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  • Writer's pictureJules

Happy Birthday, Dad

My dad's birthday is coming up and I had a great idea for an interactive card for him. Making masculine cards can be tough, but this new Unity Stamp Co. stamp set, "Take Another Shot" is a great unisex set. I had used this set recently to make the same interactive type card and there were some requests for a tutorial... so here we go!

So the first step is to stamp the camera and photograph. I used My Favorite Things Extreme Black ink to make the bold black lines. The next step was to mask off the left, right and bottom side of the photo graph and stamped the top of the Unity Stamp Co. "First Love, First Hero" image. Then I looked through my stash for some masculine colored paper. Once I found the paper, I based my coloring off of that to keep it uniform. After coloring, I used my Brother Scan 'N Cut to cut the images out with a thin white border. (Click on the arrow to show additional pictures)

Next, I die cut the background layers using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle (5" x 3.75") and Scalloped Rectangle (5 1/3" x 4.125") dies. I also die cut the sentiment and a base for the sentiment using the same stitched rectangle dies (2.5" x 1.25" & 3" x 1.75"). I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. "For the Guys" stamp set. I used Archival Ink in Cobalt and stamped it several generations to fill in the white space and then used Distress Ink in Stormy Sky to shade the edges of the sentiment.

The next step was to die cut the pull tab. I used My Favorite Things "Interactive Pull Tabs" with the same brown as used for the scalloped rectangle layer. I stamped the word "pull" on the bottom using VersaMark and white embossing powder using the NEW Unity Stamp Co. "Interactive Verbiage" stamp set made for cards just like this!! Now we have all our components ready.

I started by laying things out on the card and I cut a 2" x .125" slit an inch from the bottom of the 5" x 3.75" patterned paper. This is where you can test sliding your photograph through the slit to make sure it slides through without rubbing the sides. You'll also want to make sure the camera covers the slit so you don't see it once you apply the camera.

I found some navy twine and tied it a few times around and applied the sentiment on the top, keeping in mind the space needed for the camera and photograph. Next I slid the photo through the slit leaving a 1/4" sticking out. Flipping it over, I laid the pull tab onto the center and leaving 1/2" from the bottom of the patterned paper. I used a little Gina K Connect glue on the top of the photo and adhered the pull tab to the photo and trimmed the excess. From there, I used foam tape to surround the image without getting too close and keeping it easy to slide in and out. Stick this patterned paper with the sliding mechanism onto the scalloped layer of brown paper.

Last, I used more foam tape on the camera, leaving 3/4" of the bottom without foam tape. This is where the slit is and the photo will slide in and out of. The final steps are to adhere the scalloped paper onto the card base. I used a standard A2 white card base to keep with the colors of the patterned paper. My card is complete. I added some glossy accents on the camera, here and there, but you don't have to.

I hope you found this helpful and give it a try with some of your stamps. If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment!

Thanks so much for following! Happy crafting!

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Love the interactive action and image of the card....perfect for masculine card!


Love your cards and the colors you use

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