Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Birthday Wishes Sequin Shaker Card

Pretty Pink Posh is hosting a "Sequin Shaker Blog Hop," from April 26-28. The challenge is to create a sequin shaker card, any theme. Prizes are available from several sponsors, and you can win either by uploading a project or commenting on others' posts (or both!).

I can't say that I've ever really made a shaker card before. And the fact that this needed to use sequins created another challenge, since that is one supply I do not have in abundance. The ones that I do have are mostly bright, bold colors, so any "soft" theme was kind of out of the question. So I finally decided to make a birthday card.

I found a sketch/example in the book Card Sketches for Paper Crafters, by the editors of Paper Crafts magazine. It didn't have a shaker element, but rather, a large party hat, complete with pleated-ribbon brim and pom-pom. I felt that the main part of the hat could serve as the shaker cut-out, so I decided to go for it.

I created the card front by cutting a piece of scrap cardstock to 5.5x7.5", mostly for use in testing my placement of the hat. When I had the hat drawn in where I wanted it, I cut it out with my ruler & craft knife. I adhered a piece of patterned paper I got from my scrap stash to the front of the cardstock panel, and cut the triangle out from that as well. Finally, I stitched around the triangle with my sewing machine.

I applied a double-thickness of foam adhesive around the opening on the backside of the panel. Only then did I remember, I was supposed to adhere a piece of acetate to the back FIRST to keep the sequins from falling out the front! So I carefully peeled the adhesive off, cut a piece of acetate from some leftover packaging, and glued it in place with my ATG adhesive runner. Then I replaced the foam tape.

I embossed a piece of yellow cardstock with Cuttlebug's "Happy Birthday" embossing folder, to use for the back panel of the shaker. I peeled the release papers off the foam tape sections, and adhered the cardstock panel onto those. Um, wait a minute...what about the sequins? Yes, I'd forgotten to put those in first--my second bumble! So I oh-so-carefully pulled back a corner of the yellow embossed cardstock, and stuck sequins through the opening. Finally, I determined I had enough, and resealed the shaker portion of the card.

The rest of the hat was fairly easy. I pleated/glued ribbon down for the brim, and used DMC embroidery floss to make the pom-pom. The pom-pom actually turned out to be a bit more difficult than the brim. Mostly because I didn't realize that I really needed to separate the strands of floss and THEN wrap & tie them together into a loop and cut the strands; not the other way around. But I finally managed to get it fluffed out enough.

After all that, the greeting was pretty straightforward. I stamped one of the greetings from the Simon Says Stamp "Birthday Messages" set onto a piece of bright turquoise cardstock, heat-embossing it with American Crafts' Zing "Mustard" embossing powder. SIDE NOTE: I frankly think it's a brighter yellow than "mustard," but they didn't ask me when they named it! :) I positioned the greeting panel on the card where I wanted it, and made tick marks where it met the edge of the shaker window. The I cut off that angle, added more ribbon above & below to frame it, and glued it in place. Finally I adhered the whole front panel to a same-size card base with more foam adhesive, to match the thickness of the shaker portion.

And there it is--my first (but not last) shaker card. WHEW!


  1. OMG!! How SWEET Is this!! I LOVE your Shaker Card Design!! That Hat Pom Pom is just Perfect!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  2. how fun that you made a shaker in the form of a party hat!

  3. FUN & FABULOUS card!!!
    LOVE your FUN party hat, how cute it is with the pom pom and ruffle :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your fun sequin shaker inspiration!!!

  4. What a brilliant idea to make a party hat! Love your card! xx

  5. Love it!!! great Pom Pom, I'm glad to see so many people attempting and succeeding at this 1st. (I had a first too). It is a very fun card.

  6. Very cute with the party hat shape!

  7. Very clever shaker card - Love the hat!



  8. Such a cute card. Loved reading how you worked through the process.

  9. Super cute! Love the fun shape of the shaker and all the awesome elements!

  10. LOVE your shaker!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    {Would love to have you visit. My shakers are #49, 58 and 159}

  11. This is so fun! I love that the sequins are in a birthday hat, and the mix of sequins are awesome. I'm glad that it won't be your last shaker. :)

  12. how fun to turn a BD hat into a shaker!


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