This week we are using the samples from the Artistic Expressions section (which is another huge section) from pages 92-157. Because this is such a big section we will revisit it in a few weeks. You may have arrived from the talented Julia, or you may be starting here -either way, take a tour and enjoy the inspiration.
But for this week I have had a bit of fun making shaker cards!
I love blue card second from the left in this shot and thought it would be perfect for a shaker, and I also had some paper left from the Pretty Petals stack which reminded me of the ocean so I combined the two. We made this card at my shaker cards class last weekend and everyone loved it. The Seaside Shore Stampset is super easy to use and very effective. The nice thing about this card is that it only used two colours as well. We made quite a few variations on this design - some were embossed, some vertical, some had the fish on the outside, some on the inside. I did a lot of research and practice trying to work out the best method for the shaker elements and so this post also contains a little picture tutorial for those ladies who came along and had never done shakers before.
I have tried lots of methods with shakers and have had variable success with the elements - I have had static issues with the window sheets and the elements - particularly sequins sticking to the window and not shaking. I tried cleaning with alcohol, with used drier sheets and all manner of elements, but the single biggest success was to simply wash the window with soap and water just before you assemble the shaker. I also find that beads are heavier than sequins and shake a lot better. So I raided the dancing costume archives in my craft room and added beads, and a little glitter. I tried small punched stars in glimmer paper with limited success too, but maybe they were just too small.
For me, I found the easiest way is to
- stamp your images on your background piece, which is just slightly smaller than your front frame
- wash the window and adhere to the frame with a thin bead of tombow- don't have your glue too close to the edge of the frame as you don;' want the glue to squish through to the front.
- Apply the foam strip a little way from the inner edge of your shaker. Run your fingers along the 'side walls' of the strip as you go to make sure any sticky bits there are "blunted" so your elements don't stick to the wall.(well minimise that a little)
- pile your shaker elements onto the window before you take the backing strip off- once you stick card to these strips they stay stuck!!!
- carefully place the backing piece over
- now you are ready to stick it in place
And here's a few of the cards some of the girls made.
And just to show you the same layout with a set you may already have in your collection I used the Gratefull Bunch set for this one - circles are a bit trickier! - and I may have used a few too many beads here!!! I have two of the small flowers inside this shaker but one of them got stuck anyway!!
Thanks so much for looking, I hope you give shakers a try soon. Next on the hop is Simone, so hope on over and check out her creations
Don't forget we love to see what you create too, and we hold a monthly challenge where you can share with us too.
Thanks so much for looking,