Hello, hello! Here we are on the penultimate day of the Cat Lovers Hop.
As the saying goes: ‘Time sky raisins when you’re having fun!’ What?! Since there are so many new hoppers, I HAVE to re-share with you my favorite cat meme and you’ll understand:
Three years in a row and it still makes me laugh!
I have my last interactive card to show you today and it’s a doozy… In fact, it can only REALLY be appreciated in a video. so here’s one from Instagram. (Roll your mouse over the picture and click the white arrow to play it):
It’s so mesmerizing, I could play with it for hours!
I just LOVE animated cards and am tickled that my first attempt turned out as well as it did! I have a bonus tutorial for you. I used Uchi’s Animation Die Cut to make that flower! So another way to stretch your dies, should you have it (or be able to talk some sweet friend or relative into getting it for you!). So you’re going to turn this grid into that flower:
First you have to trim down the grid leaving the same width at the top and bottom. You don’t want this too thick because that’s how much your flower will stick up off your card.
Next you gently fold the grid around a pen and glue the ends together. Use the barrel of the pen to smooth out the curves of the ‘petals.’
Then you run a bead of glue along the bottom seam and start rolling it over on itself, molding it into a circle.
Here’s what it looks like all rolled up. (Hmph… I see I didn’t worry too much about curving the petals since I was just demo-ing for you… they are rather pointy. Oh well…)
Then you gently separate the petals and pull them out to the sides and put a brad in the center and tah-dah… a cute little flower!
You can also see from these close-ups, the advantage of using the Animation Die versus just buying the sheets… You can color it to match your stamp… even using multiple colors!
I waited to color the grids to match until AFTER I could set the stamped pull tab in the middle of the card and see where the colors needed to be on the grids, but BEFORE I closed it up… that way I could do it over scratch paper and not worry about getting any ink on my stamped slider.
Note: I tried putting just a solid color (black or other) as a grid over the colored stamped images and they also worked as animated images. It’s just cooler when the colors match!
Did you notice that the same pull tab animates both sides (simultaneously)! That was not without some engineering obstacles… for example the first time I stamped my images – after I had already figured out and made the front and back — oops! I did them in reverse and had to re-stamp them (which was much easier than lining up my grids again!).
By the way – don’t let this semi-complicated card intimidate you. You can make these very simple with just one animated image and they’re just as entertaining!
Her are the still pictures of the card. Here’s the front. ( I added that cute kitty sticker going for the dragonfly – doesn’t it look like he’s just about to pounce!):
And here’s the back. I like the optical illusion of the background paper mixed with these animations! Wish I knew the manufacturer, I’d get more!
- Uchi’s Design Animation Stamp sets: Loving Cat; Growing Garden; Butterflies
- Uchi’s Design Animation Grid Die (Thank you , Uchi’s for this prize when you released it on Instagram!!)
- Spellbinders dies: Classic Circles, Gold Circles One and Exquisite Circles
- Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
- Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Ink – Watermelon
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 025, 195, 373, 856, 933
- Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
- Core’dinations cardstock: Black, Red & White & 110# white
- Basic Grey Hey Girl cardstock
- Craft Smith Flutterbloom (optical illusion paper)
- Therm-O-Web I-Craft Easy Tear Tape double sided adhesive 1/2″ & 1/4″
- Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
- Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape
- Aleene’s Original Tacky glue
- Avery Ultra Tabs
- Misc. Brad
I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!
How about another delicate hint for my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post. Don’t forget: some words may be in there backwards! Although I can’t cater to your every whim, have no fear, you will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. At least you’re now two words closer! Have fun!
I’m so glad to have had all of you visit and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your delightful comments! Thank you for taking the time!!
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