This is a fun shaker card that I know the recipient is really going to enjoy! Assembling the shaker card is actually quite straight forward, thanks to the Shake It kits available at your lss through Impression Obsession. You can purchase the square or round plastic bubbles and the perfectly cut out cardstock pieces that fit over top separately. What I did underneath the shaker is a fun masking technique that I wanted to show you. I decided that the cute penguins needed a snowy environment, so I ran the white cardbase through the Cuttlebug using the Snowflakes folder. Stamping on top of the embossed surface would leave a very uneven impression and I had just one penguin stamp, the right facing one.
I decided to use a transparency. Here's how I did it:
1. I measured and trimmed the transparency to be slightly larger than the square bubble, about 3.5" x 3.5". I stamped the penguin on the left, using StazOn ink, which is ideally suited for non-porous surfaces, and it dries quickly. I then flipped the transparency over, and stamped the penguin again. This time I inked the stamp using a Copic marker, omitting the fin that carries the gift, so this penguin could be the recipient.
Now there are 2 penguins facing each other.
2. Next, I stamped the penguin using ordinary dye ink on a scrap of paper, and cut it out. I then used temporary adhesive to stick it on top of the penguin. If you have post-it notes handy, you can stamp on the post-it note, right up at the top where the gummy stuff is, cut it out and stick it on top of the image.
3. Ink up the background stamp, in my case the Christmas tree, with StazOn ink and stamp the it, allowing yourself to go right over the covered penguin, but not going so far as to stamp on the uncovered penguin.
Now, remove the mask you made with the scrap paper or post-it note and flip the transparency over. Repeat your background stamping.
Alternatively, you could create 2 masks and adhere one wrong side down on the penguin on the right, but I find this just as easy.
Use Copic, Sharpie or other permanent markers to colour in your images.
4.With your stamping done, you are ready to assemble the card. I placed the diecut cardstock on my cardfront and used a pencil to make light lines to indicate where I needed the transparency and bubble to go.
5. Using strong, clear adhesive, like Beacons 3 in 1, adhere the transparency to the cardfront. I find embossed surfaces sometimes don't adhere as well, so the Beacon's is good for ensuring the card won't fall apart. You can see my pencil lines under the transparency. Remember I made it bigger than the bubble, on purpose.
You can see the pile of "snow", about a teaspoon, piled in the centre of the transparency.
6. Remove the adhesive from the bubble and adhere it to the transparency (with all the transparent surfaces here, the photo is a little less than ideal, but I hope you can see how this is coming together).
Then adhere the cardstock panel to the front. Again, I used the Beacon's to ensure it adheres to the slick transparent surfaces and the embossed surfaces.
I stamped a sentiment, added a little bling and adhered it to the cardfront with double sided foam adhesive.
Have you made shaker cards? I'd love to see them! Leave me a link in the comments.
Merry Christmas, friends! May all the blessings of the season fill your heart and home with joy! - Ann