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« on: November 01, 2012 11:27:53 AM »

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Moveable "Purple People Eater" ATC - featuring Elmer's products!

My first swap on Craftster was the Ongoing ATC swap. In fact, I only participated in the ATC swaps for nearly my entire first year of swapping.

In ATC swaps, in addition to making cool art, sometimes I try to find ways to make the cards interactive. Here's how you can make a not-so-tricky pull-tab ATC!

  • X-ACTO 9" Paper Trimmer
  • CraftBond Glue Stick
  • X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors
  • CraftBond Double-sided scrapbook tape
  • X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife
  • X-ACTO Self-healing Cutting Mat
  • Foam Craft Tape
  • Scrapbook Paper (small amount)
  • Cardstock (small amount)
  • Elmer's Painters Pens (optional)

For this, I used some old pieces of scrapbook paper:

Using the handy X-ACTO 9" Paper Trimmer, cut out two ATC-sized sheets (2.5" x 3.5"). One will be the background.  

I like to use the second one for my "moving object." (I like to start with an ATC size for the front part, because I can visualize how the drawing will fit on the actual card-- and  I can make sure it will fit on the card!)

Start drawing a picture for the moving object on your ATC. For now, make a picture that is two parts -- one will be stationary, and the other will move close to and away from it.

I used a black pen and an Elmer's Painters marker for this little guy.

Then, using some scissors, such as the X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors, cut out the object, and use the CraftBond Glue Stick to stick it on some cardstock.

When the glue has dried a bit, cut out the pieces with the X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors!

Now, let's go back to the background paper... You need to cut a "track" in it to guide the moving part when the tab is pulled. This is super easy with the X-ACTO Gripster Craft Knife and the X-ACTO Self-Healing Mat.

(I admit, I pretty much eyeball everything, so I do not have exact measurements. Feel free to measure more accurately in your version Tongue)

Now, let's make a pull tab. It's best to use the same pattern paper as your background, since some of the tab will be exposed. Again, I use the handy paper trimmer to cut a piece not quite as wide or tall as an ATC.

I then fold it roughly in thirds, although it doesn't need to be exact.

(I like to use my bone folder to make the creases nice and neat, but you can also use the handles of scissors or anything else smooth and hard.)

Then use your trusty glue stick to hold down the flaps to make the pull tab nice and sturdy.

Now you can crease one end (the "pull" end) of the tab, and cut out a hole the same size as the end on the background sheet of paper, using your X-ACTO Gripster Knife and Self-healing mat.

Turn the background sheet over, and lay the pull tab over the cutouts (the position where it will eventually be).

Now take out some foam craft tape and cut some narrow strips (with some sharp scissors such as the X-ACTO Precision Tips!) to use as pull tab guides inside the card.

Place the tape around the pull tab, and go ahead and create a border around the whole card. Get some cardstock ready.

It's a really good idea to get another scrap of your background paper, and use the glue stick to adhere it to a piece of cardstock. It doesn't need to be as big as the card, but it should be bigger than the pull tab guide hole.

Stick the whole taped background on the cardstock, making sure the pattern shows through the hole in the front!

Cut around the edges with your sharp scissors!

Slide in your pull tab (it should go in easily).

Now get your object pieces ready. Use CraftBond Permanent Scrapbook Tape to easily stick the non-moving part on the background. (Make sure it's only stuck to the background, and not the pull tab too!)

Then, cut out a small piece of foam tape and (with the tab fully inserted) place it at the top of the tab in the guide.

Pull the tab down a little bit....

...to make sure the top piece lines up correctly when you stick it on!

Moveable ATC complete!
Now, you just need to add your finishing touches and you have an interactive ATC!

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012 11:52:04 AM »

This makes me nothing but happy. Smiley  Thanks for the tutorial!

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012 12:43:14 PM »

eek, so cute!  This is great as an ATC but I can also see it as the front of an awesome greeting card, thanks for the excellent tutorial Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012 01:25:42 PM »

This gave me a good giggle!

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2012 01:26:26 PM »


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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2012 01:04:59 AM »

Yes, even though this is an ATC, you can use the same concept to create many different things!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2012 07:16:21 AM »

HA!   How fun!!

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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2017 07:40:47 PM »

Too freaking adorable! Looks like another project to add to the kiddo's summer stuff. Can't wait to give this one a go!
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