First, I want to show you the card before the magic happens. While the card is pretty, the image is pretty plain right now.
Sin City Stamps Dressforms plate (wire dress form, Live, Love, Laugh)
Sin City Stamps Steampunk Circus plate (Happy Birthday)
Design-ables Clear Transparencies (Z-International)
White card stock (Neenah)
Red card stock (Bazzill)
Print Papers: Lost & Found - Union Square 6" x 6" pad (My Mind's Eye)
Spellbinders die: Labels Twenty-Five
Memento black ink
Archival black ink
Distress ink: Vintage Photo
Copic Markers: 0, BG72, E04, E09, E33, W3
Crochet lace ribbon
Flowers and embellishments (Prima, Recollections)
Stamp wire dressform image from the Dressforms plate onto a piece of white paper.
Die cut opening in the print paper.
|Die edge does not align with cut edge, as shown by pencil mark.|
Remove print paper and re-align die with pencil marks. Tape die in place with low tack tape and run card through die cut machine. (NOTE: As you can see, the pencil mark does not align with the cut edge of the paper, but rather with the metal edge of the die. So, to align the die properly, you need to align the metal edge of the die with the pencil mark.)
Steampunk Circus plate with on the back.
|Dies taped together to prevent movement|
Oh my gosh, isn't this fun? I just love magic cards. But one more thing I did was to stamp Live, Love, Laugh from the Dressforms plate onto the paper ticket. The ticket had a glossy finish, so I used the black Archival ink for this and dried each word before stamping the next word to prevent smearing.
Now, while making this card, I discovered the magical key to assembly, (at least for me) without precise measurements for any card. Even though I've made these cards many times before, my mind simply could not compute the simplicity I am about to share with you.
Bottom line is, you do not have to cut only square or rectangular windows, as long as the slider will cover the entire window on the inside, at its widest points for irregular shapes, and uncover the stamped image completely when the slider panel is pulled. And you can have the slider pull up, down, or even from the side, if it works with the image.
Well, that's it for now. I hope you were able to stick with me to the end, and if you are reading this, then you succeeded. And as always, I hope you will visit the Sin City Stamps blog for more inspiration from the design team, and check out their online store to see their absolutely fabulous stamps and plates.
As always, have a great week, thanks for stopping by, and wish me luck!