Hi everyone! I have to share a secret – I am obsessed with interactive cards (okay, it is not really a secret and if you have spent any time here at SCS, you will know that this is the truth)! I love adding little elements that “surprise” my recipient…
…like a cute little coffee cup that has a lid that comes off to reveal a gift card. Oh yeah!
When I found out that Doodlebug was releasing a set of cut files to coordinate with the adorable Cream & Sugar collection (available at LoriWhitlock.com for Cricut users and at the Silhouette Design store) I immediately knew what had to be done (well, after I stopped squealing anyway). So I set out to find a way to make that lid come off…
…and I am happy to share the secret with you too! That’s right – a tutorial! So go cut one or two (or 100) of these cute coffee cup cut files and follow along! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is!
Using your cutting machine, cut your file at at least 3.5″X 5″. I used this size for two reasons – to fit the gift card while also being able to adhere it onto an A2 card base for easy mailing. You can definitely go larger, but a smaller size will not fit the gift card. I used a variety of papers from both the Cream & Sugar collection as well as the Petite Prints. Have fun mixing and matching and playing with colour!
Note: I ended up creating an extra cut of the lip for the lid (see the grey piece above). This isn’t really necessary, but because the lip ends up being raised, I liked having the matching print on the bottom as well.
1. Piece together all of the elements except for the bottom layer (which also forms your lid). I played around with the placement of the heart and the arms on my coffee cup characters, and even embellished them with the This and That stickers from the Cream & Sugar collection. Oh, and I couldn’t help but add a few Sprinkles onto the cheeks as well – the cut file has them, but I am a firm believer that every Doodlebug project deserves a Sprinkle or two!
2. Using a pair of scissors, cut the base piece into two, just below the lip of the “lid”.
3. Run a small amount of low stick dry adhesive along the middle bottom edge of the “lid” (you want the recipient to be able to remove the card without ripping apart the lid). Place the gift card on top of the adhesive.
4. using some dimensional adhesive, add two pieces on either side of the gift card.
5. Place the extra copy of the lid lip onto the adhesive. The “slider” component is now complete.
6. To create your pocket, run a small amount of liquid adhesive around the outside sides and bottom edge of the base for your cup (this is the piece that you cut away from the lid). You can run some dry adhesive instead, but make sure it is not wider than 1/8″. Be sure not to run any adhesive across the top!
7. Take the assembled part of your cut file and place it on top of the backing with the adhesive. You have now created a pocket that the gift card can slide into!
8. Test out your fit, and fun adding even more embellishments…
…like some adorable Doodle twine…
…or even some more Sprinkles (Bumblebee Glitter were a perfect fit here)!
And then, find a way to part with these cuties if you can. These are going to make their way onto the desks of my daughters’ two amazing teachers this Valentine’s day. Who will you lucky recipients be?
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope this project and tutorial made you smile!