Dope Birthday Shaker Card

So this isn’t the first time that the Kindred Stamps “Peace and Love” set has shown up on this blog, and for good reason: I just love it.

Before we get started, here’s what I used to make this card:

  • Kindred Stamps “Peace and Love” Stamp Set
  • Copic Markers (to color the hippies)
  • White Gel Pen
  • Ranger Ink Distress Oxide Inks (in order from the bottom up)
    • Picked Raspberry
    • Carved Pumpkin
    • Squeezed Lemonade
    • Twisted Citron
    • Peacock Feathers
  • A2 Card Base
  • Piece of Acetate
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Sequin Mix for Shaker Element
  • Blending Tool (I used Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blending Brushes, but other brands/foam applicators would work as well
  • Embossing Ink Pad & White Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Ink Glossy Accents
  • Paper Source Peacock A2 Envelope
  • Rainbow Envelope Liner
  • Cricut Explore Air 2

One of my favorite things to work with when making is vibrant colors, and this set just begs for bright colors to really give the card a fun personality.

I’ve had the idea to do a Peace Sign Shaker Card with this set for a while, and was super happy that I had the chance this past weekend to turn this idea into a physical project.

Detour: Now, I use my Cricut A LOT when I make cards. I’ve actually named him “Jiminy Cricut” (it’s true, I even put a piece of vinyl in the shape of Jiminy Cricket on him to signify the name). Die Cuts can be expensive, and I have a hard time buying certain dies that don’t include those stitched and dotted edges, because I know I can make something similar with my Cricut. YES, it’s time consuming. But it really allows me to customize my project however I’d like.

When looking for a peace sign to cut out, I actually came across some clip art images of a hand making a peace sign. My first thought was “WOAH, this is so cool! Why make the a standard peace sign when I can do it with the hand signal?” I’ll tell you why. There were fine detail lines in the hands that didn’t cut super well on Jiminy, so my shaker window just sorta looked like those images you see of a pedestrian on the yellow traffic signs, but cut in half and flipped over. Yeah, didn’t want that. Back to the standard peace sign I went.

For color selection, I wanted to do a bright “semi-rainbow”, because I chose to omit purple from my blended distress oxide card base, but use the purple for the color of my peace sign.

After blending and spritzing my top layer with water, I designed in Cricut All Access how I wanted my card to be cut. I chose to have my peace sign be 3″ in diameter. I wanted the inner edge of my peace sign be where my window started, and that was a 2.8″ diameter circle, which would be cut directly from my rainbow panel. I wanted to have a 3.5″ purple circle to help create my shaker as well, so I cut that with my peace sign. After making my cuts (I had (1) 3″ Purple Peace Sign, (1) Distress Oxide Rainbow Card Base with a 2.8″ Circle Window Cut in the center, (1) Negative 2.8″ Distress Oxide Rainbow Circle, and (1) 3.5″ Purple Circle), I took a scrap piece of acetate out of my stash that would cover the 2.8″ circle window, and an extra A2-sized card panel in white.

Now, since I learned my lesson in the past, I knew that this was my last chance to successfully heat emboss my sentiment in white embossing powder, as I was moving towards the part of my card where it would be raised by foam tape and very difficult to get a clean impression of the stamp. So I used Versamark Embossing Ink, stamped the sentiment, and embossed it with the white embossing powder.

Detour: I know a lot of people think that clear embossing powder is the way to go because it’s the most universal. What I mean is that if you have a colored ink, you can use clear embossing powder on top of it, and it looks like you embossed in a colored powder. However, I don’t have the best of luck stamping in white, so I figured I would just use a white embossing powder in this scenario.

I adhered my parts in the following order.

  1. I placed my purple 3.5″ circle down. I then placed my A2-sized rainbow panel with the 2.8″ circle cut out directly on top of it. I took the negative of the circle that was cut, put some double-sided adhesive on the back, and lined it up back in the circle to adhere to the bottom white panel. Essentially, the top rainbow panel serves as a positioning device to make sure that circle is in the right spot and the pattern is oriented in the correct direction.
  2. Then, I took my purple circle with the positioned rainbow circle, doubled up some foam tape to get me about 1/8″ height, and made a closed ring directly around the rainbow circle without a) having any parts overlap onto the circle and b) without leaving any larger gaps between pieces so the sequins wouldn’t fall out. At this point, I did not remove the top layer of adhesive from the foam tape (I save this to the end to prevent unnecessary literal sticky situations), but did use my powder brush along the inner edges of the foam tape to prevent excess stickiness.
  3. I took my mix of sequins and poured it directly into the center of the foam-tape-enclosed circle.
  4. I took my rainbow panel and my piece of acetate. Using double-sided tape, I adhered my acetate window to the BACKSIDE of this panel. Creating the window with clean edges
  5. I took my purple peace sign, used double-sided tape on the back for adhesive, and lined it up on the FRONTSIDE of the rainbow panel, on top of the window so it lined up perfectly and covered all edges of the window.
  6. Finally, I carefully removed the backing from the foam tape surrounding the Distress Oxide Rainbow Circle. Being gentle, I carefully lied my A2 Distress Oxide Rainbow panel on top of the foam tape, making sure that all patterns matched up as they should.

I then mounted my complete shaker panel to my card base using double sided foam tape.

Finally, I adhered my 2 little hippies from the Kindred Stamps “Peace and Love” Stamp Set to the card, using my double-sided tape runner adhesive.

I paired this card with a Peacock A2 Envelope from Paper Source, and a rainbow print liner that was in my stash (I’m fairly confident I got it at Joann’s but don’t know if it would still be in stock).

I hope you enjoyed my card story of this fun little hippie shaker card! Leave me a comment to let me know what other fun eras you think would make an awesome stamp set!

Have a great Wednesday and Happy Crafting!

Justin

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