Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Shaker Cards

Last week I decided to make some shaker cards using some shaker pouches, made by Impression Obsession, that I had purchased in July 2010 at a Paper Cut Warehouse Sale. I had also purchased pre-cut card stock panels that were die cut to fit the pouches perfectly. I had round pouches and square pouches. And I had lots of mini beads to fill the pouches... you don't need many beads in the pouch.
I also wanted to make some 'specialty' cards for certain people. I decided to start with scuba diving themed cards for Terri.
After making all the cards seen in this post I found that the round shaker pouches were easier to work with than the square pouches. I love how these turned out! I know Terri will love them too!

The swirls embossing folder I used on the front panel of this card is a good match for the underwater theme.
On all of the underwater themed cards, except one, I created a background called faux bleach. There are two faux bleach techniques and I used both of them on these cards. I have two background stamps that are wonderful for creating the illusion of underwater. One of the faux bleach methods is done by stamping with versa mark, drying with a heat gun, and then sponging on dye inks. The versa mark resists the ink resulting in a bleached look. The other method is done by stamping with versa mark or embossing ink, applying clear embossing powder, and heating the powder to melt. Then alcohol inks are applied and using a hot iron and a sheet of copy paper, the piece is ironed so that the embossing powder melts into the copy paper.

The ribbon I used on this card and one of the others is one of my favorites. I think I saved it from a gift I had once received.. and I used the last of it on these cards. Oh well, I have been trying to use many of the items I have in my stash rather than hang on to them.
The background under the shaker pouch on this card is different from the other underwater themed cards. I just sponged on some ink in blues and greens.

I really love bright colors and this card is definitely bright!! Like the others I used the same underwater and scuba diving stamps. I really like the cuttlebug embossing folder I used; it is called bubbles. I think it really goes well with the underwater theme.
The multicolored rick rack is a fun addition. I had several types of underwater themed charms I was able to use with this set of cards.

I had fun with these underwater themed shaker cards using various color card stock, ribbons, charms, and embossing folders. Each of the cards is a little different.
I can't wait to give some, or all, of these cards to Terri as part of her birthday gift in July. Each year I give her a packet of hand made cards. She is a diving fanatic and has many friends that also enjoy the sport. I just wish I could find a few more rubber stamps that are relevant to scuba diving.

I also bought some of the square shaped shaker pouches. Along with the pouches I bought a packet of pre-cut card panels that fit the shaker pouch exactly, but are set on a diagonal.
I love making dog cards!! I ran the dark brown panel through the cuttlebug with a Tim Holtz embossing folder. I used spellbinders nestabilities (rectangle and label) to create the label across the bottom of the card.
I placed tiny beads, some larger beads, and a bone shaped embellishment into the pouch. If I make another dog card I'll leave out the larger beads as they are a little too big for the pouch and don't shake as freely as I'd like.

I had a chance to use some of the stamps from a set I just purchased... all coffee and tea themed stamps. I used my twinkling H2O's to color the coffee cup; they've been so neglected!
I'm not a coffee drinker, but many people are so it won't be difficult to find someone who will enjoy this card.
I even used coffee grounds in the shaker pouch rather than beads!

This card will be great for someone who likes to golf... and I know quite a few of them.
I used a cuttlebug embossing folder on the kraft colored top layer after stamping the golf bag in the lower left corner. The card looked too plain without the texture that resulted from using the embossing folder.

I've had a Stampin' Up set including this cute frog for a long time... and it has been a long time since I've used any of the stamps from that set. I was happy to see that this little guy fit well inside the square shaker.
It was fun to make these and I think they'll be fun to receive. I have more of the shake it pouches so I'll be making more of these types of cards. I'm curious to see how well they stand up going through the US Mail.

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