Thursday, September 17, 2015

Build a Birthday Clear Shaker Card

Hi There!

I love the look of a Shaker card; its an extra element to a card that adds visual texture (and let's be honest, it's just plain fun to shake the confetti around!)  Instead of creating a small shape on a card front to act as a the shaker piece I decided to make the entire card a shaker and I'm so pleased with the way it turned out!

You can use many clear materials to create a shaker card like this; window sheets or even a heavier page protector will work.  I was short on both of the previous mentioned so I went on a supply hunt in my craft room to see what else I could come up with.  And low and behold I realized that Stampin' Up!'s 4" x 6" Cellophane Bags were a perfect option!  I trimmed the open end down to measure       
5-1/4" and I was all set.

The first step in creating a card like this is to design the card front.  Keep in mind that whatever is added to the front will be visible through the back.  I'll share a quick tip on how to camouflage this a bit further down.  Stamp images onto card stock and cut out.  In the case of this card I used the Build a Birthday set.  I stamped the cake stand using Crumb Cake ink onto Whisper White card stock, cut it out, and added small rhinestones to each scallop along the front edge. Each of the cake layers were stamped twice, cut out and a dimensional was sandwiched between the layers to add height to the card front.  Small strips of Washi Tape were cut to create the candles and the flames were stamped in Crushed Curry ink onto Whisper White card stock and cut out.  I stamped the 'happy birthday' stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a piece of Washi Tape before adding it to the bottom of the card front.

When assembling the card try to use the clearest glue that you have on hand because as mentioned before the downside to a clear card like this is that literally everything shows through to the backside.  I used a few minimal glue dots but a dot or two of the new Fine Glue pen would do the trick too.  To mask the back of card, add a small rectangle of card stock that includes your sentiment.  It gets a few jobs done all at once while looking intentional and adding interest. I let this piece "float" within the shaker card without adhesive.  

At this point the card is ready for some bling!  I added sequins and glitter but feel free to add what you have on hand.  You could also add a gift card within the card.  The recipient would then just have to cut the top from the card to get it out.  Once this is done I used my sewing machine to quickly sew along all four sides of the card; my stitching was beyond perfect but I like that it adds a bit of whimsy!
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As I mentioned in my last post I'm working on a 12 week Christmas newsletter to share tips, tricks, techniques, and projects to help you along with the Holiday's this year.  I've created a separate pop up sign up form that most likely greeted you when you entered my website.  If you'd like to subscribe to these weekly newsletters please be sure to sign up!  These projects will not posted on my blog or any other social media.  This means that even though you might subscribe to blog posts you'll have to subscribe to this newsletter series separately.  This is the best way for me to send relevant info to email accounts that want this content without flooding inbox's that maybe do not.  I plan to begin the series on Friday October 2, 2015 and have them go out each Friday thereafter for 12 weeks.  I hope you'll join me in the fun!  If you missed the sign up form and would still like to be included on the list, feel free to email me and I'll make sure your added.

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Until next time...
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