Essentials by Ellen – Unicorns ‘N Rainbows and Pure Magic with Rainbow Slider Dies

Essentials by Ellen – Unicorns ‘N Rainbows and Pure Magic with Rainbow Slider Dies

July Release from Essentials by Ellen

As an affiliate for Ellen Hutson, I had the opportunity to purchase from this release in advance, and I knew I definitely needed Unicorns ‘N Rainbows plus Pure Magic, and I threw in the Rainbow Slider dies for good measure. And then I got busy doing something else, so I missed the opportunity to watch the video to find out how the slider dies work (the link to buy the product expired so I couldn’t see the instructions).

So when I finally grabbed these products Friday night to make something for release day, I realized I would have to figure out how to use the dies on my own. After the release debuted today, I watched Julie’s video, and you know what? I got it TOTALLY wrong! Well, not wrong, really, but I discovered an alternative way of using these dies, shall we say! ANYWAY, I’m sure you’re wanting to see this card I made! Lookie:

Unicorns & Rainbows from Essentials by Ellen by JanTink

STINKIN CUTE! When you use the dies the way Julie designed them to be used, when you pull the slider, the rainbow bows up and reveals a message or image BEHIND it. Mine doesn’t do that. Lookie what it does instead:

Unicorns & Rainbows from Essentials by Ellen by JanTink

NIFTY! The Rainbow Slider dies come with three dies, the actual sliding piece (the purple one with the arrow), the die that cuts the window in the card front as well as cutting some clouds, a star, and a trail for the star; and the die that cuts the piece that makes the rainbow.  It’s the function of this piece that I developed an alternate method for.

Unicorns & Rainbows from Essentials by Ellen by JanTink

How did I make this work? The rainbow part of the die cuts slits for all those bars with one end solid and the other solid with a notch. I cut 6 copies of this, one out of Neenah Solar White 110 lb, and the rest out of 5 different rainbow colors of Bazzill Card Shoppe card stock. I cut one bar off each of the Bazzill pieces and used a 2-way glue pen to glue them in ROYGB order onto the white piece. I attached the rainbow at both ends behind the window in the quarter panel that I attached to my card front.

I stamped and colored my unicorn and rainbow cloud pieces with Copics and cut them out with the matching dies. I attached the unicorn and cloud with a foam square to a small piece of cardstock that I threaded into the rainbow piece so that it was behind most of them but went over the yellow bar in the middle. This was then attached with Be Creative tape to the purple slider piece placed behind the rainbow piece. When I pulled the purple slider, the unicorn slid obligingly along the yellow bar!

I ended up building a sleeve for it behind the piece of card stock that I stenciled (using Tumbled Glass Distress ink and the MFT Stamps Mini Cloud Edges stencil) so that it traveled evenly, and I put a small piece of folded card stock on the left side behind that piece so that it wouldn’t slide out too far the other way. I know it’s hard to picture, so if there is enough interest, I can do a video on my alternative way of using these dies.

Unicorns & Rainbows from Essentials by Ellen by JanTink

I used Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies to cut out the greeting (which actually covers up my original stamping that ended up running when I used Undu to pull this card apart trying to get it right), which is stamped on Sour Grape Bazzill Card Shoppe card stock with Altenew Midnight Violet ink.

Unicorns & Rainbows from Essentials by Ellen by JanTink

I added clear Wink of Stella to the unicorn’s mane, tail, hooves, and horn as well as the rainbow cloud, the rainbow, and the bars on the slider, which made it nice and sparkly!

Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links from Ellen Hutson LLC. Buying through these links costs you nothing extra and helps support my blog and my artistic endeavors, and I thank you.If you’re reading this in an email, you’ll have to click TWICE on the links below, once to get to the LinkDeli site and again to get to the shop of your choice.


Enjoy! Ta!

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