Thursday, 7 September 2017

Shakin' the rainbow with the Southern Girls

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge

Challenge #168 - Add Shaker or Moveable Element with Team Lou

Our generous sponsors for this challenge are


Today I have used the Pegasus digital stamp by Ppinkydolls, one of our generous sponsors this fortnight, to make a cheery rainbow shaker card.

I printed the image using my toner printer on A5 X-Press It blending card, heat set then started colouring with Copic markers.  I finished off the image with a touch of clear Wink Of Stella on the unicorn wings.

Next came the challenging (for me) part ... making a rainbow with a window.

I took a sheet of copy paper, cut it down to A5 size and adhered it to a sheet of X-Press It Double Sided Adhesive Sheet.  I cut 1" strips of textured cardstock to make my rainbow.

I aligned the A5 sheet of copy paper on my craft mat and secured it in place with some repositionable adhesive tabs underneath, then peeled off the protective layer from the adhesive sheet.  I carefully placed the yellow strip on the panel, ensuring it aligned with the grid on my craft mat.  Next came the green strip and all the others, working from the middle to the outer edges.  The edges of the red and purple strips had to be trimmed off, so did the excess strips from the top and bottom.
The result, an A5 rainbow.
I took the rainbow panel and printed the sentiment.

The science geek in me likes (no, needs), everything to be measured and even, so the next bit was a bit of a challenge.  I placed the largest oval die from my nesting dies with the cutting edge facing up on the middle of my craft mat, secured with some washi tape.  I took another A5 piece of copy paper, marked the middle of the edges and aligned it on my trusty craft mat, over the oval die then used my fingers to "emboss" the outer edge of the die into the paper.  I took my ruler and measured the distance of the widest edges of the oval from the middle of each side and found that it wasn't perfectly centred but it was quick and easy to work out the exact distance they needed to be.  I marked the middle of each side of my rainbow panel and marked the distance from each of these points that the oval die needed to touch to make my centred shaker window.  I aligned the die with the marks and secured it in place with washi tape on the inner edge of the die (so that if there was any tearing when it was pulled away, it would not affect the card front) and ran it through my Big Shot.  I am thrilled with how well it cut and how well centred the window was, well worth the extra measuring!

I cut two sheets of foam to be 1/4" smaller than A5 and adhered them together with liquid adhesive.  I took the front rainbow panel and used pencil to mark the oval size on the foam, cutting out a window about 1/8" larger diameter using scissors.  
I cut an acetate panel to A5 size for the front of the window.  No, I know it doesn't need to be that big but the rainbow strips on the copy paper felt a little flimsy, so the acetate was to give it extra strength.  I adhered the acetate in place using liquid adhesive, being careful to not be too close to the inner edge of the window.
I adhered the rainbow panel and foam layers together using liquid adhesive.

Shakers look sad when standing upright, as all the contents sink down to the bottom of the window, so I like to adhere some around the image in the window, so that it isn't left bare.  To do this, I took a variety of sparkling clear sequins and placed them around the image in the window area and "tested" their position by placing the rainbow window panel over it.  Once the position of the sequins was "right", I adhered them in place with liquid adhesive, adding a sprinkle of clear glitter over the panel to capture any excess.  This was so that the loose sequins and beads in the shaker didn't all want to stick to them.

I added a bundle of different sized sequins and clear seed beads over the middle of the image panel in readiness to becoming a shaker card.
I went over the acetate window and inner edges of the foam window with my powder tool to minimise any static and de-sticky any excess adhesive, then adhered the rainbow window card front down on to the card base with liquid adhesive, carefully aligning the outer edges.

The hard part was waiting a few minutes for the adhesive to dry
... I really wanted to test my shaker and look at it standing up.
I think the cluster of sequins and beads gathered at the bottom of the window look pretty against the "ground" under the image.  What do you think?

Of course there are always more pics to share ...
so here are another couple of views of my rainbow shaker card.


Copic markers - skin - E0000-000-00-11
Copic markers - eyes - YG03-25-17
Copic markers - lips - R01-22
Copic markers - hair - E31-33-35-37
Copic markers - clothes - G20-21-24
Copic markers - unicorn eye - E31-33
Copic markers - unicorn body - RV0000-000
Copic markers - unicorn mane & tail - B000 + BV000 + RV000
Copic markers - unicorn wings - B0000 + V0000 + G0000 + Y0000
Copic markers - shadow / ground - E40-41-4243-44
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
A5 top folding card base
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - Primaries
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - Brights
X-Press It Double Sided Adhesive Sheet
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft - decorative dies - Nesting Ovals
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear sequins - assorted sizes
clear seed beads
powder tool
acetate sheet
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the image panel to card base
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the acetate & foam layers


Sending a big Thank You to Ppinkydolls for sponsoring Challenge #168 - Add Shaker or Moveable Element with Team Lou with us at the Southern Girls.

I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

Aloha Friday Challenges - Challenge #102 - Birthday


  1. Totally sweet and really poping out on the gallery! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

  2. Lovely card. I like the idea of fixing bits in the shaker. Thank you for joining in the challenge at QKR Stampede this week.

  3. Your card is very cute. I love the sweet image and the rainbow colors. Thank you, for joining us for the QKR Stampede challenge.

  4. Love this wonderful rainbow shaker. They are so difficult to photograph, but so wonderful to send and receive. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

    1. Thank You Joyce :)
      ... yes, it was a challenge to not have the window filled with reflections

  5. Beautiful art work - love shakers ~thanks for dropping it off at TT this week - best wishes in the draw - Gail DT

  6. I have always loved Ppinkydolls images and your card really did it justice! Thanks for playing along with us at PIP Challenges!

  7. Tracy you nailed this challenge hun and I love the way you stuck down some of the sequins so it wasn't totally bare when the rest fell to the bottom of the card. Really clever idea! Love the rainbow stripes and I totally adore what you did with that image. That wee unicorn is absolutely enchanting! Hugs, Wends xoxo (Love that your Science mind makes you measure everything so perfectly too!)

    1. Thank You Wendy :)
      ... yep, I'd be lost without my ruler!

  8. How creative and cheerful ! You did a great job on the image with such a minute work on the sequins! Thank you for sharing at Love to Scrap!

  9. WOW brilliant shaker card,beautifully coloured image and inspired idea sticking sequins so they do not all fall to the bottom--Thank you for joining us at CCC Digi Creations
    Carol x x

  10. Love everything about this! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog's September "Anything Goes" challenge!
    Leslie, LTSCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2
    Love To Scrap!


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