Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC46 – Clean and Simple…isn’t always.

WWC46 – Jean’s CAS Masculine Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC46 Jean's CAS Masculine Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  My challenge card is Clean and Simple I think you’ll all agree…except…when it isn’t.  On the inside that is.  It’s neither clean…nor simple.  In fact it looks a bit like my tea got out of hand don’t you think?   You know me…I always have to turn a challenge on it’s head in some manner…even when it’s mine!


CAS Pop Out Banner Birthday Card

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC46 - Jean's CAS Masculine - Pop Out Banner Birthday Card

And here’s the inside with the pop out banner:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC46 -  Jean's CAS Masculine - Pop Out Banner Birthday Interior

I loved making this interesting pop out banner interior.  I’m having even more fun picturing the delight of the recipient.   I found this fun technique on a video here.

With this kind of card interior I’m never sure whether to call it a pop up or pop out card.  Either one sounds just a bit risque don’t you think?  Of course adding banner to the title helps with that. 😀

Supplies & Measurements:

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (hostess), Gorgeous Grunge, Sprinkles of Live

Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake

Paper: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Tools & Adhesives:
Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Festive Fireplace Framelits (cat), Hearth and Home Framelits (window box die), Stampin’ Trimmer, Snail, dimensionals

Construction Tips:

  1. Die cut your standard card base (after scoring the center fold line) with the window box opening and stamp the flowers from Sprinkles of Life above the box opening.  I used a small mask of copy paper so I could mask out most of the grass section of the stamp.  As an alternative you could diecut the window box out of a darker color paper and then just attach it after stamping the flowers for greater simplicity.   To tell the truth…I didn’t think of that until I had the card mostly finished. 😀   Scoring the card base first before die cutting helps you with correct placement of the die.
  2. Die cut the cat in whatever color you desire.  Having had a black cat who I dearly loved I tend to represent her when I need a cat.  Black is so often a nice contrast to the other parts of the design too.   Wait to adhere the cat until the rest of the card is finished.
  3. Follow the directions for creating the pop out interior in the video noted above.   Two changes to the video were made.  After I had the interior panel finished I trimmed it about 1/8″ in both dimensions (wide and long) so it would better fit inside the card.  Left a bit of a border on all sides when gluing the card interior to the exterior.   Stamp the design on the interior before folding it all up and adhering to the outside card base.  And I placed the Very Vanilla panel behind the die cut window box and stamped the sentiment then adhered it to the interior fold piece so it would show correctly.   That’s one of the reasons that the outer design is so low on the card.  To accommodate the pop out construction.
  4. Once you have inside and outside attached.  Add the cat with dimensionals.  One other possibility…you might want a belly band to hold the card in place if you are hand delivering it.  Otherwise an envelope is fine.   With all the elements you may have to pay a bit of extra postage unless you place it under a heavy book before adding the cat.


Here’s a pinnable picture that shows the outside and inside together.

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC46 - Jean's CAS Masculine Challenge - Pop Out Banner Birthday Card


That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams CAS Masculine Challenge contributions head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner or runner up and have the option to place our new badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all the other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Hugs and Blessings to all my challenge friends and readers and I hope you’ll give all the artists and challenge winners a little comment love.  😀

Jean Fitch in pink

P.S.  Don’t miss my dear friend Marsha’s take on this challenge.   I love all the creations of my fellow artists but Marsha really took the cake with her recreation of the challenge illustration.  Brilliant!



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