Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shake it, baby! A Birthday Shaker Card

A co-worker of mine turned 60 yesterday.  He has been mentoring me at work since the day I started, over 12 years ago.  He continues to take pride in his work and has great attention to detail.  I wanted to make him a special card.  My latest craze is making shaker cards.  It can be work, but you can make the shaker from any shape or size.  What held me back for so long was not having nested shapes like in the shaker card tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers that I first saw.

I finally obtained some from Stampin' Up! (nested labels) and made a card.  Then I saw another shaker card tutorial from Lynn Ghahary on Two Peas in a Bucket where she used a punch on a shape.  Eureka!  You don't need nested shapes.  You just need something with a window (of ANY shape) cut in it.

So... why not the zero in 60?

The 60 had to be pretty huge to fit the shaker image.  I cut it out with my Boss Kut Gazelle.  Since the numbers are huge, I kept the background simple.  The papers here are from Close to My Heart.  The balloons are from a set I got as a hostess from Stampin' Up! (Bitty Birthday, I think.)  The sentiment is a stamp from Hampton Art.  I coloured the balloons with my copic markers and added some Sakura clear Star glitter to the purple stripes in the centre balloon.

Click to see larger image of glitter shaken around.
I love playing with these cards!  It doesn't just sit on a desk to be looked at.  It is meant to be picked up and shaken around!  Even though the fun only lasts a moment, it is FUN to shake this thing!

Here's the one we will be making tomorrow in my workshop.  It's the version I made with a nested shape.

I hope the ladies have fun with this one.  There's a lot more room to shake the beads around.  I have seen shaker cards filled with various stuff: glitter, shaped confetti, coffee grinds, sand, and seed beads.  I am a little regretful that I dumped my own seed bead collection only two years ago.  I had a lot in many colours.  I had no use for them anymore so I donated them to a children's craft group.  Oh well, SOMEone got good use out of them!

I'm using little microfine glass beads.  It came in a big jar and only a few scoops are needed per shaker.  If I had any alcohol ink refillers or droppers, you could probably also put some in a zip top sandwich bag and colour the clear glass.

Shaker cards are FUN!  Here is another shaker card tutorial by Gina K. Designs.  I love her videos and creations.  One fine day, I will swallow the shipping and get some of their stuff.

1 comment:

  1. Lisa, your cards always amaze me and bring a smile to my face. That 60th birthday card is truly special and I have no doubt that your mentor coworker will love it.

    I also wanted to stop by and wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings.



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