Let’s shake it up today, crafters! I love shaker cards, especially when I can add a special twist to the card – following my usual mantra of “why do it the easy way if you can do it extra hard”. Yeah. I know. I’m a glutton for punishment.
Today, I’m using a stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh that was released in collaboration with Simon Says Stamp for Stamptember. It came with a coordinating die set, and that’s what we are going to use today.
Now, I don’t have the matching die set for this stamp set. But that doesn’t bother me one bit, because I have my trusty Brother Scan ’n Cut machine. It’s pretty awesome, because you send the paper through with the image you want to cut out, the machine presents you the scanned result, and then you tell it what to cut out. No computer required, it all happens with just the one machine. It’s really expensive, but totally worth the money. Thanks to the Scan ’n Cut I had my trees cut out in no time and could go on to create my shaker card.
As you can see in the video, I ended up re-opening the shaker compartment because I had not added enough seed beads. For tiny openings like the trees seed beads are fantastic because they are tiny, too, and Pretty Pink Posh now offers some fantastic green mixes which are perfect for christmas. As with all shakers, you can’t really test ahead of time how full you should make it – there’s a fine balance between too full (doesn’t shake because there’s no room) and too empty (looks weird). I was lucky that I could refill the compartment easily (I didn’t show you how I accidentally spilled the entire bag of beads on my desk, though).
Since I had set my Scan ’n Cut to cut right along the edge of the stamped trees, I ended up with tiny slivers of green ink in some places. I don’t mind the tiny inaccuracy. It’s a hobby device, not an industrial plotter, and it’s pretty amazing for the price. I “fixed” that easily by simply taking my Stardust pen and adding a sparkly border to the trees that covers the ink right up.
I opted for a large, ornate sentiment from Mama Elephant which wouldn’t distract from the little shaker trees. Versafine black ink is my favorite for deep, rich black sentiments. Perfect results literally every time. Since it’s Christmas I had to add some gold as well – I love color combination of green and gold – and I had recently discovered the gold star sequins in the Pretty Pink Posh shop. I added only three, and then added some dots with my Stardust pen after I had finished filming. I tried to make it look like a trail.
And that’s it. I think this is the most CAS shaker card I’ve ever made and I totally love it. This is a card design you can easily mass produce (and the little bag of seed beads will last you forever!), and even though it’s a little bulky, it doesn’t have any elements sticking out in a weird way – and that means you can still put it into a regular envelope and send it off.
I also have a little extra for you. I know that many of you got this Stamptember stamp and die set, and I wanted to show you that you can use it not just for year-round cards, but also for Christmas cards. I created a “somewhat” one-layer card with the mountains and the hot air balloon, and paired them with my favorite santa stamps from Clearly Besotted Stamps.
I stamped out the hot air balloon and the mountains and colored them with my Copic markers. I tried to create very deep shadows and with the green-red combo you can turn the balloon into Santa’s transport in no time! I used my craft knife to cut a slit right above the basket and then slid my santa into that opening. I added a flat-ish foam square to the back of the santa to prop him body and head up a little and give him some dimension (if I’m already creating a clever card, I want the recipient to notice! 😀 ).
Since this Copic friendly paper bled through on the other side, I did my usual trick of adhering a piece of the same paper as the card stock to the other side of the card front. That solved to problems: I could cover up the bled through color, and I covered up the “backside” of Santa which was visible there (sorry for the mental image). I added some “snowflakes” with my silver gel pen and a sentiment from Hero Arts and voila — I had stretched my stamps to use them even for holidays!
Hope you got inspired to get shaky! Cheers and have a fantastic day!
Product List Shaker Card
Product List Hot Air Balloon Card