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Spinning Card

Tell someone in your life that you love them with this handmade three-dimensional spinning heart handmade card.

Spinning cards are not new. I bought a Christmas card recently that had a spinning star in the middle, but they don’t have to be new to be fun to make and a surprise to open. The design potential is almost without limit. We selected hearts.

Materials and Tools:

image to spin*
folded note card – 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"
matching envelope
coordinating card stock cut 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"
2-3/4" x 3" piece of card stock or cardboard
5-1/2" length monofilament (fishing line)
double-sided tape
craft knife
cutting mat
ruler
removable tape
pencil
glue stick (optional)

* The images you select can be stickers, die-cuts, rubber stamped or hand drawn. You will need two and they should be mirror images so you can place them back to back. In some instances if you have images that almost match they can be trimmed to fit each other. Such was the case with the sticker hearts I selected.

Figure B

Steps:

1. Lay one sticker on work surface adhesive-side-up. Add glue with a glue stick if your images are not stickers.

2. Position monofilament vertically in the middle of the image so that an equal amount of the line extends both above and below the image .

3. Carefully place the second image on top of the first, adhesive-side-down. Trim any necessary edge overlap.

Figure F

4. Place the 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece of card stock on the inside of the front cover of the card and secure in place with a piece of removable tape.

5. Open the card and place it flat on the cutting mat.

6. Center the 2-3/4" x 3" piece of cardboard on the front of the card and lightly draw around it with the pencil.

7. Remove the cardboard and cut out along the penciled line. Or cut directly around the cardboard without drawing the line. Either way you should cut through both the front of the card and the extra piece of cardstock taped to the inside of the cover.

Figure G

8. Open the card and remove the extra piece of card stock. Place a short piece of double-sided tape above and below the cut-out area on the back of the card cover.

9. Position the image in the center of the cut-out area and pull the ends of the monofilament straight up and straight down. Press to the tape to hold.

10. Attach more double-sided tape around the opening and press the extra piece of cardstock in position so that the openings match.

Figure I

11. Add any desired decorations or writing to both the inside and the front of the card. These can be hand done, rubber stamped, stickers, etc. We added a bunch of polka-dot stickers on the outside and another heart on the inside.

12. Before placing the card in an envelope, twist the images a number of times so that when it is opened the image will spin and hopefully surprise.

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