Hello Pebbles Friends! It’s Leanne here today sharing the cutest little 4″x4″ interactive Christmas Cards! And they are incredibly easy to make! These Christmas cards also have an added bonus! Look closely.. I have created a viewfinder where, when you spin the wheel, it appears as though the tree has flickering lights!!
I was totally inspired by my Grade One class and our basic Christmas Art of using two rotating paper plates to create “flickering lights”. Not sure what I mean? Stay tuned to follow the step by step guide below.
Start by gathering Christmas card supplies. I have selected the gorgeous Pebbles Inc Cozy & Bright patterned paper collection to bring this project to life. Add some white cardstock and trim to size (8″x4″). Score a line at 4″ and fold the card in half.
Choose a bold red patterned paper and trim to 3.75″x3.75″. Adhere directly to the front of the Christmas card. Before going any further with the more intricate card front, take a moment to trim the decorative border from the Warm & Cozy patterned paper. Cut apart the Christmas phrases and add a simple row of red stitching using a sewing machine. The red thread carries the background colour forward creating an overall cohesive look.
Front plate assembly..
Trim a 3.5″x3.5″ piece of patterned paper and punch a half circle notch on the right hand side. In the picture below, the white cardstock front plate is a template. I’ve included it in the photo to visually share the process. To create the tree, trim either green patterned paper or more white cardstock to 2″x3″. With a pencil, mark the center point on the short side (1″). Cut a triangle shape from the 1″ mark to the lower corner on both sides. The triangle should be 3″ tall. Adhere to the front of the patterned paper.
Trace and cut a 3″ circle. Position the circle evenly on the reverse side of the patterned paper, allowing access to the circle via the pre cut notch. Trace this circle position (on the reverse side) of the patterned paper and find the center point. note: This is where it is helpful to have a template when making multiple Christmas cards. Punch a hole at the center point.
Punch several more holes of varying sizes through the cardstock tree. Take note where the circle has been traced on the reverse side of the patterned paper and keep within the boundary. Any holes outside the circle will just create gaps.
Take the 3″ circle and punch a hole in the center. Realign with the front plate and secure with a decorative brad.
To allow the circle to move freely, don’t secure the brad too flush to the reverse side of the circle. I recommend testing the spinner before adding foam pop dots to all four corners of the patterned paper.
Add any additional layers of patterned paper to the front of the Christmas card before securing the front plate.
Using the pop dots, adhere the front plate to the base Christmas Card. Embellish further with the Christmas phrase that was prepared earlier.
Finally, complete your Christmas card with a few sequins and enjoy passing them out to your friends!
As the circle spins, the patterns on the paper alter the view seen through the punched holes. You can go as subtle or as bold as you like!
Thanks for visiting the blog today. I hope you enjoy this different “spin” on these interactive Christmas cards..x