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Interactive Pirate Card

Over on Hero Arts, they had a unique challenge which pushed designers to make an interactive card. I've made a number of interactive cards that have used an assortment of moveable items, springs and sparkles. But as my last few posts keep talking about, I'm trying to get the most out of my new Cricut Maker 3. Before I get into what I made, here was the challenge in question:

So I upgraded from the Explore Air 2 to the Maker 3, and one of the reasons was all of the different blades. In truth, I haven't found a good reason to use all of the blades just yet, but one blade I've fallen in love with is the perforation blade.

This blade can make small cuts so that you can pop open items or create raffle tickets. I'm in love with the blade, but I hadn't quite pushed into making a full blown card using the blade... that is, until now.

I wanted to make a card where it would make sense with what you're revealing. I settled on the idea of a treasure chest. From there, I built a whole pirate theme. I'll talk about the process for the card in a moment, but first here's the card:

So this is an interactive card because you can actually pull off the entire treasure chest to reveal a hidden sentiment. For this card, I went with a simple Happy Birthday sentiment. Now, I can't rip it off to show you (this is basically a one time card) but I did take a picture of the sentiment before I assembled the card.

Additionally, on the inside of the card is a little bit more of a message:

And because I can never make one of any card, I ended up making two of these cards.

So the treasure chest is layered card stock. It uses black, brown and yellow card stock. The image comes from Cricut Design Space. What I did to make the perforation around it was duplicate the black image in Design Space and increased the size ever so slightly. I removed all the contours from the black image and change it from cut to perforated cut.  I then made a small square cut for a pull tab of the treasure chest (that's the little peek of blue). 

My worry is that someone gets a card like this and they don't realize it's an interactive card, so I added a little OPEN ME so they know they can pull the chest right off.  To keep up with the pirate and ship theme, I added in a little compass. 

And that's my first perforated card! 

While I normally don't fuss in Design Space, this card took me probably an hour to design as I tried to figure out the right portions of where to place everything. Additionally, the cutting took a while as it used a number of different color cardstock (probably another 20 minutes). Assembly was fairly quick, under the 30 minutes for both cards.

Overall, I'm thrilled with my original design. It really feels like an accomplishment, and I can't wait to make more perforated cards in the future!

Thanks to Hero Arts for the wonderful inspiration.

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