It’s been a month since I blogged a card… sorry for being MIA! I had quite a busy time: I told you my dad had hip replacement surgery and I was taking care of him. Well, he is doing great! He is having a very speedy recovery 🙂 Also, I had to travel because of work, so I had not much time to craft. I was worried because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (even though we don’t celebrate it in Spain) and I was not sure if I was going to be in time for some Halloween cards. Luckily, I manage to make at least one!!
I used Mama Elephant “Meowlloween” and “Meowlloween Extras” stamp sets. These kitties in their costumes are the cutest!! I had a great time coloring them. I wanted to create a spooky scene although, honestly, these images are too cute to spook 😉
I love how this turned out. Now I hope to carve out some time for more Halloween cards since I have a bunch of images from these sets already colored.
Today I’m sharing a reveal wheel card inspired by my cats, especially by Sakura. Every morning she wakes us up meowing, in all the different ways you can imagine! When I saw Lawn Fawn “Critter Chatter: Pets” stamp set I immediately thought about her 🙂
First, I stamped the images from “Meow you doing'” on Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx black ink. Then, I colored everything with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and die cut them using coordinating dies. For the cat’s bed, I made some paper piecing using Lawn Fawn “Let’s Polka in the Meadow” paper collection.
Next, I used “Reveal Wheel” dies on white cardstock. I made a pattern using repeatedly Waffle Flower “Pattern Play” stamps with Lawn Fawn Minty Fresh ink. I love this ink color! On another panel, I drew a chess floor with pencil and colored it with a black alcohol marker. I put the scene together, using foam tape to glue the cat.
I stamped the cat’s sounds on the wheel using black ink and then assembled the card. I used the same Lawn Fawn pattern paper to frame the scene and glued everything to a black cardstock panel. I also added the frame for the window and the little arrow in black. Last, I stamped the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and glued it to the card.
This card was so fun to make! I love reveal wheel cards, and this one reminds me of my kitties and makes me giggle every time I play with it 🙂 I hope you like it too!!
Today I have a fun interactive card to share with you featuring Hello Bluebird “Beach Babes” stamp set. As soon as I saw this stamp set, I fell in love with those piggies. Aren’t they too cute? And I knew I wanted to make this kind of interactive card with the piggies playing in the water. I got mad thinking of how to make a mechanism to make one pig go up while the other goes down, and finally, I found the one I used on a book called “Pop-Up! A manual of paper mechanisms” by Duncan Birmingham.
First, I stamped the images on Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used Neat and Tangled “Backdrop” stamp to mirror stamp one of the pigs. Then, I colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I tried to color the pigs with soft colors, because I generally tend to use bold colors, and I’m pretty happy with the result. I used coordinating dies to die cut all the images. Next, I inked a piece of Bristol paper with Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks, spritzed some water and dried it with a paper towel after few seconds. For the sea, I inked two pieces of Bristol paper I had die cut using Mama Elephant “Ocean Waves Trio” dies with VersaColor ink in mint color.
To make the mechanism, I used Waffle Flower “Pull Tabs” dies and Lawn Fawn “Slide on-over” dies. I have some pictures of a prototype of the mechanism at the end of the post. I hope it helps to understand how it works! I used foam tape to adhere the panel with the mechanism to the background panel, and also to glue the front wave panel so the pigs can move easily. Then I glued the pig with the floaty and the water drops. I also decorated the pull tab with some patterned paper. Here you can watch a video of the mechanism in action 😀
I’m very happy with this card, although it was kinda hard to make and I spent quite a time making the mechanism work, but, honestly, I love making interactive cards!!