This is my final post for the Shaker Card Technique series, following the Technique Blog Hop here, and this features a card cut file by Shirley’s Cards. The original design was not for a shaker but it lent itself very well to the technique. Here’s the card, which I named Sole Mates, so cute for an anniversary card with fishes…wish I could say the idea was mine, but I saw it on Pinterest (thank you Pinterest for the endless supply of ideas).
My concern with converting this was that the combined weight of the all card stock layers and the shaker contents would cause the card not to stand properly and even to fall forward. So to combat the problem, I converted two layers to print only on the card base. I’m not going to share the specific components as this is not my design, but I still want to show you what I mean with this diagram:
This first image represents three individual pieces which would be cut and layered.
To reduce the bulk, I converted the middle layer (representing the water in the fishbowl) and the right layer (the grasses) to print only files. I centered them on the left (which represents the base) and then print and cut them as one piece.
Then I cut the remaining layers which, in this case, was the sand and the fish and placed them on top of the printed background. Then I applied mounting tape to the outer edge of the fishbowl. Then I filled the shaker with the perfect contents, Clear Droplets by Pretty Pink Posh. Don’t they look just like bubbles? I also attached the acetate to the back of the frame (all these pieces are included in Shirley’s cut file). After it was fully dry, I attached it to the mounting tape.
The Designer Series Paper is from Stampin’ Up. It’s double-sided so I used the orange circles for the band across the front and the plaid for the inside. Atop the band in front is the greeting Roller World BTN Bold Out, color matched to the Pacific Point card stock used as the mat for the label purchased in the Silhouette store. I think it’s just the right touch for the front of the card. The cut file came with a great greeting for the front of the card as well.
For the inside, I used the same outline of the fishbowl. I printed the water, grass and fish on this piece as well and made the water and grass a bit transparent so the sentiment and any handwritten message are easier to read. I used a combination of the same font I mentioned above and Robot Teacher, both color matched to Pacific Point.
I wanted to mention a few more things on additional cards I made for the technique blog hop…hence the “and more” in the title of this post. There’s not enough I want to share to create individual posts, so here are the few tidbits I want to add:
You don’t have to go out and buy stamps and dies to create shaker cards. I made the above card with a free clip art image and simply cut out the belly…which you could do with a punch. I did add some additional grass clumps with a Copics black marker. I printed it twice and cut the head and foot and popped them with dimensionals. I’m happy to share this image with you as well. Just let me know in the comments section or via e-mail. I did very little coloring on this; just a bit of light gray, pink on the feet, green on the grass and blue sponging on the sky. The eggs were confetti purchased at a local party store…they are a treasure trove for shaker contents.
Last, I want to share with you a little tip I learned when making this card. I cut the leaves with my Silhouette but the edges of the leaves were catching on each other and they were clumping together. I added color coordinated seed beads I got at A C Moore and they worked like a charm to keep the contents shaking. Another thing I did to give the appearance of falling leaves even when you’re not shaking the shaker was to attach a few leaves randomly to the background.
That finishes the series and I hope you enjoyed seeing how these cards came together. We will see you again soon with another technique blog hop! Did I mentioned I have a Shakers 101 on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page? If you’re interested, you can go here and scroll down to Tutorials & Templates.