Sunday, August 22, 2021

Frameless Shaker Card

I am so happy that there are so many people on YouTube who share what they learn! I had seen this idea to make "shaker pockets" a long time ago, but it fell from my mind. Lately, however, Amy R., from Prairie Paper & Ink, has been making these borderless shaker cards and finally inspired me to try one.

So, I made a retirement card with it. I used one of my newest stamps from Lawn Fawn called Really High Five. I coloured it with my Copic markers. The bear shape reminds of me of gummy bears, so I made him a fun, non-traditional colour! Behind the die cut (which is by Creative Expression), I used my homemade cloud stencil for a colourful, puffy sky.

I wrote a poem for the inside. My friend loved it! She wants to learn how to make the frameless shaker card! (So, I sent her a video by Amy R.)

It's faster than traditional shaker cards that use a foam backing but, sometimes, that dimension is nice. I do have a few shaker die sets from Queen & Co. now that I need to try out. Their foam is SUPER thick, so I may cut my own foam. We'll see!

Do you like shaker cards? Have you tried the frameless kind?

Monday, March 8, 2021

Reusable Handmade Greeting Cards

 In today's economic climate, we need to make every penny count. This is the time we want to reach out to others more than ever, since we cannot always be face-to-face. Sending a handmade card is a great way to make someone feel unique and special. But, sometimes, the best cards are a bit costly.

Enter, the reusable handmade greeting card. This trend is catching on. Stamp companies even make stamps that indicate to the recipient that the sentiment insert is removable so that the card can be sent again. (But... why buy a stamp when a post-it note will do?)

I have a die that cuts out photo corners. I figured it's a great way to use scraps AND make my cards reusable! For these three cards, I put 3 stacked inserts on the inside.

Here's an image with the Birthday Card's sentiments pulled out so you can see them.

This way, the recipient can keep your heartfelt note and send the lovingly handmade card on to brighten another person's day! (If you have a lot to write, you can also use the back of the insert too.) I made sure the image on the inside is a light enough ink that you can write over top of it.

What do you think of this trend? Will you try it? Triple the joy!