Cardmaking

I Dare You to Peek-a-Boo!

Happy Friday crafty people! Can you believe that another week has whizzed past and it’s time for the Daring Cardmakers challenge again? This time Nat has tasked us with making a Peek-a-boo card. She would like us to make a card that features an opening element, surprise element, or simply an aperture.

I decided to have a go at the Peek-a-boo card that I saw Jennifer McGuire making a while ago. I thought it would be easiest to share my process in a video so you can watch and craft along if you would like to create something similar!

To make the base I cut and scored three pieces of Kraft card as follows:

  • 4.25 x 8.25 inches – scored at 2.75 inches (front piece)
  • 4.25 x 8.5 inches – scored at 4.25 inches (inside piece)
  • 4.25 x 5.75 inches – scored at 5.5 inches (back piece)

I added some patterned paper to the front and inside although you don’t need to. The measurements I used were:

  • 4 x 4 inches (two pieces to go on the inside piece)
  • 4 x 5.25 inches (to go on the card front)

I used an oval die to cut the aperture on the front of the card and then on both sides of the inside piece. I’ve shared how to put the card together in the video. This is how it looks from above once it’s put together to create the sliding mechanism.

This is how I decorated the front of the card:

Once open this is how it looks:

Here is a video to watch the card making in action!

I hope you will share your own peek a boo card, remember it can be any card with an opening, a surprise element, or simply an aperture!

Thank you for visiting the Ginger Ninja Crafts blog, I hope to see you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx

Crafty tutorials

Making a zine – crafty lockdown ideas!

Happy humpday crafty people, I hope you are doing well in these strange times.  I’ve been keeping busy in the craft room and yesterday while I was tidying up some of my stash I found a zine I made a couple of years ago and thought I would make another one…. a quarantine zine (sorry I can hear the groans from here!!)

I’m sure many of you will have made these but I thought I would share the method just in case you have forgotten or it’s your first zine!

The basic zine is super easy, I used one sheet of A4 printer paper.  You want to fold the paper as per the dotted lines in this picture (I’ve made a video showing the folding of the zine on the Ginger Ninja Crafts Facebook Page. )

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I’ve added the page numbers so you can see the order these pages will appear in your zine.  This template is available to download here A4zinetemplate .

Once you’ve created your structure the fun part begins.  You will want to decide on a theme, and map out what you want to include.  I decided to use the lockdown as inspiration, focusing on some of the ways I’m coping with the restriction.  You can decorate your zine however you like.  Here is how I decorated my pages….

I used some scraps of papers I had made using inks, watercolours and nuvo shimmer powders as well as printed papers, stickers, printed phrases, fabric embellishments and paper ephemera.  The front page was a rainbow I had done ages ago while practicing with water colours and the salt technique.  That felt appropriate as there are lots of rainbows in windows at the moment that the children are making to brighten up their walks around the estate.

The final thing I did was scan it in and make a colour photocopy as my original was a little bulky due to the papers and embellishments I’d used.  If any of you would like to print it off and make it up into a little zine you can download it here Quarantinezine

I hope that you enjoyed my little tutorial today.  If you pop over to watch the facebook video why not leave me a like or a comment to say you came over from the blog.

Stay safe and well everyone and crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx