Saturday, January 21, 2017

Dragonfly Wings: Interactive Card (Pop Ups) and Technique

As I have said before, I love popup cards or interactive cards.  I am fascinated by the movement.  There are many cards and dies available for simple pop ups, but I want movement.  I have been collecting books on Pop Ups for some time, but I am basically lazy and have always relied on others to do the hard work, figuring it out.  Karen Burniston is a master at Pop up cards. Her last major die release for Elizabeth began that journey of moving mechanisms, and I used that die on several of my recent cards and posting.  Twist-circle-pop-up.

I have followed Karen  as she moved from Sizzix to Elizabeth Craft, and as I was anxiously awaiting her new product line, hoping to have more dies that incorporated movement at CHA,  I learned that there will be no new releases beause she is no longer designing for EZ and has yet to find a home.

So,  I decided to forge a path and start a posting about how to make these magical cards.  So over the next few months, I am going to teach you about the basic mechanisms  and how they are created to make your cards move.  Hope you will enjoy this exploration.  There is much experimentation with this process, but that in itself is magical. . . . . . . .

Are you ready.

Here is a video of the card I made for this posting.

DragonFly Wings Interactive Card

This card is based on Parallelograms,  What you say?  Simple little boxes but provide a foundation of movement for many different mechanisms.

The parallelogram is a rectangle with 3 parallel folds.
The folds can be anywhere just parallel and when folded must be rectangular and not square.

The center of the card is the gutter and is where all movement comes from.

By not placing the backing cards up to the fold and leaving this area open allows for increased opening of the card. If you look at the video, the first demo shows the large dragonfly popping up.  This is because the fold is allowed to open up flat.  

In this card the Parallelogram will span the center fold.  With glueing flaps folded (the end tabs) place the center line on the fold  with the shortest tab to the left

Mark the end of the tab.

The next step is the most critical.  Flip the rectangle over  and place the long end on the mark and glue down.  

When glued down this will be flat and span the fold.

That is all there is to a parallelogram.  Each of those folds now become another fold to add more mechanisms to.  Or can be used to create action, which is what I did.  

Here is the parallelogram in place.  In the small box I fold two triangles and the back folded to create "arm placements".  This was done before glueing down.  So the first step discussed was to just create a platform.  This folding step is optional and is used to create movement.  

With me so far?  Just get out some scrap paper and make the model and play with the paper and folds.  It truly is magical that a simple piece of paper can make other paper move.  
Here I made a simple parallelogram with the fold and added arms to check movement.

 I knew that I needed movement at the top and bottom which is why there are two folds in my parallelogram.  On which part of the triangle the "arm" is place will determine the movement.  

Ok that is all for the details of parallelograms.  In the next installment we will explore another mechanism.  Lets get onto the finishing of this card.

The Process of Creating:

Before I started the card I made a rough model of what I wanted.

I basically take paper and start adding.  I began with a single parallelogram with fold, shown holding dragonfly (small) and arm for movement.  Then I cut an opening in another piece of paper for the large dragonfly and attached a dragonfly.  Open and closed a few times and decided this worked.

Onto a white paste up model

Here the measurements are being refined.  Everything must fit into the card.  How much movement I needed would determine the finished card.  Those dimensions are marked not the backing.

Measurements are penciled in.  Everything works.  I need a minimum of a 5 X 6 card.  So my finished card will be based on that measurement.  To make it less square, I added 1/2 inch to height and so the finished card is 5 X 61/2 inches.

With all the measurements in hand I started construction.  I ended up adjusting only slightly.  One major adjustment was moving the folds on the parallelogram so they met at the center and eliminated the arm for the large dragonfly.

The card:

Stamped and heat embossed in black the 2 dragonflies, these were cut out with my Brother Scan n Cut.  I also stamped and heat embosssed in Platinum and  a sparkling powder on Vellum and fussy cut.  These were glued together over the body.

The larger Dragonfly wings were colored with a coating of Wink of Stella for glimmer.  

Assembly begins.  Parallelogram is cut from 80# white cardstock, the rest from the designer paper.  

I cut a triangle into a piece of paper and this will fold down and elevate the Large Dragonfly.

This is the back side of this mechanism with all the score tape to hod it down.
This is the mechanism.  We will explore this in future blogs as it is the bases for another whole array of movement.  I just created a triangle.  Cut on the straight sides and folded it on the other set set of lines.  This will fold flat and move the dragonfly out of the way when closed and pop up when opened..  
Almost done.  Both Dragonflies fly and move.  Last step is the sun.  I Stamped heat embossed and fussy cut it out, then colored with copics.  It is attached to the upper part of the parallelogram.

This folds in towards the center and the small dragonfly moves away from the center.

Ok, lets take a few looks at all the parts finished.  What you can't see in the video, but get a hint at, is the wings on both dragonflies are loose, they flutter when the card is opened.  A product of thin vellum and heaving embossing.  

The rest of the card!!

The front.  I cut a backing sheet that would cover the card and leave enough to fold over to create a pocket for the magnets. First adhered the back part of the base card to this base.

The flap has been covered with Score tape, magnets are stuck into the score tape and then flap folded over.  A ribbon place into the Channel before sealing.  The other side of the magnets are attached with glue dots to the front, then the backing sheet is attached to the card base, sealing in all the magnets and finishing the front.

The sentiment was created by by stamping the work happy and then using another stamp, masked out all the words except Be, and stamped above the happy.  

Don't forget to remove the masking before stamping!!
All that was left was to die cut, add a bow and some embellishments, Finished!!!

Hope you enjoyed this long post and that I have inspired you to look at making your own Interactive Cards,
See you Soon,
Happy Crafting

Book Used:  Pops Up by Duncan Birmingham.  He has many videos on face book that shows the creation of these mechanisms.  Just Google Duncan Birmingham.  There are other great pop up engineers on You Tube as well and a quick walk through he pop up box section in your local bookstore is an immense source of inspiration.  The Harry Potter Pop up is my Favorite and of course Starwars.  But it is the simpler pop up books that lend themselves to us card makers. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Challenge card For Cas(e) that Sketch

Time for a challenge.  My New Year's plan was to just stay on schedule.  I spent all day working on my personal blog and after filling up the garbage, decided that I was just not going to make that card.

I moved over a sheet of paper from the latest kit, and immediately had the perfect idea for a card.  Next step was to find a challenge that would work.  Not the easiest way to find a challenge, but I did.

Here is my card:

Sketch #203 from Cas(e) this Sketch:  here is the link to the blog spot

Pretty close.  I used the paper for the flowers.

Lets see  how I made it:

Start with the paper:  Kit is Color me Happy, from Club Scrap January 2017 collection.  The kit also comes with an amazing silver pen.

color-me-happy-12x12-prints: click the link to go to Club Scrap page.

Fussy cut out one of the swirls.  It is the one in the lower left corner.  Then placed in on an A2 card base and adjusted the size.

Next I too k the silver pen and added more dots.  This close up shows how well the pen matched the paper.

Last step was to create a sentiment.  That was the hardest part.  Thought about Calligraphing the sentiment with the silver pen , but! I did not want to practice or waste my paper.  My previous project wore me out!!!  So I stamped and embossed, and stamped and embossed again and finally settled on Ranger Silver Embossing Powder and a die cut.

See all the dots! I think it is perfect example of clean and simple as well as elegant and fits the sketch.

Until next time,
Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Club Scrap: Team challenge Blog Hop for December

Good morning!  It is the after Christmas just before New Years.  I bet you are relaxing and wondering what 2017 will bring.  Well for me it was a wonderful 2016.  We moved to Texas in 2014 so that my daughter Roxie could train and hopefully compete at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.  Goal was accomplished.  As we turn to 2017, she will continue riding with a goal to continue to compete in the International Arena.  What will I do.  Well Santa brought me a new Spinning Wheel and I am in love with Popup Cards.  And of course Club Scrap provides monthly anticipation as I wait for my box to arrive.  Well this month, I got caught up in the After Thanksgiving and Before the Insurance Changes (again), I work in health care, and after 60+ hour work weeks am ready to sit and spin and craft. 
So my participatin has been sparse.  On that note, my first card is a KNOCK Out!!!
But first:  You should have arrived from: Cheryl and If you want to start at theBeginning, click here.

So lets start with the first card:

This is a pop up and one of the most remarkable mechanisms.  I did not think this up.   Instructions can be found Here, I used the measurements and made the base card exactly as Karen's instructions.  The embellishments are different however.  There is another tutorial on Split Coast Stampers that also make a card in this style.  Here is the link: Twisted Pop Up Card

  Inside of card:

Some tips:

For the inlay.  I did not use the same die as in the video.  I had 2 separate words.

 Started out by using my grid mat to tape them in what I thought was right.
Cut them out of scrap paper and clearly the alignment was off, adjusted and recut.
I kept the dies taped together and removed the white paper from the die.  Then recut with the blue paper.  following the instructions in the video, placed the die in the opening and glued the blue letters into the openings.  Then I went back and cut the white paper again, removed the words and placed all the bits into the opening by pushing through the holes in the die.
Took very little time as is perfect and flat, which is needed for the mechanism to move properly.

Here a few photos of the process.
Mechanism in place
Pop up added.

All that was left was to embellish the pop up, add the sentiment and finish the front.

Closing.  Amazing, lays flat (albeit bulky) but flat enough to go through the mail.

Well after that one, I decided to focus on simple and quick but elegant.

The champagne sparkle paper was my inspiration, and what can be better than champagne and the beach.

Using the embossed paper that was in the kit, I added ink with a blending tool.

first photo is a close up and the second a comparison of the non inked paper.  I used a clean paper towel to remove the inking from the embossing.  
Tools of the Trade!!  I used Hero Arts Soft Pool for the ink. 

Sentiment was stamped and embossed in Ranger Platinum embossing powder and versamark ink on cream paper.  The inspiration paper became the mat, and I used the darker tan paper for the cardstock.  To balance everything, I added a ribbon and embellishment.  Easy but impressive.

This was photographed with softer light, to try and capture the softness of the overall effect.  I am thinking if I got this in the mail, I would feel better fast!!

Ok, now for Card 3:

This one is my go to card when I am wanting simple and generic.

Using the tan card stock, left over from Card 2, I stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Holographic embossing powder.  Then I cut it up so that the snowflakes look random.  By stamping a larger piece and then cutting, you avoid that "placed look".  Some will fall off the edges.  

A white card base, a silver ribbon, and an embalmments grounds the image.  The sentiment in Versafine black Onyx and heat embossed in clear, turns the sentiment into the focal image.  

I don't think they are bad for an afternoon of crafting.  Your next stop is:  Jennifer

Until next time,
Happy Crafting,