Thursday, November 27, 2014

Snowflake Spinner cards

This is a card that is both a greeting card and gift in one.  After the recipient reads the card, they can cut the invisible threads holding the snowflake in place, put an ornament hook on it or a piece of cording with a looped end, and hang the ornament on their tree.




Here are the instructions on how to make these spinner cards:

Start with whatever item you are going to use as the "spinning" object.  I used a plastic snowflake from the Dollar Store.  Measure the diameter of the object, in this case the snowflake is about 3 3/4" in diameter.  You will need an opening in the front of your card that is bigger than the diameter of your object so it will have room to spin around.  I used the smallest circle die in the Spellbinders Grand Circles set.

Make a card base for your card.  I used a piece of cardstock that was 6.5" x 10" and folded it in half to make a card base that was 5 x 6.5".

Cut a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the card base to cover where all your tape will be that holds the snowflake in place.  I cut mine to 4 3/4 x 6 1/4" which left a 1/4" border all the way around.

Now you need to cut the circle into both pieces of cardstock.  Place the smaller piece (4 3/4 x 6 1/4) on top of the card front while the card itself is open.  Center the top piece then place your die on it.  I used a small piece of tape to hold the die in place.
 (Notice the two layers of paper underneath the circle die above).  

Run your cardstock and die through a die cutting machine.  Since my card is 6 1/4" wide, I could not fit it into my Cuttlebug or Vagabond as they both have only 6" openings.  I had to use my Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine.

Once the cardstock is cut, take the top smaller piece (4 3/4 x 6 1/4) and run it through an embossing folder.  I used the Spellbinders Grand Dainty Dots Embossing Folder.  If you use one of these large embossing folders, you will also need the Spellbinder's Grand Raspberry plate to go on top of it.





Thread your invisible thread through one loop at the top of the snowflake and another piece of thread through the loop at the bottom of the snowflake so both threads are 180 degrees from each other.  Make a loop with the thread and tie a knot for both threads.  Place the snowflake in the center of your card front opening where you cut out the circle.  Tape the threads in place so they are secure.



Next, you want to cover the tape that is holding the threads in place with another piece of tape so they don't come undone.  Cut off any excess thread beyond your tape level on the card.  

 The next step is to cover this entire front panel of your card with the embossed panel.  Use adhesive around the edges of back side of the embossed panel (I use double sided tape rather than a tape runner as a tape runner can flatten some of the embossing when pressing down).

Carefully line up the two cut out circles so they are directly on top of each other, making sure you have the embossed panel centered all the way around on the card front.  Press down all the edges so they are secure.

Die cut a Christmas greeting and adhere it to the front of the card:





Now you can decorate the center of the snowflake with a large gem or use a bottle cap like I did.  I purchased the digital face image on Etsy but you could also hand draw a face.

You can make these spinner cards with just about any shape for the inside as long as it fits inside an opening on your card.  Here is an example of one I made using the Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament:







I also made a spinner card using one of the Christmas ornament dies from Frantic Stamper but hanging it inside one of the Spellbinder Heirloom Ornaments.  Since this Frantic Stamper ornament is smaller than the snowflake I used in the first card, I was able to make a smaller A2 card with it and run the die and embossing through my Vagabond:


This ornament is white on the back when you cut it out, so I knew I would need two of them.   I cut two out, glued the tiny scrolls and leaves back in but on their white sides, ran a piece of invisible thread from top to bottom and then adhered the two ornaments together.












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