Hello Krafty Friends, it’s Jen from Katahdin Krafts, and today I have a slimline slider card to share with you.
I’m so excited to be joining The Hedgehog Hollow Design Team! What a perfect month for me to start, I’m absolutely in love with the September Subscription Box. It has put my creative mind into complete overdrive! Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has such wonderful meaning, celebrating loved ones that have passed. I love the bright colors, the alters of remembrance, the festive foods, costumes, and face-painting. I love learning about all cultures and traditions and have been reading up on the Day of the Dead for a better understanding of the holiday.
That being said, my first project this month showcases some of the traditional festivities. The skeletons in the kit have some boogie in their souls, and of course, I wanted to make them move across my card. So I created a fun interactive slimline slider card!
The first thing I did was stamp the images from the “Dia De Los Muertos” stamp set included in the September Kit onto Neenah 110# Cardstock with Copic friendly ink. At this point in my project, I wasn’t exactly sure what images I’d use, so I stamped several. I used cool grays to lightly color in the bone structure, creating a little depth. Warm grays on the top hat, and mustache, neutral grays on the sombrero-wearing skeletons stache. Then I reached for my brightest Copic Markers to color in our dancing friends.
On the remembrance alters people leave offerings of fruit, flowers, and items the deceased loved. So I stamped out some fruit from Honey Bee Stamps, “Birds and the Bees” set. I later stamp out the guitar and add that to my alter offerings.
Bones: C0, C1, and C3. Top Hat: W3, W5, W7, and W9. Mustaches: W3 and W5, N3, and N5. Guitar: E31, E34, E35, and E37. Bright colors used: FV2, FRV1, FBG2, YR68, YR09, R02, R05, R08, R17, YG01, YG03, Y02, Y06, and Y08. For stems and specks on the pears: E34 and E35.
I used Lawn Fawn’s largest frame from their “Large Slimline with Sliders” die set to cut my card panel. Then I ink blended my background sky using Distress Oxide Inks in Black Soot, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, and Mustard Seed. I then spritzed the panel with water to activate the ink and make it look more like a night sky. I also added some shimmer with Lawn Fawn’s “Liquid Stardust.”
While my background was drying I started assembling some of the many die-cuts I prepared. My goal was to make a very bright festive slimline slider card, so I cut several banners from Lawn Fawn’s “Bunting Borders” to make a pennant flag border for my altar. I used all scrap glitter papers from my stash for each individual flag, I glued them all to a shimmering gold border base.
I had to think outside the box and become creative to assemble an altar. To start, I used a die from Taylored Expressions “By the Fireside”, for my alter base. I fit behind a piece of white cardstock that I inked with Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade” Then, I cut curtains from Poppy Stamps “Lacy Curtain” set. I cut two sets, then trimmed them down to my preference and layered them.
Also, I cut 3 valences from the set, one for the traditional use, the other two were used to create the “tapestry” for the back of the alter. I cut a picture frame from Taylored Expressions “Sitting Pretty” to add to the tapestry, oftentimes people leave out pictures of the deceased to encourage them to come back and celebrate. I used Prima chalk in “Black Coal” around all my edges to create a little dimension.
For the bottom of my scene, I cut two “Graveyard Landscape” borders from Memory Box and pieced them together to create a seamless border. Then I added the grassy border from Trinity Stamps “The Great Outdoors Borders and Builders”. I adhered them all together making sure I’d have enough space to create a pocket for my slider element.
I doubled up foam tape and created a pocket to house my slider pull tab, which I cut a 5 1/2″ x 5/8″ strip of paper, then reinforced it with a stronger black cardstock to match my card base and give it more stability. I then figured out where I wanted my magnets and glued them to the strip and to the skeletons (making sure I had the +/- correct).
Now it was time to put it all together and add the final details. I wanted the bunting border to have some sort of anchor area, so I added several trees from Honey Bee Stamps “Haunted House Add-On” die-set. I let them hang over the edges, then just clipped them to fit. I used my card elements to help with the placement of the trees. I stamped out my sentiment from the “Day of the Dead Words” found in the September Box, onto paper that matched the drapes from the alter.
I cut the sentiment from Honey Bee’s “Sentiment Banners” honey cuts. I popped up my sentiment, and also added foam behind some of the flags on the banner. I decided to cut a smaller piece of green cardstock to add to the pull tab and stamped “Pull Here” from Lawn Fawn’s “Push Here” set onto the slider for direction. Then I slipped my slider element into its pocket and added the fellas on top. The way the magnets slide back and forth the skeletons really look like they are shaking a leg (a femur).
I adhered a back panel of black cardstock at 8 3/4″ x 3 5/8″, and my card base is 8 3/4″ x 7 1/8″ (scored at 3 5/8″).
This was a super fun slimline slider card to make! I absolutely love the way it turned out, what a fun September Box to work with! There are so many different elements and they all call out for some bright festive colors! I can’t wait to dive in again and start my next project! If you want to create along with us this month, grab your September Subscription Box now!
Thank you so much to The Hedgehog Hollow for this incredible opportunity, and I look forward to meeting all of you Hollowers! Drop in to say hi on my social media platforms!
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