I’m excited to be participating in the Silhouette Challenge again this month, and I am really excited to share what I made with all of you! Like really, really excited.
In last month’s Silhouette Challenge, I was intrigued by Lisa from Grey Luster Girl’s Candy Travel Alphabet Game. It worked kind of like an advent calendar with little tear-open windows for each letter. I loved the idea and really wanted to try my hand a some kind of tear-open project. Aaaaaand I think what I came up with is actually kind of awesome.
We all love a little mystery, right? Cracking open an Easter egg to see what goodies hide inside is a childhood joy that I haven’t quite grown out of. I decided to try and re-create that experience in a paper card. So I designed a card with an egg on the front that tears open to reveal a message on the inside. And – look! – I made you all a GIF to show you exactly how it works:
Isn’t it fun!? When I showed it to my husband, he was like, “You made that?” Yeah I did! And you totally can too. Here’s how:
I started off by designing the cards. I went with a simple black design on colored cardstock because I wanted a graphic, modern look (oh – and because my printer was out of color ink).
Of course, I put the print and cut feature to work on this project because it is just my favorite thing ever. Here’s what the card fronts look like fresh from the printer.
Next these little guys went through the Silhouette to get perfectly cut (you can get the Silhouette files to cut your own further down – keep reading!). It was important to peel the card fronts off the cutting mat carefully to avoid prematurely cracking any eggs. 🙂
For the backs of the cards, I used patterned paper and printed the card’s interior message on the white, blank backside of the paper. This way the back of the card has a pretty design!
I thought about using glue to attach the front of the card to the back (and you could totally do that!), but ultimately, I decided to use my sewing machine to stitch the fronts to the backs.
This was the perfect time to try out some of my sewing machine’s fancy stitches. I really like the detail the stitching provides – ain’t it purty? – plus stitching holds the cards together very securely.
Once the cards are sewn together, they are all ready to give away and rip open!
I came up with a few different ideas for how to put these fun tear-open cards to use. One option is to put a Easter scripture or message inside.
I also thought of making the cards into little IOU type gifts for my kids’ Easter baskets. We keep things pretty simple over here for Easter, so a special little privilege or experience (like an extra story at bedtime or going to the movie theater) seemed like a perfect little treat.