Card-Making Techniques: Interactive Greeting Cards
Deliver holiday gift cards in a unique card that slides or pops up! Deborah Nolan shares fun, must-try designs!
The only thing that beats a handmade holiday card is a handmade holiday card that moves. These kinds of cards are especially good for dressing up a “boring” gift card or cash gift. There are many types of interactive cards but three classics are the slider, the pop-up and the retracting reveal.
Slider cards spotlight an exterior element that moves in a track across the card. Several companies offer slider dies, but making a track “old school” is not difficult. Step 1: Determine moving element’s path; mark start and end points on slider panel. Step 2: In the absence of a slider die, punch holes at start and end of path (Photo 1).
Step 3: Use a craft knife and straightedge ruler to connect holes with two parallel cuts (Photo 2).
Step 4: Center a penny beneath track; adhere moving element to penny with a double layer of foam tape making sure penny moves easily on track (Photo 3). Dust edges of tape with baby powder to remove tackiness.
Step 5: Adhere slider panel to card with a double layer of foam tape. Note: Place tape so it avoids contact with penny. Dust edges of tape with baby powder.
Option: Mask slider panel behind a second panel mounted with double-layered foam tape. Add cardstock extender between penny and traveling element to boost it above masking panel.
Pop-up cards feature interior element(s) that protrude, providing a 3-D aspect that is particularly effective when creating a tableau.
Lawn Fawn’s Everyday Pop-Ups die set makes this technique effortless. Each die is a different width and length embossed with its own fold line that dictates the height and depth of the pop-out.
Step 1: Cut a piece of cardstock to fit inside card base as an insert. Mark insert’s fold line, but do not score.
Step 2: Align die’s side arrows with fold line; secure with removable tape and diecut (Photo 4). Repeat as desired.
Step 3: Score insert’s fold line but do not score through pop-up. Score at end of each die-cut line to aid in folding of pop-up (Photo 5).
Step 4: Close insert while coaxing pop-up to bend away from fold (Photo 6). Step 5: Burnish insert fold with bone folder. Step 6: Cut a piece of matching paper and adhere behind pop-up opening. Step 7: Adhere pop-up insert to card base; do not apply adhesive to pop-up. Step 8: Attach element to pop-up.
In the absence of a pop-up die, use a craft knife and straightedge ruler. Repeat the steps for a Die-Cut Pop-Up, but replace step 2 as follows:
Step 2: Starting 1/2 inch above fold line, cut two parallel, 11/2-inch-long vertical slits 1 inch apart; score at ends of lines between cuts to aid in folding (Photo 7).
Note: The distance above the fold line determines the pop-up height; the distance below the line determines the depth. The distance between the cut lines determines
the pop-up width. Example: For a pop-up 1 inch tall and 3/4 inch deep, start incision 1 inch above fold line and end 3/4 inch below fold line.
This technique features a pull-tab that retracts to reveal two surprises at once. Step 1: Cut two 41/4 x 51/2-inch panels for the card’s “base” and “cover.” Step 2: Draw lines 3/4 inch in from all sides on cover piece (Photo 8). Note: Use a pencil when drawing lines. A pen was used on sample so lines could be easily seen in photo. Step 3: Score top line; cut side and bottom lines to form “tongue” (Photo 9).
Step 4: Between vertical cuts, score tongue horizontally at 11/2 and 31/8 inches from cover’s bottom edge (Photo 10).
Step 5: Valley-fold top and bottom score lines; mountain-fold middle score line to form tongue’s tent and flap (Photo 11). Step 6: Temporarily adhere cover to base at bottom edge only; punch semi-circle from top center of both pieces. Step 7: Push tongue up to expose base’s reveal area; mark parameters (Photo 12).
Step 8: Cut a 31/4 x 43/4-inch tag; punch hole in top center; thread with ribbon; insert tag between cover and base, centering beneath tongue, aligning top edges of all papers.
Step 9: Push tongue up; pull out tag until bottom edge aligns with reveal’s top boundary line; mark reveal area on tag (Photo 13). Step 10: Detach papers. Stamp base and tag; erase marks. Step 11: Apply double-sided tape to back of tongue’s bottom flap; align bottom edges of facedown tag and flap; adhere (Photo 14). Step 12: Apply double-sided tape along base’s bottom and cover’s side edges; adhere bottom, then sides. Step 13: Adhere focal panel to tongue’s center section above bottom flap (Photo 15).