Stamped Spinner Cards

Hello again crafty friends! It’s Gail on the blog today and I have some some fun, creative cards to share with you! Not only were they fun to make, but the recipient will find them fun to open as well! I took a few photos of the process to so be sure to read on!

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First up, I got a bit arty with the backgrounds! I’ve been wanting to play with some of the new Vicki Boutin mixed media products so I just went for it!  I created two cards using two of the stamp and die sets: Floral and Moth.

I stamped one of the images from each set repeatedly over a white cardstock background with clear ink and heat embossed. It’s kind of hard to see the clear images on the white background but I wanted them to resist the color that I was about to apply over the top!

I used the Art Crayons and simply scribbled back and forth over the cardstock, then used a wet paintbrush to smooth and soften the colors and also blend them into each other. I love the effect!

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Now that the backgrounds were done, I worked on the images that I wanted to “spin” on my card. I used the smaller flower and moth (which I kind of just pretended was a butterfly!) and stamped them with black ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I then colored the images again using the Art Crayons.

I took a tip from Vicki Boutin herself and to color the images, I actually just used my water brush to pick up color directly from the tips of the crayons! It worked a treat!

Once I had my images colored I went ahead and die cut them with the coordinating dies. Now I needed to adhere them back to back, sandwiching some very thin gold thread between them. Be sure to use really strong adhesive for this!

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The next step was to create a window on my card front so I grabbed a circle die, positioned it where I wanted on my card front and watercolored panel and cut the window out of both so they lined up perfectly.

Then it was just a matter of sandwiching the gold thread above and below the die cut image between the card front and the front panel. Again, strong adhesive works best.

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When the card is opened up, the little flower or butterfly spins around in the die cut window and it’s so fun! You can even “wind it up” a bit before giving it to someone to make sure it spins a lot!   

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Spinners such as this typically work best with images that are symmetrical or mirror images. The images of the flower and butterfly that I used aren’t perfectly lined up but it’s close enough to work! 

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As primarily a scrapbooker, sometimes it’s so fun and inspiring to create cards experimenting with different techniques! I urge you to give it a go and have fun!


Supplies: Vicki Boutin Stamps & Dies – Floral (376820), Moth (376819), Art Crayons Set 1 (376797), Set 2 (376798), Black Ink Pad (376805)