Die Cutting, Essentials By Ellen

5 Ways A Beautiful Interactive Card Delights The Senses

Do you love to get interactive cards and wonder how the card maker did it? Do you think you may want to try your hand at it? Our EH Design Ambassador Extraordinaire Daniel West has 5 reasons interactive cards delight the senses. And he hopes to encourage you to take the plunge into adding movement to your projects.


Hey there crafter! Interactive cards are eye-catching and smile inducing, not only to receive, but to put together. I had a ton of fun creating these two projects and wanted to share some insights I had as I made them. Why should you jump into the interactive world of pushing and pulling and pressing?

You can watch the video to see how I created these two interactive cards. I’ll give you some tips that can save you some vexation and keep your potty-mouthin’ to a minimum while creating your own interactive setups.

  1. Interactive cards have more layers and layers added interest.
    A few layers and some foam tape provide more opportunity to include textures, colors and contrast. In my two card projects, I added a background with texture and popped up more items in a different color for more interest. Personally, I like to limit my color palettes to five or six shades and tones of just three colors. You can connect your layers by matching colors and varying a shade, or by contrasting colors and matching a texture.
  2. Interactive cards challenge the card maker’s skill and imagination.
    A beautiful one-layer card can be fun and easy. But what if you want a bigger challenge to hone your skill and craft? These projects take longer, but the fun of creating something more intricate is rewarding. It’s like a crafty puzzle you put together with your own mind’s eye and then it materializes as your work and re-work it. I had to watch Julie Ebersole create with the Push Me Pull You set about 10 times before I got it down.
  1. Interactive cards make the recipient a part of the creative process.
    By inviting the receiver to move, pull, push, press or jiggle the card, you get them involved in your creativity. Now they feel like they are part of bringing your inventiveness to fulfillment. Without them completing the action, the creative process has not fully actualized. The same principle applies to them blowing out candles on a beautiful cake.
  2. Interactive cards add an element of intrigue to the joy of receiving a card. When the giftee pulls the tab and ghosts pop up out of the mugs, they will gasp in awe at your inventiveness (and if they don’t — yank the card out of their undeserving grasp). I dare say worthy and curious friends will study your gadget to figure out if it was an engineering feat or simply magic.
  3. Interactive cards make it fun to play with a project as well as look at it.
    When I get an interactive card, I press, push and pull until I break the thing. The surprise movements make it hard to put the greeting down. The only thing that could make a card more fun is a crisp $50 tucked in it somewhere. hehe.

If you’re ready to jump into interactive projects, or maybe you tried once and gave up, here are some tips to help you get started!

Tip #1 — Expect to fail the first, second and third time. This is actually part of the process. We learn through trial and error so don’t give up early when playing with interactive goodies.

Tip #2 — Re-create a project someone else made, first. In fact, don’t even bother adding color or stamping or images to your prototype. Just create the mechanism until you get it to work. Then, do it again with your favorite images and sentiments.

Tip #3 — Use double-sided tape! Liquid glue takes too long to set and dry and may seep out the sides and lock up a mechanism. Double-sided tape stays in its place and holds things together immediately with the press of a bone folder over it.

Special Detail Sections

One of the things that pulled me into the card making world is the detail of a project. I noticed the next-level artisanship of heat embossing over text, or a bit of white gel pen to put some shine an image.

Last month, I created little speckled mugs for one of my campfire scenes here. And I recreated the technique on a larger scale for this pumpkin mug.

First, I die cut the mug out of white cardstock and pressed it into a Clay Mask Ink Pad from Catherine Pooler to give it some color. Then, I splattered some Opaque White Ink over it with a paint brush. Then, I repeated it with some Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink from a re-inker. Finally, to make some of the white spots larger, I used a white gel pen, too.

I hope you will try your hand at some interactive projects. The Push Me Pull You Die makes the whole thing much easier. Julie Ebersole is a genius. Watch her videos with these dies, too.

You will find a list of products I used to created these projects in the grid below fore you convenience. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Daniel

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