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.
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.
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!!