Paper Crafts Gallery Idol Round 5: Interactive Cards

Hello Friends! I can’t believe this is all about to come to an end! This is the final round in the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol 2012 competition. I am so thankful to all of you who voted for me through the rounds, I kind of can’t believe I’m really in the top 5, like am I dreaming?!  When I heard that the last theme would be interactive cards, I breathed a little sigh of relief. I thought for sure it would be a party ensemble or something that would require more than one item. Can I remind you that I was reading this at midnight my time? The next morning, that relief dissipated and I started thinking and realized there are SO many options for interactive cards.

  • pull tabs
  • lift flaps
  • spinner dials
  • shaker cards
  • scratch offs
  • pop ups

I considered a pop up card for a little bit. I visited my favorite pop up book maker, robert sabuda, and took a look. and slowly backed away from his website. I just didn’t think I could pull off what I was thinking about. I brought out my sketch book and wrote out some ideas. I thought about a motor, maybe a fan that worked and said, have a cool birthday? I borrowed a little robot motor from Jalen and tried it out. I looked through all of their interactive toys, legos, light up things, motorized things….Then it hit me. I love polaroids. What if I could create a polaroid camera card where I could pull the picture out as the greeting and if I could trigger a flash or something, now THAT would be cool.

light up picture perfect birthday card

Here is how I made it:

I had an old hallmark musical card and took it apart to look at the battery/switch set up and started thinking about how to construct my own. I thought about using some battery operated christmas lights, but the strand had 18 lights and I thought that might be a bit much. I asked Troy to go with me to Radio Shack so we could see what they had to offer. I picked up several white led light bulbs (just incase I lost or broke one I wanted to have a replacement) I also found a battery holder with a clip that holds the battery in. We discussed that something could go between the battery and that clip to cut off the light and I was sold. I also picked up an all in one battery case, LED, wiring set. The only down fall of the kit was the 2 AA batteries/bulk. and the LED was red, i wanted white.  We considered unsautering the red LED and replacing with a white one… but i thought I’d just give the led/battery set up a try first.

this is one led, a battery holder, a 2032 battery. The size of the LED is PERFECT fit for the large hole in the cropodile!
  • This is the LED hooked up to the back of the battery holder. If you are going to try this, you should know, LEDs only work in one direction, if the LED doesn’t light up, switch the wires and that should fix it.
  • I used foam adhesive to attach to card assembly.
  • I cut American Crafts White and Black Textured Cardstock for the outside of the camera. (5″ x 4.5″ white, 5″ x 5.25″ black and 5″x5″ black)
  • I scored the White Cardstock at 3″, 4″, and 4.25″.
  • I scored the Black cardstock at 3″, 3.25″, 4.75″, and 5″.
  • I cut another strip of AC White Textured Cardstock for the picture/greeting/switch interruptor. (3.25″x 5.5″)
  • I cut a 3″ square of AC Black Textured Cardstock for the picture part of the polaroid.
  • I added a tab on each side of the picture strip so it would not pull all the way out.
  • I cut a piece of white cardboard at 5″ 1.75″ and punched a hole with the cropodile in the upper right corner.
  • I cut a silver square of cardstock and punched a hole in the center, I adhered this in the top right corner.
  • I cut a .75″ square in the top right corner of the white cardstock.
  • I used foam adhesive to adhere the battery/LED combo to the back of the cardboard.
  • I adhered the cardboard/LED combo to the cardstock camera front.
  • I cut a piece of white cardboard at 5″x5″ for the inside back of the camera.
  • I cut two layers of foam core and two layers of fun foam, adhered them together to create spacers between the front and back of the camera.
  • I folded the score marks and adhered the two 1/4″ parts together to create the front of the camera.
  • I cut a slit in the bottom black portion to create a slot for the picture to come out. (3.5″ wide)
  • I insert the picture/switch in through the slot.
  • I measured the slot and cut two pieces of white cardboard to hold up the front.
  • I used little pieces of tape to hold them in place.
  • Next I had to cut the side pieces. I held the camera together, lay it on it’s side on a piece of black cardstock and traced the shape.
  • I scored the shape of the camera side and cut tabs to tuck in.
  • After I got the sides cut and covered, I cut a strip for the top. I glued one side and left one side untuckable so if you had a hard time working the picture strip back in place, you could open to see where to put the strip in.
  • With the inside complete, I set to decorating the outside.
  • I added 8 large Creative Charms Clear Adhesive Gems around the LED.
  • I cut a 1″ square black frame with a .75″ square opening to frame the led/gems.
  • I used my spellbinders circle dies to cut a silver circle and a black circle.
  • I tied a Cherry Divine Twine bow on a red Antique Button from my friend Chrispea (for good luck) and used foam adhesive to adhere it to the camera front.
  • I used a small circle hole punch to punch about 8 grey cardstock circles. I used tombow stamp runner adhesive to glue them in a stack and then to the camera front.
  • I cut strips of washi tape in red (MT), orange (target), yellow(hambly), green (My Cute Tape) and blue (MT) and put it on the front of the camera.
  • I adhered the black/silver circles with foam adhesive over the tape in the center of the card front.
  • I cut a 3″ square of American Crafts Amy Tan Camera Paper. I stitched around the edge with straight stitches, and then added a little zig zag on the bottom edge.
  • I printed a sentiment on my computer (have a picture perfect birthday) on AC White Textured cardstock. I colored picture red and perfect blue.
  • I stitched around the sentiment before trimming the strip, this allowed better control of the paper in the sewing machine.
  • I gently peeled up the black 3″square and placed my patterned paper square (if you’re doing this project, you can start your picture strip with the correct design so you won’t have to peel up the black square)
  • I also added the sentiment strip.

When the picture is in, the LED is off, when you pull the picture out, the LED lights.

you can watch the card in action on youtube, just turn down or mute your speakers because the ambient noise is loud.


I hope you love my card as much as I have. Thank you so much for supporting me on this exciting ride! Please vote. This is the last hoorah. The big enchilada. For the whole ball of wax and all that! Please ask your friends to vote too! If I win, I’d like to attend the CKC in Seattle Washington. I went one time before, back in 2007 but haven’t had the opportunity since. It was so much fun!

You can use the widget in the top right hand side of the blog to go directly to my card to vote. If you are reading this in email or in your feed reader, you can click through to the blog and use the widget, or click here to get to the Paper Crafts Contest page and look for my card.

Thank You again!

Love Love and Blog you Later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)


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36 thoughts on “Paper Crafts Gallery Idol Round 5: Interactive Cards

  1. What a great “interactive” card. It is really amazing the amount of work you went to make this card. I would never in a million years be able to make a card that flashes.

  2. Josc, I really am in awe of your creativity. This card is awesome! I’m voting for you (of course) and crossing my fingers in hopes that its your card that is chosen as the winner.

  3. Yep, I read your directions about 3 times and there seems to be a misfire in my brain ;) I’ll just say you used magic!!!! AWESOME entry!

  4. This is an amazing card. It’s such a great idea to make a camera and have everything on it. To me, you’re already a winner. Thanks for sharing,

  5. Oh for heavens sake! This idea is beyond fun and certainly interactive…..the light that lights up just was the perfect touch! So creative beyond words!! So glad I got to take this fun ride with you during Gallery Idol!

  6. This is CRAZY! So incredibly awesome. I voted for it because it was really cute and then I saw that it actually lit up. I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t win! Good luck. :)

  7. Congratulations on becoming the Idol winner – with this AMAZING creation you so deserved it. Am so glad the one I voted for won it :-D
    Have a brilliant celebratory weekend……..

  8. Congratulations on winning Gallery Idol 2012, Joscie! I loved all of your cards and you were a new-to-me artist so it was great to ‘meet’ you in this competition. Enjoy the prizes and the spotlight!!

  9. I’m working on making this card for one of my friends who is currently a photography major. I’m a little bit confused about how it works. Is it the pull-out picture that goes between the battery and the clip? If so, how do you position it so that happens fairly easily and every time? Thank you for any help you can give me in advance! This a wonderful project idea. Thank you for posting it and congrats!

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