New Year’s Bash Fusion which was a Free Sequins Pack with all orders during December.
Erica back on the blog with a simple and easy shaker card today. Clean and simple/CAS cards are really not my forte at all but I’m challenging myself to try this style more as I do like it, I’m just rubbish at knowing when to stop before adding everything and ALL. THE. SEQUINS!
Admittedly there are quite a few sequins involved in this card but as they are on the inside, it doesn’t count, right? Well, that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.
To start with, I picked out a lovely linen textured white card stock which basically my whole card would consist of. For the card base, I cut out a 11″x4.25″ strip of the card stock and folded it in half to create an A2 sized base. The other piece I cut out to be just slightly smaller than the card base as I didn’t want it too small nor did I want it to cover the entire thing. Once I was happy with the size, I used the balloon die from Dotted Balloons to cut a hole in the smaller panel. Using this as a guide I cut the balloon shape out of two foam sheets, which had already been cut to the same size as the smaller panel, making sure the placement lined up on both of them.
Turning over the smaller panel, the one with the linen texture, I adhered first clear acetate to create the window part to the shaker compartment and then the two foam sheets. Make sure you use a generous amount of adhesive around the die cut hole as otherwise your sequins will get stuck there and not shake properly.
Before adding the sequins to the shaker compartment, I dusted the window with my anti-static tool to avoid all the sequins sticking to the acetate. It’s no good having a shaker card if the sequins refuse to shake around!
For finishing touches I drew a string from the balloon with a skinny copic marker as well as adding a sparkly gold bow cut from Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames. Using the banner die from Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames I cut out a piece in linen textured black card stock and stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ on it from Birthday Lions in VersaMark ink and heat embossing it with gold embossing powder. This banner I adhered to the bottom of the card with foam tape.
It is always hard for me to step away from a card when I think I can add more stuff to it but I managed to keep it super simple. Which actually is a bit of a feat for me so yay!
In case anyone is wondering about the lovely backgrounds I have in the photos, they are photoboards from a company called PhotoBoards by Lyndsey James and you can get your own at a 10% discount using the code ‘CACACRAFTWINTER’, it’s valid until the end of January. There is a whole range of beautiful designs to choose from at www.photoboards.org and don’t despair if you can’t get one before the code runs out, I will have a new one for you in February now I’m an official brand ambassador for this company!
Well, that’s if from me today but hopefully I have inspired you to try a CAS card or a shaker card but as long as you are having fun crafting, that’s all that matters! Until next time,
Erica (@erica_cacacraft on Instagram)