Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Shaker Card for a Princess

We know a little princess who is the apple of her parents' eyes so I designed this card for her. Since I haven't made a shaker card in ages, I thought I should improve my method for this favorite card making technique. I wanted to make the shaker part separate from the card so that several could be made to be attached to projects later. The Sizzix ornate frame shape appealed to me but it did not cut the thicker foam easily. I decided to cut two thin foam frames and tape them together with the thinnest Merikan tape. I matched the foam color to my cardstock and cut out a cardstock frame. Next I taped the cardstock frame to some acetate (recycled from packaging) and trimmed around the acetate. I taped the double foam frame to a printed paper by Autumn Leaves and trimmed off the excess paper. Before filling the frame with beads you should dust the inside with cornstarch to prevent them sticking where you don't want them to (I forgot to do this). After filling the frame (I used Martha Stewart mini beads), I taped on the acetate cover. Using Merikan tape allows you to position the pieces before completely removing the tape liner. Even if your frames are slightly off alignment, because the frames are all the same color it doesn't show. I do not recommend using glue because of the risk of smudges on the acetate. The little girl image is a Copic colored CC stamp (Sugar Plums Cherry Emma), and the embellishments used on the frame are from K and Co. The lacey white border strip was made with a Martha Stewart border punch. The striped ribbon is an American Crafts product. The tiny tags hanging from the cherry Doodle Bug Designer brad (with MS string) are from K and Co. The cherry print paper is also from Doodle Bug Designer. Once you have all your stuff out, it's easy to cut lots of frames and get them prepped for assembly. I love it when I find a stash of pre-cut pieces that make my next project a breeze. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment if you can. It really makes me happy to hear from you.

7 comments:

Creations by Shirl said...
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Creations by Shirl said...

Lynn - This is a super sweet princess shaker card... love the image and the embellies are awesome.. Can you shoot me your email address to my email address too... Thanks!

Shirley N said...

This is so sweet Lynn. A shaker card is always a hit and the "Princess" will love this!

Cheryl said...

Hi Lynn, this turned out so cute!!! I wonder why you were not able to cut the thick foam out since that die is a steel ruled die. I should try dusting the acetate with cornstarch too. I'm always smudging the acetate.

kris said...

A very sweet "princess" card!! i think this is bringing out the princess in me... hehe! oh i love shaker cards... i should make one, haven't done that in a while... =D

sweet said...

Oh Lynn, I absolutely LOOOVVEEE this card. It inspires me to create more shaker cards. TFS!

Angie said...

I just love shaker cards. It always makes me smile. Love your card and TFS.