Sunday, March 22, 2015

Swinging Tire Swing (Project 15)

I interrupting my Winterfest recap to post an Easter Card.  Mainly because I used my March received kit and I want to be able to link up to the detailed directions here when I post the card over at Artsy Inkers.  Don't worry, I share the rest of the new techniques I picked up during Winterfest in the next couple of post.  And before I start with today's project, I want to put in another plug for Artsy Inkers, Jan/ Far North (here's her blog Far North Designs) is hosting a 3 week Alcohol Inks technique challenge at Artsy Inkers.  We just started week 2 and I've learned a ton. 

Now on to the card.  When I got the kit from my swap partner and saw the tree image with the tire swing, I knew I wanted to make the swing move.

What I ended up doing is a variation on a spinner card.  But instead of creating a channel across the card, you just make a slightly larger hole.  Don't worry.  I'll explain.
First, you will need a round pop dot and 2 pennies to do this. 
Step 1
I colored the background with Distress Inks.  I used Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass for the sky and Mowed Lawn for the grass.

In this picture, you can see where I traced the pop dot on the paper.  I had also traced the tree so I would know where my hole was going to go.  You can see in the picture that I started cutting out the circle by cutting a line down the middle.  I wish I had a circle die that was the right size, but the smallest circle die I have cuts a whole bigger than the penny, which won't work.

Step 2

Make sure the hole is a bit bigger than the pop dot, but not bigger than a penny.

See, the pop dot fits in the hole. 

Step 3

Attach a penny to either side of the pop dot. 

You can kinda see the penny through the whole in this one.

And here is a side view once both pennies are attached.  I actually had to pull on of the pennies off and make the hole a little bigger because it wasn't rocking well enough.

Step 4

Attached the piece you want to swing to the penny.

Step 5

Use pop dots or foam squares to attach the image that is going to hide you rocking mechanism.  I actually cut pieces from the pop dot sheet.  You know the pieces left behind when you remove the pop dot from the sheet.  Oh, and before I added the tree, I stenciled some clouds.  I made the stencil using a Purple Onion Design stamp (it is actually a speech bubble) and dabbed on Hero Art's Unicorn white.

Actually, I may have done the stenciling after attaching the tree.  I also added the squirrel to the tire.

And I decided that the tire was too high up.  So I pulled it off the penny and added an extension to the "rope."  The added bit of paper is a bit messy but I suspect that I'm the only one who will notice.

I also die cut grass, which I colored with Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles.  I wet the paper well and added some salt for even more texture. The die is by My Favorite Things.  I kinda wish I had put the layer closest to the tree on before the tree and done it flush to the page.  Oh well. I also added the second squirrel and the Easter basket.  The basket is a Studio G stamp.  I colored it with Spica glitter pens and Copic markers and added Distress Ink in the sky colors so I wouldn't have to fussy cut the inside area of the basket.  You can see in the last photo that the tire swing is in a different position than in the first picture.  If you shake the card, the tire swing moves back and forth.

I actually had to trim the grass under the swing because it was too high.  The tree, squirrels and acorns were from my received kit, are Fawn Lawn stamps and were colored with Copics.  And they were fussy cut.  Those squirrels and acorns were a pain.

The kit also included another of the trees and some bunnies, so I think I will be making another swinging tire swing card with bunnies.

I am going to enter this over at the Mixed Media Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and please come again.


  1. Very neat card! Good tutorial too. I think this is going to be such a great card for your mom!

  2. OHhhhh Sarah...this is so darned fun and cute too. I love how you got the swing to move and I will save these directions asLittle Miss C and Little Mr P will love this design too!

    Wonderful card....sorry I have been gone so long. Almost done here. Painters started today...and should finish on Wednesday night. Then I have tons of furniture and fittings to put back into place and rehang the pictures. I hung them first so that the painters could patch the mistake holes...teehee

  3. This is so cute, and how clever of you to figure out how to make that swing move! I was intrigued reading all the directions, and wow, I'd never think to do this kind of thing. It's truly a fun card and your sky & grass are so well done. TFS & glad you are having fun in the alcohol classes. Looking forward to what you will be sharing. Hugs

  4. What a cute little scene and clever design with the swinging tire! thanks for joining us in the Mixed Media Card challenge Sarah!

  5. I look inactive cards and movement is so fun! Love that you created a swing that moves! A terrific card and scene! Thanks for playing MMCC!

  6. What a fun card! Thanks for playing along at MMCC :)