I made this card for the August ATC swap – deathbeforedishes
has a Solar System theme! I wanted to attempt a movable ATC, and I think it came out pretty nice for my first one. It’s slightly different from the other movables posted in the Tutorials, so I figured I would also contribute a tutorial.
In retrospect, there are a couple of steps I took that turned out to be unnecessary, and a few things I would do differently if I were to make a card like this again – but all that’s in the notes!Here’s what you need:
Papers, pens, and markers of your choice
ATC Base (I use a cereal box) and extra cardboard
Adhesive (I use an Elmer’s XTreme glue stick which I’ve found to be very effective)
Foam tape or other 3-dimensional adhesive
Scissors/paper cutter/ X-Acto knife
I used Mountains and Clouds
Movable ATC Tutorial for reference – http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416277.0#axzz2fFqVkmyS
, it's awesome!HOW TO MAKE A LAYERED MOVABLE ATCStep 1: Design your Card
I knew I wanted to have a smiling moon hidden behind two clouds, and it would be revealed by pulling the larger cloud away, as if the cloud was drifting away in the wind.
I labeled the layers: #1 is the background/ATC base, #2 is the moon, which sits “below” #3 the small cloud, which sits beneath #4 the large cloud. The large cloud will be attached to a pull tab so it can be pulled away to reveal the smiling moon!
I also did a couple sketches of the moon face. Deathbeforedishes had requested something "cutesy", so I went with the one on the right.Step 2: Create your parts
1. The Base/background: Cut your ATC base material (cereal box) to size. YOU DO NOT NEED TO COVER THIS PIECE as it will not show. I wasn’t thinking that far ahead and I could have saved some of that awesome star paper (my favorite!). But, if you’re so inclined, you can cover it in a plain paper.
2. The upper background piece: Cut your background paper to size (2.5 in x 3.5 in). **In the original tutorial, the movable piece moves within the confines of the card, and so requires a “channel” in which to move. Since the movable piece for this card moves outside of the borders of the card, this channel is NOT required – another unnecessary step!**
3. The clouds: I cut the cloud shapes out of cereal box cardboard, and then traced them onto gray cardstock and cut those out. I added highlights with silver metallic marker. Backing the shapes with cardboard makes them thicker and sturdier.
4. The moon: I did the same for the moon – cut the shape out of cardboard; traced onto gray cardstock and cut it out. I drew on the face in pencil first then went over it with a Micron pen and added highlights.Step 3: Placement
Figure out where you want everything to go. I knew I wanted the moon to be almost completely covered by the clouds when closed, with just a tiny bit peeking out. As you can see, it’s also a bit hidden on the left side by the smaller cloud.Step 4: Create the pull tab
Cut a piece of your background paper, about 2 inches wide and about 3 inches long. Fold in half, then unfold and fold both edges in to center crease (approximately-ish!). Glue down the folds. Fold one end over a tiny bit so it’s easy to grab, and trim any bits that stick out.
Check your placement! Lay the pull tab where you want it to go, and cut out a small notch in both the upper background piece as well as the base. This makes it much easier to grab the tab.Step 5: 3-D it
Use foam tape, or like me, if you don’t have any foam tape, some spare foam picture mounting squares cut into strips. Add a line of foam all around where your pull tab will rest to create a channel, and then add a border around the rest of the card so it’s of consistent thickness.
Check to make sure the pull tab has enough space to move smoothly in and out.Step 6: Compile
Once you’re satisfied with your placement and the size and shape of your pieces, attach the decorated cloud and moon parts to their cardboard backings.
As you can see, the back of the large cloud will show once it’s pulled out – so make sure you cut a back piece for it as well! (Also cut a paper backing for the base – I went with the same gray cardstock I used for the clouds and moon.)
The smaller cloud and the moon don’t need paper on the back since they’ll be attached. Speaking of which, go ahead and prep them for attaching to the background. For the moon, since I want it to be on the lowest “level” (as in, I want it to sit below the small cloud), I used glue dots. **Unnecessary step #3: I left the R side of the circle open since it was going to overlap the (unnecessary) tab slot** I used more of the foam mounting square to mount the small cloud, so it sits up a bit higher than the moon.
Attach the pieces to the background, then attach the background to the base!
Since I wanted the large cloud piece to move OFF of the card base itself, I attached it to the tab on the R side of the cut, using the largest piece of foam possible for the most stability.
Make sure it works!
I used an inkpad to accent the edges; if I’d had a bit more foresight I would have done this to all of the loose pieces before I attached them. I also would recommend using some sort of tape around the edges of the card to hide the layers if desired. I looked all over for some sort of black washi tape but couldn’t find anything before the deadline to send it off, so I didn’t do that, but it would cover up the layers if you’re not crazy about them.
The one thing I would like to have added but couldn't figure out how is a "stopper" of some sort. Right now, the tab can be pulled all the way out. Any ideas on how to add something to stop it from doing so, without said stopper showing? Please let me know!