As promised, today I'll do my best to walk you through how to make a Magic Slider Card that WON'T take you 7 hours like mine did!
As I mentioned in yesterday's post before attempting my card I watched Karen's YouTube Video and on her blog TuppenceColoured.co.uk, Watching one of these being made is VERY helpful so you can understand how it all works together and why the pieces are where there are. I highly recommend checking out her video here before going any further.
I posted this picture yesterday but here it is again. To make my card you need these pieces and dimensions EXACTLY. When I was designing my card I kept changing things "jus a little" and it would throw EVERYTHING out of whack … that's why it took me 7 hours - so stick to the plan - at least for the first one. Change it after you wrap your head around the whole thing, if you want to.
Quick recap of what the final card looks like:
Okee Dokee. Ready? Sitting comfortably? 30 pictures coming your way - here we go!
Actually - before we get going on the pictures and tutorial I'll quickly TELL you the "magic" behind the Magic Slider card … you know … just in CASE you didn't actually watch the you tube video! Essentially we stamp our image twice; once on an acetate (clear) window sheet and once on a Whisper White sheet. The images are stamped in the exact same place on both pieces - EXACTLY. We then colour the image on the white piece, lay the clear (stamped in black only) acetate piece on top of it and staple them together. When we assemble our card w slide a "secret" piece of card stock BETWEEN the two layers. When the recipient receives the card only the clear, black stamped image is showing but when they pull the "magic" piece up the coloured piece and the clear piece both move up, the coloured piece is no longer hidden by the "secret" piece of card stock and (because the two images are lined up so perfectly) it appears as if the black, uncoloured image magically transforms into colour! Make sense? If not WATCH THE VIDEO! *lol*… ok - back to our previously scheduled tutorial ...
Start with your Designer Series Paper. I used the 2015 SAB paper Best Year Ever (why do I only ever cut my DSPs once they retire??? … but I digress …)
DSP is cut 5 1/2" x 5 1/4" and scored 1/2" on the left hand side, right hand side and bottom of the piece (the 5 1/2" sides are the left and right hand sides)
Once scored cut the bottom two corners off. I cut mine so you cut through the intersection of the two score lines. Why do we cut the corners off? So that when we fold the DSP and tape the whole project together the corners are less "bulky" and lay flat nicely. Here is the DSP with the corners cut off:
Take TWO of the 2 3/4" x 1/4" bumper pieces, tape them TOGETHER and then tape them to the top of the slider back. See below. Now. WHY do we need this top "bumper"? Actually it's not so much a bumper as it is a STOPPER. If you watch the video you'll remember Karen saying you want to add a stopper so the recipient doesn't pull the piece all the way out and give the game away - so we create a little ledge/stopper. Why did I tape two of the pieces together first? Simply because I wanted it thicker. My first few attempts didn't always stop the card … so I doubled up the stopper and it seemed to help. You could also just use a piece of DSP backing, chip board, a dimensional edge … something thicker than standard card stock. Here is how your backing will look - it is now done.
Grab your DSP "sleeve" and make sure it is flat (it will be if you didn't fold on the score lines like I told you not to!) Also grab your 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" Slider Whisper White piece … and your Memento Ink ...
here. Storing your sets this way leaves you with DOZENS of leftover acetate sheets. That's what I used for my card :)
To stamp on the acetate you need to use the Staz-On ink. This stuff is tricky and often took me 2 or 3 tries to get a good, dark image that wasn't too light or too goopy. The best trick I found was to not delay between inking and stamping. Work quickly or the image doesn't come through dark enough. I also found on my particular set that the "boob area" was the one that consistently didn't stamp clearly. I inked that area a little more than the others.
Another tip. You will notice in my "recipe card" that the acetate piece is slightly larger than the whisper white piece. It measures 4 1/2" x 3". That is for a reason. Even though I used a photopolymer set AND a stamp-a-ma-jig, my first 3 attempts weren't bang-on perfect. Being a perfectionist I couldn't stand that so for the fourth attempt I made the acetate piece bigger and then once it was stamped I moved it around until it was PERFECTLY lined up with the white piece and then I trimmed it down to be the same size (4 1/4" x 2 3/4"). This took all the stress out of trying to line it up. Stamp as well as you CAN… and then just trim it!
Next up we need to add another stopper. This time we do the same as last time - tape two pieces of the 2 3/4" x 1/4" pieces together - but this time we tape it to the FRONT of the Whisper White slider piece - not the acetate - the Whisper White piece. If you think about it the placement makes sense. The "secret" card stock piece that will be between the acetate and the whisper white (what we called the Slider Backing) has a stopper at the top of the back. The Whisper White image piece will be sliding BEHIND this secret Slider Backing so we also need to put a stopper on the FRONT of THAT piece. Clear as mud? Just do as I say. It will make sense when you put the whole thing together (although I have to admit I did it wrong the first two times I tried! *lol*)
Here is a picture with the stopper in the front of the white piece ...
Line up the acetate piece and the whisper white piece and staple them together as close to the top as you can. Set aside.
Now you can attach a pull tab of some sort. You can use ribbon - I used our long retired Tab Punch to make my topper. Line it up and staple it as CLOSE to the top as you can. Like this ...
Decorate the front! I cut a 1" x 3 1/2" strip of whisper white to stamp the sentiment on. I used our quilted ribbon (from the occasions catty), a button from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack and some twine. I attached the ribbon with good old snail, the sentiment with snail and 1 dimensional and attached the twine to the button using glue dots … and then more glue dots to attach the button to the card. Wa-low! Done!