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Beam me up "Dad" glow in the dark interactive card

Here's a fun interactive card for Dad on Father's day. I made this card for my dad, I was inspired by the fact that he loves all things alien. So I knew this would be perfect for him and a total blast for me to create. I knew something needed to be "beamed up", so I thought the letter "A" in dad would be perfect. Here is how I did it...

I used Lawn Fawn Stamps and dies; Beam me up, Push here, Lights out and stitched hillside die. For the slider, Mama Elephant straight slider (medium size) and Simon Says Stamp "DAD" die.

I stamped these images with Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink, it doesn't bleed when using alcohol markers or watercolor markers. Then I colored the aliens with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, aren't they so cute! They were so easy to color, I started with a lighter color then added a darker for shading and to also give them some dimension. I wasn't worried about where the light source was coming from. I just colored in a way that made me feel good. For the eyes I used my black glaze pen to make them pop and then on the big eyes I used Glossy accents to make them shiny and 3D.

Using Bristol smooth water color paper, I inked up the paper using Salty Ocean distress oxide inks by Tim Holtz and a blending tool. Then using the Simon Says Stamp die cut out the word "DAD".

I took that same watercolor paper and inked it up using a ink blending tool with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks (regular distress inks would work well also) in: Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Mermaid Lagoon and Black Soot. I just put down the colors in random spots and blended til I felt like it looked like space. I then sprayed the paper with a distress sprayer and dabbed off the excess water with a paper towel. For the black and white spots, I used Tim Holtz Distress spray in Black Soot and Picket Fence, that added so much detail to the "space" look. Using VersaMark ink I stamped the stars and moon from the lights out stamp set and heat embossed that with Lawn Fawn glow-in-the-dark embossing powder.

That little planet is cut using Lawn Fawns stitched hillside die and then inked with Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral distress oxide inks. I added detail with an orange Spectrum Noir alcohol ink marker. I layed out the word "DAD" and my space ship to see where the slider mechanism would need to be. I also cut a long strip of paper and inked it the same way as the space paper, so it would match the background. Once that was figured out, I placed my slider die cut on the paper and taped it in place with low tack tape and ran it through my Cuddle Bug die cut machine. Make sure you keep that die cut piece, you will need it to put behind the slider piece, so when you slide it up you still have the look of outer space behind it. Line up the slider piece behind the large cardstock piece where it would be in the down or bottom position. Use a single layer of foam tape and adhere the "A" to the slider piece. Move it up and down to make sure it is positioned correctly and moves freely.

Now that it is die cut, I needed to make a "well" for the slider piece of paper to fit and slide easy. I used foam tape for this. As you can see it doesn't need to be neat but, you should make sure the whole back is covered so you don't have in droops in the paper. Once that was done I cut a piece of black cardstock to a A2 sized card (4.25 x5.5) and glued that with Tombow mono adhesive to a white top folding card base. The space colored cardstock is smaller than A2 sized so that I could have the slider stick out of the top and still fit an A2 sized envelope.

For the "beam" from the space ship I used Judikins embossable window plastic. I stamped the "beam" with StazOn jet black ink, other regular inks won't dry on the plastic. I used the die cut to cut it out. I then glued that to the space ship, you can use a liquid glue, tape runner or glue dots. I doubled up the foam tape behind the spaceship, so there would be plenty of room for it to slide without getting stuck. On the smaller spaceship I used a craft knife to cut out the window because, I wanted to see space through it. I stamped my greeting using Simon Says Stamp Intense black ink and then glued on the rest of the letters and aliens. I added the glossy accents last so they would have time to dry and I wouldn't get my hands in it. Let that dry for a few hours before putting it in an envelope.

My super cute Father's day card is done. I can't wait for my dad to open it. Thanks for being here with me and please come back for more card fun. Have a fabulous day.




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