Happy Solar Eclipse Day!! I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy: constellations, shooting stars, meteor showers, solar flares, sun dogs and anything unusual happening in the sky! We had 99.1% obscurity at our house and my husband and I viewed the show through our special eclipse-viewing glasses. I had to use washi tape to attach them to my prescription glasses because the paper glasses kept falling off my face. Ha!
In this post, I’ll share how I made two interactive eclipse cards; a photo from our eclipse-watching; and the eclipse-watching music playlist I made. No special eclipse glasses are required. 😉
Below is a video showing the interactive solar eclipse cards I’m featuring today.
Last week, I made a few special eclipse card for today’s incredible event. Someone very dear to me celebrates a birthday today, so I made her this card. I came up with the idea as I was going to sleep one night. I get my best ideas while driving or when I have quiet time as my head hits the pillow.
I made the card by cutting a piece of 12” x 12” white cardstock to 5” x 12” and scored it every 4” and then folded the outer sides in toward the middle. I had to trim them down so I could tuck the outer flap inside.
The next step was deciding where to punch a hole for the sun. I know I could have used my Cricut Explore to cut a circle where I wanted it, but I just used a small circle punch and then used my Tim Holtz Vagabond machine to cut out a circle shape from a metal die. I determined the size of the circle by putting the die over my card to ensure the circle would stick out the edge of the card and remain behind the circle I punched out for the sun.
Then, I colored most of the large circle yellow with a Copic marker and carefully determined where the black eclipse area would begin and end and colored that in with a black Copic marker. I set the large circle/wheel aside and masked off the card so I could airbrush the sky with 4 different Copic markers and my air compressor. I covered the cutout piece of the sun with some painter’s tape to make it a little wider. I put it in place so when I airbrushed the sky, it left a ring around the sun. I colored in the area with the same Acid Yellow marker I used for the sun. This was to represent the solar corona.
With a craft knife, I cut a slit in the outer edge of the card and attached the circle/wheel to my card with a brad so it would spin. After testing the eclipse and making adjustments to the eclipse, I glued the inner flap down to conceal the wheel.
Next, I cut out cute clouds and attached them around the brad to conceal it.
The card I made for my husband wasn’t as detailed. I just wanted to make him a simple total eclipse of the heart card to commemorate the day. Inside the card, I called today a “solar eclipse of the heart.” The tab is concealed by an orange panel I glued in place inside the card. I made the tab a certain shape so that it couldn’t get pulled all the way out of the side.
Here’s how it looks in stages as the tab is pulled:
For today’s eclipse, I set up two phones to take time-lapse video of the yard darkening and lightening up again… but didn’t know the app I was using only recorded video for 45 minutes! The recordings both ended 30 minutes before the eclipse. I KNEW I should have checked on the videos but didn’t until after the eclipse! Oh well. My husband and I worked from home today, and enjoyed listening to the eclipse playlist I made for eclipse-viewing. Here are the songs on my list, in alphabetical order:
My Eclipse Playlist
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
Brighter Than the Sun – ABC
Catch the Sun – Doves
Center of the Sun – Conjure One
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – Elton John & George Michael
Earth, Sun, Moon – Love & Rockets
eCLiPSe – Ephemerid
Eclipse – Love & Rockets
Eclipse – Pink Floyd
Eclipse (All Yours) – Metric
Fake Bowie Song: Eclipse Me – Liam Lynch
Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La) – The Ramones
The Killing Moon (regular version) – Echo & the Bunnymen
The Killing Moon (All Night Version) – Echo & the Bunnymen
King of Pain – The Police
Man in the Moon – Erasure
Man On the Moon – REM
Moon – Dada
My Sun – Dave Gahan & Soulsavers
New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran
No Sunlight – Death Cab for Cutie
Pink Moon – Nick Drake
Setting Sun – A Flock of Seagulls
Shame on the Moon – Red Flag
Shepherd Moons – Enya
Stare at the Sun – MuteMath
Summer Sun – 4 Strings
The Sun & the Rainfall – Depeche Mode
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore) – Keane
The Sun Goes Down – Level 42
Sundown – Red Flag
The Sun – Shiny Toy Guns
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas) – They Might Be Giants
We LOVED listening to music during the eclipse! “The Sun” by Shiny Toy Guns came on for the full eclipse and then we listened to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, OF COURSE!!
How much of the eclipse could you see? Which songs would you have included? Did you play any music for the eclipse?
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