Saturday, 24 November 2018

Christmas Slider Card Swap

What fun I've had making this card for a Joy of Sets swap!  I bought in the dies especially from Apple Blossom and while I was at it I got myself a lovely Christmas gnome and dies set too. The theme for this one was Interactive Christmas Card. I opted for the slider as I've never made one before. There is a tutorial on my channel HERE.

Now, I could have not sent this original first attempt because it does feel a little amateurish but I thought "You know what? I'm going to send it and hope that it brings a smile to my swap partner's face with its imperfections" because to me that's just fine to do when it comes to sharing with a crafty friend... let them laugh with you at your 'first evers' before you perfect things and the giggle factor is lost. There are always so many people ready to point out your faults in this world so I say get in first and embrace them!

So for this I went with a nice big 5 x 6 inch Whisper White base layered up Cherry Cobbler and then a piece of DSP from the All is Bright DSP stack. I think... I'm useless with remembering names of things.

I used the channel cutting dies to cut through the three layers on the front, it took a few passes through the Big Shot but worked fine. I stamped and coloured the little snow gnome dude and added his lantern hands and jingle bell to his hat, cutting all of the bits out using corresponding dies.

I made my sentiment using a couple of pieces of cardstock glued together and then stuck one of the 4 circle pieces which I'd die cut to the back. I also stuck one to the back of gnome dude. I then opened up my card and popped the other circle onto the other side through the channels using dimensionals so that there is plenty of slide and rotation and movement going on. I attached a strip of cardstock to the back of the sentiment to act as a pulley.

I popped tons of dimensionals all over the inside left and then covered up the whole mess with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cut just an eighth of an inch shorter on each side than the card base.

When I was finished I added some glitter to the gnome and sentiment and pulled my sentiment all the way to the right and filled the channel with glue and glitter, letting it dry before returning the sentiment to the left side. So now when the little tab is pulled a trail of glorious glitter is exposed!  Would have been much less messy to use some glimmer paper to back it off but that's easy to say in hindsight.

I do love this card and it makes me smile, even when the gnome falls out of his channel. I do hope my swap partner loves it and doesn't feel too let down by its amateurish make up. I hope she feels delighted to be the recipient of my first ever slider card and treasures its imperfections.

I've received my swap from Sarah and it's so beautiful, a gorgeous sideways waterfall card which I just love and which puts my effort to absolute shame.

Thanks for dropping in and have a great day!

Andrea x

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