Shaker cards are so much fun to make! All interactive cards are, really. There is something really rewarding about having successfully completed an interactive card. Shakers are, in my opinion, on the easier end of the interactive card spectrum. I hadn’t made a shaker in a while so I figured it would be a good time to do it. I also haven’t made a slimline in a card, and I’ve never (that I can recall) made a mini slimline, so a mini slimline shaker card it is!
First I created my background. I trimmed down a snippet of white card to 3″ by 6″. I then positioned the MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil towards the top of the panel and started ink blending some clouds. I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide and an ink blending brush. I went fairly heavy with the ink at the top, then lighter as I went down through the layers of cloud, creating different shades of pink. I also rotated the stencil as I went to vary the looks of the clouds. Once I was happy with it I set the panel aside.
Dragon – Green: YG3, DG4, LG4, LG3, LG2, LG1
Dragon – Brown: EB7, TN9, EB4, EB1
Dragon – Horns: GB4, GB2
Girl – Skin: HB1, GB7, GB4, FS4, FS7
Girl – Hair: GB9, GB7, BO1, GY2, LY1
Girl – Dress: AP3, PP4, PP2
I placed a snippet of X-Press It Blending Card, which is alcohol marker friendly, into my MISTI. I positioned the girl riding the dragon from MFT’s Magical Friends onto the snippet, then stamped it with MFT Black Hybrid ink.
I then got started on my colouring using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The colours I used are all listed to the left. With all of the areas except the skin and the hair I started by mapping in the shadows with the lightest shade, before moving on to my usual method of going from darkest to lightest.
With the skin I always start by covering the entire area with my lightest (the FS7 in this case), then use a purple (HB1) into the shadow areas, followed by working darkest to lightest. The hair is just darkest to lightest, no laying in shadows, and working with flicking motions.
Once I was happy with my colouring I put the panel back into my MISTI, where I’d left my stamp, to restamp the image and make the lines crisper. I frequently do this after colouring. This time (as you may have seen in my Instagram stories, if you follow me there) it ended in disaster. I did push my panel perfectly into the corner before restamping, but I guess it hadn’t been properly in the corner when I originally stamped it. As a result, it misstamped slightly giving a bit of a blurry look. It does give the look of movement so it may be usable for something at a later date, but it wasn’t the look I wanted for this card.
Instead, I started over. I stamped the image again, and coloured it again. I was very glad I’d written my colour combinations down, because it helped the process a lot. Plus I could use the original version as a guide for the shading. On the second attempt I ended up doing two layers of the green on the dragon – going from darkest to lightest, back to darkest, and through to the lightest again. I think that made a big difference. I was really happy with how the colouring had turned out on the first attempt, but even happier with the second.
I decided not to attempt restamping on the second version, as I really didn’t want to risk having to do a third! I’m sure it would have been fine, but I chose not to do it anyway. Instead I fussy cut the image out with my Tim Holtz Mini Snips, plus my craft knife for the most fiddly areas, then went around the edges of the image with a black, water-based, brush tip marker to hide the core of the paper and make the fussy cut image look more finished.
Next I started working on my shaker element. If you follow me here on my blog (or on my currently neglected YouTube channel) you probably know that I’ve decided not to buy foam tape any more. I’ve found other ways to add dimension, mostly by layering snippets of card. I’ll admit, it’s a bit of a pain for shakers (though it does work) so I thought I would instead make a frameless/flat shaker.
I took a large piece of acetate and cut it to larger than my cloud panel – roughly an inch larger each way, so a smidge over 4″ by 7″. I then scored the acetate approximately ½” in on each side. I scored with the scoring blade in my Fiskars Paper Trimmer, though if I were to redo it I think I would score it with a bone folder or something, as the score line could have been better. It took quite a bit of fiddling as a result but eventually I had three of the edges folded and adhered to the back of the panel. I left one end open to pour in my sequins. The ones I used are from Craftin’ Desert Divas, which no longer exists. Once I was happy with the number of shakers I closed the final flap of the acetate.
For my card base I cut a piece of green card to 6¼” by 6½”, scoring the longer side at 3¼” to create a 6¼” by 3¼” mini slimline card. Before folding I adhered the shaker piece into place with double sided tape. I then positioned my fussy cut dragon and tried to decide what sentiment to use. I couldn’t make up my mind, so I stamped all four of the big sentiments from the stamp set onto brown card and heat embossed with white before trimming them down. This meant I could play around with the different sentiments and the dragon, working out which I liked best. Once I’d made my decision I adhered both the dragon and the sentiment into place with Glossy Accents. Finally I folded my card, and it was complete.
This card was a labour of love. Of course it would have been much quicker if I hadn’t had to redo the image, but as it was it took the majority of the day to create. I’m really happy with how it turned out though. It came together exactly as I had hoped, I’m pleased with the colouring, and the shaker works nicely too. What do you think of it?
| Charlotte E (Lady Joyful) |
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