Hey crafty friend, I’m back with another fun, interactive card! I’ve wanted to make this card since I first saw the new Inky stamp set from The Rabbit Hole Designs. The set has three adorable octopi, several punny sentiments, and a pair of ink blots. I thought it would be really fun to have an octopus on a pull-tab, and have an ink blot under him, that only becomes visible as it swims away.
See what I mean? Isn’t it cute?! I love the punny sentiment, combined with the ink blot. This card was pretty simple to make too. To start, I created an A6 card base from white cardstock. I cut blue and white panels to layer on top. I ink blended Chipped Sapphire and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Inks onto the white panel with a makeup brush, fading the color out almost to white at the top. I splattered on water to lift some color, then trimmed ½” from the top and side (giving me a ¼” border all the way around). I used a corner rounder to shape the edges of all three pieces.
Next, I stamped, embossed and watercolored my octopus. Then I cut him out with my ScanNCut. I painted a large scrap of watercolor paper with green and orange watercolor and die cut several pieces of seaweed from the green, and a piece of coral from the orange. I stamped and embossed my sentiment onto black cardstock and die cut it with a fishtail banner. I also die cut “hello friend” from white, blue, and black cardstock, gluing them together slightly offset.
Once I had my embellishment pieces cut out, I laid them out onto the ink blended panel and decided on placement for my slider track. I used a small slider die and a circle die to cut the track and finger notch into the panel, reserving both pieces that I cut out. Before I assembled the sliding mechanism, I stamped and embossed the ink blot onto the panel. Then, I glued the seaweed, coral and hello friend sentiment flat to the panel. At this point, I glued the solid blue panel to the card base, then lined up the ink blended panel and used it as a guide to glue the reserved piece cut out with the slider die. (That way the track would have the ink blended piece behind it, and you wouldn’t see a big dark blue line.)
To assemble the sliding mechanism, or pull tab, I flipped the ink blended panel over and added double thick foam tape around the edges and inside, leaving a gap for a 1″ x 4″ strip of acetate over the track. (I left the release paper on the outer layer of foam tape because I wasn’t ready to stick it to the card yet.) I used a powder tool on the sides of the track and the foam near the acetate strip, so it would be able to glide freely. I glued the reserved finger notch piece to the top of the acetate, making sure it lined up evenly with the top of the inked panel. I stamped and embossed “pull” on it. With the acetate strip slid down the track, and the pull tab lined up with the edge of the panel, I glued a Slider Element (looks like a plastic Tic Tac) to the acetate at the very bottom of the track. Then I glued the top of the octopus’ head to the element. This locks the octopus to the front of the panel, and the acetate strip to the back, so I could remove the release paper from the foam tape and stick the panel to the card. I made sure to line it up so the track was right over the piece I’d already glued down. To finish the card, I popped the banner sentiment up with foam tape and glued on a few white sequins. To add a little more shine to the card, I covered the eyes and sequins with a coat of Diamond Glaze.
So what do you think? Pretty cute, right? I hope you love the new Inky set as much as I do because I have a bunch more ideas for it! If you’d like to see another set of fun cards I made with this set, check out Liquid Shaker Cards. You can also find the sister post to this on The Rabbit Hole Designs’ blog today. Hop on over for more inspiration! I’ll be back soon with another fun card.
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