Beach Babes Interactive Card

Published on
30 July 2019
B. Robles
B. Robles

Hola!

Today I have a fun interactive card to share with you featuring Hello Bluebird “Beach Babes” stamp set. As soon as I saw this stamp set, I fell in love with those piggies. Aren’t they too cute? And I knew I wanted to make this kind of interactive card with the piggies playing in the water. I got mad thinking of how to make a mechanism to make one pig go up while the other goes down, and finally, I found the one I used on a book called “Pop-Up! A manual of paper mechanisms” by Duncan Birmingham.

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First, I stamped the images on Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used Neat and Tangled “Backdrop” stamp to mirror stamp one of the pigs. Then, I colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I tried to color the pigs with soft colors, because I generally tend to use bold colors, and I’m pretty happy with the result. I used coordinating dies to die cut all the images. Next, I inked a piece of Bristol paper with Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks, spritzed some water and dried it with a paper towel after few seconds. For the sea, I inked two pieces of Bristol paper I had die cut using Mama Elephant “Ocean Waves Trio” dies with VersaColor ink in mint color.

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To make the mechanism, I used Waffle Flower “Pull Tabs” dies and Lawn Fawn “Slide on-over” dies. I have some pictures of a prototype of the mechanism at the end of the post. I hope it helps to understand how it works! I used foam tape to adhere the panel with the mechanism to the background panel, and also to glue the front wave panel so the pigs can move easily. Then I glued the pig with the floaty and the water drops. I also decorated the pull tab with some patterned paper. Here you can watch a video of the mechanism in action 😀

I’m very happy with this card, although it was kinda hard to make and I spent quite a time making the mechanism work, but, honestly, I love making interactive cards!!

I’m entering this card into Simon Says Stamp’s Work It Wednesday:

Hope you like this card! Thanks for stopping by! Have an amazing day!


Here are some pictures of the mechanism:

When you pull the green pull tab, the pink tabs move and force the yellow pull bars, that are connected to the pink ones with a brad and fed through a slit, to move vertically. The pink sleeves on the front of the card are to guide the yellow tabs. In my card, this mechanism was mounted on the background wave panel, and I adhered the pigs to the yellow pull bars. As I wanted the beach ball to move horizontally, I used a strip of acetate I adhered to the back of the green pull tab. I want to point out that in the card I used acetate for the pull bars because I found they needed to be sturdy.

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