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Holy Interactive Cards Batman!

A very happy Friday to you! I’m looking forward to this week. First off, it’s coming off a short week, and rolling into a short week. Second, no more house projects to take up my spare time! I thought I would celebrate this pre-holiday weekend by sharing something out of my comfort zone, interactive cards. Well, non-shaker, interactive cards. We all know I can knock out some shaker cards (thanks MFT!).

This past weekend I made two cards using some cool, interactive products from Concord & 9th (I made a third card, for the MFT Birthday Project Challenge, which will be shared in July).

First up, let me share the card using the new release from Concord & 9th.

Check out that gorgeous, pop up butterfly!

This card was fun to make. I started out by taking some Gina K Design Kraft cardstock, and applying Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone, through the Altenew Broken Chevrons stencil. I had envisioned more white, but it’s still works.

While the paste was drying, I die cut the butterflies from the Butterfly Love bundle from some scrap patterned paper I had. The sentiment is from the same set, stamped with Delicata Pink Shimmer ink. When the panel dried, I added the butterflies with foam tape, along with the sentiment.

Next, I stamped the painted butterfly from Beautiful Butterfly with more of the Pink Shimmer ink. Then, I cut the butterfly out with the matching die. I also die cut the butterfly body from some MFT Biscotti card stock and adhered it with liquid glue.

The Beautiful Butterfly set comes with a die that allows you to create the pop up affect. That and both the full butterfly and the body dies have score lines to help folding the die cuts. It was really easy to put together. I did watch the video on the Concord & 9th product page to get an idea of how it works.

I adhered the pop up element to my Neenah card base, then added the butterfly. I wrapped it up by very carefully stamping Happy Birthday inside the card (from the Beautiful Butterfly set).

This card is meant for my kids to send to their Aunt for her birthday. I let my son pick between two different cards, and he picked this one because it was, “cooler.” lol. The other card isn’t so bad either, but the pop up butterfly does give this card a strong advantage.

This next card using a product that has been out a little bit longer, but I didn’t really get to play with until now. Funny story, this card is meant for a long distance friend of mine. I had originally made him a different card. That evening I was going through my stamp inventory on Evernote and saw this set. I immediatly started working on a new card for him.

This card was made using the Mail Drop bundle from Concord & 9th. This set features dies to help make a cute hidden message effect. Since I wasn’t sure what I was doing when I started making this card, my hidden message ended up inside.

My snail also ended up inside… I didn’t plan well enough to leave room for him outside, but I couldn’t use that sentiment on the front and not have a snail somewhere…

I started off (a little manically), by die cutting the post office box from some Gina K Design Blue Raspberry card stock. I used a Ranger Emboss it marker to add clear embossing ink to the legs of the box, then dipped the legs into Hero Arts Silver embossing powder and heat set it. Then, I stamped the snail mail sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Wow Opaque Bright White Detail embossing powder.

I created a little background by masking off the panel with Post It Tape, then applied Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink using MFT’s Cloud stencil. I die cut some grass using MFT’s Grassy Fields dies, and I think Gina K Design Applemint cardstock. I also stamped the envelope from Mail Drop with Hero Arts Intense Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I adhered everything together with a dot runner.

For the inside of the card, I started by die cutting the envelope from more Blue Raspberry cardstock. I folded the envelop via the score lines the die created, and added the slit for the message to peak through. (I got this far when I realized I needed pictures of the process to explain how this works, and I didn’t take pictures because I wasn’t planning to use this in a blog post…). Let me finish the card details, then I’ll share how the dies work together to show the hidden message.

I die cut the slip for the message, and added the sentiment with Altenew Jet Black ink. I trimmed down a piece of Neenah use the Hero Arts Infinity Rectangle dies, and added the slit to line up with the placement for the envelope. I added the Neenah panel to the inside to hid the message (it would have stuck out of the back of the card if I had not).

I adhered the envelope with Be Creative Tape, and slid my message in from the back. I tested out the movement, then added dot runner adhesive to the sides and bottom, but not where the hidden message would slide up and down. Then I adhered my panel to the card base. Next, I tempted fate by stamping the snail and coloring him on my already assembled card. Talk about scary, after all that work!

As promised, how the dies work. There is a die in the mail drop set that allows you to cut a slit in the envelope, and another die that creates the piece for the message. The piece for the message has little feet that stop it from being pulled all the way out.

Easy. peasy, right? Really, it is. I made it a bit difficult for myself by not planning ahead. Luckily, it all worked out in the end. This card is definitely cooler then the original card (I did ask my son, lol).

There you are, two non-shaker, interactive cards. The interactive mechanisms are so easy to use, but really give your card that wow factor that puts it over the edge. What do you think?

Bonus card! So, I made this card for the new MFT Birthday Project challenge, cause I thought the prompt was pop-up….Only I went back to the post and realized it’s Peek-a-boo. Back to the drawing board for the challenge card. But, you get to see how the pop up piece works with other products.

I started out by trimming down a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White panel with MFT’s Mod rectangles. Next, I decided to use the MFT Snowglobe Shaker Window die for my anchor shape. I knew I was going to use the Otterly Love You set (because who DOESN’T want an otter pop up inside their card. So, I got out the Wave stencil and used it with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink to create my ocean. I also added clouds with the cloud stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink, but you can’t really see it.

I also used one of the dies from the Otter set to cut an opening for my otter and rocks. All of the images were previously colored with Copic markers and waiting for me to finally use them. I added the otter and rocks to the ocean piece with a tape runner, then added them to my Neenah panel with foam tape. The card base is MFT Sno Cone.

Now, to the good part!

Look at that little guy! Doesn’t he look so happy to be hanging out inside! I scored the previously colored otter down the middle, and added him to the pop up mechanism with Be Creative tape. I did cut the pop up piece from more Sno Cone cardstock, so it wouldn’t be so obvious, since he is on the small side.

Now that I have these cards under my belt, I think I’ll attempt a video next. Now that I’m done with all the major house projects, I have the time to focus more on my You Tube channel. I did get some lights from Amazon that I think will help. Just need to work up the courage!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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