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September 29, 2022
Hello everyone, it's Karen here today. I was totally inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s recent
video on making simple pendulum cards. It was sheer genius and the
minute I saw it, I thought about using her technique with Gerda
Steiner's pigeons. If you haven’t seen Jennifer’s video, here’s a link
to it - Cards with Simple Movement.
Now, I know this is not your typical wedding card, but it is a fun one!
make this card, I used a 5 x 5" card base and also cut a card front
from white cardstock that was the same size, as well as one from the
background paper which is from the Belle Fleur collection by Craft
Consortium. I wanted the background to look a little like wedding card
material! I adhered the white card front and the wedding paper
together. I also die cut a circle from white cardstock and one that was
slightly larger from silver holographic cardstock. The Bubble Circle
is from Memory Box, and I cut three of these from white cardstock and
one from the holographic cardstock. These were glued together with the
holographic one on top. I glued the silver and white circles to the card
front in the upper third of the card, and then glued the Bubble Circle
I stamped the pigeon which is from the A Toast to You
stamp set by Gerda Steiner Designs, onto Neenah Solar Crest 80#
cardstock twice. On the second image, I only stamped the lower half of
the pigeon, below the piece of toast, and just masked off the toast with
a piece of Post It paper. I used Copic markers to colour in the pigeon
(N4, N2, N1, N0, E34, E53 and E30), and then fussy cut them out. For
the head image, I only coloured to the end of the toast and only cut
this part out. On the bottom portion of the pigeon, I slightly extended
the lines of the body before colouring, and then cut this slight
extension out with the rest of the lower half.
To create the
pendulum mechanism, I cut a small strip of packaging acetate (about 2" x
1/2" wide), and rounded the top edge with my scissors. I attached a
penny to the bottom of the acetate with double sided tape. I positioned
the pigeon pieces where I wanted them to go on the circle, and marked
with a pencil just behind the center of the head. Using a large paper
punch, I punched a hole here, cutting through all the layers of the card
front. I also cut a circle of doubled up foam tape, using a regular
paper punch which was slightly smaller than the hole I had made on the
card front. I attached this piece of foam tape to the top of the acetate
pendulum, and from the back of the card, pushed the foam tape through
the hole I had made, to the front of the card. I attached the pigeons'
head over top of this foam circle, securing the pendulum to the card. I
then glued the lower half of the pigeon in position under the toast.
The pendulum can swing quite wildly if you don't minimize its movement,
so I figured out how far I wanted it to swing and put strips of doubled
up foam tape on the back of the card to stop it swinging too far.
Finally, I placed doubled up strips of foam tape all around the edges of
the card, being careful to not interfere with the movement of the
pendulum. To attach the card front to the base, I used low tack tape on
the front of the card to keep the pigeon in position, and then removed
the backing paper from the foam tape and adhered it to the card base.
created the sentiment on my computer and printed it out. I've got a
new laser printer, so although it doesn't show in the photo, I did foil
the sentiment in my laminator with silver foil. I matted that onto a
strip of the holographic cardstock and attached that below the pigeon.
Finally, I added a few silver pearls because, well, it is a wedding card
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