Have a SWEET Day Interactive Card
This Pinterest-inspired card has been near the top of the “to-make-now” list for a couple of months. It was so fun to pick from the many illustrations and clipart available on Creative Fabrica and choose three collections to use for this card.
This is an interactive card with lights, a spinner, and a see-through shaker filled with some fun bee and bear-themed pieces. The finished size is 5.5 x 5.5 inches.
For this card you’ll need the following files:
1. Spring Background – we choose #13 from the collection
You’ll also need:
- Electronic cutting machine and software (Skycut C24 and SCAL 5 Pro)
- Foil Quill (standard tip, foil)
- Shaker elements
- Foam Tape
- Double Stick tape
- Halo Lights from Pear Blossom Press
It’s recommended that you read through the entire project before starting.
Let’s get started.
Note: Some images may not reflect the final card.
Cut two circles 3.5 inches in diameter with an inset circle of 2.5 inches. In SCAL you can align both circles to the selection vertically and horizontally, then use PATH > Back minus Front. These circles will be used for the spinner.
Cut two circles 2.500 inches in diameter with an inset circle of 2.25 inches. Repeat the above directions to complete the cut for the inner circle. These will be used for the shaker portion of the card. This circle will fit inside the cutout for the front of your card.
Cut one additional 3-inch diameter scalloped edge circle with a center circle of 2.5 inches in diameter.
Cut 1 piece of acetate at 3-inch square and cut the other piece at 2.5 inches.
Now, you’ll need to create a card front. The measurements are 5.25 inches with a 2.5-inch diameter circle cut from the center. Repeat the process as directed earlier. Change the color of the square by going to the color palette and choosing Pattern in the drop-down box. Load the image you want. Just make sure that the image will fill the square you’ve created. The image we used was resized to 12 x 8 and worked perfectly.
Following the directions in the software, print then cut the card front.
Set all these pieces aside for the time being.
The card base measures 5.5 inches by 11 inches. Score and fold at 5.5 inches along the 11-inch side. You can stamp your sentiment near the center of the card front or choose to use the foil quill as we have done. Be sure to heat up the foil quill for 15 minutes for the best results and follow directions for use with your cutting machine. We selected a couple of single-line fonts from our font library to create our Have a sweet day sentiment.
Next up is to choose the clipart pieces you want to fill the spinner card. Adjust the sizes as needed. You may want to place the spinner circle over the top of the card front to resize the images. Nothing should extend more than a ¼ of an inch beyond the 5.25 edge of the card front.
Print, then cut those images.
Using one of the spinner pieces, you’ll want to glue the images you’ve cut around the pieces. Place the larger pieces on the front and the smaller decorative pieces on the back. Once the glue has dried, adhere to the second spinner piece on the back to cover any loose edges that might get caught when turning the spinner. Your spinner is complete. If desired, spray the spinner with some Mod Podge Ultra Hi-Sheen a shinier piece. You could print on glossy photo paper if preferred.
Let’s move to the next step.
Adhere the 3” square piece of acetate to the back of the card front. Double stick tape works well. Turn to the card front and adhere one of the shaker pieces to the acetate. It should fit inside the circle you cut out on the card front. Double stick tape was used for this step. Add two layers of foam tape to this piece of cardstock. Keep the tape close to the inner edge, but not extending into the area of the acetate. You’ll want to keep the outer edge of the circle clear. Do not remove the release tape yet.
Adhere the acetate circle to the remaining shaker piece. We used a narrow double stick tape and burnished the acetate to the cardstock to ensure a good seal.
Before adding the shaker bits – turn the card front to the back. Let’s add the lights now. They should fit nicely. Use foam tape to adhere to the back of the card. Line the backside of the card front with foam tape. You’ll adhere this to a card base after the card front has been completed.
Now that the back of the card front is completed, let’s focus on finishing the card front.
Fill the shaker as desired. We used some fun honeybee and bear sprinkles from a shop on Etsy. Remove the release paper from the foam tape and secure the shaker top in place. The spinner will click into place between the shaker top and bottom (around the line of foam) and should turn. Add the scalloped circle using glue or tape. Your card front is now finished.
Remove the tab from the battery on the light component if you haven’t done that already. Center the card front on the card base and adhere removing the release tape from the foam strips.
Add a sentiment to the inside of your card and decorate with any leftover elements from the spinner you may have.
Because the front of the card has several layers, you may decide to add a couple of additional layers to the inside of the card for a little more stability.
The card should fit nicely in a 6 x 6 envelope. Extra postage will be needed to mail. This is an especially nice card to hand deliver with some fun sweet surprises or a honey-themed gift basket.
Thanks for stopping by. If you create something similar, please share your makes with us. Be sure to tag us! #creativefabrica and #nurtureyrheart.