For those of us in the United States… Happy Groundhog Day!! And if you are in an area that just went through the storm of the year, I’m sure you are hoping that little groundhog doesn’t see his shadow! LOL! Bring on spring!!!
And if you are like me and snowed in for a bit, you will want a cute and nifty craft to pass the time… and I have a fun card to make. I don’t do many cards, but I do love the “mechanical” cards like the waterfall, where you pull on the strip and the scene changes. Let’s get started.
- Autumn Afternoon – Karen Lewis, The DigiChick
- 12×12 brown cardstock
- scoring board
- paper trimmer
1. In your photo editing software, create four 2×2 squares that will show your scene. For my groundhog, I took the super cute squirrel from Autumn Afternoon and erased the tail. I also created a 5×7 background that will be the card base.
2. Cut a 2×9 strip out of the brown card stock.
3. Cut mats for your four squares. I eyed balled this since I have the notebook tear border. The important item is that the squares all line up on top so as you “flip” through, it will look like the groundhog is popping up.
4. Score the 2×9 strip of card stock at the following measurements – at 2 inches, at 2 3/4 inches, at 3 1/2 inches, and at 4 1/4 inches.
5. Fold the score lines in the same direction… trust me on this… I always want to fold in accordion style… but this is all in the same direction.
6. Put aside the brown paper, and cut (or design) a 1/2×3 1/2 inch strip and staple just the edge of the strip to the right edge of the card, about an inch in.
7. Slide the un-scored part of the brown strip under the strip you just attached to the card. Apply a small strip of adhesive in middle of the stapled striped strip.
8. Folding at the 4 1/4 inch score line, fold toward the right end and attache the edge to the adhesive on the stapled stripe. Note… the bottom part of the brown strip is not attached, as you pull, you will see how easy it is to move.
9. Starting on the right side, attach the fourth matted square (in my case the groundhog all the way out of the hole) to the first score line on the right the card… working backwards, always matching the left side of the matted card to the score line of the brown card stock. The last card would be on the left side of the card where you only see the ears of the groundhog.
10. Then finally add a little note to the edge letting the recipient know how to work the little card… or you could attach a little bit of ribbon as a pull.
And here is the final card… as you pull the brown strip, the white squares will “flip” to the left, showing the next square. It really is a pretty cool card and surely will impress others!!
Happy Groundhog’s Day!!
Rebecca (aka Mamabee)