Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Happy Swinging Christmas Elf

Hello there.  I have a fun interactive mini slimline Christmas card to share today.  When I saw the Treat Yours-Elf stamp set from Kraftin’ Kimmie, I immediately pictured a pendulum swing card using the smiling male elf image.  And after many months 🙈, I finally made it!  I created the card from memory, but originally I watched this video tutorial HERE.  I’m sure if you do a google search, there are many other options.


The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Xpress It cardstock and coloured in with Copic markers.  Used a black marker to extend the string.  To give support, glued it to thick white cardstock, then fussy cut it out.  To strengthen the string portion, it was glued to medium weight acetate. The dry embossed wood panel from my stash was trimmed to 3x6 inches and this panel is where the swing mechanism was created from.  


The pinecones and pine branches are from Memory Box Pinecone Stackers and Forest Pine Branch, respectively.  The pinecone layers were die cut from brown cardstock and a sponge dauber was used to apply white gouache paint to the edges.  To colour the pine branches, Rustic Wilderness distress ink was applied directly to them.  Lightly spritz with water and pat with a paper towel. 


The sentiment from My Favorite Things Bitty Holiday Wishes was heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Assembled the card onto a white 3x6 inch card base using foam tape and making sure not to impede the swing mechanism.  Nuvo Crystal Glaze on the bauble for some shine finished off the card.  And here’s a video showing it in action.



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25 comments:

MortiCraft said...

Love everything about this card! The background is perfect, the pine cones are amazing! And of course the cheeky elf swinging away on his bauble. Thanks for playing along with Christmas Craft Creations. X

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

The better cards are those that come to us as a lightning in mind, it's always a pleasure when an item speaks us exactly what to do with it! :D
I absolutely ADORE this interactive swing card!!! Not only the elf is so cute and fun, but all the design looks DELIGHTFUL!! How lucky will be the recipient who will receive it! Loved seeing the swinging elf in action your swinging card is so inspiring!!! You always rock!! :D
Thanks for sharing!

Bonnie said...

Wow, Trina! This is awesome! Your coloring is, as always, a dream and this elf is so much fun!

Lady Joyful said...

This is amazing! I love the swinging element, and the colours are gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations and The Male Room - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

Loll said...

Oh my gosh ... what an adorable card Trina!! First, the elf is just plain fun. You can't help but smile when you see his face. :) And how creative and fun to create a pendulum for him to swing atop a beautiful ornament. Amazing and creative card, my friend! xx

Maria said...

Oh, such a cute fun card!! Love that jolly elf swinging on the bulb!! The colors are beautiful!! A creative happy Christmas card, love it!!

Cathy said...

Wow! Not only does this card look good it's interactive! Such a clever design, beautifully done Trina, Cathy x

Darnell said...

What will they think of next! This is just darling and so fun, Trina! But it is your spectacular coloring that always stops me in my tracks! Perfection! Hugs, Darnell

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Stunning coloring on this adorable mini-slim, Trina!! And how fun that the elf swings - love it!!

R's Rue said...

So cute.
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Rosmarie said...

Such an adorable Christmas card and great take on our challenge theme!! Love that cute little elf rocking on his bauble! The slim line fits perfectly for this awesome interactive carte!!! Thank you so much for playing along with 52CCT. Rosi x

Mac Mable said...

Thanks for the smile this morning Trina. Adorable 'swing' card, wonderfully coloured and what a fun and cute little elf who sure knows how to have fun x. Thanks for the video too Trina x.

Martina said...

Your card is just perfect, Trina. Placing an elf on an ornament is a great idea. Moving cards are so much fun and I really admire them.

Andreja L. said...

What a beutiful card you made! I like yours pinecones :-))
I am happy that you are with us at 52CCT this time.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

What a wonderful happy Christmas card, beautifully made. Thank you so much for joining us in our Christmas in July challenge at The Male Room Good Luck and I hope you will join us in our next challenge.
Faith DT

Witchcrafted Life said...

Joyfully charming card. So sweet, upbeat and festively fun. May your own holiday season be every bit as happy this year, dear Trina.

Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

Pam Sparks said...

Adorable! I love it!

Cazro said...

Your card is adorable. I LOVE the elf on his swing. Fantastic colouring. I also like the slimline card, they are becoming so popular, it suits this stamp perfectly. Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenges. We hope to see you visiting us again. Caz. DT.

Jennifer Reece said...

This is spectacular! Everything about this is perfect--the textured background, the amazing coloring, the sentiment and those pinecones!!! Fabulous! Thank you for playing along with us at SAS4Kids!

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is such an adorable and fun interactive card, Trina! The swing mechanism is wonderful and the cute elf, the shimmery bauble, and the pinecones with dimension are awesome!! Love this card!
Hideko xx

Wendi J said...

This is just to adorable. I haven't make a "Swing" card is a long while but I have now added it to my list.

Celeste Goff said...

Such a fun and creative card and I love your coloring! Thank you for sharing with us at SAS4Kids!

MA-MI said...

You did a great masculine Christmas card! Thank you for sharing your creative talents with us at The Male Room.

Maja, DT

laurie said...

Awesome card! Love the coloring. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations!

Majda said...

You created a beautiful Christmas card - thank you so much for joining the The Male Room blog.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well :-)
Majda DT