I’m so in love with the new release from Time for Tea Designs, especially the pull tab slider dies! Today I’m going to share how I made this cute interactive snail mail card, where the snail is delivering his letter!
There’s quite a lot going on in this card, so I’ll break it down into bullets:
- Stamp and die cut (or fussy cut) your snail, envelope, mailbox, tulip and row of houses
- Colour each the elements – I used Copics for everything but the houses, which I coloured with pencils
- Using the slimline scene builder dies, die cut a hill from green card, the road from grey card (and again from white so you can inlay the road markings into the grey piece)
- Glue the road and the hill onto blue card so you’ve got sky in the background
- Take your pull tab slider set and cut out a track horizontally across your scene (any length you like), cut a notch on the side of your scene at the same height as the track, cut the long rectangle from some grey card to match the road (do this twice and stick the pieces together, so you have a nice sturdy slider), cut the pull tab piece with the arrow in from white cardstock, then cut the small rectangle and the “band-aid” shape from some scrap.
- Score the band-aid shape along the creases and fold it round your long rectangle. With the little flaps that are left popping up, poke them through your track from the reverse side of your card, and flatten the little flaps down on the front side of your card. Position the slider so that the flaps are at the furthest point away from the pull tab, and glue your snail to the flaps.
- Turn your card over again and line up the rectangle slider so it is in the centre of the notch. Glue the small rectangle, just in the centre, next to the notch. Wrap the small rectangle loosely around the long one, to stop it wiggling about. Glue the small rectangle at the top to secure.
- Turn your card back over so it is right side up, trim any excess length off the long rectangle, and glue the pull tab in place so it sits snug in the middle of the notch.
- You should now be able to slide your pull tab so your snail travels along the track!
- Adhere your other elements to the front of the card.
- I heat embossed the sentiment “sorry its late” from the snail mail set onto black card and added this to the front, too.
- Die cut the largest postage stamp shape from the slimline postage dies set.
- Using foam tape, adhere your scene to the postage stamp shape. You’ll need to use foam tape here to give the slider element room to move – tape runner or glue will squash it down too tightly, and it won’t be able to move.
- Finally, add the whole scene to a slimline card base.
And that’s it, guys!! I know it’s a bit hard to follow with written instructions, but I’m hoping to do a video tutorial for the June T4TD Blog!
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