Today’s post is a celebratory one. IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!! It’s also my niece’s birthday. The little lady turns 10 and I turn….. no point revealing my age because a lot of you won’t believe me anyways. Lol! And no I’m not a ‘vampire’ as some people have tried to convince themselves. You know who you are. Anyways HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!! Over here in Nigeria the government has declared today and tomorrow public holidays to celebrate the muslim holiday. HURRAYYY!! Thank you Nigeria for my special birthday gift! 🙂
So this year I decided to make my niece a birthday card with a difference. Last year I made her a pop up ice cream cupcake for her birthday which you can find out more about here. This year I decided to keep it within the ‘sweet treats’ theme and make a lollipop card because she is a big sweet tooth. Also because I nicknamed her Lollipop and it’s sort of stuck, a Lollipop card is quite apt I believe!
I did a bit of research online on Lollipop cards but didn’t quite find anything that I liked. So in my search for inspiration I looked through my stash of paper crafting books and came across one called Mechanical Cards. “Ooooohhhh! How exciting!”, I thought, “I could make my first mechanical card!”
Luckily for me my enthusiasm paid off and I was able to follow the instructions well enough to create the card.
The main feature of the design is a pull tag which opens up a fan behind the central image. I had loads of ideas of how I could design the fan but I wanted it to be the surprise feature of the card and carry the message ‘Happy Birthday’. Here are some of the ideas I scribbled in my sketchbook.
I first made a couple of draft versions before I finally created my customised design it to suit my needs. In the end this is what I settled for.
In hindsight I think the Happy birthday message on the fan would have been clearer if I had the fan a single colour with the writing in a single colour instead of alternating the colours. Lesson learnt.
Every component of the card was made with cut outs of various pieces of card using my handy Silhouette SD and then hand assembled with glue, masking tape, needle and thread.
Unfortunately I was pretty pressed for time while making this so I don’t have any ‘making of’ pictures, but I was able to capture how the fan mechanisim works before having it mailed off to my niece. Below is a video of the card at work. Please forgive the shaky camera and video quality, it’s my first attempt at video. Hopefully I’ll get better with a bit more practice.
Thank you for reading this blog post, I do hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to comment, share and follow my blog for more updates on what goes on in my head. I’m off to enjoy the rest of my birthday in sunny Lagos!