Monday, October 30, 2017

Text Ya Later Shaker Card

Hello Sweet Peaches! Happy Monday! I have a really fun interactive card for you today. I have made a few shaker cards in the past and I wanted to share a few helpful tips for those of you attempting them for the first time or those who might like to hear what has worked well for me. Shaker cards can be fairly simple once you give them a try. You may even find yourself a bit addicted, lol.

For today’s card I’m actually CASE-ing (copy and selectively edit) the annual catty. I thought the simple layout would work nicely for my shaker card. I started with a Bermuda Bay cardstock base and then began working on my main shaker portion of the card. To create a shaker, you need a piece of acetate. I love using Stampin’ Up!’s Window Sheets. They are very high quality and work well for this. I wanted to “text screen” to be stamped directly onto the acetate so that you could see all the fun bits shaking about behind the screen. Unfortunately, when you stamp onto acetate it can take forever to dry so you risk smudging your image. To avoid this (and partially because I’m impatient, lol) I first stamped in Basic Black ink and then added clear embossing powder directly over the image. I should mention that it is critical that you use your Embossing Buddy on your acetate first. This powder will help prevent extra embossing powder from sticking to places you don’t want it to.

After I heat set the embossing powder I went on to stamping my text conversation bubbles. These come from the “Text Ya Later” Stamp set. This set is super cute and jam packed with playful sentiments and amusing quips. I wanted to recreate a typical text conversation with my hubby as I had planned to sneak this card into his work bag. So I took a few sentiments from the set and added a few of my own, using the “Labeler Alphabet” set. I stamped a few conversation bubbles and then added the text. I also HAD to stamp the adorable “love eyed” emoticon. He’s just so cute! After that, I cut them out and adhered them to my text box on my acetate. Now I was ready to create my shaker.

In order to have space for my shaker pieces to move, I really love to use the Foam Adhesive Strips. They’re really easy to work with and can be bent and manipulated to fit any shape. However I didn’t want them to show through the acetate so I cut a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock to be just a quarter size longer and wider than my stamped acetate text box and the cut the center of the cardstock out to create a frame that was almost a quarter inch wide (wide enough to cover my foam strips) and adhered it to the outer edge of my acetate. Then I flipped my acetate over and added foam all around the border. The key is to make sure there are no gaps and that your foam corners all touch. I also like to take my Embossing Buddy and run it along the inside of this side of acetate as well. This will help keep your shaker bits from sticking to the sides. Then I took a few hearts and metallic sequins and added them to the “well” I just created with the foam on my acetate sheet. While my shaker was still flipped over, I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to be just 1/8” bigger than my original acetate text box and adhered it to the foam on the backside of my shaker. Now you should be able pick up your shaker and shake it.

To finish it off, I just took my shaker and added it to a few layers of cardstock and then onto my Bermuda Bay cardstock base. And that finishes off my card for today. Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!

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