An interactive card is when the recipient must do something in order to enjoy the full glory that is the card you are giving them. Sometimes these types of cards can be intimidating to make because we aren’t sure how to make certain elements that can move, be pulled, or opened. Electronic Cutting machines have made this task easier as there are so many shapes you can cut out that are interactive. From spinners to flaps to pockets, the options are endless. And if you don’t have a cutting machine, there are still creative ways to make your card interactive.
I’ve got three fabulous cards to share with you in this article that showcase fun and simple interactive elements that you can create! Check out how you can create a full on spinner to the front of your card like Annette has created. How fun for the lucky recipient to receive that! I know I would be spinning all day. Kelly’s card is so adorable and shows a super creative and interactive way to showcase bunnies and a fun Easter sentiment. For my card, I included a simple pull out tab that would be perfect to affix some money or just an extra note to that someone special. All these ideas can help spice up your cards! Make sure to read the designer notes below for some added tips on how to make your own interactive cards.
Dance to Your Own Special Music by Annette Witherspoon
Supplies: Paper: My Little Shoebox, Cardstock: Recollections, Office Max, Stickers: Stickeroni, Brads: Making Memories, Glitter Glue: Ranger Industries, Ink: Memento, Markers: Copic. Tools: Electronic Cutter: Silhouette America, Stamps: Imaginisce, Paper Punch: Stampin’ Up!. Digital Supplies: Stamp: Zenware Designs.
Design Notes: Affix the wheel before adhering the images. This will assure your images line up perfectly in the window. I will be giving this my little girl, who loves to dance and play dress up.
Hoppy Easter by Kelly Starsky
Supplies: Paper: Close to My Heart, Cardstock: Recollections, Stickers: American Crafts, Making Memories. Tools: Die Cut Machine, Die: Sizzix (Ellison), Punch: Fiskars.
Design Notes: I cut out 10 bunnies and glued each pair of them together just at the ears-you need to lift each bunny to get the answer to the joke for this interactive card.
Hello Friend by Melissa Elsner
Supplies: Paper, Die Cuts, Stickers: American Crafts, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Twine: Whisker Graphics. Tools: Border Punch: Fiskars.
Design Notes: To make the pocket I simply measured it against the width of the pull out card. I then scored where it would fold and glued the tabs. When affixing the card, just glue on the folded flaps and then the tab can just slide right in. You can make it any height you want. It just depends on how much tab you want to show.