Another great card for hospitalized kids! This Howl-o-ween Pull-tab card is sure to surprise and delight the little ones.
This card was inspired by the pull-tab cards that came out with the Lawn Fawn toaster pull-tab bundle. At first, it looks like any other Halloween scene, the mummy raccoon is out for a stroll through the pumpkin patch. But wait, what’s that noise he hears? Boo-oo-oooo! And out pops his bestie from behind the largest pumpkin. This one was a little tricky to put together but included some time-saving steps and some learning takeaways. So let’s get started.
- Lawn Fawn Happy Howloween stamp set
- Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy stamp set
- Black paper from Michaels
- Dark Grey paper from Recollections Architecture collection
- Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree die
- Altenew Galaxy Washi Tape
- 3M Foam Tape
Assembly of the Happy Howl-o-ween Pull-Tab Card
I stamped the figures using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on some Neenah Solar White card stock and colored them in with an assortment of Copic markers. Then, I used my Brother Scan n Cut to cut the figures out with zero outline. Next, I used the washi tape on a piece of white cardstock cut to A2 size for the base.
I die cut all the pieces and laid them out to test where they should sit. There needed to be sufficient space below the hillside for the puppy to hide. That drove both the position of where he would sit on the card (behind the highest point of the hillside) and how high the hillside needed to be. Next, I glued the grey hillside onto the back of the tree frame and glued down raccoon and the pumpkins.
After gluing down the back hillside, I used an exacto knife to cut a 1/8″ channel in the starry sky base about 1 1/4″ long that the pull tab would travel in. With my channel in position and cut, I set about creating the pull tab mechanism. I had watched a video on Lawn Fawn’s channel that showed how to assemble the pull tab and realized that the tab looks like an anchor. Quite honestly, it would have been far easier to just use the Lawn Fawn dies to do this step.
It’s Starting to Come Together
Lots of foam tape was used in this project. The pull-tab vertical piece was approx. 3/4″ wide, and the puppy just about the same width. I made a 1″ channel using foam tape both on the back of the card base and on the back of the grey hillside. This allows unimpeded vertical movement for the pull-tab mechanism and the puppy to move through. I also used some thin strips of foam tape behind the tree and along the entire back of the hillside. Next, I used a 1″ punch to cut the pull-tab grip into the card base and on a piece of scrap black cardstock to hide the mechanism. I didn’t, but wished I did, put a piece of washi on the pull-tab strip and on the background so it would look seamless pulling it out.
Next, I assembled the pull-tab mechanism. To do this, I scored and folded the bottom bar of the mechanism. This is similar to the Lawn Fawn video, except my piece had narrower dimensions to fit the puppy, not a piece of toast. After threading the mechanism through the channel, I applied a 3/4″ by 1″ piece of black cardstock to the surface of the mechanism where the puppy attaches. This gave it more stability and less concern about it coming disassembled if there wasn’t good contact to the back of the puppy piece. I had to make sure the puppy fit behind the pumpkin before sticking it down. That way, there was no chance he would show with the mechanism all the way down.
I used these awesome black foam dimensionals to adhere the pull-tab cover to the mechanism. I love how they blend right in with the mechanism and wish I could find a roll of black foam tape. You can find the black dimensionals here (affiliate link).
At last, I slid the mechanism up and down several times to ensure nothing catches anywhere. Success!
Design Tips and Lessons Learned
In this video, I walk through how the Happy Howl-o-ween Pull-Tab Card came together as well as a time-saving hack for night sky backgrounds, and a lesson learned.
Love this cute Howl-o-ween card? Want more Halloween cards? Check out our prior Halloween series here.