Take your base cardstock or patterned paper and, using a craft knife or paper trimmer, cut a square in the centre; it can be any size you like. This is best done by turning the cardstock over to the back and drawing a square in pencil. Place the blade of your trimmer or knife on the corner of the pencil line and cut across to the next corner, take your blade out, turn the card and repeat for all sides.
Use a paper trimmer or craft knife to cut a square slightly larger than the one you cut out of the base cardstock in your transparency sheet. You need to make the transparency square large enough to stick over the hole and be attached at the back with double-sided tape.
Once your transparency is attached, turn it over to the front and machine-stitch around the edge of the square using a zigzag stitch to give it a finished look. Then, go ahead and complete your layout. Of course, you don’t need to stick to squares; you could cut out circles, rectangles or any shaped window you like!
Let’s make a pop-up element for a scrapbook page or card which is guaranteed not to become flat. Using a die-cutting machine and your chosen die, cut a piece of felt into shape. Remember to roll the die three or four times to ensure the felt cuts all the way through.
Now take a piece of transparency – trimmed to size – and repeat this process. Again, roll the die through three or four times to make sure the transparency is cut nice and clean. If it isn’t, just use a pair of sharp scissors to cut around those edges that are still stuck together.
Place your felt shape over the transparent shape and staple the two together in the middle. Now, holding it in the middle fold up each side – in this case the butterfly wings – until you get the angle you like. You are now ready to attach this element to your project; silicone glue is the best option for this.