Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

Create Luau-Inspired Interactive Cards with the EBE Tilt and Rock Dies and Aloha Stamp Set

Aloha, Friends! Emily Mydlowski here with you today sharing two Luau-Inspired Interactive Cards. With the help of a penny, brad, pop-up circle foam dot & double-sided foam tape, creating interactive cards that shake and move is so EASY with the genius EBE Tilt and Rock Designer Die Set by Julie Ebersole. 

Stamping and Coloring: All of the images for each card, were stamped with VersaMark Nocturne Ink on Bristol Smooth Cardstock and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I water colored the images with an assortment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a Fine Detailer Water Brush. I then die cut all of the images using the coordinating Aloha and It’s a Jungle dies. 

Hula Girl Grass Skirt Tilt & Shake

The interactive portion of this card is the Hula Girl’s Grass Skirt that will tilt and wave back and forth for a fun hula dancing effect. You will need to stamp the hula girl twice…once as the main hula girl image and then the second impression to die-cut just the skirt using the hula skirt die in the Aloha Coordinating Die Set (if you don’t have the coordinating die…you can also fussy cut). 

Prepping your Tilt Mechanism

  1. From heavy weight cardstock, die-cut the Tilt Mechanism (short stem with round top). 
  2. Add a Circle Pop Dot to the embossed circle impression on the circular portion of the die cut. 
  3. Using an extra strong glue dot, adhere a penny to the back side of the Tilt Mechanism.
  4. Stamp or place your image on your card panel. Before adding my Hula girl with liquid adhesive, I stamped a sandy spot for her to stand on using Pinkfresh Warm Buff Ink and an image from the EBE Organic Elements Stamp Set. 
  5. Since we want the grass skirt to tilt back and forth, use the largest circle die to cut a hole through the skirt on the card panel. Then add the tilt mechanism with the circle pop dot through the hole and adhere the Grass Skirt to the Circle Pop Dot.
  6. Now when you move your card back and forth the grass skirt moves side-to-side. To keep that Hula Dance movement, make sure you add a double layer of foam adhesive to the back of the card panel leaving enough room for the penny pendulum to swing before adding to your card base.

To finish the card, I first spent about twenty minutes daydreaming about being on a beautiful island with the waves crashing, sand in my feet and an umbrella drink in hand and then snapped back to reality when I heard the buzzer of the clothes dryer go off which was my queue to add the Aloha Accessories (Coconut Cocktail, Pineapple and Ukulele) and a Rainbow Aloha Sentiment using the EBE Classic Block Alpha Dies. 

Tiki Hut Rocking the Night Away Tropical Foliage

The interactive portion of this card is the large island foliage image from the Aloha Stamp Set that will rock back and forth behind the tiki bar to reveal the Tiki Totem images from the It’s a Jungle Stamp Set. The key to this interactive card is the BRAD & Penny and to find fun ways to hide the bottom of your Rocking Mechanism using a panel layer…landscape  images like hills, water, grass, clouds/sky are perfect for this. For my hidden panel, I created a Grass Tiki Bar using Neenah Desert Cardstock and the EBE Never Ending Fringe Designer Dies. 

Prepping you Rocking Mechanism

  1. From heavy weight cardstock, die-cut the Rocking Mechanism (long stem with hole in center; flat top and rounded bottom). 
  2. Adhere the Rocking Image (Tropical Foliage) to the flat top of the Rocking Mechanism. 
  3. Using an extra strong glue dot, adhere a penny to the front side of the Rocking Mechanism (X marks the spot on the Rocking Mechanism Die Cut).
  4. Using the smallest circle die from the set, die-cut a hole on the card panel. Then insert a brad to secure the image to the card panel behind the panel layer. When securing the brad, don’t push the prongs all the way to the cardstock…keep it loose so the back of the brad has room to move.
  5. With a double-layer of foam tape and leaving enough room for the Rocking Mechanism to move back and forth, adhere the Hidden Panel Layer over the Rocking Mechanism/Image. You can control how far the mechanism swings by adding foam tape to create stoppage points. 

To finish the card, I adhered the Fluorescent Tiki Totems behind the island foliage using liquid adhesive. I added some very loose lines to the Tiki Bar Fringe and Table Top using E31/33 Copic Markers. To finish the card, I added an Aloha Tiki Bar sign with VersaFine Clair Acorn ink and two gold embellishments.  

So there we are friends, two ways to create super Easy Interactive Cards using the new Essential By Ellen Tilt and Rock Designer Die Set. I hope you enjoyed my post today and it inspires you to give a Tilt and Rock Interactive Card a try. Thanks for stopping by and Aloha!!


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  • Reply Engineered Baker July 21, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Love the tilt/swing die! Such a little thing elevating the cards so much 😍

  • Reply Denise Bryant July 23, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Such fun interactive cards! Love the designs and the Tilt and Rock action! Very clever!

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