Thursday, 14 January 2016

Penguin Power

Starting to get a bit colder these past few days, I for one would like an end to the rain and a bit of chilly winter weather, crisp frosty mornings, may be even a little snow. We never seem to want what we get, weather-wise, do we?
My card this morning will help a bit, it's a birthday card for my husband. With a birthday in January it's sometimes hard to get inspiration, but I made a New Years card with this spinning mechanism and he was very impressed, so I thought I'd make one especially for him. It did help that the sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches works perfectly!

I used my favourite method of making snowy backgrounds, ripped strips of white paper, layered over each other and a square of graduated card for the sea/sky. Using my nesting ovals I cut out the large aperture and the smaller centre.

First I placed the 'frame' on the card base and then I could position the inner oval using foam pads. I used the same foam pads to add the landscape panel.

Finally, I stamped and coloured a couple of penguins, from Zoo Review, and mounted them onto a another oval, this time cut out from white card.
Can a moving card be clean and simple? I think so, but maybe my ripped snow is not quite as CAS as I would like. There is a bare minimum of embellishment, with just a touch of Dazzling Details, as my husband is not particularly into sparkle and bling!  My idea was that the Penguins would dive in and out of the 'sea', which I have not really achieved but I still like the card and I'm not sure that he will even notice!
Anyway, I then went back to my crafting desk and 'distilled' this card into a much more CAS version

To improve on the design I gave my penguin some birthday balloons ....

...and no ripped paper or Dazzling Details!
The following three photos show that the card really does move, thanks to a 2p piece, inserted between the two raised parts. The difficult bit is getting the foam pads in the right place; close enough so the coin does not fall through and yet far enough away from the aperture so that it can run smoothly

We have a much bigger DT team now and so there are lots of beautiful cards to help you out with this sketch, as if you need it! Looking forward to seeing some awesome cards!


  1. Wow these cards are fab - I haven't made one like this for ages - I want to do one now! Thanks for the inspiration - Jacqueline xx

  2. Louise - I love the spinning mechanism, I'm going to have to try that. The penguin with the balloons makes me smile, it's such a happy birthday card. Liz x

  3. Your penguin is adorable! And his balloons give exactly the right touch for a birthday card. The fact that he moves is the icing on the cake! Caro x

  4. And I thought the first card was spectacular, then there's the wow of the second. I adore how the penguin moves round the oval, never seen a moving card done this way before. Clever you!

  5. Wonderful cards, Louise! I love the texture of the torn paper strips in the first card! And how fun to have the penguins moving in the second card!

  6. Louise, super job showing that CAS cards *can* include fun moving parts! Both of your cards turned out really well. I do think I have a slight preference for the added birthday touch of the balloons on the second card.


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Louise xx