Saturday, November 6, 2010

Creating a pendulum card

Good morning everyone! It is Kylie here and I would like to show you how quick and easy it is to make a card with a swinging pendulum. It is sure to impress your friends and relatives this Chrsitmas.

First, gather your supplies:
Stamp and colour your image. Cut it out carefully.

Using your square piece of designer paper, carefully cut a shape out of the centre. I used a die to cut a shape but you could trace a circle and carefully cut that out if you wish. If using a die, centre the die on the paper and use some tape on the inside to hold it in place while you run it through your die cutting machine so it doesn't move.

Apply double sided tape to the back of you designer paper, leaving a space at the top for the pendulum to move.

Apply some adhesive tape to one end of the acetate strip

Attach the acetate strip to the back of the image. Position the designer paper over the backing cardstock - don't adhere together yet.

Turn your image to the correct side and line it up in the centre of the hole you cut earlier.

Place a small dot on the acetate where you will create a hole to insert the brad that will create a pendulum. Carefully remove the designer paper without moving your image or acetate as you need to ensure your dot remains over the cardstock where you will need to pierce a hole through both thicknesses.

Pierce your hole through the acetate and the cardstock. You want the hole to be neat so I used my silent setter to cut the hole to ensure a clean hole and a smooth swing of the pendulum.

Fasten the acetate to the cardstock backing with your small flat brad. Your Penguins now swing!

Remove tape backing and position the designer paper over the cardstock.

Cut your Snowflakes using the Snowflake Trio die and pierce a hole in the centre of the large snowflake.

Pierce a hole in the top of your acetate strip and fasten two snowflakes together with the acetate with a decorative brad (the new Whiff of Joy brads are perfect for this)

Decorate your card base and then attach your completed pendulum square

And here is the finished card

Just move the snowflakes and your Penguins sled down the slope!

I hope you find this tutorial useful! If you make a card using this tutorial, please leave a link below so we can have a look!

Enjoy your weekend,


  1. This is AWESOME Kylie!! Love the little images and the layer of the finished card is just gorgeous!

    Hugs, Kylie aka Brown xo

  2. what a amazing idea hun
    i just love it
    your card is stunning hun
    hugs angelique

  3. Cute way to let the penguins sled!!
    Love the papers and snowflake

    Sonja x

  4. Beautifull, thank you for the tutorial! Kiss. Nadine

  5. what a great card ! thanks for your tutorial ! worth to try it !
    greetings, martina

  6. Really beautiful and nice pendulum card :). Hugs, Jeanette :)

  7. oooh Awesome card
    love the idee and it looks stunning
    hugs andrea

  8. This is so great and pretty. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.Zulma.

  9. Awesome card! Will def try this one time (to do list is getting longer and longer ....)

    Hugs Yolanda

  10. fabulous kylie.such a stunning card xx
    love debbie xxx

  11. te quedó muy bella y gracias por la idea, me encantaría tener una matriz de copo de nieve, pues los nestabillities de alguna forma se pueden reemplazar pero el compo, es imposible.... te quedó muy, muy linda, cariños.

  12. wow, wot a fab idea - very it!!!! Have to give this one a go myself...

  13. ooo my grands will love this..great idea for theier c'mas card!! it..loves ya

  14. thanks for showing us your great idea.

    lovely Greetings


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