Tuesday, February 14, 2012

PTI Anniversary Challenge: Interactive Cards

Well, it's the final day of the PTI February Countdown, and in today's post Nichole's challenge is to create an interactive card, to tie in to the introduction of the new PTI Movers and Shakers line of dies and stamps!  I haven't done too many interactive cards before, but I was eager to try out some ideas, and I managed to get two cards done today (and some laundry, lol!).

The first thing I thought of was to use the sweet airplane in Fly Away. I cut it from Stampers Select White and also from a coaster, and after coloring with Copics, adhered it to the coaster for more sturdiness.

I attached it through the slit in the background panel, which I created by sponging Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores inks on white cardstock, after applying masks cut with the cloud dies. The panel is attached to the Kraft base with foam adhesive. The plane is attached with a brad, to the sentiment strip cut from Aqua Mist, and stamped with a sentiment from Up, Up and Away. I added the word "pull" on the punched circle using Simple Alphabet, and the "congratulations" sentiment on the front panel is from Tag-Its #4.

It doesn't slide quite as smoothly as I was hoping, but the general idea worked out well. :) As the sentiment strip is fully extended, the plane "flies" across the card front.

My second card was inspired by the new Movers & Shakers: Sliders dies that Nichole introduced today. I can't wait to get these dies, but I wanted to try to mimic the same effect. Although it worked, it was difficult to "engineer", so I know the dies would make it much more effortless and slick!

Anyway, I tried to create the front "window" panel by cutting with my craft knife. It was doable, but it looked very sloppy and not "polished" enough, so I wasn't happy with it. Then I had a lightbulb moment! I used my Tag Sale #1 Die to cut the window panel. I just positioned it on my cardstock, face-down on my Big Kick platform. Then I put the other plate on top of the sandwich, but positioned it so that the edge of it was partway down the die, where I wanted it to STOP cutting. Cranked it through, and voila - a 3-sided window cut! I then trimmed down the panel (I did that AFTER cutting, so that I didn't have to have the die perfectly aligned), and scored at the top and middle. Then I cut the "slider" panel to go underneath. The rest of it is constructed pretty much like Nichole shows in her tutorial video.

I used Celebrations for the front sentiment panel. The color combo is Canyon Clay, Hawaiian Shores and Harvest Gold. After I was finished, I wished I had something more with the HS panel.... so I added the twine and button, which helped a bit, but I still think it's a little bit plain. I was trying to keep it masculine-appropriate, though, just because it seems that I have fewer male-appropriate cards in my stash (even thought that's what I usually need - husband, father, brother, sons, lol).

I added the button on the tab at the top because I thought it would make it easier to grab and pull, and also more obvious that that is what is expected. Here it is starting to slide open:

And completely extended! I stamped the slider with Polka Dot Basics 2, just for a little added interest.

The inside sentiment is a combination of Daydreamer, Birthday Basics, and a decorative element from Celebrations.

Well, it was fun to try a couple of interactive cards, and it definitely got my creative juices flowing for all the fun that can be had with these new dies! I just know they will make these cards a real breeze to make (and did you SEE the Zippers?? Oh my gosh, how FUN!!)

Thanks for stopping by!


Karen C. said...

Well, you've certainly done a fabulous job even though you don't have the "specialty" dies. I like the idea of using the Tag Sale die for your slider card. Thanks for the tip.

Steph H said...

Debbie, your little plane card is just adorable! I could see using this design for a boys birthday. And your Celebrate card is a winner! Your engineering skills are much more advanced than are mine! :-) Very nice job!

Nadine said...

Wow! LOVE both of your cards…it looks like you already have the new movers and shakers die with the second one, lol! I had to read closely to figure out how you did it, genius using the tag sale die!!

Ted said...

Oh Gosh, Debbie! I love both of these...so original and creative! :)

Lisa H said...

Those are awesome cards Debbie!! I love the interactive parts. So cool. I do think I need to take some of my bday money over to the RTI site and "look around" LOL.

Joyce said...

These are truly gorgeous and brilliant, too. You must be an engineer. I could not have figured this out in a million years. Fortunately, I was able to find a tutorial on SCS.

Quip1320 said...

These turned out great!!! What in the world did you use to attach the plane to the strip with though such a little slit? It's gorgeous!

Lisa H said...

FYI Debbie, I pinned these cards (cause they're so cool) and they've already been repinnind 9 times! ;-)

Terri said...

They are both great! What a brilliant idea to use the tag sale 1 die for the slider card. I am definitely going to try it now!

Carolyne Aarsen said...

Love the plane card. What a great idea.

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