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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Silhouette Tutorial Creating a Circle Interactive Card

This tutorial is a follow up on the interactive card tutorial I offered last week. This one is a tiny bit more complicated, but still pretty simple. I will likely have other circle interactive cards to share with you, and this tutorial will work for all cards of that style. The graphic that goes around may be different, but the assembly is virtually the same. 

For this project you will need this Equipment:
A Silhouette Electronic Cutting machine. This file works great with both the Silhouette Cameo and the Silhouette Portrait cutting machines.
For those of you who are new to my blog, and may not have heard about the Silhouette electronic cutting machine(the machine I used to cut this file out,) I put together a product review at this link. You can read other's reviews of the machine here. This machine will change the way you craft! 

You will also need this Silhouette File:
a2 interactive hot air balloon card

Related files:
a2 interactive bike race card
a2 card set interactive moving bicycle
a2 interactive carousel card
tutorial for these files can be found here. for the project instructions...

First, cut all the parts with your silhouette machine. You will need to ungroup the file and arrange different cutting passes in your selected card stock, or do one cutting pass by arranging several colors of card stock on your cutting mat according to how it is laid out on the screen. See how to do that in this tutorial here.

Fold the card in half.

Take the liner piece (the one that is 4.25X5.5 and not folded) and insert it into the card. Do not glue it at this point.

Take your circle piece, then put glue only in the center, making sure to leave all the edges free of glue.

Center the circle in the larger circle of the folded card, and glue onto the liner piece.

Assemble your balloon as shown.

Insert a brad through the balloon where the tiny hole has been cut. Then find the little circle disk with the hole in it. Insert your brad through the disk and butterfly the clasp. Some people are bending this too tight making it harder to move your interactive card. You can avoid trouble if you fold this a little looser leaving a card stock thin gap before folding the clasps out.

Take your balloon and brad assembly, and slide it onto the circle of the card front, then slide the other side of the disk under the circle of the insert piece.

After the balloon has been set in place, then glue the insert to the front of the card. You need not glue all 4 sides of the insert piece to the front of the card, just 3. The top, the bottom, and the leading edge of the card.  Trying to glue the 4th side (where the fold line is) may be difficult anyway, once your balloon is placed.

Now add your cloud pieces. You will notice that each cloud has been split so that one part of the cloud will go on the inside of the circle and the other part will go on the outside. Try to line them up the best that you can.

I'd love to see your versions of this card! So please feel free to share on my Facebook page at:

If you don't already own a Silhouette machine, now's a great time to snatch one up!

This month at the online Silhouette store 
use the code: SAMANTHA to get these special savings though these special links!

This sale runs April 21-30th 2014

With the code SAMANTHA you can get this special Cameo Bundle:
1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics

With the code SAMANTHA you can get this special Portrait Bundle:
1 Silhouette Portrait
1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics


All Heat Transfer materials is 30% off as well!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One Buck Wednesday! April 23, 2014

Welcome back to another One Buck Wednesday 
and Wonderful Wednesday at!

Today only, you can get the following kit 50% off:
Digital Cuts or Masks Always Kiss Me Set
you can get the following kit
In this kit you will get the two sentiments and the banner shapes shown in four different formats making it easy to create a mask for your digi layouts, or cut digital dies with your electronic cutting machines! Each element comes in AIv8, PNG, or SVG outlines. These file formats work with most cutting machines. There is one additional file that contains solid shape PNGs on transparent backgrounds for use as masks! If you own a Silhouette or Silhouette Cameo, please go to the Silhouette store where you will find these files in the proper Studio format. These files are for personal use only and cannot be used commercially in any way (with the exception of use within craft projects for magazines, and crafts done for web publications-but please make sure to give credit.) This kit is for use in one household, not to be shared or distributed with friends and family.
Today only, you are able to grab this kit 50% off!

In this pack you will receive the entire Tea Party collection in both the Aqua and Plum Colorways...that's 6 digital kits! This mega kit contains 17 digital papers and 10 Bordered and Shaped digital papers in the Aqua color way, 18 digital papers and 10 Bordered and Shaped digital papers in the Plum color way, and over 100 digital stickers that coordinate with the Tea party Collection! This collection is perfect for many occasions! All files come in a high res .png/.jpeg format. All Samantha Walker Kits are for personal usage only, unless user purchases a separate (limited) commercial license.
Today only, you are able to grab this kit for just $1.00! 

As always, these deals vanish Wednesday 
at midnight Eastern time so hurry to get yours!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cards in motion by Diana

Hello! Diana Fisher here with you today to share a card tutorial. Samantha recently debuted a fun bike card that is interactive — I immediately loved it! Oh the whimsy! The card is originally built to be a shorter card that is wider than it is tall. Since the cards I make are almost always tall, I set out to edit the studio file to accommodate my card making style. Here is my tutorial for that process.

When you open the studio file in the Silhouette software, you'll see this on your screen (if you have the mat set for 8.5 x 11)

After ungrouping the pieces, take the card base, the clouds and the circles that hold the wheels and put them on one sheet. 

You'll notice that the base of the card in the above screen shot is much shorter. I was able to ungroup the slit from the base and the perforation. I pulled the bottom until the height of the card was 11 inches. I pushed in the sides until it was 4 inches wide. The perforation stayed in proportion and it was easy to move the slit and adjust accordingly.

Take the grass, sun and bike and put them on another sheet. You will cut the above out of white card stock and the below screen will have green paper in the top left corner, pink in the top right and yellow in the bottom left. 

After you've cut your pieces, adhere one blade of grass above the slit. Then take the bike and the circles. Using small brads (most of us have them in our stash somewhere!) run the brad through the front of the bike, through the slit, through the circles and then close down the tabs. It will look like this when completed.

Flip the card over and it should look like this. You'll be able to push the bike along the slit easily. If it resists, loosen the brads.

I added a strip of grass in the front of the bike. It means that the bike won't move as far along the card because of the foam dots in the way, but it does move a little — enough to still make it fun.

Place the foam dots where you would like them and then put the grass on top, pushing firmly to get it to stick.

Now that the bottom of the card is done, you can work on the top. Remember that we cut the clouds out of the white card stock? Give them just a little bit of color with a ink dauber foam sponge. It's an easy way to give clouds a touch of texture.

You can see here in the final card that I also added some white ink faux stitch marks on the clouds and a stamped sentiment from the All Boy Clear Stamps.

 Thanks for stopping to see my tutorial for adjusting the height on the interactive bike card.

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