This past week, I’ve been pretty good about taking some time to do lettering practice in the evenings. Today, I knew I had to exercise my creativity in a different way, so I made time this afternoon to create the following card.
Today is National Friendship Day, so I thought it would be appropriate to make a card for a dear friend of mine, Natasha. On August 29th, it’ll mark roughly 7 years of friendship with her. We met at University of Portland through our weekend orientation. I sat next to her during an icebreaker activity and started chatting up a storm. Naturally, she’s quieter than me, so she probably thought I was a weirdo for talking so much. We were joined at the hip during our freshman year, roommates in sophomore year and have worked on maintaining our friendship through busy schedules, other competing relationships, work, etc. I think (and hope!) we’ll be lifelong friends. As a side note, our school color was a beautiful dark purple and we were the Portland Pilots. Much of our college memorabilia either had Wally the Pilot or an anchor, which is why the card looks the way it does.
First, I used the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Wishes frame die to cut three of the frames using white cardstock. Since I didn’t want it to be a birthday card, I snipped away the intricate “Birthday Wishes” sentiment to be left with a shape similar to a polaroid photo. Using another set from Simon Says Stamp, I die cut the script Love from black cardstock also three times. I used Ranger Glossy Accents to stack and adhere the frames and the word, Love. Another tip I’ve picked up from other crafters is to use the negative die cut (am I using the right terminology?) to house the diecut so you can glue them on top of each other.
I used a Hero Arts acetate sheet to be my shaker window. I adhered the acetate sheet using ¼” Scor-Tape double sided adhesive tape on the back of the frame. I used two layers of 3M foam tape to create a frame around the shaker window. I’ve picked up this tip from numerous crafters, but I used my EK Success Powder tool to brush up against the foam tape edges, so static is reduced and my sequins wouldn’t stick to the sides later.
For the sequins, I used a combination of Doodlebug sequins and Pretty Pink Posh. I sprinkled white and purple sequins from Doodlebug and used the following of Pretty Pink Posh: Metallic Silver, Pansy Purple, Sparkling Clear mix, and Lavender Moon. For the purple background of the shaker window, I cut a 3”x3” square of Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper as a back.
For the card panel, I thought it would be fun to incorporate anchors. I used the Fiskars Teresa Collins edition anchor paper punch to cut masking paper for my card front. I did Distress ink blending using Tim Holtz Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet with my foam blending tools. It was so fun to peel back the masks to see the stark white anchors against the ink blending!
Not going to lie, I forgot to stamp the rest of my sentiment (You to Pieces) on the bottom of the shaker window, so I attempted to stamp it using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink. Because of the dimensional component of the foam tape, I didn’t do a good job of stamping it crisply. In hindsight, I should have stamped it before making it into a shaker component. I used a black gel pen to fill in the areas and to make it a bit bolder.
Finally, I adhered the shaker window to my card panel at an angle to make it more interesting than. As a final embellishment, I used Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops in White Blizzard.
Whew! I don’t make shaker cards often but they’re a whole lot of fun to assemble. I felt accomplished making and completing this card because a lot of these items, I used for the FIRST time even though I’ve had them in my stash for a long time!
Hope you are getting crafty this week! Until next time… have a wonderful day!