Thursday, March 1, 2012

Emily's Technique Swap - Mini Magic Cards!

After the fun of participating in Emily's Simply Adorned insert swap, of course I wanted to be a part of her technique swap too!!! Getting samples of new techniques sounds like a blast!!! *waves to all the lovely English Demos popping over to visit!*

I decided to use the Magic Card technique!
Card Front
The magic card is a mini, on the card front!

Pulling up...

All the way up, and all colored in!
So how do you do that???

Mini Magic Card Instructions:

Stamps: Gift Givers, I {heart} Hearts, Picture This
Paper: Garden Green, More Mustard, Whisper White, acetate sheet
Ink: Garden Green, More Mustard, Stazon Black
Punches: ribbon border punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, scalloped circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, corner rounder, small heart punch, word window punch
Markers: Garden Green, Mellow Moss, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Really Rust, More Mustard, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Stamp-ma-jig, 1/8" sticky strip, top note die, color spritzer, dimensionals, clear rhinestones

- Cut your cardstock 7 1/2" x 2 1/2", then score at 2 1/2" and 5".
- On the one end, trim about 1/16" off, so it will fold flat.
- On center square, punch out circle, centered on the square, with 1 3/8" circle punch.
- Fold left square (as shown in pic below) under center square, and punch out half of a word window punch.

- On the backside of the word window punched square, use 1/8" sticky strip on the outer edges as shown.

- Using the color spritzer, spritz matching ink of cardstock on the center section.
- Using coordinating cardstock, punch out 1 3/8" circle punch, and then use the scalloped circle punch secondly to make the ring, and adhere to the base card.
- Looking at the photo below, the left section will fold underneath the window section, and the right section will be the back section.
Magic Card insert:
- Using white cardstock, cut a piece 2 1/2" x 2". Then cut away 1/8" on each side, up to about 1/8" from the bottom. See photo below as a guide.
- You will then cut a piece of clear acetate the same dimensions.
- Take the white cardstock piece and insert it into the colored cardstock base. It should sit squarely at the bottom of the fold, with the top sticking through the word window punch section. Using a pencil, lightly draw the circle frame.
- Using Stazon ink, stamp your image so that most of it will show through the window. Using a stamp-ma-jig will really help to center the image! Carefully erase pencil lines, and color image using markers.
- Use sticky strip at the very top of the cardstock and adhere acetate sheet on top. BE CAREFUL! You only get one shot with sticky strip!!! Then use Stazon on the acetate to stamp the image exactly over the image on the cardstock. It must be exact!
- Punch a 3/4" circle in coordinating cardstock. Fold in half, and then adhere to the center top of the insert.
- Using the corner rounder punch, punch the left and right top of the insert. This will make the insert easier to lift up and down.
- Place insert onto the base of the card, with the acetate in front, and the white cardstock behind. This is the "secret" of the magic card!
- Insert should be over the middle flap (half in front, half in back) and showing through the front window. Top of insert goes through the word window punched opening and the back half of base is on the back.
- Peel away the top covering of the sticky strip, and adhere the back flap of card base. (Sorry no picture of this step, but refer to top photo and you should be able to see how it works!)
- Test your Magic Card and ohhh and ahhh over your accomplishment, lol!

I used dimensionals to pop up this mini magic card on the top note. It makes it easier to pull up and down as well. Using eyelets and ribbon is an alternative to the 3/4" circle at the top of the insert, if you find that easier. If you'd like a full sized Magic Card, you can find a great tutorial on SplitCoast Stampers HERE. It's a really fun technique to make....and fun to play with too!


WhisperingWriter said...

That is too cute!

Rita said...

Cute card! Complicated, but clever!
You'll get some new techniques now, too, in this swap. I hope you share some of them. :) Have a great week!

AliceKay said...

Very cute card...quite magical. :)

Grand Pooba said...

Okay, this one is my favorite so far!

Emily said...

Fab card and great instructions hun...

Can't wait to get the cards and post them out to the others.

Now I just need to try one for myself lol

Bloggy Hugs

Christina said...

Super cool. I remember playing with stuff like that as a kid eons ago. Great technique. Also love anything with a leprachan

LeAnne said...

I always wondered how this was done! Thanks for the tutorial!