How are you getting on with your Christmas card making? Do you keep to clean and simple designs for easy mass production? Or go all out with interactive and intricate designs? Everyone at TLPT HQ loves this Slimline Surprise interactive die by Trinity Stamps. As soon as I saw the Tree-mendous stamp, also Trinity Stamps, I knew I had to use them together.
There is a video tutorial for this card over on YouTube which you can watch here. And read on for the written tutorial. Just a reminder that you can click on any underlined product word to find it in the shop. The basic craft supplies are linked at the bottom of this post.
The Tree-mendous stamp is one big stamp full of woodland animals to make the shape of a tree, with the raccoon holding a star. There are various sentiments and smaller images, but I just use the one big stamp and two sentiments. I colour with various brown, red and black Polychromos pencils then diecut with the coordinating die.
The Slimline Surprise die set contains all the dies you need to make pull slider card, and to make rip and reveal cards. I use the two largest dies and diecut from Bristol Vellum card. Using plenty of purple tape to hold the die in place (so it doesn’t wiggle or move when going through the die cutting machine).
Now I can ink blend on the card to make a scene for my Treemendous tree. Garden Party and Grass Skirt for the grass, and It’s A Boy and Fiesta Blue for the sky. I ink blend on all the pieces to continue the scene.
The sky area looked empty. I did think of heat embossing stars, but I had the Pearl Aqua Pigment still on my desk (from making this card). I add a few drops onto an acrylic block, add some water and flick off the block to make some splatters and drops.
My slimline card base is made from Not Your Mama 130lb card. This 8.5 x 11” card is trimmed to 7” and scored at 3.5”. The card base will be seen when the pull tab is pulled up so I also ink blended on this piece.
The first part of the sentiment is on the pull tab, and the rest of the sentiment is on the card base. We recently added the Brutus Monroe embossing ink pad to the shop (it’s a great ink and a nice small size). I heat embossed both with Alabaster embossing powder.
Making the slider
Crease the folds to make them nice and sharp, then adhere the bottom of the flap to the bottom of the pull tab. Hold the pull tab in the center, add strong Scor Tape to the long sides on the frame piece. Carefully adhere to the card base.
Then it’s time to pull up the pull tab and check everything works correctly. Don’t force the card to do its interactive part. The more the pull tab is pulled up and down the easier it will move.
Finally adhere Treemendous tree to the bottom of the flap above the first scoreline. Only add adhesive up to the fold in the middle of this piece. Check out the video tutorial on YouTube to see this card in action.
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