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Green Day Layout with Pop 'n Cuts and Magic Photo Card

All my long time crafty stampy peeps are going to remember the days of Magic Cards. Remember? I am sure if you Google "Magic Card" you'll get an actual tutorial, but let me just explain the concept.

The concept of a Magic Card is to have a black outline image stamped onto a transparency and overlaid perfectly onto the same image, stamped onto cardstock, and colored in. Then, to make the image appear to change "magically" from black to color, you put a plain piece of cardstock between the two layers. Once that plain piece of cardstock is pulled away, the images will line up and appear to change from plain black to color.

Another option, instead of pulling the solid piece away, is to pull the transparency and colored images up simultaneously until they clear the solid piece, creating the same effect. Here's an example:

Magic Card

Many years ago I had a layout published in Creating Keepsakes magazine that used the concept of the Magic Card to make a photo change from black and white to color. It was a magnificent layout that, because of space issues, they never photographed with the pull tab out, which is what caused the photo to become colored! It was one of those "laugh and cry" moments when I got the magazine and realized that the effect wasn't shown and it appeared to be just a black and white photo. I wish I could find a photo of that layout, but, alas, a lot of my old layout photos were lost on a malfunctioning hard drive years ago.

I'm not sure what brought the Magic Card technique to mind, maybe it was all the green in my photos, but I decided to revisit the Magic Photo Card idea for my Scrapp'n Savvy Sampler layout. All of the instructors at Scrapp'n Savvy were given the assignment this week to use paper from Bazzill's Lucy's Crab Shack line and to make a one page 12x12 layout in our own personal styles. For me, that was definitely going to be an interactive layout, so I used both the Magic Card technique and a Pop 'n Cuts card.

Green Day Layout ClosedThe top photo is the Magic Card. As you pull the tab, the white paper between the layers slides out and allows the clear black and white photo to perfectly overlay a colored print of the same photo, creating the magic.

Green Day Layout Magic Card

When I did this technique before, I had printed my black and white photo onto a transparency, but this time I used Scrapbooking Attitude film for my black & white photo, overlaid onto a piece of Bazzill clear paper.

Because I needed some real estate for journaling, plus believing strongly that if one interactive element is great, two must be even greater, I opted for a Pop 'n Cuts card behind my vertical photo.

Green Day Layout Popup

I used a couple of new dies from the upcoming Pop 'n Cuts Journey collection, shipping in June. I used the Funky Label Pop 'n Cuts Insert, the coordinating Funky Label Framelits, and the Birds & Banners Textured Impressions Folder Set. Underneath the card I added the Bigz Ornate Plate, which is available now. 

Green Day Layout Journaling

On the left side of the layout I wanted to add an Eileen Hull Border die, so I folded the paper before die cutting so I could make the border about 10" tall. To hide the fold, I added some metal findings from my stash. The title letters are green Thickers from my stash.

Green Day Layout ClosedI definitely felt a little rusty with scrapbooking - I've been really focused on cards - but it was fun to create a layout for a change!