Hello, everyone! I had my video for these cards ready for a while but have been procrastinating writing the blog! I am not typically a procrastinator ... must be the lazy, hot days of summer! Not sure! But here I am .... early in the morning ... getting it done!
I have three cards featuring the Quintuple Slider by Simon Says Stamp; two children's cards and a card for an expectant mama! I love buying products that I know I will use over and over again! The Quintuple Slider fits that category! I have coupled it with three older Simon Says Stamp sets, Stacking Animals, Beautiful Mermaid and Wild Cuddly Critters (discontinued). The point is, this slider mechanism can be used with many stamp sets!
The tutorial focuses on Stacking Animals but the other two cards are made in much the same way. The one exception is the addition of a panel on the Beautiful Mermaid card to add an element of surprise.
Two panels of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb card stock were ink smooshed using Distress Oxide Inks Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers. One panel was trimmed to 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" The slider track die was die cut on the top half of the card. The die should be positioned so that all the tracks are even at the top. The other ink smooshed piece of card stock was used to die cut the slider panel. I used the shadow die from Simon Says Stamp Hey Mama to die cut the main panel with the plan to inset the script. The script was cut from the shadow die cut. The sentiment, 'Congratulations', was stamped with Versafine ink. Now we are ready to put the slider together!
The Quintuple Slider comes with three dies; the track, the slider panel and a directional pull tab. These cards were assembled with the slider panel in the back of the main panel. A previous post, Interactive Slider featuring Simon Says Stamp's Spring Flowers 4, had the slider panel in the front of the card.
To begin, bend the tabs on slider panel so they are standing straight up and align them with the tracks at the back of the card. I like to use my craft pick to guide the tabs through the tracks. Inserting the first pair of tabs takes some patience but the rest follow along more easily. AND by the time I worked on my third card, I was getting quite good at this! Practice makes perfect!!! I spent a bit of time sliding the mechanism up and down to smooth out the function. The panel was mounted on the card base with foam being careful to keep it away from the tracks. I finished up the slider by adding the die cut directional pull to the slider panel and insetting the script to the Hey Mama shadow die cut.
I wanted a soft, water colour look for the animals. I embossed all the animals with white embossing powder on Bristol Smooth card stock and coloured them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. It was a bit tricky seeing the embossing on white paper and I had to tilt it toward the light to catch the reflection until I had the first layer of colour on! The images were fussy cut and attached to the folded tabs on the slider mechanism with small foam squares. To improve stability, the animals were glued together where they overlapped one another. Glossy Accents followed by a dab of black Nuvo Drops on the animal's eyes finished the card.
Wild Cuddly Critters
For a Video Tutorial, please link to YouTube.
What I Used to Make the Cards
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lb card stock
Strathmore's Bristol Smooth card stock
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Distress Oxide Inks