Birthday month continues – a never ending card tutorial

This version, made for my nine year old nephew was created with Echo Park Dots and Stripes. This one was never ending, not just in design, but also in production - I thought I was never going to get all those "studs" glued on! ūüôā

This time of year is filled with birthdays in my family Рespecially March!  So I have been making cards like crazy and thought I would share one of my favourite new interactive cards with you Рthe never ending card!  The neat thing about this card is that there are actually four faces, and each time you fold one backward, and new one emerges until you are right back where you began.

In the version that I made this weekend for my nine-year-old nephew, I tried to use the Dots and Stripes line from Echo Park to create the look of Lego Blocks (and yes, I did punch out all of the circled by hand with my trusty eyelet punch and glued each one on by hand…can you tell I like this kid!!??). I actually has a pretty funny experience as I was trying to sort out the design – I did a quick search online to try to find the dimensions of a Lego brick, and was surprised to see how seriously Lego fans take their measurements. ¬†I actually has to call on the help of one of my scrappy friends (thanks Jasmine), to sort through the lingo and get me what I needed! ¬†Was it worth it – you tell me????!!!

This was the first one I ever attempted - at 50th birthday card for my Brother-in-law.

It is incredibly easy to make, and so much fun to watch as the¬†recipient¬†tries to figure it out! ¬†Although I have seen a few tutorials online for how to create a 6″x6″ card, I wanted one that would fit into a standard A2 envelope. ¬†When finished, this little one measures 4 1/4″X 5 1/2″ – envelope friendly!!!!

You can create one too – here’s how:

Materials:

  • 2 pieces of cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″.
  • Adhesive

Yup – that’s it, besides all the beautiful paper and embellishments you will add. ¬†Just remember that each face folds back on the next, so bulky embellishments will not work very well on this type of card.

Step 1

Cut two pieces of cardstock to 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″. It is important to be precise in your cutting as the card will not work properly if the pieces do not line up.

Step 2

Place one piece of your cardstock down on a scoring board with the 4 1/4″ side across the top.¬†Score at 1 1/16″. Turn your paper 180 degrees and score 1 1/16″ from the opposite edge.

Step 3

The piece is cut in half through both score lines.

Turn your paper 90 degrees (now the 5 1/2″ side is along the top), and cut the piece of cardstock in half at the 2 3/4″ line. Put these two pieces aside.

Step 4

Using your second piece, place it on your scoring board with the 5 1/2″ side along the top. ¬†Note – this is the opposite of what you did with the first piece in step 2.

Score at the 1 3/8″ line. ¬†Turn the paper 180 degrees and score 1 3/8″ from the opposite edge.

Turn your paper 90 degrees (now the 4 1/4″ side is along the top), and cut the piece of cardstock in half.

Step 5

Fold all your score lines and then take the first two pieces you cut and line them back up. ¬†You will notice that the 4 1/4″ side is along the top, the score lines run vertical and the cut line runs horizontal.

Apply adhesive to the bottom 1″ or so of each corner from the outer edge to the first score line. ¬†Be generous – this is the only spot that you will use glue, so it will be the only thing holding the card together.

Step 6

Place the second two pieces over top of the bottom pieces and firmly press down on the adhesive. ¬†It is very important to be precise when lining up the pieces. ¬†Make sure your score lines line up. ¬†For these pieces, you will note that the 4 1/4″ edge is still the top edge, but this time, the score lines run horizontal and the cut line runs vertical.

Step 7

Carefully open the card by pulling the middle cutline open and back on itself and the press down on all of your fold lines.  Continue this process with all faces until you return back to the beginning.  Embellish!

So, there you have a it – “This is the card that never ends. ¬†Yes it goes on and on my friends…” (this song has been in my head all day)!

And now for a little giveaway! ¬†Do remember the little “guess the number of jelly beans” jars you used to play as a child? ¬†Well, I have one for you today too! ¬†Except, instead of jellybeans, I want to see if you can figure out how many circles I punched and glued onto the Lego card to make the “studs” (I initially called them prongs, but my scrappy friend Jasmine informed me that the technical word is “stud” – who knew???). ¬†What the price for the first person who guesses correctly, or the closest person to guess by March 30th? A custom made never ending Lego card for someone special in your life. ¬†I will consult with you and we can figure out colours and sentiments together. ¬†And then, I get to do all the punching and gluing again, and you will get to enjoy giving this one away! ¬†Can’t wait to see who wins! ¬†Stay tuned, and comment below!

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Happy Birthday little one!

My youngest daughter turned 1 this weekend, and it was quite the weekend! ¬†For those of you who don’t know anything about this little gal, here’s a picture that sums her up pretty well:

Here she is after crawling under the kitchen table and getting into my crafty supplies. And as you can see, she is pretty proud of herself! ūüėČ

Based on that picture, I’m sure you can imagine that she was a lot of fun to use as an inspiration! ¬†So this week, in honour of her first birthday, I thought I would share some of the crafty creations that were invited to the party.

Bopping back and forth...

Our littlest has already fallen in love with giraffes. ¬†She has a couple of small stuffies that make her light up, so we thought it would be fun to use giraffes as a theme for her celebration! ¬†So, first up –¬†a little card…well, actually, the card isn’t that little! ūüôā ¬†¬†The giraffe that I paper pieced was a little larger than I had planned, but she still fit onto a folded 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of cardstock! ¬†Phew!

Made with Echo Park Sweet Springtime and Dots and Stripes paper, this cute friend actually has a head that swings back and forth! I love the colours on this card because they remind me so much of our birthday girl – sunny and bright!

...and back and forth...

I created the giraffe and bird by paper piecing a design I created, and the coloured a bit with my new Copics.  The leaves were cut out with my Cricut (Create a Critter cartridge), and the flowers were actually fussy cut from the Echo Park Springtime collection.  A few accents were added with Liquid Pearls and some simple doodling, and together with some twine and some distress ink, this card made it off of the creation block just in time for celebration time!

Most important, you know I love my¬†interactive elements on¬†cards, so I had my hubby help me to modify the standard spinner card to a mechanism that I found reacted more consistently and appropriately for this head shape. ¬†He’s a wizz with this kind of thing, and I am so glad I can bounce ideas off of him! ¬†He helps to make my cards do exactly what I want them to do!

...and back and forth! This giraffe has rhythm!

Want to know how you can make one too??? ¬†Sorry – today is just a tease! ūüėČ ¬† ¬†But I promise to come back tomorrow and share the whole tutorial with you!

Happy Birthday sweet girl!  We are so lucky to have you in our lives!  This cute giraffe has nothing on you!