Last year, I sent in a Valentine’s card with my then 8-year-old that was a hit with his classmates—a Cootie Catcher! It was so nicely done that some mothers assumed I’d bought it until they noticed the picture of my son inside the catcher and then they were really impressed. It doesn’t take a lot of time to set up, but it’s got a lot of Wow Factor.
Let me walk you through it...
1) Set up an 8”x8” custom project in SBC+. Insert an Empty Frame [Mac: Insert a rectangle]. Right click on it and go to Properties and set it up to so that the left and top are at 0 and 0 and make it 2” square [Mac: Use the Metrics tab in Inspector and set Top to 8”, Left to 0”]. Then make 15 copies of this square, laying them out so that they’re evenly across the page like this.
2) Fill each square with a paper of your choice. For mine, I used the Loveable Digital Kit PC Mac. I made the center four squares something pretty basic so that words can be read on it. I used four contrasting papers for the corners, since that’s what they’ll see first. And I made the middle edges the same paper, though you don’t have to.
3) Now, to add our text. Come up with cute age appropriate little sayings for the inside (or copy mine). Place them around as I’ve shown them here. Put cute graphics on the outside corners. Here I put different quantities of shapes on each corner, but you can put different colors, whatever you like that will let children play the game. Then put numbers 1-8 in the angles as shown on the inside edges. (Do put them at the corners as I’ve shown so that they will be visible when the project is folded). You’re ready now to print your creation. Print a test page in B+W to make sure everything looks OK before doing your high-quality color print.
4) Once printed, trim your project with your 12” Rotary Trimmer to trim it to exactly 8”x8”. Now, fold it in half on the diagonal, white side up. Unfold and then fold it on the diagonal in the opposite direction. You now have a square with an X folded into it.
5) Again, with the white side up, fold the corners of the square toward the center. When all of the corners are folded, your paper should look like a smaller square.
6) Turn your paper over so that the folded sides face down, then fold the corners of the square toward the center again. When the four corners are folded, your paper should be an even smaller square, composed of triangles.
7) Now fold the square vertically, crease it, and open it back up. Fold it horizontally, crease it, and open it back up again. The hearts on the corners should be facing you.
Find a friend who wants their fortune told. Choose one of the outside corners, count the number of hearts there are, then open and close the cootie catcher (up and down and side to side), moving once for each letter number of hearts. Then have your friend choose a number from the inner triangles. Move the cootie catcher open and closed that many times. Then have your friend select one more number from the inner triangles. Lift up the corresponding flap and read the fortune inside.