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Jack O’Lan-turn Around: Brutus Monroe August 2020 Stamp of the Month

Hi! It’s the first of August and it may be a little too early for halloween but this Brutus Monroe August stamp of the Month was just screaming interactive card to me!

First, I stamped the Jack O’Lantern with Raven Detail Ink onto White Not Your Mama Cardstock, You need a very sturdy cardstock for the interactive element. Then I colored him with my copics and fussy cut him out.

For the background, I used the Brutus Monroe Star Dome slim line stencil. I thought that this stencil looked very much like cobwebs.

I taped the stencil down on a piece of white cardstock and ink blended Distress Oxide starting with Lucky Clover blending in Twisted Citron for an ombre look. Then I spritzed the panel with water mixed with perfect pearls. If you don’t have Distress Oxides, you can also use Simon Hurley Dye Inks (Later Gator & Overzealous) as they are water reactive as well.

After ink blending the panel, I took the 1.5″ circle die from the Circle Foundation Die sets and placed it in the area where I wanted my interactive element to be. I then proceeded to die cut it.

I took 2.5″ circle die from the same set, two sizes bigger than the one I used, and die cut it on another piece of cardstock. I also ink blended it using the same Distress Oxide colors.

In order to make the interactive element, I took a little bead which I glued in the middle of the die cut circle. I used a bead from my daughters beading set. You can use a little button or even a small round piece of thick foam tape.

After gluing it to the middle of the circle, I placed the circle under the hole in ink blended panel and positioned it in the middle just like the photo below. Then I placed a big dollop of glue on top of the bead.

I then adhered the element that I stamped and colored on top of the bead. Pressed it ever so lightly to make sure it stuck to the bead.

I tested it out by laying the card flat on the table and moving it back and forth. The Jack O’Lantern moved around freely inside the die-cut circle. Then I stamped the “Happiest Halloween” sentiment twice on the card above and below the Jack O’Lantern with Raven Detail Ink. I trimmed the sides of the ink blended panel and matted the sides with Black Raven Cardstock leaving ¼” showing on either side.

I turned the card around and place double sided foam tape around the circle element, making sure to leave some “wiggle room”.

I removed the release paper from the tape and adhered the panel down onto a Jack O’Lantern Orange card base. I made sure the circle element was in the middle so as not to accidentally adhere the circle onto the base.

That’s how simple it is! Here is a short clip of the Jack O’Lantern moving around as I shook the card.

The interesting thing is that when I used my right hand to shake the card, the Jack O’Lantern turned counterclockwise. When I used my left hand to shake, the Jack O’Lantern turned clockwise! Give it a try!

Hope you were inspired to give this simple interactive project a try!

‘Til next time!



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