A Double Slider Gnome Card, No Dies Required

I wanted to make a double slider card with a gnome, and started by making a frame for the center.  (A double slider means it slides in two directions.)
I used 4 1/4 x 4 /1/4″ white card stock and centered a 3 1/4″ circle die to create a stamped frame around the die, then drew the center circle with a pencil and removed the die.  I used peg stamps from the following sets: Christmastime, Fairy Garden (I’m not sure why I kept saying Party Garden as I have the name written on the sides of the stamps), and the Shady Pines set.  I stamped the images with Memento Dew Drops in Pear Tart, Olive Grove, Northern Pine, Espresso, and Desert sand.  Start with the largest image when stamping a wreath. and making sure you’re stamping both outside primarily of the circle drawn   I used the pine boughs first, then added in some pine cones, smaller pine boughs, and mushrooms to create a circular wreath frame that a gnome would appear out of..  I took a 3 3/4″ and  3 1/4″ circle dies and laid them over the wreath I’d created and cut out the wreath. I stamped and cut out several mushrooms https://pegstamps.com/fairy-garden.html from pegstamps.com and attached three on the bottom edges of the inside of the wreath frame to add to the dimension of the frame and to highlight the gnome when he appears.
I stamped and colored my gnome from a stamp set I bought from Aliexpress. Here’s a link to it. http://tinyurl.com/y97k36nn   I originally saw this stamp set free with a magazine, and didn’t buy it at the time, so was happy when I found them on Aliexpress.
I used a circle die that was 3 1/4″ across and placed my gnome below the die on a piece of white heavyweight Recollections cardstock that was 4 3/4″ wide by 6 3/4″ tall. You want to make sure that there is 1/4″ gap below the circle for the gnome and 1/4″ from the bottom of the card to the bottom of the gnome. If you need to use a smaller circle die or move the die up to accommodate the gnome, now is the time to do this before you die cut the paper.
Once you are sure your gnome has enough room and the circle is in it’s proper placement, make marks where the circle will be by tracing the inside of the die, and removing the die. You’ll need to make two slits in the cardstock.  One about 1/8″ below the circle die and about one that’s 1/8″ from the bottom of the base of the card, both in a straight line. I used a Mulwark craft knife to cut slits in my cardstock that were about 1/2″ wide and 1/8″ high. You’ll need to make both slits the same size.
Next take a thicker plastic bag and cut it so it’s 3/8″ wide (and cutting it on your paper trimmer for ease of trimming)…This strip needs to be long enough to be threaded through the slits you’ve made and then glued together to form a loose circle that is on the back and front of the cardstock. I used redline tape to adhere mine, but it was recommended in videos that you use a stapler. I couldn’t find mine, so went with red line tape. Don’t make your circle of plastic too tight when you attach the ends together, as it needs to move freely.
Before I put my plastic in place, I die cut the circle. I made sure my plastic moved easily and was well adhered to itself before going any further, as this is the most crucial part of the project.
Take another piece of white cardstock that’s exactly the same size as the first piece 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ tall, and using the first piece as a template, draw inside the circle so you can die cut the other piece so the circles are in the exact same spot on both pieces. The new piece is going to be the front of our card and the piece with the baggie mechanism is the next layer of our card (just to clarify.)
Once I die cut the circle on the front layer, I decided to use some Distress Oxide inks to color it. I used a Blending tool from Tim Holtz and used Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, then Peeled Paint. I went around the bottom of the circle with Fossilized Amber, then Broken China and went over almost everything with Faded Jeans.
I went back to the second layer and attached my gnome by putting red line tape almost to the bottom of the plastic so the gnome could move as high as possible. I flipped over the cardstock and took a strip of white cardstock that is 1/2″ wide and attached it to the very top of the plastic baggie strip with red line tape. This piece of cardstock needs to be long enough so it sticks out the bottom of the cardstock about 1/2″. I put foam tape on either side of this strip as close as possible without touching the strip so it doesn’t adhere to it. I added foam tape to the sides of the cardstock so there is foam tape surrounding the circle on the top and sides but not so it gets in the way of the movement of the paper strip. Flip the cardstock over and put tear tape around the top of the circle and on the sides close to the edges and on either side of the gnome, making sure the gnome doesn’t adhere to the foam tape if it gets too close to him.
I used a stamp set from MayMay called “Action” http://tinyurl.com/yd3en99k for the word “Pull” and stamped that at the bottom of the 1/2″ strip and rounded the corners of the strip.

After the distress oxides dried, I took the wreath frame and attached it around the circle with foam tape.  I stamped, colored and cut out the gnome’s house and put that below the circle.  (This is now the front of the card.)  I glued this on top of the cardstock with the gnome, and made sure the pull tab is on the back of second layer. I added a card base that was 5 x 7″ in olive green (making sure the card base opening was to the right.) I also cut out a sign that came with the stamp set, colored it and adhered it inside the circle cut out on the 5 x 7″ card base.

I thought the front of the card needed something else, so I stamped with Old Olive Stampin’ Up ink a couple of pine trees and some grass strands to make it look like a hillside behind the gnome house. I added a couple of the mushrooms I’d stamped and cut out from pegstamps.com on either side of the house, to make the house more cohesive with the rest of the card.

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