Card making is a relaxing activity, during a rainy afternoon. I’ve got some really fun summer themed cards planned for today. Grab your scissors and let’s begin!
Besides paper, these are my six must haves, for card making:
- Paper cutter and/or scissors. My paper cutter is from Michael’s. I use Fiskars micro-tip scissors, that are recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. The spring-action design helps reduce hand strain while cutting. They are definitely pricey, but worth it!
- Adhesives, such as, Scotch double sided tape or a tape runner. I use Scotch advanced tape glider. It’s a little tricky to set up, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to use.
- Rubber stamps and ink. I really like clear stamps, which are used with transparent stamping blocks. You can achieve more precise images, due to, seeing exactly where you are stamping on the paper. I can never seem to get an image where I want it, when using wood stamps. My preferred black ink is Tsukineko VersaFine. Its great for very detailed stamps! I’m currently using Tim Holtz distress ink in various colors.
- Ribbon or trim. All colors, designs and textures!
- Die cutting machine and die cut templates. The die cutting machine I use is a Sizzix Big Kick.
Three useful tips:
- Instead of cutting cards freehand, from a sheet of card stock, I buy packs of pre-cut and pre-scored cards. It saves me a lot of cutting time, when I’m making a batch of cards. My preferred card sizes are 5 x 7, which is A7 and 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, which is A2. A2 is a popular size, as it’s very easy to make, from folding in half, a standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper.
- Choose lighter colors for the inside of the card, where words will be stamped, or written. No one can read writing on heavily deep shades of blue, brown, or purple, even with black pen and ink. I always use white or cream for the base card.
- Use tape, not glue, to attach paper to paper. Glue is messy and can leave your cards feeling sticky and looking not so pretty. Also, liquid glue will make your paper soggy, (especially thin paper) causing it to tear easily.
Shaker cards have dimensional transparent windows with moveables inside, such as, sequins, beads, rhinestones, glitter, etc.
My inspiration for the shaker ship frame window came from Studio4490. Shaker cards can be challenging for beginners. Practice with materials you don’t mind wasting, if you mess up. It may take a few tries before you get it right.
Stampendous Stamp Set (Ocean Wisdom)
For the card itself, cut a piece of white card stock, measuring 7 x 10 inches and fold in half. Trim the wood design sheet to 5 x 7 inches and tape it to the front of the card with a tape runner or double sided tape. Cut a circle from white card stock, using the shaker circle die, that will fit the size of your fish stamp. If you don’t own a die cutting machine, a circle template will work just as well. Stamp the fish image onto the white circle. My favorite ink pad is black VersaFine. I colored my fish tangerine orange, from Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. I added water with a Aquash Water Brush. To achieve an ocean background, use the waves stencil. I applied color over the wave stencil, with Tim Holtz mini ink blending tool, using Stampin Up! island indigo ink pad. To make the shaker window, I cut strips of double sided foam tape, and doubled them over to create depth, and make enough room for the beads to easily move around. If the window is too shallow, the beads will not move. Stick the doubled tape directly onto the card. I poured in a small amount of crystal glass seed beads. Then, I cut and placed the acetate, (the same size as the window) over the double sided tape, to seal in the beads. Don’t worry if the edges look messy. They will be covered by the frame. I applied glue to the back of the top layer circle frame, cut from the wood design sheet. If you need further visual assistance, check out K Werner Design tips and tutorial video. I had black rhinestones and twine already in my stash, so, I stuck those around the frame, to look like nails and added a few strands of twine, on the bottom half of the card. Using the Ocean Wisdom stamp set I chose, “swim with passion in the sea of life”
Seashore Sand Castle
I was dreaming of a beach vacation while making this card. I think its time to visit my mom and step-dad in Florida! The beach is my favorite place to be. I love the feel of the sand between my toes and fresh ocean breeze on my face.
Stampendous Stamp Set (Ocean Wisdom)
Cut a piece of 5 x 10 inch white card stock and fold in half. Trim a burlap rectangle, to fit the front of the card and adhere with mod lodge. Stamp the sandcastle, from the Life is Good set, onto white card stock and cut around the sandcastle with the coordinating die. (die cutting machine required) I also added the cute tiny flag at the top of the castle. Cut a circle from the shaker circle set or template, with the green scrapbook paper. (die cutting machine required) I stamped “Friends are like seashells we collect along the way,” from the ocean wisdom stamp set, onto the green scrapbook paper as well. To create the shaker window, I cut a circle out of a clear page protector and used We R Memory Keepers fuse tool. (not for young children) Check out this video, made by K Werner Design, to learn how to use the fuse tool with shaker cards. I filled the clear sleeve with sand and sealed all around the edges with the fuse tool. You can choose white sand or tan. I already had white sand, as part of a decoration in my house, so, I scooped out a small amount for this project. Whatever color sand you choose, be sure it matches the color of your sand castle. Glue around the edges only of the sand pocket and place it directly over the sandcastle with E6000. Then, glue the shaker circle window frame, cut from wood design paper, on top of the sand pocket. For the final layer, cut a strand of twine and glue it around the circle. Add a small bundle of miniature seashells. I repeated this step on the stamped greeting at the bottom.
I have a weird fascination with mermaids. These mythical creatures are full of beauty and shine through a luminosity of colors. I couldn’t make summer cards without a mermaid!
Mermaid Stamp (The Greeting Farm)
Cut white card stock, measuring 5 x 10 and fold in half. Trim a rectangle from the champagne bubbles paper sheet, and attach to the front of the card. I used an aqua embossed paper sheet inside the shaker circle. Using Tim Holtz holiday greens thinlits set, cut various green colors of “sea weed” and glue a few pieces around each side of the aqua circle. Follow the steps from the first card to make the shaker window. Pour in clear, white and green seed beads. (12/0, 6/0) Attach the shaker window frame and glue a string of iridescent pearls around the edge. Stamp a mermaid, like the one I used from The Greeting Farm, onto white card stock. I colored her with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. Because I love the beach so much, I already had a starfish in my stash, leftover from another project.
I found inspiration for this adorable card from Prairie Paper & Ink on YouTube. In her tutorial she demonstrates how to double over the foam tape and a few other useful tips.
Sherri Baldy Stamp (Poolside Patty)
Beach Ball Die (optional)
Cut 5 x 10 from a piece of white card stock paper. For the background, I used a stripe design from the 6 x 6 paper pack, Summer Dream. Using the rectangle shaker die, cut a rectangle, from the water design paper, for the inside of the pool. (die cutting machine required) I used shiny holographic silver paper for the edges of the pool. Find a summery stamp of a child on a floaty, like the one I used, Pool Time Patty. There is another cute Sherri Baldy girl I found named, Pool Time Polly. I stamped Patty onto white card stock and colored her with neon Prismacolor pencils. To create the shaker window, use the same foam tape method, I listed for the peek-a-boo puffer card. I poured in a mixture of various holographic sequins and crystal seed beads. I added a fun beach ball silhouette and cut the words, “you are my sunshine,” from the Summer Dream paper.
Despicable Me is one of my favorite animated films. With the release of the new movie sequel, I thought it would be fun to make a pink unicorn card, with Agnes. This will make a cute birthday card for a little girl.
Avery Elle Stamp & Die set (Be a Unicorn)
Photo of Agnes
My home printer was running low on ink so, I unfortunately couldn’t print a photo of Agnes, from online. Instead, I ordered two Despicable Me children’s books, from Amazon with my prime membership. I tried searching for relatively cheap books, since, my sole purpose was tearing them apart. I cut a couple different layers for this card. I started with white card stock, cutting and folding in half. The first layer is hot pink card stock. The cute youthful design on the white background is cut from the front page of the book. The edges of each frame are a light pink rose card stock. I stamped the unicorn, from the Be a Unicorn stamp set, onto white card stock. I colored it, to match Agnes’ unicorn, with a hot pink Prismacolor pencil. (PC993) and cut it using the coordinating die cut. (die cutting machine required) I added a small goggly eye. To make the shaker window, follow the steps from the first card. I poured in a small amount of various sequin colors and sizes. I applied tape to the back of the pink rose frame and attached to the acetate. Using black VersaFine ink, I stamped, “Wishing You A Magical Day” on the inside of the card.
We can’t make Despicable Me cards without minions! Who is your favorite minion?
This last card was my favorite one to make. I created a total of four mini shaker windows. Cut and fold a piece of white card stock, measuring 5 x 7 inches. Yellow card stock will be the first layer, on the front of the card. Trim to fit. Cut four, small, blue rectangle shapes from the rectangle shaker set (die cutting machine required) or from a rectangle template. Evenly space the blue rectangles, onto the yellow card stock and tape them down. Create the shaker window, using the method I described for the first card. Pour in yellow seed beads (12/0), white sequins, and tiny silver rhinestones. I attached the window frames using a lighter blue color. Finally, I cut minion images, from a sticker book and glued them on the front of each mini window.
Pick some paper, sit back, relax and start cutting!
I hope everyone is having a fun summer. Enjoy the week ahead and smile!
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