Wednesday 8 June 2011

Just finished this Penny Slider Card. When I first saw a penny slider card I thought of this Ellison thin cut beach ball, and imagined a multi-coloured one spinning around the page - but balls don't travel in circles like the moth in my 1st penny slider, and the idea of a beach ball just sliding back and forth seemed so boring. So I got to thinking, could I create a semi-circular or semi-ovoid track using either the Spellbinders circles or ovals? Sure the ends would be open but that could easily be overcome by placing something either end to stop the ball. Then I thought of using a crab at either end which would not only stop the beach ball falling out but would look like they were tossing the ball back and forth. The idea of this idyllic beach scene has been in my head for a few days now and I couldn't wait to try it out (I just had some things which needed finishing off first). As I needed to do an instruction sheet on the Penny Slider Card (for the group on Saturday), I documented the construction of this card and killed 2 birds with the one stone (I hope one of them wasn't that lovely seagull who seems to want to join in the crabs' fun)!
I was so eager to try it out though, that I gave no thought to printing the sentiment before I decorated the card front. The inside should read "Have a ball on your birthday" or something to that effect (yes I know it's corny, but that's me).
Now I'm confident penny slider cards work with open ended tracks, more intricate cutting patterns can be used - the possibilities are endless. I'm thinking of a ship on the high seas or maybe something falling down some a set of stairs.
I've added a video so you can see the card in action. These cards should really be called penny twisters or penny spinners. The image doesn't just slide, it twists and spins - beautiful to watch and great fun to play with (though you really need 2 hands to keep the ball in motion and I only had 1 as I was holding the video camera with the other)

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