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My 3 year old son is obsessed with rugby union.  And I mean obsessed.  Instead of a story, he wants me to read him the Brumbies rugby season guide most nights.    And for his birthday party he wants a – you guessed it! – rugby themed birthday party, with rugby themed invitations.

After much thought, I came up with a pop-up rugby themed birthday party invitation for my little rugby obsessed munchkin.    I thought I would share the steps in case anyone else needs to come up with a football related card or invitation anytime soon.

I made a C6 sized card blank in Stampin Up! Night of Navy, which is pretty close to the Brumbies team colours of navy, white and yellow.   I cut and pasted some rugby jerseys on Whisper White card stock for the front of the card – and we wrote the names of the people invited on the jerseys.

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For the pop up card I cut a 20.5 x 14 cm piece of Stampin Up! Old Olive card stock for the inside ‘pop up’.   Here is a photo of my rough sketch in case my instructions aren’t clear!

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I folded the Old Olive piece in half and scored it, then made a 2cm cut at 6 cm and 8cm to make the pop up.

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Now for the “field!”

I used my white Signo pen to mark the side lines – 0.5cm all around the inside, and then try lines, centre lines and “22” lines as shown in this photo (I did the solid lines with a ruler and the dashed lines by hand)

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I added 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the pop up to hold the “piece de resistance” – the pop up rugby ball!     I made this on my computer so I could add his name on the ball, but you could equally use an oval cut from the extra large oval punch or an ovals die.

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James had a fantastic time sticking on the dimensionals and adding the balls to the inside of the cards.   Just like magic!   One tip: make sure the base of the rugby ball is just touching the base of the pop up section so it can close easily.

We wrote the party details on the “field”, stuck the Old Olive insert inside the Night of Navy card base and we were done.

I’m posting them tomorrow so here’s hoping they’re a hit!

Enjoy!

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