So this little card looks simple but it has a few layers that make it fun to make. I started with some brand new Distress Oxide colors. I am just loving these inks! I am looking forward to more colors being available as the year progresses.
Ranger has announced that they will be finishing off the Oxide color pallet by the end of the year. So exciting!
I used the more textured side of the water color paper for the background because I wanted to have a more dimension.
I layered color on until I had the hue I was looking for. With Oxide inks if you don't get the hue or depth that you are looking for right away you can always layer on more color. Don't be afraid to keep applying color until you get the look you want.
The colors that I used for this one were Bundled Sage, Blueprint Sketch and my all time favorite blue, Mermaid Lagoon.
I stared out with wet watercolor cardstock but you could use less water for more intense colors. I finished off the background with some iridescent shimmer spray.
I stamped my little Octopi with Memento ink and did some quick Copic coloring. I did some finishing with a white Jelly Roll pen and added a little shimmer with my clear Wink of Stella pen. Finally I finished off the eyes with a black Tonic Nuvo drops just to make the eyes stand out a bit.
Then I went on to create the slider. I cut both my Octopi and my slider elements on my die cut machine. When figuring out where to put my sliders I made sure to hold up my Octopi on the cardstock so I would know the best configuration. It's not a big deal if they slide past the card base but I wanted to be able to fit the card easily into a standard envelope. I also wanted my Octopi to blend with my background so I quickly colored the edges with a blue Copic.
The secret to a great slider is the anti-static tool and the foam tape. You need at least 2 layers of the tape on the backing of your card. I layered the foam tape and then tested to make sure that my pennies would slide. This is very important to check before you get your card assembled.
After I checked to make sure my pennies would slide I went over every section on the interior with the anti-static tool. This will prevent my pennies from sticking and my sliding elements will move without getting caught.
Then is was just a matter of attaching my Octopi to the pennies with 1 layer of foam tape. I again used the anti-static tool on the Octopi/penny elements. Finally I removed the guards from the foam tape and adhered it to my card base.
I stamped the sentiment at each of the sliders and added some bubbles with some glossy accents.
You could stop there but I wanted the background to bled so I took the little cutout pieces created when I die cut the sliders and glued them on the inside of the slider elements. This makes the look more seamless. And there you have it! A three slider card.
Here is a list of the products I used. Everything that I use I have purchased myself and paid for unless otherwise disclosed. This post was not sponsored or paid for. The links are compensated affiliate links and have no cost to you. Thank you for your support!
P.S. I use an older stamping tool because it is what I have. The links below are for comparable tools that are readily available.
Markers - Blick Art Materials
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