Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Grateful window card with HOMEMADE action wobble!

Welcome from The Paper Cabana challenge... if you haven't been there yet go check out this weeks challenge blog and then come back to see how I made this beautiful GRATEFUL card!

Every week I will build on what I covered the week before... but if you get lost please email me and ask... I am happy to answer questions!  I don't want anyone lost but I don't wanna leave you unchallenged either ;)  Email me at Kathi Clower.

Now onto this weeks challenge for you.. making a homemade wobbler and a window card too!  Did you know in the US fall starts September 22?  Wow that seems early this year as the weather in southeast USA is still warm.  But time to get ready for all the fall festivities like Halloween and Thanksgiving... at least here in the US.  So today I have 2 cards I made that are just alike... 
 but embellished a little bit different to give them their own personality.

To start I pulled out my gypsy and made a window card using the square window on Gypsy Wanderings.... it is on the bottom line under Decor Tags if you want to use the same one I did.  I made the square into a rectangle and sized it to an A2 size front then copied it and placed it above the other and barely touching and removed the inner square for the back so it would cut the whole rectangle without the window.

Next I found the phrase I wanted to use also on Gypsy Wanderings and it was "grateful" with a leaf.  I sized up the grateful and it fit perfectly without any fussing into my rectangle.  Just make sure that it is touching all 4 sides to have a stable window card!

Once I had done that I grouped my card and welded it and checked the cut with the eyeball... PERFECT!  Then I duplicated it and my screen looked like this....
Next I copied the "grateful" and opened a second layer for it.  I found a leaf with a shadow on Gypsy Wanderings and sized it to be just larger than the leaf on grateful.  I wanted the leaf to be the fun part... thus the added action wobble we will get to in a bit.  I made 1 leaf and 1 shadow for each card and layer 2 looked like this...

Next I chose my papers... on this project that was the hardest part!  I didn't want just traditional fall colors I wanted something different... Thanks to my CTMH rep having a great sale I had some fall paper from her with some deep teal blue and coordinating patterned paper that is great cardstock for the cards and the sentiment... Window cards can be flimsy so using good cardstock is a must if you want professional results!

Another note on choosing the base cardstock is to make sure it is double sided or you cut a color coordinating with the outside of the card to put in the inside sentiment area of your card... because it shows!

I scored my cards and used the xyron to glue my sentiment to the window card base... if you have excess glue using the xyron just rub it and it will ball up and you can throw it away :)  Love that!

Next I glued my leaf top to my leaf shadow... I used pretty but thin and inexpensive paper for the leaf tops and one didn't cut well so you will see the leaves look a little different... it is all good if this happens.. that is what scissors are for and the recipient will never know UNLESS YOU TELL THEM... lol!

Now for the action wobble.  I found several how to vids on you tube and went to my craft room to see what I could come up with... you need:
2 small solid shapes... like a circle or square 1" size (smaller is okay too just hard to tape to)
wire
tape
small diameter pen or a pencil
That is it!

Your solid shapes need to be smaller that what you are applying your action wobble to... you can make it bigger but I find I need small ones when I need them and don't wanna have to run out to get them... so I used this wire...
that was 26 gauge.  It is what I had on hand and worked like a charm... the vids I watched showed various sizes.  You should be able to find some wire in the craft/jewelry making section of your local big box craft store.  It cut easy with my scissors too!  No craft wire cutters needed.

Wrap the wire around your pencil or similarly sized diameter pen and wrap the wire around it 3 or 4 times.  I did 6 times for 2 action wobbles...
Now punch out your 1" (or whatever size you have... ) solid shapes... I used a CM fancy square punch because I couldn't find the circle size I wanted to use.  No one will see it so it doesn't matter the shape as long as it is solid to tape to.  Apply tape to the bottom half and top half circles of wire after you have taken it off the pencil.  Now tape the top and bottom to your solid shapes... it will look like this....
and the excess tape can just be wrapped around the solid shape like this...
Then add glue dots to the top and bottom of your solid shape and place it where you want it then add the leaf or whatever you want to add action to ... to your project... like this...
It works!  Yahooo!!!!

I then embellished my cards with ribbon... and added a knot of some burlap I had left over to my odd leaf to make it feel better (hehe)...
This now has a home in my living room as fall decor... the other one... is probably for my mom's card stack I am making for her :)

I hope this has inspired you to find some wire... maybe a wiretie from your loaf of bread in the pantry???  And make your own action wobble for your project.  Whatever you choose... take some time to craft the season.  Fall is a fun time to start or get back to it!

Happy crafting!  Kathi







4 comments:

  1. So cute, Kathi! I love interactive cards like this...I'll have to add a little wobble to a card soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Very cute Kathi! I really like it & the colors you used...TFS!!!

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  3. Very nice card Kathi. I have done wobbles, but used paper. I like the wire better, it would hold up better than the paper. TFS
    I am going to have to follow your directions above and see if I can figure out how to use my gypsy.

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  4. Great cards, Kathi and what great instructions, too. I love the wobble, great idea!

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