Hey, glad you’re here! I’m back with a simple tutorial, and it’s perfect for any child in your life. Actually, my son helped design it! He picked the stamps and the colors, and this is the end result. Can’t wait to show you how easy it is!
I die cut a panel from Bristol cardstock, using the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp. Next I cut an A2 card base from the same paper. I temporarily adhered the panel to the card base with tape runner, and centered a layered circle die from Darice on the panel. Then I ran it through my die cut machine. Make sure you open the card first, so you don’t mess up the back of the card.
Now I have a panel with a die cut circle, and a card base with a embossed circle. I lined up the circle die on the card base, and ran it through the machine again. The holes will line up perfectly.
I saved the die cuts to make my spinner. This dog is from the Pawsome stamp set by Waffleflower. It has the dog facing both directions, which is perfect for a spinner card. If you don’t have a stamp set that faces both ways, any symmetrical stamp will work. I colored the dog with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, but use any whatever you have.
Waffle Flower has matching dies for this stamp set, but I don’t have them. So I used a smaller circle die to cut out my pup, and held the die in place with a piece of Post It tape. You can see the size difference after I cut the first one.
I used thread for this next step, but clear thread or fishing line might work even better. Just use what you have on hand. I used tape runner to hold the thread to the back of the circle, and lined up the other circle on the back.
I stretched the string across the hole in the card base, and taped it down with B Creative tape. This is one of the strongest adhesives I have, and since this card will be played with, I want it to be as strong as possible. Now the dog is suspended in the window, and when you wind it up, it spins freely when you open the card.
I stamped the panel with more birthday images from the stamp set, and colored them with markers my son chose. This is going to be perfect for my nephew’s birthday!
Oops, almost forgot a sentiment! The panel was too busy to stamp the sentiment on, so I stamped it with Versamark onto a strip of black cardstock. Then I heat embossed it in white, and attached it to my panel with foam tape.
I attached my panel to the front of the card with tape runner, lining up the circle die cuts. But the card had too much white, so I die cut another panel from blue paper with the Stitched Rectangle dies by Simon Says Stamp. I centered it on the inside of my card, and it looks so much better! Of course, now you can see the thread, but I still like it with a little more color. I plan to wind up the spinner before I put it in an envelope, so my nephew gets a surprise when he opens his card!
Have you ever make a spinner card? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial!