Tropical Penguins – Penny Slider Card

Tropical Penguins – Penny Slider Card

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Join us this fortnight for the Perfectly Rustics Design Challenge #51 “Something That Moves” where we are to make a card or project with something that moves (like a shaker or slider card).  I created a penny slider card. (

A penny slider card has an element on the card that spins as it travels across the card.  It’s called a penny slider card because the spinning element is mounted on a “sandwich” of two pennies with a pop dot in the center which rolls across the card in a slot or channel that you create on the front of your card.  (Click HERE to see a tutorial on how to create a penny slider or spinner card.)

My daughter LOVES palm trees and penguins, and even though these don’t usually go together, she has been asking me to create a card with both.  Luckily, I had these adorable “beachy” penguin stamps so I was able to honor her request!

The penguin images are from the Stampin’ Up “Penguin Paradise” set.  I created cut files of these stamped images with my Silhouette, cut the die cuts from white card stock, and stamped the images on my die cuts with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The stamps in this set are mounted on wood, so I used my stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement and for stamping each image multiple times to get them nice and dark.  Then I colored the images with Copic Markers (Straw, E31, YR23; Beaks/Feet, Y17; Clothes, B29, YR09, YG07) and a white Sakura gel pen.  There was a tiny white border around parts of each of the stamped images, so I filled that in on the top half (the parts that would be in front of the water when on the card) with Copic B97 and the bottom portions with the black copic marker.  The penguins were adhered with very thin pop dots so they stood ahead of the trees but behind the beach ball on the card.

For my beach scene background, I used digital paper I purchased on Etsy from a set called “Beach Party Collection” by Cherry Clipart (seen HERE).  I originally started sponging my own background scene, but I wanted the image on the area behind the slit to be the same and line up exactly with the image on my front panel.  For this reason, it made more sense to use a paper that I could make multiple, identical copies of instead of trying to hand ink identical duplicates. The slit for my penny to roll through was created with the smaller skinny rectangle die from the Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B set.  The blue mat is from the Recollections “Cape Cod” Card stock Paper Pack (5 shades of blue), and I used a piece of Gina K “Kraft” card stock for the card base.  (This card is 5×7.)

The beach ball is from a coloring page I found on google HERE.  I created a Silhouette “print and cut” file for this image, cut it out, and colored it with Copic Markers (YR68, Y15, B29, R46, G05).  Once colored, it was adhered to the penny spinner with a glue dot.  The beach ball spins as it rolls back and forth when the card is tipped slightly from side to side.  ((Excuse the poor quality of the GIF file below.  I cannot include videos here in my blog post but wanted to show the movement.)

Tropical Penguins Penny Slider Card Video Clip

The palm trees are from the “Mindy’s Zoo” stamp set by Autumn Leaves.  I created a cut file and stamped the image onto the die cuts with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Copic Markers (G94, E44 and E71) were used to color them. 

The greeting is from the Gina K Designs “Botanicals” set (retired?) and was stamped with Gina K charcoal brown ink.  I have to confess that I did something INCREDIBLY stupid.  Originally, I had not included a greeting but then felt like it was “missing something” when it was done.  My first thought was to stamp the greeting on a duplicate panel, cut it out, and line it up on the card.  It looked ok, but I wasn’t happy with the lines around the panel.  Then I matted it which was better… but still not great.  Now here is the stupid part.  I decided to try to stamp it directly onto my finished card.  (I can hear my daughter in my head screaming, “JUST WALK AWAY!” which she often says when she realizes that I am about to go one step too far.  Usually when I try something like this, I end up having to start over – and this card took me ALL DAY to make!)  I wanted to use my MISTI because I wanted it to be lined up perfectly, but I was really afraid that all the layers and the thickness of the card and the extra, uneven thickness from the beach ball would prevent the MISTI from stamping properly.  (The lid came down on an angle.) Here’s what I ended up doing – I positioned the card in the MISTI, placed a piece of acetate over the card, and stamped on the acetate (barely pushing down so I wouldn’t break the lid).  You can see through the acetate so the stamped image looked like it was on the card, and I could see how it would look (but if it didn’t come out, it wouldn’t actually be on the card). I got a very nice stamped image, and it looked so much better than the panel I had stamped and cut before.  SO….. I removed the acetate, took a deep breath, and stamped directly onto my card.  PERFECT IMAGE!   PHEW!!!!!!!  All’s well that ends well, but it was very stressful, and I don’t think I have the nerve left to try that again!!

I love the penguin images in this set and really enjoyed making this card!  Kelly really liked it, too!

Now it’s your turn!  Make a project with something that moves, and share it in the “Something That Moves” Challenge over at Perfectly Rustics.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for checking out my card project!

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6 thoughts on “Tropical Penguins – Penny Slider Card

  1. This is so darn cute. I sooo relate to your story about stamping your image. The Misty is so great for this. I use the acetate technique also so I can test things. Sure saves from lots of mistakes.


  2. Oh Lisa that is a great tip on using the acetate to check out the greeting. I always would stamp on a piece of white copy paper and cut it out as close as I could and lay over my project. You could tell if it fit and where to put it but the see through would be much more perfect way of doing it. Thanks so much for mentioning this. Your card is so cute.


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