Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cute as a bug! - Shaker Card

Hi, everyone, Kelli here!  Today I have a shaker card to share with you!  I love shaker cards because they add so much to a project but don't add tons of bulk.  I used the super cute Hug a Bug stamp set for the bug and sentiment and the Circletastic Background for the black circles on the card base.  All the patterned paper that I used is from the Echo Park - Yours Truly 6x6 pad.

Now, onto the shaker card process!

Here's a picture of most of the necessities, except the foam tape, I forgot to include that.

First, stamp whatever bug body you like onto the pink circle.

Then you'll want to cut out the center of the body because this is where the shaker will be and the glitter will show through.  I used a craft knife for this because I find that it works the best for small areas.  You'll want to stay inside the black line so that you still have that outline left to show the body shape.  Even though I forgot this step, you should stamp the bug legs either before or after you cut out this center portion.  Just don't forget until the end like I did, hehe.

This is the pink circle flipped over and a piece of clear plastic that we will use as the window in the shaker.  You'll want to glue the plastic over the opening (on the back).  You can use transparency sheets/window sheets, but I just used a piece of plastic packaging because I didn't have either of the other two.  It worked just fine.  Yay for recycling!  :)

After you glue the plastic into place, you'll want to create a gapless frame around the opening of the bug's body.  This little well is where the glitter is going to sit and shake around once the card is assembled, so all gaps need to be sealed.  I just put some more foam adhesive around the rest of it so it would be secure because we're going to be sticking another big circle to the back of the whole piece to seal it off.

I removed all the adhesive backing before adding the glitter because I find that it's much easier that way.  If you try to remove it after adding the glitter you risk flinging the glitter all over, lol.

After the glitter was added I took the other patterned paper circle and stuck it to the foam adhesive.  Here is the finished shaker portion of the card!

When I was trying to decide what to do for one of the background layers, it just dawned on me to use the cute circles from the Hug a Bug set!  I put them all on a block and then used them like you would a background stamp.  I absolutely love the look it gave!

Here are a few pictures of the finished card!

Closeup of the buggy shaker body.  Oh!  I also wanted to tell you how I got the cute, tiny pink cheeks on the face of the bug.  I took the second set of antennae that come with the set and just inked up the ball at the end.  It was the perfect size for the cheeks!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!  :)

Jen has a gorgeous Valentine's-inspired card for you today:

Vicki has an adorable card that will really make you want to hug a bug (*wink*)!

And finally, Sami has a cute little Monthly kit project on the SP Blog today.

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  1. WTG using those as DOTS!! i will so be using that idea since I adore DOTS!!

  2. WOW that is so cute. I have some confetti in my stash and also clear sheets that would make great shaker cards. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  3. So cute!!! Love the little shaker bug, and great idea combining those dots for the background.