Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Large birthday cards that feature a shaker element, some decorative paper and some custom die cut greetings

 I saw a tutorial on shaker cards recently and thought I should give them a go.  It has been a while since I made one.  I created some custom greetings in Corel Draw and printed them on white cardstock.  After trimming them out I got started. 
For the first card, I chose a large orange envelope and created an ivory card to fit inside.  I added two pieces of this beautiful sunflower gift wrap to the front and overlaid a strip of yellow cardstock over where they joined.  To create my shaker greeting I die cut a star, added a piece of transparent plastic to the opening and then made a border of 3D foam tape which I cut quite thin so I could place it around the star shape.  I filled the opening with sequins, paper punched stars, beads, etc and then placed another square of transparency over it after I had removed the release tape.  It was a bit of a challenge in that I had to have a steady hand to keep all the little bits inside the opening while I removed the release paper.  I then mounted my shaker greeting to a background created using brown and orange cardstock.  I punched little stars on the bottom edge, applied double sided tape to the back and rubbed in some copper glitter.  Love it!! I mounted my large shaker greeting to the front of my card over the strip of yellow and I was done!!    It will take a few more to get the hang of it so I decided to make a couple more using pretty close to the same sketch.

For the second one I used another large envelop and created a white card to fit inside.  I added a green embossed layer and added a strip of brown cardstock with a strip of orange over it.  I added glitter glue in blue and green and adhered it to my card once it was dry.  I cut a yellow strip of cardstock, flagged the end and adhered it to my card.  I created my shaker greeting by die cutting a square, adding my transparent layers and filling the inside with glass beads - clear and gold along with some green sequins.  I used a brown marker and added a bow to the top of the square and dots all the way around.  I mounted it to a brown square of cardstock before adhering it to the front of my card using 3D foam tape.  Love the glitter glue border on this one!!
For my third card I chose a large lavender envelope and created a white card to fit inside. I layer on a piece of purple cardstock and then a beautiful piece of floral decorative paper.  I added a flagged strip of yellow paper to this one as well.  I die cut a circle to this greeting, added the transparencies and foam tape to create my shaker which I filled with glass beads, sequins and a bit of glitter.  I corner rounded the three corners I had access to, sponged the edges and mounted my shaker greeting to my card front using 3D foam tape.  I added a little string to my circle a balloon using a fine tip sharpie.  Another good one!!  One of these is off to my sister for her birthday and the other two are off to my card exchange partners for this month. 
Really enjoyed making these but they do require some time to get those shakers made without having little beads running in every direction!!            Therese