Hello, crafty friends! I have a fun slimline card to share with you today that features the new Twist & Turn Interactive Die-namics combined with the BB Friends with Fins Stamp Set.
I love the new Twist & Turn Die-namics that were release earlier this month. I wanted to be able to use mine more in depth and I came up with a way to double them up in a slimline card!
When you pull on the tab, the dolphins start dancing in the water!
Fair warning! I have added a lot of pictures in this post to help make this a step-by-step tutorial. Make sure to check out THIS awesome video tutorial by Laura Dovalo on how to use this dieset with a regular A2 sized card.
To start, I first diecut the mechanism (shown on the top section of the photo above) 4 times. I then glued each similar piece together to double up the mechanism and make it more sturdy. What you’re left with is two mechanisms to attach to the pull tab. For the pull tab, I simply trimmed a piece of 100lb card stock to 7 7/8″ x 1/2″ and then used just the top of the tab die-namics that comes with this set to partially diecut a nice rounded edge on my strip. You can double up this piece as well if you like.
Next, I eyeballed where I wanted to place my mechanisms on the tab and used a pencil to mark the holes. You can use the included hole punching die to cut these out or use a very small (1/16) hole punch.
To give my mechanism the most possible room to move, I lined them up at a diagonal angle before attaching them to my base. To do this, I once again marked the holes (the center ones this time) with pencil and then simply pushed the brads right through the paper. However, you can use the included hole punching die two times to accomplish this as well.
It’s the center brads that hold the entire mechanism to your base.
Here’s a little trick that I used that helped me line up my holes for the front of my card. I used a piece of clear Vellum Paper and placed it over my base. I then traced small circles with a pencil where the center brads would be on my card.
I then placed this piece of Vellum over top of my card front.
Once I had placed it on top, I simply lined up the large hole punching die and ran it through my machine twice.
So, it looked something like this once I was finished diecutting.
As you can see, the holes line up perfectly! This makes it so much easier for the mechanism to work properly.
Next, I added foam to the base with my mechanism. As you can see, I blocked off (using the foam) where I wanted my mechanism to start and stop so that it wouldn’t come out the sides of my card when pulling on the tab.
In retrospect, I probably would have shifted my entire mechanism slightly to the left to get a little more movement and symmetry but in the end, it worked perfectly as it was.
Once I attached the top of my card to the base, I then began to assemble the front. I diecut the donut holes 4xs (giving me 64 pieces) and glued them together in stacks of 8.
Each stack looked something like this. I then glued each stack to the mechanism around each center brad. I attached my dolphins to each stack and then added my waves with some 3D Foam Adhesive Tape.
I used the gorgeous long waves die from the Pop-Up Wiper Card Component Die-namics to diecut my wave from Smooth White Card Stock and then blended it with Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Inks. Lastly, I added my sentiment from the BB Friends with Fins Stamp Set on top of the Folded Fishtail Banner Die-namics (which fits PERFECTLY on Slimline Cards).
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