Easy interactive swinging monkey card

Interactive swinging monkey card tutorial by Laura Dovalo.

Howdy there! Today I’m stopping by to share an easy interactive swinging monkey card created without specific dies.

You can check out the tutorial on the MFT YouTube channel or read more about it below… But first, let’s see it in action:

I’m pretty sure you can tell that it’s a pendulum card. If you want to make it and you have one of our retired sets (Interactive Swing Die-namics or High Flying Die-namics), by all means use them. If you don’t, in the tutorial I show you a couple of ways of using basic dies to create this mechanism.

Interactive card with swinging monkey.

I used the largest die from the Spin & Slide Channels Die-namics to cut a strip of acetate. Then I simply punched a hole through the upper edge of it and through my panel and linked the two elements with a piece of brown string. Instead of using knots to secure it, I simple adhered one end of it to the back of the panel and the other end to the strip of acetate, to make it look like a vine for our swinging monkey.

Close up of interactive swinging monkey card.

The cute critter is from the JB Monkey Around stamp set. I used the following Copic markers to color it:

Body: E37, E35, E33, E31, R22

Face, ears & belly: E53, E51, R02, R01

Hat: BG15, BG13, R22, R20

Interactive card with swinging monkey and products from the MFT February Release.

For the sentiment I used the beautiful Essential Happy Birthday Die-namics cut out of Gold Shine and Heavyweight Translucent Vellum. It hides the “mechanism” perfectly. For the panel I did some ink blending with Limelight, Sour Apple and Jalapeño Popper. To get a jungle feel without the bulk of die cuts I cut masks out of Post-it tape using dies from three sets: Bold Greenery, Peaceful Greenery and Complementary Greenery.

Measurements for card with swinging monkey

Card base : 8 ¾” x 5 5/8” (22,8cm x 14,3cm)

Main panel: 4 1/8” x 5 3/8” (10,5cm x 13,7cm)

White panel: 4 ¼” x 5 ½” (10,7cm x 13,9cm)

Acetate strip: 4 ½” x ¼” (11,4cm x 0,7cm)

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by! Here’s a link to the tutorial once more so that you don’t have to scroll back up.


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