and build a cake of your own.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean


2 Responses

  1. Wow Jean! Great post and pretty good pics if I don’t say so myself. So glad you have this blog. Now I have to work my way through all the links. What a wealth of info!! Thank you!

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