Sunday, July 26, 2015

Interactive Christmas Card

My original plan for this card was to have the angel be on a slider so the recipient could move the angel across the page. This turned out to be more problematic than I had originally figured! Due to wanting hills, sheep and shepherds to fit in the lower part of the card, I had to orient my 5 X 7 inch card vertically, making it narrower than it is long. That didn't leave much room for the angel to "fly" across the card, and the font for the sentiment I wanted underneath the angel's "track" would have been too small to read easily. So I gave it some more thought and decided to use Papertrey Ink's "Zipper Border" die to make a tear off piece with my sentiment underneath. My angel doesn't move, but the card still has a fun interactive feature on the front. I used silver card stock for the angel ("Vintage Flourishes Christmas" by Joy! Crafts) and gold card stock for the star (Joanna Sheen Signature dies "Christmas Stars"). The sheep are cut from a pearlescent white and the shepherds from a chocolate brown I liked. (The sheep and shepherd dies are also a Joanna Sheen Signature Die set called "Shepherds.") I used a stamp from the Papertrey Ink set "Movers and Shakers Sentiments" to make the "pull me" arrow where the recipient tears away the zipper portion to reveal the sentiment. I typed the sentiment using my Silhouette Studio Design software and then did a print and cut. I glue taped it to the back of the top front panel, being careful to line it up under the zipper portion. Then I glue taped that panel down, used foam squares to adhere the angel and the star, and then used foam tape on the hills (I made cardboard templates to use for these and then traced them onto the papers I wanted to use), and more foam squares for the sheep and shepherds.

Here's the card with the sentiment revealed:

Now for the inside! I wanted to test out Papertrey Ink's "Envelope Zipper" die, so I did some experimenting and came up with the dimensions for a 5 X 8 rectangle scored the narrow way at the 2" and the 5" marks. Then I die cut the mini envelope with the die on the 3" front panel (I used washi tape to keep the die in place) and keeping the rectangle flat. After die cutting the zipper part, I folded the envelope, put a small "ornament" inside, and used score-pal tape to close it up. Then I glue taped the back of the envelope and adhered it to the inside right panel of the card. The mini ornament was a print and cut I did with my Silhouette Portrait. I hole punched the top and made a small loop out of twine so the recipient can hang the ornament.
The stamps I used were from the Justrite Papercraft "Elegant Christmas Swirls" set and the Papertrey Ink "Movers and Shakers Sentiments" set (for the "Pull Me" and "Surprise Inside" stamps).
This is a photo of another envelope the same size as the one in my card. (I forgot to get a picture of the first one before closing it up and adhering it!)
Here's the ornament.

I am entering this card in several challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge: Anything You're Working on Now
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Sparkle and Shine (I'm hoping my star and angel qualify)
My Time To Craft Challenge: Christmas in July
Hiding in my Craftroom Challenge: Any Holiday
Christmas Card Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 2: Any Christmas Card
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes with at least 2 patterned papers
Aug Sentiments Challenge: Anything Goes + a sentiment
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Challenge: Anything Goes + a sentiment
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge: Anything Goes
Simply Paper Crafts for all Occasions Challenge: Anything Goes
Morgan's Art World Challenge: Christmas in July
Inspiration Destination Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Christmas in July
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge
Crafting With an Attitude
Brown Sugar Challenge
Crafting with Friends
Sister Act Challenge
Card Mania
Artistic Inspirations
Papertake Weekly Challenge
Word Art Wednesday
I just found out about a special giveaway for the 5 year blog anniversary of On A Stampage.
Look for detail and see how you can get some blog candy by clicking on
Imagine That Embellishment Challenge


  1. Fabulous Xmas scene, love your bps and your diecuts. Thanks for joining us at CHPPC. good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  2. Just love the mix of papers and dies to create the scene.The tear off section and bauble containing envelope are such innovative ideas.What a fantastic card.Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x GDT

  3. Very, very clever, Carrie! Love the envelope inside. Thank you for playing along in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Aud Sentiments this fortnight. Good luck and come play again soon.
    NanaConnie DT

  4. wow that is clever. Great card. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments this challenge. Did you read that we are having a call out for new DT members? Check out the details on our blog. Thanks again for your fab entry. Annie xxx

  5. what a fun and different interactive card, never saw one like this. thanks for sharing it with us in the Any Holiday challenge at Hiding in my Craft Room,
    Cathy DT

  6. Beautifully done! Love the shine and design! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Sparkle and Shine” Challenge!

  7. Hello Carrie
    Lots of detail here so loved your journaling . Beautiful card . Thanks for sharing with Christmas Card Challenges

  8. Fabulous card with lovely colors and design. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner Agnieszka DT

  9. Gorgeous creation love the zipper effect, thank you for joining our challenge at LIL PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS good luck hope we see you again
    lorraine x

  10. Lovely card thanks for joining us at Crafting with friends. Louise DT x

  11. Absolutely love the zipper and envelope dies! That is so much fun for a card! The scene you created is wonderful.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our To Die For challenge.

  12. I love your card, so clever. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. Good luck and hope to see you again soon. Andree DT

  13. What a sweet surprise this will be for someone at Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Through The Craft Room Door.
    Please come play along with again!
    Warm Regards, Cara
    Through The Craft Room Door Owner
    TTCRD Challenge Blog
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

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    1. Very interesting card. Love the design. Thank you for joining us at Crafting with friends this week. Judy DT

  15. This is SO cool!!! LOVE the fabulous dies you used and the great interactive design! Thank you so much for joining in my 5th Blogiversary at On A Stampage! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  16. Great holiday card, love the interactive element
    Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
    Cheers Jennie DTM

  17. I love all the work you have put into this holiday card, the dies and colors are wonderful. Thanks for sharing at Crafting with an Attitude.

  18. Great card - thanks for joining us at the Crafty Calendar Challenge.

    Helen x

  19. Lovely card, a gorgeous scene. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

    I have a birthday candy on my blog if you'd like to join in.....
    You can find my candy here
    You can find my atc swap here

  20. Great holiday card! Thanks for sharing with Artistic Inspiration!

  21. Oooo . . . what a fun card! I do think your idea of the flying angel would have been really cool, but the pull zipper is super fun, too. And to have the ornament in the inside makes it even more special. Thanks for playing with CHNCC2. (Sorry I'm so late in commenting)

  22. What a fabulous, creative card! I love what you did here and you made great use of the Silhouette too!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  23. hi
    Such a lovely creation! Thanks for joining us at CHCC
    hugs Lisbeth

  24. Thanks so much for also entering this card into the favourite embellishments contest over at Imagine That! Digis by Kris. I love all the foam pieces of this one and the way you built up the card. Good luck in the draw.

    ☺Lisa D.
    DT Member for Imagine That! Digis by Kris!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles--My Personal Blog!

  25. Oh how cute!!!!!! Thanks so much for participating in our IMAGINE THAT! embellishments challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper