Monday, July 22, 2019

Birthday Card | Ellen Hutson - Otter Ware & Inner Mermaid | Sliding Window Pop-Up Shaker Card


Hi!

Today I am sharing a design team card over at the Back To Basics and Beyond Challenge for this week's "Off The Edge" theme! Head on over to the BBB Challenge site to see all of the wonderful examples that the designers have created! This card was inspired by a great video I saw on YouTube recently by Carissa Wiley at "Sprinkled With Glitter". If you have never seen Carissa's videos, you are really missing out...she is a great teacher with wonderful ideas and an infectious laugh - she makes me smile during every single episode! My card ended up totally different from hers but I wanted to give her credit for steering me in the right direction.

I started by creating my own 'mermaid-tail scallop' pattern in the Cricut Design Space and cut a stencil from an acetate presentation cover page. I find that this weight of acetate really works well while cutting my own stencils (with the fine cutting blade) and yet they are still sturdy enough to hold up over and over again with ink blending. I used Distress Oxide Inks (Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint & Lucky Clover) and blended the mermaid scallop pattern onto a piece of 4.25" x 5.5" 110# Neenah Solar White card stock. I sprayed the card stock with water and shimmer spray and flecked it with an assortment of pearlized watercolors. Once the panel was dry, I used Sunny Studio's "Sliding Window Pop-Up Die" to cut the interactive mechanism. The pull-tab panel was cut to size (4 7/8" x 3 1/4") from the same card stock. Using a stencil, waves/water were ink-blended onto the panel and the front of an A-2 top-folding card base using the same ink colors, adding Salty Ocean; everything was spritzed with shimmer spray and spattered with diluted inks. I lightly traced the pop-up opening onto the card front so that I would know where to stamp the mermaid tail from Julie Ebersole's "Inner Mermaid" Stamp Set. Once stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, I colored it with the oxide inks. 

To create the shaker base, I used a double thickness of foam tape to make a frame, coated the edges with my anti-static powder tool, filled the middle with sequins/confetti, peeled off the release paper and topped the foam tape with a piece of heavy acetate. I then stamped the sentiment onto the back slider panel and attached some inked die-cut circles to the top, which gives the recipient an easy pull tab and fits flush at the top of card when fully closed. This panel was then adhered to the very bottom of the front panel with heavy-duty two-sided tape. You need to use really strong adhesive here because this is the pressure point for the pull tab slider.


I knew that I wanted the seaweed vine wreath to stick above the pop-up fold with a heart dangling down in the center on a sliver of acetate. Beyond that, I was a little unsure of exactly how the ocean foliage/shells were going to be arranged. I glued the wreath down first (with the heart hanging down after sandwiching it between multiple die cuts) then I simply stamped/die cut a bunch of kelp, seagrass images and started playing with the design. When I got close to what I wanted, I took a picture so that I could recreate it from the bottom up! I added some die cuts of matte gold glitter paper to give it a bit more neutral shimmer and was really pleased with this "bouquet"-look at the bottom of the slider. I used Distress Ink for all of the stamping and softened all of the edges with water and shimmer spatters; this created a slightly blurry, underwater-look.


I have used this slider pop-up die several times on other cards and have learned that I prefer to give the slider a bit of room to operate and so I added another layer of double-sided foam tape behind the front panel (being sure not to get too close to the slider - but adding sufficient tape to give it enough support.) The front was then adhered on top of the shaker element. 


Even with using the 110# Neenah card stock as the card base, I felt like this card was so top/front-heavy that I needed to add another piece of cardstock to the back panel to reinforce it a bit. I created another 4.25" x 5.5" stenciled background, stamped the interior sentiment, die cut it and glued it to the back panel.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:









Thanks so much for joining me today!
Rachelle

22 comments:

  1. Oh this is just wonderful. A shaker is always awesome but you've combined it with a pop up - how clever is that! Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday , hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

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    1. Hi Jane - thanks so much for stopping by - I appreciate the comments! : )

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  2. Wow. It's amazing. Love Dawn x

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    1. Hi Dawn! : ) Thanks so much - I always appreciate your comments! : )
      xo

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  3. Wonderful work, Thank you for Joining us at Happy Little stampers and waiting to see next time.

    Hugs
    Meena HLS DT

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  4. WOW! I haven't tried this die yet. I love how it pops up like that!

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    1. Hey Sherri! : ) This die is awesome and there are so many ways to use it - I love products that have so many options!

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  5. Oh wow, this is spectacular! Love how you combined a pop up card and a shaker card and your colour scheme is wonderful. Thanks so much for playing at AAA Birthday!

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    1. Thank you Milla! : ) The color scheme on this one is one of my faves!

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  6. WOW Rachelle, this is stunning! What an awesome design with the pop up and shaker elements, gorgeous bright colors and I love the underwater theme!
    Hugs, Tammy

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    1. Hey Tammy! Thanks a million - this one took some time to figure out and sat on my drawing table for a while before I could pull it all together! : )

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  7. Beautiful!! Thanks so much for participating in our IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

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  8. What a showstopper! You've put a lot of work into this and the results really show it - it's magical. Thanks for joining The Library.

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    1. Thanks Marina - I appreciate the kind comments! This card is for my sister so it had to be great! : )

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  9. What an amazing card!! Loove all the poping elements!!! Thanks for playing along with us at The Always Fun Challenges Blog!!

    Waleska Owner

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  10. Thanks for sharing your fantastic project with us in the Happy Little Stampers July "Anything Goes With Dies" challenge and we hope to see you again next month!
    Hugs,
    Leslie, HLS Dies Team
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  11. Amazing card! Love the mermaid tale, the shaker, the colors, the die cut elements on the front. just wonderful! Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in future challenges too. Tina DT

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    1. Thanks so much Tina - I really appreciate you stopping by to comment! : )

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