Todays share is a shaker card – I am loving these at the moment, and so it seems is everyone else!
However, before we get to the shaker, I am going to share the new Weekly deals – I thought they would like a change from feeling like an afterthought at the bottom of the post!
Sadly there are no sequins on the list this week, to pop into your shaker cards, but those are always available and are a great deal. The watercolour swoosh in For All Things is very “on trend” at the moment, and makes a great background for lots of different elements. And Sea Street is great for kid cards, boy cards, shaker cards and all sorts of things! We no longer have the coordinating paper in the catalogue, which is a shame, but with the stamps in the set it is incredibly easy to create your own backgrounds – I suggest trying an emboss resist technique using reinkers or watercolours to create a watery background, they look amazing with the little school of fish! Add in some fish or seaside shaped sequins, sand-like glitter, or a water-bubble style shaker and that is an incredible card to give to someone special. I am thinking to make something like that for my little boy for his birthday… Not sure about his twin sister yet!
And so to the real reason you come here (I think!): today’s crafty share:
I recently treated myself to some new word dies from Winnie & Walter, as I thought that they would be ideal for making shaker cards – and I was right! They are called “Cutaways” and they go really nicely with my Crazy About You stamps – mainly because those stamps are specifically designed to work with wordy dies! I wanted a shaker element to the cards, however, which meant that the Hello You Thinlits wouldn’t work in the manner I wanted them to this time. I could have used the thinlits to add a word to a clear window in a square or circle or whatever shape, but I fancied the shaker to *be* the greeting. I used some of the Sequin Trim and some of the various pots of sequins and metallic elements to fill the void of the shaker, and used some narrow foam tape to contain them and give the depth to the shaker element. I used Tear and Tape adhesive to attach the acetate (window sheet) to the card base to contain the sequins and stop them from escaping.
The card base was one from my stash, as I thought that the metallic pearlised effect would be really good with these dies. As I have a lot of random card blanks which I have “collected” over the years, I am trying to work on using those up as and when I can, but I am sure that I could still do more! Having cut the sentiment from the card, I thought it wasn’t as obvious as I might have liked what it actually said, so I hit on the idea of backing the shaker window with another happy die cut to give definition. I was making a few different cards while I had the kit out, so I tried backing them with alternative colours and thought that looked pretty good, so I went with it! It was quite easy to line up the elements as they are a bold design.
The Washi Label punch worked well to contain the birthday part of the greeting, and gives a little more dimension to the card as it is popped up using dimensionals. I made a few of these cards in different colourways and with or without shaker elements, so I will share more with you on those another day. They have gone down very well with the people I have shown them to, which is great! I even remembered to stamp the envelope, which is often a challenge for me! I just don’t seem to be into that habit yet.
This particular card was given to a work colleague for his birthday on Monday – the boss liked the blue card base – and he was touched that we remembered his birthday. He’s working on a different floor of our building at the moment, for a separate but associated company, so he’s not “with” us, but he kind of is! It was nice to make him feel loved 🙂
I have a beautiful Christmas card to share with you tomorrow, courtesy of Fiona as it was one of her sample cards at team training on Saturday. I also need to share my swaps with you from that event soon! There are so many gorgeous designs around at the moment for both Christmas and other events that I am awash with inspiration but devoid of the time to implement them all! I need to focus on making cards each night, or a plan to that effect, just to get sorted! I am nearly finished with my swaps for Brussels in a couple of weeks (I bought the labels for them yesterday, to mark them up with the “ingredients” and my contact details), and I also need to get my anniversary card made, as well as birthday cards for the twins. Ideally I’d also be making a new twins card and a new baby girl card for two friends of ours who have recently given birth! Busy, busy! (I did make 2 thank you cards this week, so I will share those next week when I know they will have been received!)
Apologies for the lack of posts yesterday, we had a busy weekend and I was in meetings most of the day so didn’t get a chance to sort myself out. If I can manage it I will do a bonus post on Friday instead for you!
Have a great day, and be sure to pop back tomorrow for some glimmery Christmas inspiration!