step-by-step tutorial for masculine birthday card idea. An interactive card space theme using Altenew stamps and watercolouring
Cards, Stamping, Watercolours

Interactive space-theme card!

I was super-inspired to make this card on an outer space theme… it was my elder nephew’s 6th birthday on Saturday, and this is the project I made for him. He is crazy about all things train-themed but I wasn’t too pleased with the first card I made (with a train vibe), so I scrapped that for recycling and went with this. I knew he was getting a space Lego set as one of his pressies so I figured it would go well 😉

masculine birthday card idea, space theme using Altenew stamps

I was really inspired by the lovely Mona who shared a fun interactive idea on her Instagram feed, and I thought it would be great to make a card with the space rocket and astronaut moving in space!

First I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the space images from Altenew ‘Space Travel’. I used a piece of watercolour paper as I wanted to paint them in colour, and chose Versafine ‘Onyx Black’ ink as it is watercolour-friendly.

step-by-step tutorial for masculine birthday card idea, space theme using Altenew stamps and MISTI

I watercolored them all, picking up the pigment from my watercolour pencils. With small motifs like these, they don’t need too much shading.
Then I fussy cut all the pieces leaving just a tiny border around each one.

step-by-step tutorial for masculine birthday card idea. An interactive card space theme using Altenew stamps and watercolouring

I knew I had the perfect patterned paper in my stash from an older 6x6pad by Stampin’ Up called ‘Going Places’. I used a couple of sheets, sticking these onto black cardstock for extra weight, and began to plan out the layout for my card.

I arranged them with one full 6×6 sheet and then a narrower panel to go below, with Saturn on it 😉

I cut out small apertures, using a craft knife, to create the moving mechanism for my rocket and spaceman. Each hole must be smaller than the size of the stamped piece, so that when the image ‘slides’, you avoid seeing the edges of the hole behind it.

step-by-step tutorial for masculine birthday card idea. An interactive card space theme using Altenew stamps and watercolouring

Then I snipped a scrap of the black cardstock as a backing piece for each of the rocket and the spaceman, larger than their apertures.
Now, use sticky foam pads to mount each one, with the foam pad ‘through’ the aperture and fixing onto the small black card piece below. And I just fixed the rest of my planets in place…

step-by-step tutorial for masculine birthday card idea. An interactive card space theme using Altenew stamps and watercolouring

And both of the starry panels could be mounted to a large card blank, folded from navy card. I left a space between the pieces so there’d be room to add a greeting diecut. And I used foam pads throughout, so that the moving pieces wouldn’t be obstructed by the the layers being too snug.

Here’s the finished card again, all topped off with a few gold gems for an extra galactic feel…

masculine birthday card idea, space theme using Altenew stamps

Check out my social media for a quick video clip of the movement – which is hard to film BTW, when holding the camera and when holding the card in the other hand!! I ended up laying it down on my table and moving it with my finger 😉

Here are a couple of closeups…

step-by-step tutorial for masculine birthday card idea. An interactive card space theme using Altenew stamps and watercolouring
step-by-step tutorial for masculine birthday card idea. An interactive card space theme using Altenew stamps and watercolouring

I’m happy to say that the birthday boy loved his card, too 😉
Hope you enjoyed the inspiration!

Until next time, Ruth x

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