Hello, crafty friend! Today I am sharing the second project tutorial in a mini series featuring new products designed by Becca Bonneville for Catherine Pooler Designs. If you missed the first one, check it out HERE. Otherwise, let me show you how this mini slimline shaker card was created…
Step 1: Base Layers
I started with a pile of die cut critters left over from the first project. I pulled out a mini slimline card base (3.5″x6″) and created a mat layer trimmed slightly smaller at 3.25″x5.75″.
In my search for a window die in my stash, I came across a nested square die set that worked perfectly to create three windows in the mat layer. (In the supply list at the end I’ll share additional trio & quad window dies I like.)
Step 2: Background Stamping
Just like the first card I created in this set, I thought this mat layer needed an extra something, so I stamped the two party hat images in a light grey over the entire panel.
Step 3: Prepping the Window
Next, I traced the window openings lightly with a pencil onto the card base, so I would know where to ink blend later. A single piece of acetate was trimmed to fit behind the windows. Before adhering the acetate, I noted the critters would interfere with creating a smooth seal for the window, so I trimmed off the bits that wouldn’t be showing first.
Step 4: Foam Strips & Ink Blending
Once the acetate window was secured, I used my left over bits of adhesive foam strips to create wells for the sequins ensuring there were no gaps around the square windows where sequins could escape.
Although I wanted to use the entire palette of colors I chose to work with on the first card in this set, I didn’t have as much area to work in, so I plucked the three primary colors to ink blend in the window openings knowing I could still get a similar rainbow look by overlapping the colors just slightly.
Step 5: Sequins, Splatter, & Sentiment
I pulled out lots of sequins from my stash and piled up coordinating bits in each window before securing the mat layer on top.
The only thing left to add at this point was a sentiment, so I stamped “Happy Birthday” in clear embossing ink with white embossing powder onto black cardstock. I trimmed it down to a thin strip and snipped banner tails with my scissors before adding it to the card with a foam strip.
There we go! That’s the second card down in this little mini series. How are you liking it so far? I hope you’ll come back soon for the next one, or subscribe for automatic email updates.
– Laura Evangeline