Erica on the blog today with a wintery shaker card. I’m trying to get ahead with all my Christmas cards, which can be a challenge when you have lots to make. What we need is a card that is easy to mass produce but still looks like we have spent hours on it. Lots of people think shaker cards take loads of time but that doesn’t have to be the case at all.
My 8 year old niece loves Frozen and I can’t lie, so do I! We always watch a Disney movie together when we see each other and Frozen is one of our faves. She’s my little mini-me and loves crafting too so her card has to be extra special of course. The beautifully blue Winter Wonderland Fusion sequin mix just screams Frozen to me so I had to use it for her card.
I started by diecutting an A2 piece of watercolour paper and dusting it generously with my anti-static powder tool as I wanted to heat emboss one of the snowflake stamps from the Happy Snowflakes set. I stamped one of the snowflakes in three rows with VersaMark ink on the panel and sprinkled a sparkly white embossing powder all over it before using my heat gun to melt the powder.
Using the Gansai Tambi water colours I mixed a little bit of black with white to make a pale grey which I used to colours all around the snowflakes to make them stand out a little. Using the silvery white colour I filled in all the snowflakes and added a blue dot in the middle of each one, then I finished off by splattering a light blue all over it before setting aside to let it dry. If you are in a hurry, you can use your heat gun to speed up the drying process but if you are making several panels in one go, just move on to the next one.
Once the panel was dry, I die cut all the three bits of the Stitched Nested Creative Squares in the middle of the panel. On a card base, I glued down the central bit as well as the outer bit of the actual die pieces. To form the window of the shaker, I cut out an A2 piece in acetate. The ‘frame’ of the coloured panel as well as the middle part, I glued to this acetate piece. On the back, I used 4mm thick foam to raise the front panel enough to make space for the sequins to rattle around when shaken. Using the anti-static powder tool again, use all over the acetate that isn’t covered by the panel and then go around all the sides that are going to get into contact with sequins as they will stick to anything slightly sticky.
Place the panel upside down and add the sequins into the pockets created by the foam tape and once you think you have enough, glue the case base to it and make sure it really sticks to the front panel before you move it. Give it a shake once finished because it really is rather satisfying!
I didn’t add a sentiment to the front of the card as I didn’t want to cover up anything but there is plenty of space to write whatever you want inside. It would be easy enough to stamp and cut out a Merry Christmas sentiment if you feel it is too naked without one.
Well, that’s it from me today but please do stop by our blog for more inspirational cards and projects. These stamp sets really are so versatile and our design team are full of fabulous ideas for them all, there is something for everyone!
Happy crafting from Erica