Dream BIG-Shaker Card Technique

Next up in my Shaker Card Technique series is my “Dream BIG” card featuring my favorite subject, a dog!  For those of you who have pets, you can tell when they’re having a dream…their legs will kick, their eyes will flutter and they will make sounds.  Sometimes when my Katy dreams, she smiles and I envisioned this as being her dream…an endless supply of bones.

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This cute pup is from Eureka Stamps and the chair on which he sits came from Eat Cake Graphics.   The digital patterned paper is from Stampin’ Up, though they no longer sell digital product.  So that’s the basic information, but what I really want to share with you is the fact that his is a double-sided shaker card so you can look right through it to see the sentiment inside.

I stamped both the dog and chair on Whisper White paper and scanned them into the computer.  I imported them into my Silhouette Design Studio and traced them to create a print and cut.  I colored in the background here so you can see it, but when I worked with it, I eliminated the background and saved it as a .png.


Dream 1

Before printing the chair, I imported the digital patterned paper I mentioned previously.  Before printing, I changed the cut lines on the chair to remove the legs.  I could have also cut the legs off after printing.  I also used the full cut line to cut the chair out of Early Espresso card stock.

Dream 2

I created the opening for the shaker using a speech bubble cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  The first image is the speech bubble cut file I used.  I separated the three dots but did cut them to use on the card front.  I positioned the speech bubble on the rectangle and made a compound path.  Finally I imported the digital patterned paper.

Dream 4

Now that I have the opening where I want it, I have to cut the same opening on the card base to get the peek-a-boo effect.  In order to get perfect alignment, I created a mirror image above of the panel and centered it on the upper portion of the card base.

Dream 5

Once I got it positioned as I wanted it, I released the compound path and removed the rectangle, leaving only the speech bubble.

Dream 6

I next centered the original panel on the bottom section of the card base so I knew exactly where to position my sentiment.  I inserted the dream BIG from a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store.  I converted it to a print only and color matched it to the Sage Shadow patterned paper and Early Espresso.

Dream 7

Here’s a picture of what I’m talking about in real life…it will probably make what I’m writing make more sense.

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Next I cut two sizes of bones which I used inside the shaker.  After cutting these bones, I turned them over and ran an Embossing Buddy over each one to eliminate the tackiness left from the cutting mat.

We’re almost done…

Next I cut two rectangles just larger than the opening.  I attached one to the front of the card with Multi-Medium Adhesive and the other to the back of the patterned paper panel.  Also working on the back of the panel, I placed mounting tape around the opening, as close to the opening as possible.  I ran the embossing buddy on the side of the mounting tape facing the opening.   Then I placed mounting on the balance of the panel.  I laid the bones on the opening on the card base and then attached the panel.

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I attached the printed chair to the Early Espresso back and attached it with dimensionals.  I colored the dog with Copics and attached him to the chair with dimensionals as well.  I attached the little bubbles leading from the dog to the shaker with glue dots and that finishes it up!

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I made another double-sided shaker card last year and really like the look of them.  You can find it here if you’ve a mind to look.  I’ll be sharing additional cards from the hop in the next few weeks.  I hope you’ll come back to take a look.

If you missed the original Blog Hop, you can find it here.


11 Responses to “Dream BIG-Shaker Card Technique”

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  1. Jeanette says:

    Now my dreams are never that much fun! Love your card!!!

  2. I wish I could sleep like that dog! I love it! 🙂

  3. Shelly Schmidt says:

    I think I need video tutorials of your cards! I do not use my Silhouette enough. Love, Love this card and the design is very cool!!!

  4. Absolutely adorable card! I’ve been having fun with Shaker Cards lately too!

  5. Susan says:

    Heeheehee…had to giggle …. I’m sure my Missy dreams the same kind of dream! Love love love the bones in that shaker!

  6. Lynn McAuley says:

    I love this awesome shaker card, Kim. Your delightful pup in the chair with his dream of bones is a whimsical masterpiece!

  7. Carol says:

    What a cute card! Love it. Do you have a stamp for the “bones?”

    • Kim&Katy says:

      No, Carol, I made the bones. I made them in two sizes just for variety. Check your mail. I’ll send it to you in a .pdf I cut mine on my Silhouette…it might be a little tedious to cut by hand. You might be able to find a small dog bone punch which would work really well.

  8. Kelly S says:

    Oh my Buddy and Buster are giving the card a PAWS up!! It’s bone-fide perfect! What a creative and fun card, Kim – adorable use of bones for the shaker dream window! Cuteness tenfold!!

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