23.11.13

Easy Interactive Card Tutorial

Interactive Slider Card
I love interactive books and cards and this particular tutorial is for a super simple easy to make interactive mechanism which can be used in cards,scrapbooks or even a school chart like we have done .
Kinetic slider card
The pic I have used to illustrate the sliding mechanism in this interactive card is of our  Lhasa-apso Snowy who is sitting majestically on the bed posing for the photo!
Yesterday my 7 year old  had to take a chart on "time measuring devices" to her school.
Clocks school project
She had to write interesting facts for each type of clock and we made interactive sliders below each clock picture to pack in all the extra information and still keep the chart "clean"!!
Clock Interactive school project
It was fun reading up about various crazy types of clocks [ Have you heard of an incense clock or a calibrated candle clock?!!]
Interactive school project
Rather than type out the "facts' like we had done in the Festivals of India school project this time my kiddo proudly used her own cutie handwriting on all her hidden sliders!
Clock school project
As the center focus of her school chart we made an interactive clock with moving hands using a split pin [brad]
Interactive clock
We also made an interactive "princess" swinging pendulum clock using a hidden brad
Interactive School chart

How to make an easy Interactive Card

Each photo we used in the school chart has a pull tab which when pulled slides out to reveal a hidden message.
This slider mechanism is quite easy to make but I am posting lots of step by step photos so that it may benefit a "non crafter" too!!
Interactive card tutorial
Materials required

  • Thick sturdy card stock [Indian readers- ask for Ivory sheets in stationary shops] - size depends on the size of your picture
  • Scissors
  • Double sided foam tape - the narrow 1 cm variety is the best for slider cards
  • Glue
If you want to make a slider for photos ..paste the photo on card stock and create the slider mechanism on the other side of the card.
Interactive card tutorial
Stick double sided tape on 3 sides of the card leaving one side open for your slider
Interactive card tutorial
Cut a card strip to loosely fit within the area framed by the foam tape
Interactive card tutorial
To make a stopper mechanism for your slider strip stick squares of foam tape at the slider opening as shown above
Interactive card tutorial
Cut off approximately 1/2 inch strips off your slider strip at the top and bottom edges as shown leaving around an inch on one side to  get a T shaped slider
Interactive card tutorial
Test if your slider moves freely by sliding it in and out of the foam tape framed card.
Easy Interactive Card Tutorial
The T stopper of the slider strip bears the maximum wear and tear in this type of slider card so it needs to be strengthened.To do this fold and stick as shown above
Easy Interactive Card Tutorial
Your slider mechanism is ready. You can trim excess lengths of your slider strip at the region where you will pull it.
Keep the T slider strip within the foam framed area and Peel off the paper from the foam tape,taking care the T slider doesnt stick to the tape.
Stick to a base card or a sturdy chart to make your fun kinetic card.
Kinetic card tutorial
Of all the types of clocks ,my daughter was terribly fascinated by the water clock also called the Clepsydra and wanted me to make a 3 D model but we compromised by making an interactive water clock!
The water clock also works on a sliding mechanism.On pulling the  slider strip the shiny holographic water empties from the container!!
Slider card

I modified the basic slider card tutorial explained above to make this interactive water clock!
I hope this interactive card tutorial comes in handy to add a bit of fun in card making ,scrapbooking or to jazz up any type of presentation at school,college or office!
Do tell me how you liked it!
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49 comments:

  1. Fabulous tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Love your daughter's interactive school project with the clock and also the water clock :)

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    1. Thank you so much so much Zub...I had been missing from blogging and crafting for quite some time and it feels so good to read the first comment!!

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  2. Prisha project has many interesting elements ..love all the models and the interactive cards idea is superb Dr Sonia.. :).. interactive water clock is amazing ..and easy peasy tutorial a non crafter can also follow ..

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    1. Thank you so much Radhika..I am glad you think the tutorial is easy..I am hoping it will benefit parents and kids for school projects too!

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  3. Brilliant Tutorial Sonia great project I love the clock.
    kevin xx

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  4. Oh, so many kinds of clocks and your daughter is learning about them all. No, I had not heard of an incense clock nor a calibrated candle clock. Your daughter is doing such a great job. I like swinging "princess" pendulum, too. Super work!
    I have to tell you, SNOWY is just beautiful. And, I love the name.

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    1. Ha Ha Benzi snowy is a cutie and quite photogenic too as he is so fluffy and its easy to get good snaps as he is a lazy bum and doesnt move much!!

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  5. Great design!
    Loved the new look of the blog.
    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Wonderful, Sonia! I bet your daughter got an A+ on her very clever project!

    Susan

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    1. Ha ha she came back yesterday evening and proudly told me her teacher had displayed it right at the door of her class and even higher standard kids had come to look at it!!

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  7. Fantadtic job...love the princess clo k and water clock. Thanks for the tutorial doc...your daughter must be making prize winning projects all the time! Good team work.

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    1. Thank you so much Rupa!! Ha Ha this was not for any competition...my kiddo just loves to bask in all the compliments she gets when she takes a unique type of project to school!!

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  8. Wonderful project and creative use of a slider mechanism. I like interactive things. Not heard of those types of clocks. I do want to say that I do not like our time change here in the US. Arizona & Hawaii do not change their clocks and wish that it was all that did not change.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Yes Melissa so many funny types of clocks in history!!

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  9. Fabulous tutorial Sonia. I love interactive projects. My son did a similar poster for a school project a few years back, it was a hit. The kids couldn't stop playing with it. You have so many great ideas, thanks for the inspirations.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs, Katie

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    1. Thank you so much Kate.. yes interactive cards do tempt us to play with them!!

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  10. the swinging princess is so cute sonia, prisha mollu - hugs to you.
    a great project, thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much Shylaa..ha ha at this age princesses are the ultimate !!

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  11. I just adore your daughters school project Sonia, and so great to hear she used her own handwriting on the slider tags..fabulous tutorial..

    luv CHRISSYxx

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    1. Yeah Chrissy even though there are lots of eraser marks and smudge lines she felt so accomplished for writing up all the stuff!!

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  12. Its Indeed unique chart ! I bet Prisha's teacher also must be expecting a chart with a twist ..I loved the pendulum clock ,looks pretty with the princess.I didn't know about the candle clock :) ! Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. Thank you for dropping in Pooja..yeah in our time the syllabus was not so elaborate but what I find amazing is that the kids easily imbibe all this information!!

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  13. I just love your projects! So unique and wonderful they are! :) I loved the idea of using slider mechanism in a chart! And I've never heard of such clocks! Prisha's projects are informative for us also. :)
    And that princess pendulum clock is really cute! :)
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial!! :)

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    1. Ayushi I love the sylllabus in my little one's school...they follow the montessori system and encourage all kinds of "researching" and sharing information about the theme they are learning even at such tender age!

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  14. awesome project Sonia.. /never knew there were so many different types of clocks... kudos to u and ur daughter for creating such a beautiful project!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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    1. Berina Thank you so much for dropping in. We spent all evening making this project but it was worth it!!

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    2. so sweet of u to check back... I'm doing well... still waiting :)

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  15. Absolutely amazing !! nice creation and so are the presentations.. gr8 job !! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Charu...I am so in love with your Tilda in the tower card!!

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  16. Absolutely amazing !! beautiful creation and so are the presentations. Gr8 job !! :)

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  17. Wow..Brilliant one Sonia...Love the slider card for water clock very much..Thank you very for the tut..Sure to use it in my son's project..

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation Sindhu and yes do use it on your son's projects..the slider helps to hide kiddie handwriting and makes the whole chart look neater and less cluttered and of course the interactive element is sure to get lots of appreciation!

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  18. Prisha's teacher must get so excited whenever your daughter brings in one of her completed projects. This is marvelous. Thanks for the great tutorial. Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much Teresa ...ha ha the teachers are not so easy to bowl over...they make sure the child was involved in the making of any school project so only I have to involve my little one in each step plus teach her all the extra info about the topic!!

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  19. Impressive project! Your daughter will grow up in a very creative person! Congratulations to both!

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    1. Thank you so much ...yes I am lucky she is quite creative

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  20. Oh wow, what a gorgeous project Prisha made!! Her clock presentation looks amazing!! I love the hand made clocks and the sliders!! And Snowy is so precious!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa I still fondly remember your sliding ballerina card

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  21. First of all, Snowy is a super-cute doggie. :) The project is brilliant dr. sonia. And you have definitely put in so much hard work in making this. My daughter has still some time left until she starts schooling, but I can imagine how much hard-work we as parents have to do as well. Thanks for sharing this inspiring tutorial and project. My fav is the pendulum clock with princess head.:)

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping in Jasleen. ...I actually started paper crafting with school projects!! And yes we do have to put in a bit of effort as parents these days to help the little ones in school projects!!

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  22. Prisha did a wonderful job on her clock project. I'm sure her Teacher appreciates her neat and creative projects!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  23. Thanks so much for the tute! Prisha's teacher must have been impressed! :) Awesome project!

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  24. Love how you've shared your process[es!!] & hints on creating the interactive slider AND that you've managed to up-cycle as well, amongst your fab project [s]....thanks so much for joining in the fun at LESSology:):)

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    1. Thank you so much Lizzy..off to visit your blog

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  25. Wow. Love how your creative projects are learning experiences for your daughter.
    Thanks for joining us at LESSology!

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    1. Thank you so much Yvonne..ha ha her school projects are a learning process for me too!!

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  26. That is fun, thanks for sharing it with us at LESSology!

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