Essentials by Ellen

You Are Otterly Awesome!

Hi there! Today I’ve got my first slider card to share using the Essentials by Ellen (Julie Ebersole) stamp sets called “Otterly Awesome” and “Otter Ware” available at

I think I’m officially hooked on interactive cards like this! I started by drawing large rocks for the slide using a Copic multi-liner pen and then traced the outline of the rocks on a piece of eclipse masking tape. I then masked the rocks and adhered a couple of cloud masks to the sky background before airbrushing the sky with Copic BG00.

I colored the rocks with Copics in both warm and cool grays and added some texture using a terrycloth towel and colorless blender. Then, I placed a slider die from the MFT Surf and Turf die-namics face down on the rocks, taped it in place and ran it through a die-cutting machine.

Next, I cut and adhered a piece of patterned paper to my card and placed the background piece centered on the paper. I applied liquid adhesive to the back of the cut out strip from the slider die and adhered it to the patterned paper  inside of the slot.

I stamped the otter, lilypad, leaves and 2 sets of waves on Neenah cardstock and colored them with Copics. I used a seaweed technique on the front wave that I learned in Sandy Allnock’s Copic Hex-Art class at Really cool techniques covered, so check it out if you’re looking for an awesome intermediate Copic class.

Next, I applied foam dimensional tape to the outside edges of the background and adhered it centered on the patterned paper. I punched out a small circle (about 1″) from heavy weight cardstock and slid it into the slot and centered on the slot. I then adhered a small dimensional adhesive square to the back of the otter and adhered him to the punched circle.

I adhered the wave in the back first, and then applied a 1/8″ wide piece of Scor-Tape to the very bottom of the front wave so that the otter could slide somewhat between the waves.

I finished it off with a stamped sentiment from the set.

This was super fun to make!

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

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