The Tech Support stamp set was perfect for this double slider birthday card. It was fun designing this card for my son’s birthday. My son is a huge computer geek, so much so, that we often call him a “tech god”. He can make magic happen with computers and all things electronic.
My first thought was to make the card look a little bit like a laptop. I seriously considered making it open and close like a laptop. But, I kept my focus instead on making it a double slider card. You can watch one of my previous tutorial that show how to make a double slider card view here.
After deciding on an interactive card, I set about trying to come up with a unique way for the card to open. I wanted to stay with the computer theme, so I created a cardstock memory stick. The hole at the end of the memory stick was punched with a new punch. That punch can be found in the July-December mini catalog called Very Best Trio. I used tear-n-tape and foam adhesive in constructing the stick.
But the piece de resistance is the added magnets. Magnets allow the memory stick to “attach” to the USB port. After attaching the memory stick to the USB port, it acts like the pull. When you pull the memory stick, it activates the slider mechanism. As you pull the memory stick out, the card opens up.
There are magnets inside the USB port and are glued to the Basic Gray cardstock with glue dots. I purchased magnets from Total Elements. That company has lots shapes and sizes to choose from. The magnets I used for this project or super tiny. They also be seen used in this Peek-a-Boo card. Watching the tutorial for that card will give you tips on how to use the magnets. I was not planning on creating a tutorial for this specific card since I have other similar tutorials.
Here are the basic measurements for the card:
- 5 ½ x 11 (card base) score on the long side at 3 ½, 7 1/16, 10 5/8
- 5 ½ x 3 ¼ (cut 2) for the computer card this was the Pacific Point color and I made a smaller layer of white that I actually stamped on. The white layer was 5 ¼ x 3
- 3 x 4 ¾ for the front of the card. If using a double layer make the white layer ¼ inch smaller on both sides.
- 2 x 2 ¼ for the memory stick. Scored on the short side at 1 3/4 , 1 5/8, 7/8, and ¾
- I used foam adhesive inside the memory stick and a tiny amount under the USB port.
- The magnets that I used came from Total Elements. They are tiny disc magnets that are 1/8 x 1/32 if I remember correctly. I used the last of my magnets up on this card.
A few other stamp sets were used to create the card including the soon to be retired robot set. There are other robots in a new Kit that has recently become available. So, I feel certain that you could change up some of the stamps and still achieve a similar look. The most important stamp set that you need to recreate this card would be the Tech Support stamp set.
I thought the card turned out remarkably well. (I won’t tell you how long it took me to finally come up with exact card. But, I’m certain it was worth it. ) My son’s birthday is just a couple of days. I can’t wait for him to see and open his interactive card. Personally, I think it is more exciting than his present. But that may just be because I love cards and paper crafting so much.
When I stop to think about it, this card is a double interactive card as well as a double slider card. Does that make it a quadruple card? Did you enjoy seeing this card? Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.