A little bit of sunshine on a rainy day!

Good morning crafty friends! Today it is a little gloomy and rainy here, so I thought I would share with you this fun interactive rainbow card. This is a sliding card and lots of fun to make. I will admit the first one that I did, took a LOOOOOOOONG time, because I didn’t really know what I was doing. But I got it figured out and came up with this cute card. Here is my little tip for you. It is ok that the first one or the second one doesn’t turn out. Keep trying! It will get easier and you will prefect your skill. Give yourself permission to fail. It is ok!

For this card I used My Favorite Things stamps and dies it is from a set called, BB Rain or Shine. I also used the interactive swing tree top die. There are a lot of steps to this card, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a fun crafting morning! Also, if you want to purchase this set, head of to My favorite things website…………………………….> link on the right!

I cut out the base of the card to be an A2 size ( 4.25×5.5). I then used a square die to cut out the front layer of the base card. I set that aside and did all my stamping, coloring and die cutting. I stamped the girl and colored her and then cut her out using the coordinating die. I then took the tree top die and cut that out of white to look like clouds, I had a different cloud die that just did a boarder. I cut that out a 3 times at varying lengths. I set all this aside and then cut a piece of white cardstock to about 3 inches x 8.25 inches long. I then scored that white cardstock about an inch from the top. I then cut little strips of colored cardstock to about 1/4 inch x 8.25. The colors I used were red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple.

I then used liquid adhesive to glue the strips down to the white cardstock. I glued them underneath the score line. Once that was dry I glued the white cardstock with the rainbow on it, to the inside of the card above the opening at the top. Now the rainbow is attached to the inside of the card. It should move when you open and close the card. I then took two thin pieces of scrap cardstock and glued them on both sides of the rainbow. The top of the strip should be just at the bottom of the rainbow and not touching the rainbow. Don’t worry you won’t see this later, but it will help guide the rainbow up and down. I then took one of the cloud dies and glued it on top of the strips you just put on your card. Only put glue on top of the strips and on the side of the strips on the card base. Not under the rainbow. It needs to move freely there. Once these pieces are in place, the rainbow should move when you open and close the card.

Whew! You made this far, are you still with me? Lets close the card and move on to the front of the card. First, I took another die cut cloud and adhered that to the bottom of the card. I stamped “Sending you showers of love” on the bottom right. I used Lawn fawn black dye ink pad for this. I then placed my girl to the left side of the card on top of the cloud die. With the last two sets of cloud cut outs, I stacked them on top of each other and glued it to the top of the card base hanging over the square opening. I added some details to the girl with some sparkle pen and white and black enamel pens for the eyes. I thought the inside could use a sentiment so I opened the card and at the very bottom of the rainbow I stamped, I love you rain or shine. I also added some sparkle pen to the rainbow stirps to make it a little extra.

Whew! That was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to make more. In fact, I can’t wait. I am headed to my studio now to get some crafting done on this gloomy day. That will make the rainy day better. Have a great day everyone! Thanks for hanging with me on this card!

Paper Hugs!

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