Well, it appears that I’m having some trouble keeping up lately. I’m still managing to make cards, but with two other jobs, I’m struggling to keep this blog up-to-date. (Any time management tips are welcome!) I’m also shaker-card-challenged, I’m afraid. This did not come out looking like the picture I had in my head, but it will have to do. I’m sharing it here, but I fear that this one is more like a “what NOT to do” tutorial for a birthday shaker card.
I love pink, blue and purple together… usually. I’m honestly not sure what happened here. I wanted to make something special for a very good friend. This was actually about my third or fourth attempt… the others all ended up in card heaven. Hopefully, my friend appreciated the effort, if not the execution. 🙂
I started with a plain piece of white cardstock, and attempted to create a watercolor background by blending some pink, purple and blue Distress Inks. My blending skills leave a lot to be desired, but I finally got it to an “acceptable” stage. That’s what you see behind the “window”. For the front of the card, I wanted to go with a sort of splatter pattern, using the same three inks. That didn’t turn out to be as easy as I thought, despite using the awesome “acrylic block technique that I learned from Kristina Werner (see here for an example), who picked it up from Julie Ebersol. Clearly, I need more practice.
I had already picked out three colors of cardstock that I thought went pretty well with the inks. Now, I’m not so sure. This does look slightly better in real life, but I can’t let the camera take all the blame. Something just looks “off”. I thought this needed a colored base because of all the white on the front. Maybe I should have just stuck with white? Pink and blue were worse – I tried.
As I don’t have one of those cool nifty new Fuse tools, I made the shaker the old-fashioned way – with lots of foam adhesive around the window. The end result does work – the little bits of sequins and glitter do move around – but it was NOT easy to get to that point. In hindsight, I can see where I went wrong. I put the foam adhesive around the plastic window, on the back of that splatter sheet. Then, I put my little doo-dads on the plastic and attempted to attach the card base to it. I couldn’t line it up well with the card upside-down. I ended up with nearly all of the glitter and sequins stuck to the foam adhesive and/or all over the table and floor. Do you know how hard it is to work with Martha Stewart’s tiny hearts and stars glitter? The more determined I was to get the stuff in the card, the more determined IT became to stick to everything but the card. Sigh.
I don’t know how long I fought with this thing, but eventually I got it together. I added a die-cut sentiment and some butterflies, and coated all of them with Wink of Stella and called it done. My advice? Don’t do what I did, LOL. Turn off your ceiling fan (you’d think I would remember that by now), pile your glitter in the center of your background piece so you can see the front piece when you adhere it… or better yet, buy a Fuse. But if you have any better tips, please share!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!
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