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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Silhouette Tutorial: Creating interactive cards

It's easy to create interactive cards with your Silhouette cameo or Portrait machine. This week, I will be introducing several kits with interactive properties. You can add your own personality to your cards with your paper choices. The card featured here has a bicycle that can slide across the card.

Here are some of the other similar cards you will find in the Silhouette store:

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:
Bike Interactive Card set

Related files:
a2 interactive bike race card
a2 interactive car race card
a2 interactive hot air balloon card detailed tutorial for that project can be found here.

Papers used:
Cool Summer Garden Green by Samantha Walker for Carta Bella 
Cool Summer Cool Off (yellow side) by Samantha Walker for Carta Bella 
Cool Summer Midsummer sky by Samantha Walker for Carta Bella for the project instructions...

First cut out the card background, and the 5.5x4.25 backing piece. Next cut out your clouds, grass, bike and other elements in the papers of your choice.
Then glue the grass to the front of the card, along with the clouds and the sun. I put my sun partially behind one of the clouds. I also inked the edges of my clouds with a darker blue ink to add contrast. 
Then add the flowers and stems. To attach the bicycle, put two brads through the holes in the wheels, then through the cut-out "slide strip" in the card. 

 On the reverse side of the card, attach the two white circles with those brads so that it is secured through the "slide strip" as shown in the photo above. If you wish to add a backing paper to cover it up, a 4.5x5.5 rectangle has been included in the file. If you use that, make sure that you do not attach it where the circles will slide on the strip.

The envelope goes together easily. Just fold all sides in. Then glue the front bottom flap up over the sides. Attach the sun seal, then close it with your method of choice (glue, ribbon, tape, etc.)

I'll add pictures of my other interactive card cutting files, that go together similarly, to this blog as they are loaded into the Silhouette store.

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