Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Seaside Shaker

Good morning, it's Jenny today with my very first post for CCNS, and I'm so excited to be here!

This is my take on the A Day at the Beach challenge. There is a tutorial added so you can see step by step, how my card was put together.

I was inspired by this JustRite Sea Shell Bay Labels Twenty Two stamp set from my wish list.  As I was going through my stash, I came up with my version that I created with dies.

Here's the tutorial:

Cut a 5"x5" square card out of heavy 8.5”x11” white card stock (10”x5” and then fold in half). Next, cut two squares out of blue and Kraft card stock, cut into ½ inch smaller increments. The blue square is 4.5"x 4.5" and the Kraft is 4"x 4". When stacked, using these increments will leave a quarter inch edge frame around each layer.

After cutting the three card stock layers, cut out the centers of the Kraft and blue squares using the two largest of the Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two dies. Use the largest die to cut the middle out of the Kraft square and the second largest die to cut out the center of the blue square. Double mat the squares by placing the smaller Kraft square (with the larger cut out) on top of the larger blue square. Adhere the two squares together with foam tape.

Use craft glue to glue a piece of clear plastic (this piece was salvaged from toy packaging but a transparency sheet would work) to the underside of the blue layer. Cut the clear plastic a little larger than the blue window. The edges of the plastic won't be visible once the card is assembled.

Using the Impression Obsession Grass die, cut grass out of light green card stock. Trim the bottom of the die cut to make the grass a little shorter and then cut it into two pieces. Try out the placement of the grass before gluing. Then add a small amount of glue to the bottom of the grass and tuck the Grass pieces between the blue cardstock and plastic layers.

Adding the Grass to the outside of the shaker adds dimension.

Create the sky by sponging blue distress ink in the middle of the white card stock. After checking placement by holding the window part of the card over the sky, glue the cloud die cuts to the white card base.

To add a bit more interest to the beach scene, cut birds from the Impression Obsession Sea Birds die. Add color to the ends of the wings with a gray marker. Glue the larger bird onto the sand and the flying bird in the sky.

To create the waves and beach, rip six strips of dark blue, white and kraft card stock. Alternate white and blue card stock to show the caps on the waves. Position as desired and then glue layers together using craft glue and adhere the waves to the front of the card using foam tape.

Sequins may fall behind the waves and out of sight if you attach the waves to the front of the card. If you don't like disappearing sequins, just make sure to firmly glue the wave layer tightly to white background so there won't be a place for the sequins to hide. Tip: use enough sequins or beads so that with a good shake there are always a few in front.

To create the shaker portion of the card, cut thin strips of foam tape to form a fence around the perimeter of the shaker space. Foam tape is needed for this step (glue won't work) so there's room for the sequins/beads to move. Tip: Make sure to close all gaps with foam tape so you won't lose sequins or beads out of the shaker.

Last, I sponged distress ink onto the Memory Box Small Ringlets, and the smallest die cut from the Cheery Lynn Designs Seahorse Family, and adhered them to the front of the frame.

A cute idea for your pretty card! Thanks Jenny!

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joy said...

What a beautiful card and a great tutorial! This is an amazing card and your directions make me want to try it!

Stampsnob said...

I was invited to join a beach challenge here but I don't see how to do that .......Lis

Gracie CH said...

Wow, great tutorial Jen! Very nice card, love the design... So creative!

Beverly Bohannon said...

Hi Lis - Click on the Current Challenge icon on the right side of the blog and that will take you right to the this week's challenge. Thanks for wanting to play along! I'm looking forward to seeing your creation!