Elizabeth Craft Designs Designers' Coloring Challenge -
Sliders and Spinners


For this month's challenge, the Coloring Design Team was asked to create a spinner or slider card. I was inspired by the ladybugs I am beginning to see on the tree off of our balcony to make a Lucky Ladybug Spinner Card. I hope you like it!

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Here’s how I made the card:

1. Cut a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock to 4 ¼” x 5 ½”. Stamp the large multi-petal flower from the Spring Blooms stamp set in a black pigment ink or clear embossing ink (I used Versafine Black Onyx ink; Versamark would work too) on to the cardstock, coat with black embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Stamp 2 masks of the same flower on post-it notes and use them to cover the embossed flowers as you stamp additional flowers (overlapping the previously stamped and embossed flowers) across the entire piece of cardstock, coat with embossing powder and heat set. Add leaves as needed here and there, coat with embossing powder and heat set until the piece of Bristol is mostly covered with flowers and leaves.

Lucky Ladybug Spinner Card - Step 1

2. Using a water brush, add water to the embossed images and color with your favorite watercolor markers. Color the flowers in shades of yellow, the leaves in shades of green and the background in violet. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Colors used – 51 Lemon Yellow, 50 Yellow, 52 Bright Yellow (flower petals); 65 Mid Brown, 62 Dark Brown (flower centers); 40 Green, 45 Pale Green, 47 May Green (leaves); 80 Violet (background)


3. Die cut a piece of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock with the largest die in the Stitched Rectangles die set. Die cut the embossed and watercolored floral piece with the second largest die in the same die set. Use the longest curved die from the Sliders and Spinners die set to cut a spinner channel across the floral piece, making sure to keep the piece that is cut out. Cut out 2 pieces of foam dots with the small dot die in the Sliders ad Spinner set; adding Clear Double Sided Adhesive to both sides of the foam before die cutting will ease their use in Step 3. Cut 1 of each of the ladybugs from the Ladybugs die set using Ladybug Red Soft Finish Cardstock for the wings and Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock for the bodies; use Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets on the pieces of cardstock prior to die cutting them to make them easy to adhere together (note: only 1 of the ladybugs is pictured, but you will need both). Trace a penny on to Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock and cut out.

Lucky Ladybug Spinner Card - Step 3

4. Adhere the penny-sized piece of black cardstock to one penny. Adhere the red ladybug wings to their black bodies and adhere the larger one to the penny on top of the black piece you just adhered (this will be the top of your spinner). Layer the two foam dots on top of one another in the center of another penny (this will be the bottom of your spinner). On the back of the watercolored and die cut piece, adhere 2 layers of foam tape alongside the spinner track, making sure to leave enough space on either side for the penny to travel along the track smoothly. Then add 2 layers of foam tape across the rest of the piece to level it off (photo A). Put this piece, right side up, on to the rectangular black die cut piece with stitched edges, centered in the middle and carefully place the die cut piece from the spinner track back into the open track in the floral piece to determine exactly how to adhere it to the black mat piece so it lines up with the elevated floral panel. Hold the piece that will complete the spinner track in place and lightly trace with a pencil. Run 3 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape along the back of this die cut piece and lightly adhere in place, using the pencil tracing as a guide. Use the foam backed floral piece to check and make sure it lines up correctly. If not, make any needed adjustments before pressing the spinner track piece firmly into place on the black cardstock mat (photo B).


5. Place the penny with the foam tape up into the spinner track on the floral piece; foam facing up through the open spinner track. Holding it in place adhere the penny with the ladybug on it to the foam tape on the second penny, making sure the ladybug side is on the same side as the coloring and that it is centered on the second penny so the back penny will not show from the front (photo A). Test the spinning action of the pennies to ensure they are traveling correctly in the spinner track. If not, trim the foam tape as needed. If desired, take some baby powder and very carefully brush it along the inside edges only (do not do this to the tops) of the foam tape that borders the spinning track to remove any unwanted stickiness. Once the spinner is working correctly, peel off the backing on the foam tape on the back of the piece and line up with the backing piece for the spinner track and adhere down on to the black cardstock mat (photo B).

Lucky Ladybug Spinner Card - Step 5

6. Stamp the Good Luck sentiment from the General Sentiments Stamp set on to 85 lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock using detail black ink (I used Versafine Black Onyx). Trim the piece down to 1” x 2 ¼” and cut a fishtail into one end to create a banner. Cut a piece of Ladybug Red Soft Finish Cardstock to 5/8” x 2 ½” and cut a fishtail into one of the ends to create a second banner. Adhere the second ladybug onto the flower in the lower right of the floral piece. Fill the dots in the ladybug wings with clear glazing medium; I used Glossy Accents. Add dimensional black dots to the centers of the flowers; I used Ranger Black Tie Enamel Accents. Set aside to dry.

Lucky Ladybug Spinner Card - Step 6

7. Once the dimensional mediums are dry, arrange a few red sequins and clear droplets around on the top of the floral piece and adhere down with the liquid glue of your choice; I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Make sure to not block the spinning ladybug on its track with any sequins or droplets. Add 10 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of the banners and adhere down in the upper left corner of the card front, layering the white greeting banner over an offset red banner. Add 10 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of the spinner panel and adhere to the front of a side folding A2 sized card base cut from 100 lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock. Enjoy!

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Lucky Ladybug Spinner Card - Step 7

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