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Kid’s Cards: Marion’s View

Birthday Bunny Spinner

By Marion Davis, Artistic Guide

Finished card size: 5.5” 4.25”

I have seen many spinner cards done and I must voice an opinion here. The image you use on the mechanism can make or break this card. I love this stamp and when the rabbit tumbles it always gets a giggle from kids and adults alike. I hope you enjoy it as much as others have.

Supplies:
Stamps:
Rabbit  (Luni Stamps)
Greeting (Gina K Designs)
Inks:
Bunny - Memento Potters Clay (Tsukineko)
Greeting – Kaleidacolor –Berry Blaze (Tsukineko)
Paper:
Fuse Colors Assortment, Azalea, Stardream  (Marcos Papers)
Light green (from artist’s stash)
Other:
2 pennies
Foam dots
.25” hole punch
Craft knife
Cutting mat
Steel edged ruler
Colored pencils or coloring medium of your choice

Directions:

  1. Cut you card stock for the base at 8.5” x 5.5” Score at 4.25 on the long side and fold or just fold in half. If you want to stamp the inside do it now.
  2. Cut another piece of card stock to the side you want for the top layer. Depending on the look you want it can completely cover the front or you can use a contrasting color and create a border effect as I did here. I cut mine at 4” x 5.25”.
  3. Stamp the background image all over the layer you just created. (Here I used the Happy Birthday greeting but any image will do.) Remember to start in the middle and stamp out and off the edges. I chose to edge the green in the hot pink by rubbing the edge against the first ink pad to give more contrast.
  4. Punch two holes for the beginning and end of the slit.
  5. Join the outer edges by cutting between them with your craft knife at the top and bottom of the punched holes. The width of the slot needed will be determined by the size of the foam dots used. Mine needed to be widened. I did this by cutting away small strips of paper and free hand rounding into the punched hole.


  6. Create the mechanism by centering 2 foam dots (some call them pop dots) on top of each other on one penny. Stand the penny on edge and carefully center the other penny.
  7. Place the mechanism in the slot with one penny behind and one penny in front. The foam dots rest on the slot edge. If the mechanism does not roll freely widen the slot slightly. Do this in small amounts because if it is too wide the mechanism might fall out. The width of the slot needed will be determined by the size of the foam dots used. Mine needed to be widened. I did this by cutting away small strips of paper and free hand rounding into the punched hole.
  8. When the mechanism moves freely apply more foam dots to the back of the layer and apply the layer to your card.
  9. Stamp, color and cut out the image that will spin or tumble on a small piece of white (or color of your choice) piece of cardstock. Yes I added a bit of cotton on the tail.

  10. Center another foam dot on the penny that is showing on the front of the card and attach the image to the penny.


  11. That is all there is to an adorable card for a child.

Variations:

You may wish to stamp a pattern or image on the front and center the greeting in the area under the slot.  Test the size of the image on a piece of scrap paper  before you stamp it  and slide it behind the slot to be sure it fits. Then mark the area on the card base with a pencil to be sure you get the correct placement. Don’t forget to erase the pencil marks when the ink is dry so they won’t show.

Your slot can go in any direction and at any angle. You can even cut a curved or bumpy line. To do the bumpy line use a flexible curve tool available in the fine arts or drafting areas of the stores (might also be with quilting tools) and make the curves gentle. Sharp angles do not work well.

Have fun with spinners.

Marion


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1 Responses »

  1. Hi Marion-0-Love this happy bunny--he's the best. Also like how you showed the pennies and how it's done.
    Great job! Nola