March 18, 2013

HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL


Thank you, Sheila, for once again allowing me the privilege of posting on your site.  I'm Charlotte C and
I just love this stamp from Stamps Happen that I’ve had for years so I decided to share an old technique with all of you so that the bunny “dances” across the card when the tab is pulled.  I used Distress Markers to color him, Stickled the star and cut him out of heavy card stock. 

Create a top fold 5 x 7 landscape card base and adhere a 6 ¾ x 4 ¾ mat to it

For the actual card front, cut a 6 ¾ x 4 ¾ rectangle from heavy patterned card stock.  Cut a ½”  x  5 ¾” slot opening about 1 ½” up from the bottom, centered left to right; scallop punch all four sides and ink the edges. 

Glue together two pieces of card stock sized at ¾” x 6 ¼” and set aside.  This will be your pull tab.

Cut a scrap of heavy card stock 2 ½” x 1 ¼” wide.  (Note: the width can vary depending on the image you will be using).  Score at ¾”, 1”, 1 ¼” and 1 ½”, crease well and fold as shown.  Let’s call this the tongue, because I don’t know what else to call it. 


Push that tongue through the slot from the back to the front of the card. Apply red line tacky tape close to the fold on each side of the slot (don’t take the protective liner off yet).


Slide that tongue over to the edge of the slot that would be the extreme left if you were looking at the front. Adhere the pull tab to the tongue.  Be sure it’s straight across. Using tacky tape, adhere a small scrap of card stock above and below the pull tab on the right side to keep it in line. (Use talc over any exposed tape to prevent any stickiness where you don’t want it.)


Apply foam tape or pop dots in the corners and above the slot.


Add your image with tacky tape to the tongue that’s sticking out (ha ha) on the front of your card.  Test that your tab pulls in and out smoothly before adhering this final layer to your card base.

Here’s two of my finished cards.  I put both up so you can see that the distance from the bottom of the card to the slot is flexible.  All depends on the size of your image. 
I used a very tiny stamp set from Martha Stewart to fit Happy Easter and Hippity Hop Hop in the slot and on the pull tab.  The carrot is from Create A Critter (cut at 1 ½”) with a Peachy Keen face.  The banner is cut from Artiste (4.01 x .70 unlinked) with computer-generated text. 


And then I had a DUH moment – no envelope to fit the card!  I followed Sheila’s directions she posted last year (see here), but here’s the quick measurements and a photo for you.  Cut your paper/lightweight card stock at 12 x 9 ¾.  Score at 7/8” along both 12” sides.  Score at 3 3/8” along both 9 ¾” sides.  Cut out between the score lines, round the corners before folding in and gluing.


I wish you all a Very Happy and Blessed Easter.


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