By the Tide

Interactive Card - by karen @ carefree creations

This card is not my best work, but it is good enough for its purpose. After I posted my interactive Halloween card, my mom wanted to know how it worked. I figured the easiest thing would be to make her a card. It just so happens I also needed to send her a check.

I decided to make the whole card be the pocket. I also didn’t want any pieces to come off/get lost after opening. I cut my card base like a normal A2 card, however, I kept the fold on the right-side. This way, once the zipper is pulled, the left piece is glued down and the right piece is still attached because of the fold.

I do have an extra visual, maybe it will help:

Interactive detail shot - by karen @ carefree creations

I did use some repositionable tape so that the check wouldn’t slide out before the card was opened. I felt comfortable doing this ONLY because my mom is a card maker…I know she’ll know how to get rid of the residue and it won’t make her go WTF.

So, one note to help you learn from my mistake: The die I used to make the zipper is long. There was no way to put it through my Big Shot without folding the card over the die (think card front, die, card back). I had a “brilliant” idea to stick my metal shim inbetween the die and the card back to keep the die from making an impression on that side of the card. That did NOT work. It ended up warping everything a bit and still making an impression. I’m not really sure there is a solution to that, except not to make a full-card interactive zipper 🙂

Oh my gosh, I almost forgot! I found a guy that makes dies for some StampinUp sets!! I kept seeing folks with perfectly cut-out Octopus images and wondered about it. After only minimal sluething I found Dies by Dave. They are awesome! The dies are open in the center with the cutting edge very close to the inside edge making lining up a breeze! They are a bit pricey, but I’m completely happy with the ones I bought! The dies I used on this card “Tide” are not on his website, but if you email him, he can add you to a notification list so if he does them again, you’ll find out.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Fishy Interactive
Stamps: By the Tide, Perfect Pennants (SU);
Ink: Night of Navym Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake (SU);
Cardstock: White (SU);
Other: Tide dies (Dies by Dave);
Technique: interactive

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