Friday, 17 April 2015

8th birthday "celebr 8" shaker card

Shaker cards are so much fun - interactive and sparkly too!!!

Eight balloons for a GR8 birthday :)

Check out that CUTE smiley face :)

The card is a tall A5 size (8 1/4" high).  I confess that I trimmed off the "stepper" part from the front of a blank A5 Stepper Card Base by Fundamentals (Ruby Rock-It).  I LOVE this size, it is a top fold and the cardstock is so sturdy.

I used Paper Smooches Pinked Circles, Balloons, Big Balloons & Birthday Words dies and 4mm & 6mm Sparkling Clear, Raspberry & Cobalt sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  This is the second shaker card I have made and I still have more to learn to make them better, full details in the tutorial below.
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Here is the inspiration pic & challenge badge
My card is a FUSION of the inspiration photo and the sketch.
The sparkling clear sequins remind me of the crystal ware too.

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Here is my tutorial for creating this card.
  1. Cut the cobalt blue cardstock mat, patterned paper & accent strips to size and set in place - do not adhere yet
  2. Align the largest die from the Paper Smooches Pinked Circles die set over the accent strips & patterned paper to where the shaker window will be, secure in place over the top accent strip & patterned paper with Washi Tape, die cut (I used my Big Shot) then carefully remove the tape so that the paper or cardstock doesn't tear.  Layer the accent strips together and carefully trip the lower strip so that it doesn't show from under the die cut section of the top strip.  I kept the lower strip separate so that the other two layers would cut cleanly with the die, didn't want to overload the die or my Big Shot sandwich.
  3. Adhere the accent strips to the patterned paper.
  4. Adhere a section of acetate to the window.  I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive.
  5. Cut a sheet of foam slightly smaller than the patterned paper panel, mark the window and cut out an area slightly larger than the pinked window.  I cut mine too large and later regretted it, because all the sequins are not visible.
  6. Cut white cardstock to the same size as the patterned paper.
  7. Adhere the white cardstock to the blue mat.
  8. Adhere the foam sheet to the white layer, ensuring the window is in the right position.  I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry because I find it is easier to align layers with a liquid adhesive and this is a strong, clear glue that dries fast and secures different surfaces together well, just like a hot glue gun without the burns.  Make sure that the layers are pressed down evenly so that there are no bulges of glue underneath.
  9. Fill the well with sequins - I used a mix of 4mm & 8mm Sparkling Clear, Raspberry & Cobalt sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.
  10. Adhere the patterned paper on top of the foam sheet, ensuring the edges & window are aligned.
  11. Cut assorted balloons using Paper Smooches Balloons die set.  I also used the smiley face from the Paper Smooches Big Balloons die set on one of the balloons then layered it so that the smiley face was clearly visible.  Tie thread to each balloon and knot three times, I found that a double knot started to come loose during handling.
  12. Secure the balloons in place, some flat against the card, others on foam squares for dimension.
  13. Draw the balloon strings together, knot & secure with a brad.  This is why I didn't adhere the mat to the card base earlier, so the brad is pushed through the layers and well hidden from behind without any bulges.
  14. Cut several sets of the "celebrate" word from the Paper Smooches Birthday Words die set.  Because I wanted to do a play on words for this 8th birthday card, I only used the "celebr" portion, laying several together for dimension, adhering with Tombow Mono Multi.  I used the negative to align the letters while adhering them together and to the patterned paper.
  15. Adhere the finished panel to the card base.


  1. Such a super fun shaker card and great for an 8 year old!! Thanks for linking up at Craftin Desert Divas!!

    Craftin Desert Divas Design Team

  2. Super fun shaker card, thank you for playing with Simply Create Too.

    Love and hugs

  3. Such a fun shaker card! I love the play on words with the number 8! Thank you for playing along with the Sparkle & Shine Challenge! :)

  4. What a delightful card. Great job on this, my friend!

  5. What a fun shaker - bet the recipient will love it. Thanks for joining the fun at Simply Create Too.

  6. Such a cute shaker!! I adore the red, white and blue theme and those fun balloons along with your sentiment. Great project! Thank you for sharing your design with us at Craftin Desert Divas! I hope you have a great day today! Donna K

  7. What a fun shaker ... love that smiling balloon ... so glad you joined us at Fusion Card Challenge.

  8. Adorable! I just love shakers, they are so much fun. Thanks for joining us at Craftin Desert Divas.

  9. What a a fun card! Thanks for playing along with us at Fusion :)

  10. How fabulous! A shaker card makes a great birthday card for an 8 year old - fun and interactive. Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Craftin Desert Divas Shaker Card Linky Party. Hope to see you again soon :)

    michelle (Craftin Desert Divas DT)
    Purple Monkey Moments

  11. Another fun card! Shakers make me happy too! Lots of shiny bits can keep me occupied for hours!

  12. Super fun shaker card! I love your clever use of 8! Thanks for playing with us at Sparkle & Shine!


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