This is such an easy interactive card to make - but be sure to watch my video tutorial above! It's difficult for me to explain the steps in detail in a blog post and the video tutorial should be helpful for you to see exactly how I made this card!
Okay let's get started! The outside is the simplest - it looks like a regular card! My card base is a standard A2 side folding card - the finished size is 4.25" x 5.5" and folds flat so you can mail it in a regular envelope! I used patterned papers from the Sweater Weather 6x6 paper pad to create a fun autumn backround. I used the Scallop Circle Frames die set to add some pretty details to my layers. All of my images are from the Happy Fall stamp set and I stamped them with LDRS Creative Raven Hybrid Ink and colored them with alcohol markers. This stamp set was previously released from LDRS Creative but one of the things I love most about this company is that their products work so well together!
The magic is on the inside of the card! The little mouse spins around! So cute! To create a spinner card you need a symmetrical image so that you can stamp, cut, and glue two images back to back. This little mouse isn't symmetrical - so I made it work for me! I used a reverse image stamping technique by stamping the image onto a piece of photopolymer (what clear stamps are typically made from) with LDRS Creative Raven Hybrid Ink and pressing a piece of cardstock on top of the image to transfer the stamping to my cardstock. I haven't ever gotten perfect results using this method - but I can fake it! I used a black pen to fill in any gaps or uneven lines in my stamping.
Now to create and assemble the inside of the spinner card! I cut a piece of cardstock to be 5.25" x 8.5" and scored it down the middle at 4.25" and at 2.5" from each end. I folded the center fold in and the outer folds out so that the folds form an "M" when you look at it from the side. Be sure to check out my video to see a visual of how I folded the piece! I lined up the center die of the Garden Wreath die set so that it's centered top to bottom and in the center of the middle score line of my cardstock. No I have the perfect window in my folded cardstock for my spinning mouse. I wanted there to be a pretty background so I trimmed a piece of paper from the Sweater Weather 6x6 paper pad to be 5" square and scored it down the middle and adhered it on the inside center of my card.
I placed a piece of double sided adhesive on the top and bottom of the back of my die cut inside panel and added a piece of clear thread right down the middle. I added another piece of adhesive on top of the thread covering the first pieces of tape. DO NOT take the release paper off of the back of the second piece of tape or you'll tape your card closed! Add glue or double sided tape to the back of one of the little mouse images and center it onto the thread and then glue the second back to back of the first. Then adhere the spinner mechanism to the inside of the card! Like I said - it seems hard, but it's really not! Watch the video at the beginning of this post and you'll see! If I can do it you can do it! Thanks so much for joining me!