Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Purple Shaker Card

"Don't think I can't see you back there!"

"The cat Bastet sat perched on the rim of the tub, watching me through slitted golden eyes.  She was fascinated by baths.  I suppose total immersion in water must have seemed to her a peculiar method of cleansing oneself." 
                                                                           ------------Elizabeth Peters

Hi, Friends....

I am here with one of two shaker cards I made recently.  These were the first ones I ever tried.....and they work!!  :)  Well, mostly.  Is it normal for some of the sequins to sometimes hang up a bit on the upper areas?

I stenciled the background with my favorite of the selections from an Artistcellar set I won called Tam's Whimsy series.  (THANKS, Artistcellar!!!)  LOVE these dangling hearts and stars!!!  I dabbed on Versamark and heat embossed in silver on the DCWV purple cardstock.

I had wanted to make a shaker for a long time, but didn't think I had a way to make those circle cuts.  Then I realized I could use my Sizzix Circles, Scallop set of dies!!  Hooray!!  I chose and cut the size of window I wanted from the set of circle dies.  Then I chose the next size larger die to cut the outside of the ring.....and the next size smaller die for the inner part of the ring.  So the ring is actually cut from dies that are two sizes apartThat way the intermediate diameter of my acetate would easily fit behind the ring for the window, without sticking out.  I made the ring in one pass with my Big Shot by lining up the two dies at the same time.  

Then I heat-embossed my DCWV cardstock ring with the same stencil, again using silver, and lined it up with my background to know where to place it.  I should have planned this a little better, but I didn't.  Ha!!  The placement of the window in this was by chance, but I LOVE where it landed.  I would suggest using a bit more planning if a certain place is near and dear to your heart.....like it actually landing ON your card and not hanging off, so the sequins fall out!  :)  Thing is that I hadn't originally planned on lining up the ring design with the background.  But when I was placing it, I discovered how nice it looked to have that continuity.....so, voila!


I used a combination of sequins from my stash, including some pale pink stars along with the other black, deep pink, and silver ones.  I put the sequins on the card in a pile in the center of the shaker area.  I used Beacon 3-in-1 to glue my window to the ring.  Then I put 3-D foam all around the ring, peeled off the backing, and carefully pressed it into the correct spot to line up the design.  It worked!!  I shaked and shaked and shaked it with delight!  This is an important part of the process!!!  Ha.  :)  All of it went onto a premade DCWV glitter card base.

I am loving this card for several reasons:  I LOVE the whimsical and almost fantasy look that Tam's lovely stencil brings.  I now have a way to use some of the stack of 300 zillion acetate sheets my MIL had for nearly 2 decades and gave me a few years ago.  (Be watching for lots of shakers!!  Ha!)  And, finally, I love this way of using bunches of sequins from my stash without getting glue all over my fingers!!!  Ha!  Hey, shaker cards win in tons of ways!!! 

Hope you enjoyed my card, today!  Have a lovely rest of the weekend and beginning of the new one.

<3
Janis

Thank You for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Sizzix Challenge - Inspiration photo
2.  Craft for the Craic - September Challenge #8 - Something with Circles
3.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils &/or Stamps
4.  DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5.  Wow Embossing Powder September Challenge - My Favourite

18 comments:

DIANA L. said...

I love it. Heat embossed gold and a shaker !!you just can't go wrong, this is so pretty
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Stampsnob said...

Lovely card
Shaker cards are so much fun to receive I have made one in like forever.............Lis

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful shaker card!! The gold embossing adds the perfect touch. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

Sylvie Sims said...

A very pretty card. Love the colors. Thank you for joining us for this months challenge. Sylvie, Craft for the Craic DT

Karenladd said...

This is just amazing Janis! Can't believe it's your first try...what a success! I can't decide which aspect I like most about it. The colors you used? The gold embossing? That delightful stencil with the hanging hearts and stars? Or perhaps it's the scalloped frame around the shaker part...or the off-center placement of it? Love how your scallops partially hang over the card edging for a great asymmetrical look. I think you and shaker cards are match made in heaven!

Dr Sonia S V said...

So beautiful your embossing looks and I love shaker cards!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Janis! How did you manage to do "fancy, cute, festive, elegant" all in one card design? Love all the embossing powder and your fabulous shaker cards! Sometimes my "shaking goodies" stick a little to the dimensional adhesive I used enclosing the shaker part. I cannot even see that part on your wonderful design! Fantastic, and congrats on doing your first shaker cards, which certainly do not resemble anything like a newbie! hugs, de

Ellen Taylor said...

Fabulous shaker card! Love the gold embossing and the sequin filler~ Very classy! tfs

Sabrina Alery said...

The silver embossing is so pretty with that stencil! Gorgeous card Janis!

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Diana!! It's actually silver embossing. :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Lis. I know I am soooooo behind the times in just now learning how to do shakers. They are so much fun to make.

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Janis

Janis said...

It's actually silver, instead of gold, but my photographic skills are very lacking. :) Thanks for your visit!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Sylvie! I appreciate your visit so much!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Isn't that stencil just the cutest thing??? I, too, love the hanging hearts and stars. Thanks for your encouraging comment on making shakers.....but you might live to regret having said anything. I do have a ton of those acetate sheets!!! :D

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you for your kind comments!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Ahhhh......you are too sweet, Donna!!! I appreciate your comments and feedback!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

It's actually silver, but my photography isn't that great! :) Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Yay......Sabrina was able to tell it was silver and not gold!!! Darn lighting in my house! Thanks so much for your visit. It means a lot to me!!!

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Janis