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Today I have a fun tutorial for doubling the width of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set to make room for wider charms (or multiple charms).
First, align the Frame die centered and butted up next to the Card Base die. Tape the two dies together temporarily with removable tape.
Cut a 5″ x 8″ piece of patterned paper and fold up the middle. (Hint: to disguise the fold in the finished card, consider using a pattern with vertical stripes) Place the fold of the paper over the two dies so the paper covers most of the opening but stops right before the rounded corners. Use removable tape to secure the paper to the dies so it won’t shift while die cutting.
After die cutting, carefully remove the tape and the frame and card base. If paper remains stuck in the slot area of the card base die, leave it in the die to act as a guide for placing a piece of folded black cardstock over the frame die in the same position. Die cut the black cardstock to make a second wide frame that matches the size of the patterned paper frame.
Although a similar folding technique could be used to make a wider Pull Tab, it’s easier to simply cut a 3″ x 4.5″ piece of patterned paper to be the pull tab. Round the corners, punch a center hole and add a decorative hole protector cut with the Tags Pivot Card set. Cut a strip of black cardstock to 0.5″ x 3.75″ and glue it, centered, to the base of the pull tab as shown.
Assemble the Hanging Charm Pull Tab in the usual fashion from here. For a video tutorial of HCPT assembly, click here. I used the 3mm Double-Sided Adhesive tape for the outside edges and the 10mm tape for the bottom edge that attaches to the pull tab.
After attaching the card base to a 4.5″ x 4.125″ piece of black cardstock, die cut a decorator tag shape from the black cardstock using the Tags Pivot Card. This allows for an inlaid greeting tag and eliminates any catch points as the card is opened and closed.
Glue the two decorative frames together for stability and add an eyelet in the center. Using the Steampunk Charms, die cut a black hat, patterned paper hat band, silver wings and gears. Grunge up the silver pieces with black StazOn ink. Hang the charms from a chain in the opening.
Add the larger gear to the corner of the frame and tie a piece of sheer black ribbon through the tag. Attach the finished HCPT piece to a 5″ x 6″ flat card, decorated using the Gears Stencil with black texture paste.
Stamp the greeting using the Steampunk Clear Stamps and die cut the greeting with the same decorator tag die. Inlay the greeting tag into the opening.
The finished card measures 5″ x 6″ and can be mailed in an A7 envelope. The wider opening will also work great for animating larger solid objects, too. Or perhaps think of putting a Character in half the opening and a hanging charm in the other. So many options!
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Other Supplies: black cardstock, patterned papers (Prima), black ink, metal chain, eyelets, texture paste