Thursday, 15 August 2019

Christmas, deer

Too soon for Christmas? Hmmm… I like doing some Christmas crafting closer to the date to enjoy the general festive feeling, but, if you plan to make elaborate cards, the earlier you start the better. Because, making cards under time constraints feels less like fun and more like work!

Today's inspiration post for Crafts U Love is such a card: it's an interactive card, made with the Square Spinner die, and has 3 decorated sides.

You will notice that the card is oriented in portrait mode and although I have not seen any like that online there is no reason why it shouldn't be done. The interactive part pops out below rather than on the right side when the card is opened but otherwise it works in the same way.

For the mechanism I will send  you to Karen Burniston herself and this video.


1. First work on the front panel of the card.
- If you want papers on the inside, start by sticking them in place, then die cut the opening with your chosen shape die.
- Die-cut the opening from the paper to place on the outside of the front panel and stick down.
- add any flat decoration at this stage to the front cover

2. Decorate the inside back panel with the desired papers.

3. Die-cut, prepare and stick down the Square Spinner mechanism (refer to Karen's video)

4. Place the focal image and the spinning element on the mechanism

5. Add any dimensional details to the front now.

I wanted to my card to be slightly larger than A6 which did make things a little bit more difficult as a whole sheet of  paper didn't cover my card entirely, however this pushed me to come up with a more creative design.

The papers I used are from the Studio Light PPSL19 pad, which has a festive feel but a fresh contemporary black, white and gold colours scheme.

The deer image is from the Studio light essential Stamp set No.391 stamped with Versafine for that solid silhouette look. I picked out some of the falling snow with the Nuvo Drops latest incarnation, the stone texture, in gold.

I also used it on the front to add a heart and pearls. As you see the finish when dry is rather matte and grainy too, like a mix of paint and fine sand. This thicker texture requires a bigger nozzle and for that reason it would be difficult to write with the Stone Drops unless you used big letters.

And in action as demonstrated by my not so glamorous but helpful assistant:


Studio Light A6 Paper Pad - No.119
Studio Light Essentials Clear Stamp Set - No.391
Tonic Studios Nuvo Stone Drops - Gold Rush
Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop-Up Die Set
VersaFine  – Onyx Black inkpad

Should you purchase any of the products I have used on this card, select  'Design Team'  in the 'where have you seen us' drop down so we know we have inspired you!

I will be back for another Christmas creation at the end of the month, I hope you will come back to check it out.

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  1. Wow! What a fabulous card. TFS all of the info and photos. Love the deer image. Especially with the script across. What a lovely design. Hug Flo xx

  2. Une très belle carte de Noël, bien élégante et astucieuse avec ce mécanisme. J'aime beaucoup ce tampon renne aussi.
    Bon week-end,

  3. Love a pop-up, and this one's great. What a fabulous deer/text image - it's really cool. I hadn't seen this particular card construction before, so your portrait version is now the "original" as far as I'm concerned.
    Alison x

  4. oooooh! beautiful fold, and such a lovely card - very artsy and seasonal. Thank you for the video! hugs, de

  5. A lovely card and a great surprise for the recipient when they open it xx

  6. Très chouette avec son petit mécanisme !!!
    Et merci pour la vidéo, toi au moins tu oses lol. Super :)