Saturday 14 April 2018

Colour Slider Magic Card: Black and White becomes Colour

I haven't made one of these cards for ages and I am grateful to Wendy Cranford and her YouTube video for a reminder of how to make one.  I adapted her measurements to fit the stamp that I wanted to use and ended up with an A5 card.

I started by creating a blank for the 'magic' pocket.  A piece of A4 card was folded in half then trimmed to make a 17.5cm x 12.5cm landscape card blank.  Using the fourth largest die from the Double Pierced Background Rectangles set by Sue Wilson, I cut a rectangle from the front of the 'card'.  The huge happy birthday stamp by Woodware was stamped onto the back panel through the aperture using Jet Black Archival ink and the Tim Holtz stamp platform to ensure precision.  A piece of acetate cut to the same dimensions (12.5cm x 17.5cm) was placed over the image stamped on the card and stamped in the same way.  This ensured that the acetate and card stamped images would be perfectly aligned.

Before colouring, the acetate was glued into place behind the aperture, taking care to ensure that the stamping still lined up.  A piece of white card, slightly wider than the aperture and 13cm long was put into place and pencil marks made on the inside of the fold, then a ruler and knife were used to cut a slit along the fold line to allow the panel to move up and down between the image stamped on the card and the image stamped on the acetate window.   To colour the inside of the pocket/mini card blank, I used a range of Royal Talens Ecoline pens and also some of my Kuretake Clean Colour pens, with the help of a water brush.  I made sure that no white space remained.
Once the panel had been angled at the top to create a tab effect, small foam pads were used along the sides and bottom of the pocket/mini card to seal it closed.  With the panel in place between the acetate and the back of the pocket, the coloured version of the image cannot be seen.
Before adding the 'magic' pocket to a base card - created by folding a piece of A4 patterned card in half - I cut a panel of silver card to 19.5cm x 13.3cm and a panel of royal blue embossed card to 19cm x 12.8cm, matted them together and used the same die as before to cut an aperture through both layers.  The aperture was cut from the centre of the panel then glued into place directly over the aperture of the pocket.
This was then added to the base card using glue behind the back of the pocket and rows of the same foam pads down each side of the 'overhang'.
Two eyelets were added to the tab (with the help of my Crop-A-Dile II) and coordinating ribbon added to make it easier to pull up the tab and reveal the colour beneath.

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