Sparkles shaker card

I’m back with a second card today, as we’ve also got a new theme over at Sparkles Monthly Challenges. Claudia is hosting and wants to see our shaker cards. Now you may not believe this, but I’ve never made a shaker card before (seen lots of them), so off I went to YouTube for a quick tutorial! I don’t think I chose the easiest shape and there’s a couple of things I’d change next time, but life’s about learning, isn’t it? I thought the colours from The Paper PLayers would work well for a floral design – only just made their deadline as well!

I started by diecutting one of Julie Hickey’s ‘beautiful blooms’ shapes into a couple of pieces of white card. One of them is a thicker weight to give me a bit of height for the sequins. I glued a piece of acetate on the back of the lighter card, making sure that it was well attached all round the edge of the flower.

I glued the thicker piece of card in place over the acetate, again making sure that I’d sealed it around the flower edge. I dropped a sprinkle of flat sequins onto the centre of a 5×5 card blank, then glued the card & acetate sandwich onto the card front. As before, the key is to make sure the flower edge is well glued down to the card front so the sequins don’t fall out.

I die cut the flower outline from ‘beautiful blooms’ in ‘tahitian tide’ card and glued that onto the acetate. I added a couple of leafy sprays from in ‘parakeet party’ and the small flower from Julie’s ‘dinky hexagon’ dies.

I finished by stamping the sentiment in ‘tahitian tide’ – I know I should have done this before putting the shaker together but you’ll all know by now that I’m not brilliant at thinking it all through to start with!! I got away with it thanks to my stamping platform…

Thanks for dropping in. Next time I do one of these, I’ll use a double layer of card behind the acetate to give it a bit more height (in the absence of adhesive foam sheet), so I can use bigger sequins. On the upside, this won’t have any problems going through the post. Come and share your shaker cards with us at Sparkles – you’ve got until 14th August, so lots of time to plan a fabulous creation!

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