Saturday, April 25, 2009

Choo Choo Preview

I'm gearing up for Monday's blog tour! I made several cards today and thought I would go ahead and post one tonight.

I bought the Choo Choo set because my grandchildren love trains and I needed to make some train pages. As I was thinking about what I could do besides scrapbook pages I thought that interactive cards would be great with this set. This card is called a spiral pop up card. From the front it looks like a regular card. I punched the trees with the new scalloped oval punch that is in the Occasions Mini Catalog (page 8) and stamped the trunks with the tree trunks from the Trendy Trees set (Spring and Summer Catalog, page 91). I wanted one of the trees to be shorter so I reinserted it into the punch and trimmed about a half inch off.

I rolled the Right On Track wheel across the bottom of the card because every train needs a track. I stamped the train stamps on white cardstock in Real Red, Pacific Point and Summer Sun and then cut them out. I didn't go into all the crevices or cut out windows. I stamped and cut out additional train cars which I used inside the card. After adding the train cars with Stampin' Dimentionals I sponged some Bali Breeze for the sky and Old Olive for the grass and stamped the puffs of smoke for the train with Basic Black.

The fun comes with the inside. Mount the card front onto a 5 1/2 X 4 1/4" folded card of Bali Breeze cardstock.

Punch 3 circles with the 1 3/4" circle punch. Start cutting about 1/8" in as you spiral around the entire circle to the center as shown. Roll a mini glue dot and adhere to the beginning tip and place onto the bottom of the card. Roll another mini glue dot and place in the center of the circle and close the card so it stickes to the top. Do this again with the other 2 circles. Use the rest of the trains that you stamped and cut out to adhere to the front of the spirals. You will need to be sure to roll the glue dots so that none is off the narrow spiral-cut piece so it won't stick together and ruin the fun when the card is opened.

This is a great technique to use for flowers and butterflies as well. You would even have time to try it for a Mother's Day card!


Holly said...

That is an awesome card! I want to learn this technique when we can get together.

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Very Cool techniques used on this card - Very fun project altogether. I've not seen anyone else use this tree's with a scallop oval punch trick. Very Cool!!

Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

Hugs and blessings from a sister demo - Jean Fitch