I was really excited to see that Virginia’s View Challenge for February is shaker cards! I’ve been tossing around an idea for a shaker card in my head for the last few weeks and this finally gave me the incentive to figure it out! This was definitely not a fast or easy card but I’m glad I spent the time working it out.
I started off by using the curved die from the Avery Elle Custom Panels to create the rainbow shape. I’m not quite sure how to explain what I did but I will do my best…I partially die-cut the stripes with the Big Shot and then freehand cut the ends with a craft knife. I knew I wanted to separate the various sequin colors so I left a stripe about the width of the curved die in between each color stripe. Once that was cut I used the craft knife to cut the ends off and removed the stripes. I used the rainbow panel as a guide to mark off stripes on my background piece and then carefully used post-it tape and scrap paper to create masks as I added each rainbow color to the background piece. I blended distress inks onto the background piece in the following order: Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, and Salty Ocean. Then I blended Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Chipped Sapphire distress inks onto the top rainbow panel to create a sky. Looking back, I should have done that before I cut the panel into the rainbow shape as it was difficult to ink the paper without tearing the tiny stripes. I set both panels aside to dry completely.
Then the “fun” part…I cut small strips of fun foam and glued them into two layer pieces using Ranger multi-medium matte. Once the strips had dried completely I trimmed them to the length of the stripes between the rainbow colors. I turned the blue panel upside down and adhered a piece of acetate to the back. Then I carefully put down a line of glue following the stripes between the rainbow and adhered the foam layer to the stripe. I held each one in place for about a minute to give the glue time to set. Once all four strips of fun foam were in place I put an acrylic block on top and let it dry completely. While that was drying I layered two pieces of fun foam and glued them together. Then I cut the fun foam into pieces and added it to the back of the blue panel (where you’d normally use foam mounting tape). This part wasn’t difficult just a little tedious and time-consuming…
Finally, it was time to add sequins! I used Pretty Pink Posh sequins in 4mm and 6mm sizes. Once I filled up each section with sequins I adhered the rainbow panel to the fun foam. I let that dry for awhile and then adhered it to a black card base. To finish the front of the card I went over the blue with my clear wink of stella glitter brush and then added a frame of silver glitter paper cut from the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles dies. The sentiment from the Hero Arts Written in the Stars set was stamped onto the textured side of a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper in Silver Delicata ink and heat-embossed with clear embossing powder. I die-cut the sentiment using the Talk Bubbles die from Simon Says Stamp. I decided that it would pass as a cloud! I brushed the edges of each cloud with a little Silver Delicata ink and adhered them to the “beginning” of the rainbow!
I’m thrilled with the way it turned out…I have a friend in need of a little encouragement and I think this will be the perfect card for her!
I’m also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Up in the Clouds and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes!