Happy Monday (is there such a thing?) my crafty friends! Today I want to share some shaker cards I made over the weekend. I had been having a lot of issues making shakers in the past, mostly because all my sparkly bits were getting stuck to the sides and it was frustrating me. Thanks to some research and advice, I had much more success this weekend using a double stick tape instead of a wet glue!
This first card is the result of embossing on heavy textured watercolor paper. I had been anxious to play with this new background stamp of peonies by The Ton. I love to watercolor and emboss, so I embossed it on to some Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I was really disappointed how the embossing came out, sort of splotchy. But I decided I would practice my water coloring on it anyway, and not use it to make a card. Well, I was really happy with the coloring, so I thought I'd try to use it anyway, and here is my result! You really cannot see the splotchy embossing (unless you are looking for it now that I've pointed it out! Ha!) And I'm really happy with it!
The lesson here is to not throw away your mistakes! :)
This card was the second attempt at stamping that large background stamp and embossing it. I used a smoother watercolor paper and the embossing came out so much better! I wanted to make another shaker card, but did not want to cover up this glorious stamp so I used a die frame from My Favorite Things. It worked beautifully! This card was relatively easy to make.
I also spent some time mixing up my own sequin mixes for these particular cards. I love making my own custom stuff and since I have a lot of sequins and newly discovered old beads (from my jewelry making days) I was like a mad scientist mixing up sequins and beads and whatever else I could find. Even one of my dogs came up and she had a pink sequin stuck to her nose! :)
If you would like to win one of my special sequin mixes, please leave me a comment here! I will draw a winner over the weekend!
Have a great week!