I don't know about you, but sometimes interactive cards can be a little intimidating for me. I like clean and simple cards, so when I saw this simple envelope slider by Julie Ebersole it peaked my interest. It sparked an idea right away for another loose leaf paper background!
I cut a card base down to 5-1/2" x 4-1/4". I stamped some images of the teacher accessories across the front using some VersaFine Clair ink in black.
The next thing I did is play around with the idea of using the stripes stamp from the Pattern Play set by Brandi Kincaid for Ellen Hutson. If you saw my post earlier this week, you know I really dig the look of loose leaf paper for teacher cards. So I decided to do a miniature version of that background pattern I created on my other card and use it with the envelope slider. Clever, right?! (she says modestly)
I stamped the pattern on some Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock. I cut a strip down to 1-3/8" wide, stamped the striped pattern using Distress Oxide in Cracked Pistachio and using my fine red felt pen I drew a line down the side. I used a single line for this version since the scale is much smaller. Then using some VersaFine Clair ink in black, I stamped the sentiment "world's best teacher". I cut a small 1/8" strip of cardstock and adhered it to the bottom back side of that strip. That will serve as the stopping point for the slider once it's in the envelope.
Using the envelope die, I traced the opening onto my cardstock and cut that opening using an Xacto knife. The image you see above isn't the base I ended up with because I realized I couldn't eyeball the location. The best way to go about this is to layer your assembled envelope onto your die. Locate it (already assembled) on the card with the die under it and THEN trace the slider opening.
Once that's done, flip the card over. Slide the strip with the pattern and sentiment through the opening on the card base. Then slide the envelope over that strip and adhere the envelope in place.
Using an 1/8" hole punch, I punched a hole at the top of my slider strip and tied some black and white twine to it. That will make it easier to pull the message up to be viewed.
I adhered the base I created to the front of a card using foam tape. When you're placing the foam tape on the back of the interactive slider part, use a strip of foam tape as a stop for the slider strip so that it doesn't slide all the way into the envelope. I added a couple of black sequin stars to this card for some added visual interest!
The fun continues tomorrow when I show you some masking I did in combination with a fun stencil!
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