By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Who doesn’t love a card that is interactive? It’s not only fun to receive a card at the holidays or any time of year, but it’s especially fun if it’s one that you can play with and enjoy. This twist & pop card for the holidays can be adapted to any occasion so once the season is over you won’t have to put the design away just change the papers.
Score it in half at the 6” mark on a scoring board.
Cut a second piece to measure 10” x 3 ½”.
Score it at 2 ½”, 5” and 7 ½”. Mountain and valley fold this piece so it looks like a “w”.
Cut a third piece to 8” x 3 ½” and score it down the center at 1 ¾”.
Take the piece that you just score in half and mark it at 2 ¼” from the left on the top and bottom. Then, mark it at 5 ¾” from the left on the top and bottom.
Line the 2 ¼” mark on the top up with one of the grooves of the scoring board and the 5 ¾” mark on the bottom with the same groove. Score the straight line to create a diagonal line. Repeat the step lining up the last two marks to make a second diagonal score line. Note: An easy way to do a diagonal line a scoring board is to darken each inch mark on the board with a permanent marker and then line the marks that need to be scored up in one the groove to create a straight score.
Fold the piece in half on the score line.
Fold the diagonal score lines using a valley fold.
This is what the piece will look like when properly folded. It is the mechanism of the card.
Add a couple of strips of double sided tape to both sides of the piece.
Cut two pieces of patterned paper (Holiday Cheer by Photo Play shown) that measure 3 ¾” x 5 ¾” and tape them to the inside of the card. Add a third piece to the front of it.
Find the center of the card base and attach the mechanism just under the fold line of the card. Close the card to adhere the piece to the inside.
This is what the card will look like at this point.
Attach the “w” panel to the mechanism by placing two double sided pieces of tape in the upper right hand corner of the mechanism and the bottom left of corner. These are the only two corners that should have tape on them or the card will not open properly.
This is what the card looks like as it opens and closes.
Cut four pieces of patterned paper that measure 2 3/8” x 3 3/8” and attach them to each of the panels.
Stamp and die cut the piece using a die cut machine. This set is the Christmas in Color die set by Sizzix. Add color to the pieces using your favorite colored pencils or markers. Attach them to three of the inside panels.
Stamp and die cut the snowman from the Snow Place Like Home die set by Sizzix and add it to the front of the card.
Die cut eight trees using the Designer Trees by Little B. Score all but 2 in half and then lightly fold them. Add glue using a glue pen to the back of the 6 trees and layer three each onto the last two trees so that you create two complete ones.
Cut a 9 ¼” x 1” strip of cardstock and score it at 2 ½” and 6 5/8”. Add one of the trees to the strip and “fluff” the layers out. Add the second tree to one of the inside panels. It can be “fluffed” out some, but too much and it will interfere with the card mechanism folding. The layers are meant to give the tree some fullness. The strip can be held closed using double sided tape or a tape runner.
Add the 1 ½” x 6 strip for the sentiment and the 1” x 3 ¾” sentiment strip to the bottom half of the card.
If you haven’t gotten to your holiday cards yet there’s still time, but don’t wait. Create this fun and easy to make interactive card that everyone will remember. Continue the fun into the new year by using it for all special occasions!