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Kinetic Halloween Cards

Hello everyone!!

Well, Halloween is almost here but I have no life of my own for that much. The fact is that I couldn't leave you without a special project for these days and, for that reason, I have prepared these beautiful kinetic Halloween cards.

Now you may be wondering, what is a kinetic card? Well, it is a type of interactive card in which its movement does not depend on a complicated mechanism that works by pulling or pushing a tab; instead, a simple piece is activated just by the card's own movement. The ones you have in the photo are activated by making a pendulum movement on the very card.

The dies I have chosen for the occasion are from the 'Dancing' series, as I generally call them, by Spellbinders. Specifically, they are the Dancin' Mummy and Dancin' Ghost dies from their Boo Dance Party collection. For the background of both cards I used the Hypnotic Background foil plate and orange and purple foil on a gray cardboard panel

of A2 size (4-1/1" x 5-1/2"). For the ghost card, I die-cut the ghost out of white cardboard and, with some copics, I colored the eyes in black and the legs in black and purple. In addition, I die-cut the words 'hey' and 'boo' that come in the set in black cardboard (4 layers) and glued one on top of the other to give them more dimension and one extra layer in orange that I placed a little offset as a shadow. Similarly, I die-cut the pumpkin from the set in orange (I shaded it lightly with copics) and glued a simple piece of black-painted printing paper to the back to color the eyes, nose, and mouth. Once the handle was die-cut out of black cardstock, I glued it in place and filled the pumpkin with some candies from the set, cut out of white cardstock (colored in purple) and orange foiled cardstock (I foiled orange foil on orange cardstock and then die-cut). Lastly, I die-cut some bats from Tim Holtz's 'Toil and Trouble' die set 665561 for Sizzix. To build the card, I simply cut the gray panel to 4"x5-1/4", added foam to the back for more volume, and glued it to an orange panel, just like the cardstock of the base. Then I put the legs in place and glued a circle of foam adhesive and the ghost with a little more foam to raise the parts that did not touch the panel. Lately, I glued the rest of the elements: pumpkin, bats and phrase. Finally, I added glitter with a pen on all the black cardboard.

The mummy card assembly was identical but I added some cats from the same Tim Holtz die set. I die-cut two layers of black cardboard and, between them, I placed a portion of printing paper painted yellow to color the eyes. For the phrase, I used die-cut foiled letters in orange. I also retouched the bandages of the mummy before and after I glued them on. Before gluing them, I colored them with copic markers in shades of gray (cool shades mainly, and then added a warm shade, for contrasting purposes); after gluing them, I added the final touches with polychromos also in gray tones.

Well, and as it is always easier to see it than to read it, here I leave you the video-tutorial that you can find, along with many others, on my YouTube channel. See you in the next post!!

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