Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Slider Card Tutorial and drawing

Good morning! Thanks so much to those of you who visited my blog yesterday for the Blog Tour. What did you think about it? I think I will join another one soon.
Here is the slider train I showed you yesterday and promised I would post a tutorial today.

First, I cut the window sheet 1 ½” X 4 ¼” and rounded the corners so they wouldn’t be too sharp. I stamped the train cars in StazOn permanent black ink since I was stamping on the window sheet. Stamp down carefully and pull straight up. Don’t wiggle the stamp at all on this slippery surface or it will smear.
I used an Old Olive background for the card and Baja Breeze for the top part. On the Baja Breeze I stamped a row of trees with the Trendy Trees stamp set. They just seem to go perfectly with the Choo Choo set. I wanted some of the trees to be taller than others so I stamped above the first image on two of the leafy ones.

For the clouds I punched a scalloped oval from scrap paper and sponged on Baja Breeze ink using the punch as a mask. After sponging the Baja Breeze I sponged some Pacific Point ink over it. After sponging some Old Olive across the bottom of the blue strip and adding 3 star brads on the top left corner I was ready to adhere it to the Old Olive card front.
How do you like my snazzy sponge handle? Someone who taught a class at our stamp retreat last week had seen these somewhere and shared with us. Isn't that a fun idea, just punch the round tab punch in the color you plan to use the sponge for and staple it on a piece of sponge cut into forths. I think it is a brilliant idea! I'm going to start by buying 1 pack of sponges which will make 12 sponge applicators and choose the colors I am most likely to sponge with. Later I'll buy another pack and make 12 more and on and on until I have one for every color.

After rolling the Right on Track wheel across the bottom of the Old Olive I was ready for the fun yet tricky part. I used the Word Window punch to punch 2 pieces from the middle of the card (save these pieces). I trimmed off the little notch out of the middle so the pennies don’t get snagged on them when you slide the train. It really bugged me (perfectionist that I am) that some white showed through on the first card so I placed the green card front on the white card and marked where the ends of the slot were. Then I adhered a strip of green cardstock there so there wouldn’t be any white showing through. Like a 3 year old is going to notice. . .

I took the 2 green pieces that I punched out and trimmed a little off each end and glued them end to end to the back of the train to hide where I am going to put the pennies. Seriously, if white can’t show through, why would the pennies be able to show through??? Besides, if the child knows they are there the card may have to come apart! Place a Stampin’ Dimensional to this strip about 3/4” from each end.

Place the word window train strip over the slot you punched and flip the card front over. Peel off the backs of the Dimensionals and stick the pennies to them. Now I use a ton of the Dimensionals to adhere the card front to the card. Usually I’m pretty chintzy with them but you want this project to stick and be sturdy since a little one is going to be tugging on it so I used over a dozen! Peel all the backs off and center it on the card front. Done! See, it really is pretty easy!

I printed out and cut up all those names for the drawing. There were a lot who didn't post their email addresses. I hope most of them were Stampin' Up demonstrators who just wanted to comment and didn't want a prize. The 2 winners will have their choice of one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets. I will email them seperately to get their addresses but you all want to know who won so their names are Terri H. and Denise KF!
This last picture shows the 2 cards side by side so you can see why I placed the green strip of cardstock behind the slot I punched. That white showing through really bugged me!


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