Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fun with a Thaumatrope

I first saw a thaumatrope on my friend and downline Tara's blog. I have been wanting to make one ever since, but never got around to it. I have a FREE 'Try Out a Stamping Technique Club' class on Sunday and this is one of the cards and techniques that we'll be doing. I still have room if you'd like to come :) I think the thaumatrope is such a fun element and I love the way it 'floats' in the card :)

The butterfly in the center of the Floral Framelits is a removable thaumatrope. I'd give you a tutorial, but the link I've given you is much better than any tutorial I could give you. That said, here are some pictures of what my thaumatrope looks like.

I tied Early Espresso Baker's Twine on both ends of the scallop circle. I pierced holes through the base of the card and ran the twine through the two holes. If I can give any advice (and Tara gave me this advice too) cut the Baker's Twine longer rather than shorter. You'll need it!

Here's what my thaumatrope looks like when untied. When you spin it around the two colors and butterfly styles blend together. Stunning really.

Tips & Tricks:

*I used the sketch at the Friday Mashup Challenge for this card. I really love the simplicity of it and how versatile it is.
*I used the new Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder for the background on my card. I absolutely LOVE this folder. It will be available in the Holiday Mini on August 1st.
*When using two different-sized framelits to make a frame (like the Cajun Craze Flower) cut your large die-cut shape first. Then put your smaller framelit over the larger die-cut and cut out the smaller image to make your frame. To ensure your framelit doesn't move, put a Post-It note over the framelit/card stock to hold it in place.
*I am absolutely loving the Comfort Cafe DSP. Some patterns are fresh and modern, others are more vintage. I can't believe I wasn't sure about this paper when I first saw it ;)

I'm excited to show this card off to the ladies at my class on Sunday. I still have a few spots available and I'd love for you to join us.

'Til next time, keep letting stamps bring out your creativity!


Amy White said...

Love the frame you've created with the floral framelits - and the embossed background is fab! Thanks for playing along with the Friday Mashup this week!

Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin said...

VERY cool!! I never thought of doing a thaumatrope where the reverse side fills in the colour - that's awesome!! I want to see this one in person :)

Heidi Baks said...

Wow, I had no idea what a thaumatrope was. That's a big word for a stampin' blog! Heehee. Really, really fun. I might try this for an upcoming kiddo card. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

~Erica~ said...

No way! What a cool little card effect (even though I can't pronounce it!!) You went above and beyond with this creation and I LOVE it! Thanks for joining us at FMU!

Lili said...

Beautiful card! I love your colors and I learned what a thaumatrope is. Thanks for sharing with us at the Friday Mashup this week!

Vernon Wilhelm said...

I love your card, but I can't understand how your thaumatrope works in the card. Thanks, Bethluvs2kraft@aol.com