Friday, 25 August 2017

Interactive card tutorial by DT Ishani

Hello Dear Crafters,

I am back today to share with you a tutorial on card making. I am sure this post will help all of you who want to try and make a card with a different technique and don't know where to begin!

Twirling Fairy

I am sure you love interactive cards like I do.  It gives you more joy when you see the recipient enjoying playing with it.
So, today I have a fairy card which twirls or spins.

For this card you'll need:

  • Cardstock For the card base - 14 x 28 cms (180 gsm)
  • Cardstock For inlay - 12 x 12 cms (180 gsm)

  • Pattern Paper - 14 x 14 cms (120 gsm)

  • An image/stamp (I used a digital image)
  • White cardstock for printing the image (I used Papericious 180 gsm)
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Plastic cord
  • Double sided tape
  • Glue
  • Colours (I used Koi brush pens & Camlin watercolour pencils)
  • Embellishments (I used spectrum noir pen, half pearls, Glossy accent and shaker elements) 

Let's begin making it

1.  Decide your subject image, as the dimensions of the card may vary for you. I got a digital stamp printed on a sheet of cardstock. Take the cardstock of 14 x 28 cms and score it in half to create a top folding card.You have to cut one side of the card to create a window. If you have a die cutting machine and a die that cuts a window in which the image can move effortlessly, go ahead. But if you don't have all this, just take a craft knife and first mark your markings and cut with the knife.



2.  Now, cut the pattern paper of the desired dimensions. I cut a rhombus of 8x8 cms to ensure my fairy moved effortlessly.

3. Similarly, on the cardstock align the cutout window of the patter paper and cut similar window.

4. Now attach the card
base and the patter paper, so that the windows align together. I used a double sided tape for it. Using glue might warp the paper.

5. I only had the front side of the fairy, so I cut the similar image but on the plain side I drew her dress and hair. It was an easy image so I could do so. So be careful while
choosing an image to spin. There are many companies which make the spinning
card version stamps with the front and backside image available.

6.  I coloured the image with watercolours (koi pens and pencils). I used some gold and silver colour for her crown and wand. I used some embellishments, like glossy accents and shaker elements on her wand. With spectrum noir sparkle brush I put some sparkle on her gown and some half pearls for her crown.

7. Now that the images are ready, we need to put it together so that our fairy twirls. Take that plastic cord or any other neutral colour strong cord and place it carefully at the centre of your image. Stick it up with a strong tape and then stick both the parts of the image. You must ensure that the cord is straight before you stick the parts up. Check how it looks when suspended.

8. It is ready to be assembled and put in its window. I attached the cord with a strong tape and used a pretty washi tape to hide it. Change the direction of the image, to see if it's centred properly.

9. Now that the card is almost ready, I realised that if I write inside the card, it will be visible through the window. So, to cover it up I took 12 x 12 cms similar cardstock and stuck it inside.

10. Twirl your fairy and put it in an envelope, when the recipient opens the card, the fairy will twirl. 

I hope you enjoyed this and will make your own twirly interactive card/ spinning card. I have enjoyed making it and I and my family love to play with it. I don't think I'll be able to keep it safe to be presented to someone!

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Happy Crafting,