Saturday, 19 July 2008

Suspension card tutorial

These care are really fun as they feature a suspended spinning image. You don’t have to make the image round but Stampin’ Up!’s circle punches make it very easy if you do.

(Sorry for the ropey pictures, I took them at night.)

You will need:
Stamps, cardstock and ink
2 circle punches, one slightly larger than the other
cotton thread or similar (some people use dental floss)
Double-sided tape, such as Sticky Strip™

The idea is to have two different images on the spinning circle, so start by stamping these images and punch them out using the smaller circle punch. TIP: Stamp first, then punch, holding your punch upside down so that you can see to centre the image.

Colour your images and prepare your card for assembly.

Take your top layer and punch a hole in it. I made a mistake here of having two layers of cardstock, which was almost too much for the punch. Designer Paper would have been a better idea, or punching the two layers separately. TIP: Don’t push the punch all the way in, or you won’t be able to punch the card base, which will be larger.

Take the punched layer and lay it in the correct position on top of your card base. Using a pencil, lightly draw the position of the punched hole. Now take the card base and punch the hole according to the pencil marks, then rub out any remaining marks.

Now for the fun bit! Position one of the circle images, plain side up in the card base hole. Apply tape to the back of the image and the front of the card base, as shown.

Attach a short length of cotton vertically, from just above the aperture to just below then stick the other circle image exactly on top, as shown.

Finally, cover up the tape by adding the top layer of your card and embellish as desired.

You can make your image spin in different direction by sticking the thread at different angles. You can also experiment with different shaped apertures and images. Have fun!

Stamps: Doodle That (p55), Daily Flexible Phrases (p65)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Basic Black, Bordering Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn®, Versamark®
Accessories: Watercolour Wonder™ crayons (p82), 1 3/8” circle punch (p80), 1 ¼” circle punch (p80), 1 1/16” handheld circle punch (p80), black gingham ribbon (p86), linen thread (p87)

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  1. Great job on the tutorial! Also great card. I'll have to try that!

  2. Great tutorial... I love the suspense technique! TFS

  3. Great tutorial! Cute card!

  4. This is a new thing for me, thanks!

  5. Great tutorial. Thanks for showing me how to do it.


  6. Awesome tutorial. I will have to try it!

  7. Thank you somuch for that tutorial! I'll definately have to give it a try!

  8. AWESOME tutorial! Thanks. I think I can finally do one of these.

  9. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for the card!! Love it. CC


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