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Wendie has been working overtime for us this week, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Her out-of-the-box thinking has been an inspiration many times over as she’s worked her magic with our October Release. We appreciate her stepping out of her comfort zone the past couple of days because the results have been fantastic! Today’s interactive cards most definitely continue that trend.
Hello friends! I had so much fun stepping out of my crafty comfort zone with die cuts that I decided to keep it going and make some interactive cards! My relationship with interactive cards is tenuous at best, but darn it I keep trying. And when I saw those adorable snow people in the station wagon from the Cool Christmas stamp set, I knew they needed to zoom across a card. And by zoom, I mean, move slowly across as a result of me pulling a tab.
Before making this card, I watched Karolyn’s video on using the Double Slider Loop Slots Die-namics like 20 times. Instead of walking you through this card step-by-step, I recommend studying the video while I focus on my modifications. Don’t let the supply list dissuade you from trying this technique — I hobbled my way through my card using bits of things I already had in my craft room. In fact, the Double Slider Loop Slots was the only thing that I purchased specifically for this technique.
For the loop itself, I used a ½” wide strip of plastic cut out from leftover stamp packaging. I used a small circle from the Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics to create the little notch for the pull tab and a small strip of acetate (that I have on hand for all those shaker cards I never make, lol) to attach the station wagon to the plastic loop such that it would sit behind the snow bank.
I used Copic markers to color the stamped images and background. I’m a bit obsessed with making winter scenes lately, so I colored a nice pale wintery sky for the evergreens to stand against. I die cut a snow bank using a smaller Stitched Rectangle STAX die along with one of the stitched hills from Hit the Slopes. The purpose of this was to cover the loop slide mechanism while also providing space for the sentiment. On the pull tab, I stamped the exhaust smoke, making it look like it’s coming from the car as it races through the snow.
For my next card, I decided to continue the slider theme, using the Hit the Slopes Die-namics along with those adorable llamas from Happy Llamadays. I started by cutting three panels of white card stock to 4″ x 5 ¼”. I used each slope die from Hit the Slopes, and because they’re stitched on both sides of the cut line, I could use the other half of the resulting slopes too. I positioned the corresponding slider mechanism dies just below the top of the panels to create the channels for the llamas to slide along.
For the background, I used Distress Oxide Inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China to blend a sky and dripped small amounts of water to make snowy bokeh. After the panel was nice and dry, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with white powder. I adhered the panel to a top-folding A2 card base. After coloring the llamas with Copic markers, I die cut them and started to assemble the card. I used a triple layer of foam tape for each slope to give the llamas room to groove. I used a penny backer and a slider element to fix the llamas to their respective slider channels.
I had so much fun making these interactive holiday cards! Thanks so much for joining me today and thanks again to MFT for inviting me to be a guest! See you again soon!
Tabs, sliders, hidden treasures — such an entertaining assortment of techniques! What interactive tips and tricks do you have up your sleeve? Even if you’re a novice, with an abundance of Die-namics designed to make the construction process more manageable, there’s no reason not to give it a shot. You might just become an interactive ace!