Saturday, July 23, 2016

Happy Shaker Card with Butterfly

Hi, Friends....

I am here to share a fun card with you today.  I don't make shakers very often, but when I got organizing my stash a little bit and discovered how many additional containers of sequins I have....well, you know the rest.  The cure for having too many sequins buy more!  Then you'll have *way* too many sequins!!  Ha.  No, the best cure is to make shaker cards, right?  :)

I was inspired by Mrs. A's Butterfly Spot Challenge which asks us to use a butterfly + D is for Denim (color) and/or D is for Dimension.  I used both of the D options in my card.

I used lots of die cuts from scraps all over my card, but found a stamped butterfly lying hidden for well over a year in my stash.  It was from a lovely ancient set called Victorian Butterflies. I had been dissatisfied with this stamped image at the time, but it had the right colors for this card.  Since I was still not entirely happy with was time to tweak!  

I originally had rubbed metallic Gelatos over the surface of the stamp and misted lightly before stamping it on white cardstock.  The effect was a pale, shimmery, rather amorphous butterfly....which looked way too sorry to use.  So.....I fussy cut around the image and added some fuchsia and blue watercolor to portions of it and then stamped the image again over the top with Distress Ink in Faded Jeans.
(I knew I'd never get it stamped in the right place if I stamped in the ordinary I inked the old style square foam-mounted red rubber stamp and turned it inky side upwards....then carefully laid my butterfly face-down over it. Since the piece was already fussy cut, I could pretty easily see where I needed to lay it down. Voila! It actually worked!!)

My background is one I just made from......wait for it.....(Janis is cringing in embarrassment that I actually saved this stuff...) leftover Easter egg dye!!!  Yes, I still had it sitting around dried up in cups from my granddaughter dying eggs.  At least it is from THIS year!!!!  lol...   
Uh, 911....Janis is "Mad-Chemist"-ing again!!!  No way was I going to throw away those lovely (completely dried up and crusty) Easter egg dyes!!!  Hey, it only took me until July to do something with them....I am improving!!!  I used mixed media paper and made a ton of backgrounds.  I even saved my paper towels that I used for dabbing...(upper left in photo).  I figure that one will find its way onto an altered treat jar in the year 2525 or so, if man is still alive... :)

I made this pale background by misting a fresh sheet of mixed media paper with water and gently pressing it down over a deeply pigmented one.  It picks up just the right amount of ink for a lovely pastel hue and for being impossible to photograph!  (What a bonus, huh? lol..  )

Other supplies used:
Victorian Butterflies stamp set (discontinued)
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy Cutaway die (This cuts like butter and no need for prying the cardstock out afterwards!  THANKS, W&W!!!)
Sizzix - Branch with Leaves die
Sizzix Originals - Build a Lilac die
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
DCWV glitter paper for leaves
Dollar store glitter on the butterfly and flower centers from my stash
Thrift store sequins and glass beads from my stash
Dollar store craft foam between the shaker layers
Acetate sheet from my stash

I put the shaker all together and lifted the petals and wings for dimension and called it good.  One shaker's worth of sequins down, 1000 to go!  

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Spot Challenge - Butterfly + D is for Denim and/or Dimension

2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Things with Wings
3. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #239 - Use Snippets
4. The Ribbon Girls July Challenge - Any Image
5. Crop Stop Linky Party #18 - AG Using product CS carries (I used Distress Ink) 

6. DL.Art July Linky Challenge - AG 
7. Southern Ridge Trading Co July Challenge - AG Summer 
8. ColorSnap July Color Challenge


  1. Oh, this card just makes me want to sing!! Not only does it have my favorite color, which is blue (well, one of my favorite colors...because I also love deep red), but I LOVE that Happy sentiment die cut! It looks like it's dancing across your shaker and gives great energy to the design. As for that butterfly...yay for you not giving up on it. As I peer closely at this blue and purple beauty it looks like you added glitter...but maybe it's just the metallic Gelatos? I love the addition of the glass beads and your layered die cuts too. A day spent making card backgrounds is a good day!

    1. Yes, I did put glitter on my butterfly....after the fact! It was a trick applying the glitter to the wings without it static sticking to the acetate sheet!! There are still a few stray sparkles here and there, but that is cardmaking for you. :) Oh, and thanks for mentioning the glass beads. I love the gleam of the bright refraction they bring to shakers along with the sequins.


  2. Janis I just loved your story on how this card came together and that butterfly is fabulous. Love all the dimension with the flowers. I'm guilty of having bags of sequins.
    Thank you for fluttering by my challenge where your card will be entered twice. Hugs
    Mrs A.

  3. This is such a beautiful shaker card! Love the colours and gorgeous design. Thank you for sharing with us at the Ribbon Girl, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Gina xx

  4. this is super nice!
    love it!

  5. What a gorgeous and happy shaker card! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Things with Wings” Challenge! Super work!

  6. Hi Janis - what a stunning shaker card - and i love the story about the paints! :)

    Sorry I'm a bit late running round commenting.


    Di xx

  7. A beautiful shaker Janis. I can't remember when I last made one but I did find lots of sequins when sorting out! I love the butterfly and it's a really happy looking card. I had a smile about the paints. Barbxx

  8. Great shaker card Janis! The colours you've used together are perfect. Thanks for playing along on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog.
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge

  9. Love the shine and dimension of your shaker card! Thank you for playing along with us on the Southern Ridge Blog Challenge!


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