The new The Male Room challenge starts today, and our prompt is to use something unexpected. At first I thought I’d do something with sand as I have some left over from other projects, but then I thought that might be a bit boring as it’s not been that long since I last used it. The sand idea stuck in my head though, and after I thought it through a bit more I decided I would go ahead and do the sand shaker. But as well as that I would add something else unexpected – water!
I started out by doing some ink blending. I used Hero Arts Butter Bar ink over the bottom portion of my panel, which I had masked. I found it quite difficult to blend, but I quite liked the textured look for sand. I the pounced Caramel ink over the Butter Bar to give even more depth and texture for the sand.
I moved my mask and blended the other portion of the panel, which would be my water. I used Altenew’s Ocean Waves ink, with some Dusk to deepen up the colours towards the lower part of the water area.
Next I created a white frame to go over my ink blended panel. This would help me create the shaker element of my card. I cut two windows, one for the sand shaker and one for the water shaker.
I realised I wanted to add some more detail to the background of my card so I used the little solid fish from Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid For You and stamped it several times onto the water area of my panel, using Altenew Deep Iris and Lavender Fields inks.
I also had the idea of adding a shipwreck into my sea bed. I used the ship from Lawn Fawn’s Ahoy Matey, coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, fussy cut it, and adhered to my panel in such a way that the sand shaker would partially hide it.
This is when everything started going wrong. I tested the zip lock bag I planned to contain my water in, and it had a tiny leak. We eventually worked out where it was leaking from and my husband helped me to get it sealed up with some super glue.
Whilst the glue dried I started creating the shaker wells. First I had to find some acetate, because I didn’t have a large enough piece left of the one I normally use… Luckily I found a sheet in an old card kit, and it was pretty much the perfect size. I adhered it to the back of my white frame and trimmed away the excess. I added a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Lovable Legends to the centre portion of my frame using the Altenew Deep Iris ink.
Then I started adding foam tape all around the two panels. I knew I would need to use very narrow strips around the water part to make sure my bag of water would fit. I doubled up my foam tape, trimmed it to fit, and set it around all four sides of the sand shaker area, and three sides of the water shaker area. I then realised my water bag wasn’t going to fit, so I had to add a third layer to all of the tape.
I noticed a couple of areas around my sand shaker well that had some very tiny gaps. With sequins it wouldn’t have been a problem, but as I was planning to use sand and glitter I had to seal them up. I settled on using Glossy Accents as “grout” to fill in the gaps and stop anything from escaping.
I’d put all my tape on the back of my frame portion as I felt that would be the easiest way to get it in the right place. But I also felt it would be easiest to bring the frame to the base panel, rather than the other way around. So I carefully added my sand and glitter to the sandy portion of my background panel, brushing it in away from the edges to make sure it wouldn’t get under my tape. I removed all the backing from the tape and pressed the panel into place and… the bottom part of my foam tape picked up a load of glitter and sand and did not want to stick. Yay…
I used my reverse tweezers to carefully lift it, and used some more Glossy Accents to glue the foam tape down. I pressed it in place until it took hold properly. I then gave it a good shake and found there was a slight leak somewhere, so I did even more “grouting” with my Glossy Accents to fix that.
With my sand shaker portion sorted I went back to working out the water part. The zip lock bag seemed to be nicely sealed up and no longer leaking, so I carefully wiggled it into the channel I had created for it. At which point I discovered that it was way too full. As in, you couldn’t even tell the water was there. It had no shake to it. Which was great given that we’d sealed it with glue…
Luckily as the glue hadn’t had anywhere near the full 24 hours to set I was able to open the bag and tip some of the water out. I took the opportunity to add some glitter in for some added interest and to add more of a shakey element to it. This time I made sure to test the fit in the channel before we re-glued the opening. It worked much better! Although with less water it turned out I didn’t actually need three layers of foam tape so of course I was really glad I’d spent the time on that…
I set the whole shaker panel aside whilst the glue on the bag dried. Meanwhile I worked on my kraken that would be going on the front of my card. The kraken is from Lovable Legends, and I stamped it with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink before colouring with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I decided to go purple to match the fish and sentiment. I added some texture to my colouring by stippling in the colours after laying the initial colour down. I also stippled with my blender pen on the lighter areas to help give texture there. I then adhered it to the front of my panel.
With everything else ready I did the final assembly of the card. I carefully folded the overhanging part of the zip lock bag so that I could tape it to the back of my ink blended panel. I then added some foam tape into the opening that I’d slid the bag into, helping hold it in place further. I used double-sided tape all over the back of my shaker panel to add it to my card base. And that completed the card.
Whew, still with me? This was a long post, and definitely a time consuming card. I do really like how the card looks in the end but it was a nightmare to make. It just felt like one problem after another. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Okay maybe not everything, but it was really frustrating. I joked with my husband that I’ll never be making another card. That’s far from true, but I may well not make another water shaker for a very long time, if ever!
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this card. For one thing I’m still not convinced that the bag isn’t going to explode and soak everything. And for another it is very bulky (remember the three layers of foam tape?) and heavy. It’s certainly not something I could put in the post. I don’t want to store it with my other cards in case of explosions… I guess I’ll display it maybe, because it is cute. Just as long as it’s displayed far away from anything that could get destroyed if it leaks!
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