We’re having a huge celebration over at Cupcake Inspirations because it is our 500th Challenge! In honour of the occasion we chose the theme of Birthday Celebration, so now is a great time to catch up on making birthday cards. Plus we have 13 sponsors offering 16 prizes between them for a total value of over $200! The team (myself included) have been very busy preparing as we’re sharing inspiration daily throughout the challenge in order to feature each of the fabulous sponsors, so we hope you’ll check back for those too. For today’s feature post we’re highlighting Digital Delights by Louby Lou, who are offering a $10 gift card as a prize.
I used Surprise Mickey Monkey. I printed it twice, and then coloured with Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers. For one version I coloured just the bottom half of the image, so the present as well as the monkey’s paws and bow. For the second version I coloured just the top half of the image. That was the top of the present, the monkey, his hat, and I also coloured the paws and the bow in case they would show behind the other image on the finished card.
With the colouring completed, I needed to fussy cut out the images. For the version that only had the bottom half coloured in, I fussy cut out just around the area that had colour, so I discarded the uncoloured part of the image. For the other version I fussy cut the entire image, even the uncoloured pieces and also left the very bottom wider than the image so that I could use that to stop the slider mechanism once it reached the top.
I set my two fussy cut pieces aside and started working on the background. I created a two part background panel that will be just smaller than my card base. I swiped a grey ink pad across the panel that would make my floor to create a wood grain look. The slit between the two panels would be the area for my monkey to pop up through.
I used some washi tape to hold the two panels together, and also to hold both parts of the monkey image in place. I then flipped the whole thing over to work on the back. I used multiple snippets of white card to cover the back of the panel leaving space for my pull tab mechanism to be able to move. These snippets would give a very slight volume to my design, which would help the mechanism to move. Foam tape would give even more space for the movement, but I’m running very low on foam tape so I thought this would be a good alternative.
I glued the bottom of the present to the floor panel and realised that the monkey’s ears stuck out past the edges of the present so I would need to add something else in order to hide that portion when the monkey is in his down position. I checked through my stash and found this present die which seemed like a perfect match. It’s from a Love From Lizi card kit from a couple of years ago. I cut it from some blue card and coloured it with one of the blue markers I’d used on the focal image to make sure it matched. I then backed it with a piece of yellow card, and coloured in the stars with the same gold pen I had used to colour the stars on my focal image. I cut the bow from a piece of white card. I did the same for each of the presents so that I had two of them and adhered all the pieces together with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue.
When I cut the two presents there were lots of little stars leftover. I decided to use them to decorate the background panel. I used my Nuvo Smooth Precision glue pen to glue these down. I switched back to the Tombow to adhere the presents into place. As I had with my focal image I only adhered the bottom of the presents so they were glued only to the ground portion and not the background.
I lay my panel on the card base and removed all the washi tape so that I could check that the pull tab elements would move properly. I trimmed down the long tab so that it would be just taller than the top of my panel when the monkey was in his down position. I also drew a little arrow on to that so so that it would be obvious that it’s meant to be pulled up. With all the pieces in place I put Tombow glue onto the back pieces of my panel, other than the bits that I needed to be able to move. I then pressed the panel into place on my card base, and tested the interactive element to make sure it was still working.
The last thing I needed to add to my card was a sentiment. The same Love From Lizi card kit also had a Happy Birthday die. I cut that from another snippet of white card which I had covered on the back with double sided tape, which made the delicate words easier to stick down.
One final test of the mechanism showed that it was a little bit tricky to move, just because it was hard to grab on to the tab when it was flush to the card base. If I’d thought ahead I would have die cut a semicircle to make that easier, but as I hadn’t thought ahead I just used me say this to cut an opening so that it would be easier to grab.
Hooray! I finally got the write up finished. I’ve actually set up my computer for speech recognition so that I can do the writing without having to use my wrist. Hopefully this will help me rest it more. It’s probably faster than writing with just my left hand but I’m still finding it very slow. I’m usually very fast at typing so having to constantly stop and correct the dictation mistakes is a little bit frustrating. But hopefully it will improve the more I use it. I may be slowing down on my blog posts anyway because I can’t use a speech recognition to make my cards after all!
I hope this inspires you to come and play along with our challenge. Again, we have a lot of prizes up for grabs if you come and play along. You can find further inspiration from the rest of the team over on the launch post, reminder post, or any of the feature posts (Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, and today’s Day 9), or directly on their blogs via the links below. Plus we’ll be sharing each day throughout the rest of the challenge to further inspire you. I hope you’ll join us!
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Cupcake Inspirations Challenge – Birthday Celebration
Digi Choosday – Anything Goes
MFT Birthday Project – Birthday and Interactive
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
Spectrum Noir Challenge – Anything Goes
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)