Saturday, August 6, 2016

You're Fintastic!

The current Lawnscaping challenge theme is "Patterned Palooza." I both used patterned paper (Echo Park's "Soak Up the Sun" 6x6" pad) and created a pattern on my shaker card.

The inspiration for my card came from this one by Kimberly Crawford. She made a peek-a-boo shaker card, using dies from My Favorite Things. I don't have the fishbowl dies that she used, so I used Lawn Fawn's "Fintastic Friends" stamps & coordinating dies instead.

I began by die cutting 2 panels from seafoam green cardstock, and one from Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper, using the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Small Stitched Rectangle" dies. I stamped my greeting, from "Fintastic Friends," and the fish tank on one of the green panels, using my MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I left the tank stamp on the door of the MISTI, and stamped it again on my bristol panel, this time with Delicata Silvery Shimmer pigment ink. I sprinkled on Ranger Silver embossing powder. After brushing away the powder from the sand granules in the image, I heat embossed the tank.

Inside of card, with stamped & colored images
I stamped several of the images from "Fintastic Friends" onto bristol and colored them with my Zig Clean Color pens. Then I die cut them with the coordinating dies. After I'd colored the sand & water in the embossed fish tank, I glued my fish, sandcastle, coral, & seaweed in place.

Now it was time to start on the construction of my card. First, I die cut the fish tank from the green panel. (The stamped image on that panel had been just a "placeholder" so I would know where to die cut.) I lined up that panel with my other green one, and die cut the second with the same die, using the opening in my front panel as a guide for where to place the tank die.

Another view of the front of the card
After stenciling the "bubbles" with Peacock Feathers Distress ink & the "Falling Snow" stencil by Simon Says Stamp, I adhered clear acetate to the back of my front panel. I cut an opening in the front of my card base, larger than the fish tank, but smaller than the green panel; & from 2 pieces of striped patterned paper cut to A2 size. I adhered my green panel to one of the striped pieces with ATG tape. I adhered my second green panel to the second striped piece, and used Scor Tape to adhere another piece of acetate on the back. Then, I adhered that panel to the inside of my card, green panel side facing out.

To create my shaker, I applied 2 layers of foam tape to the back side of my front patterned paper/stenciled panel, creating a "well" around the die cut tank opening. I filled it with mostly seed beads, plus some 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh & 6mm teal sequins from Doodlebug Designs. I took my card base, and lined it up carefully with the front panel, pressing it firmly once I was sure they were accurately aligned. This created the "peek-a-boo" shaker, since there was acetate on both sides of my die cut openings.

I next adhered my stamped & colored bristol paper panel to another piece of patterned paper from the same Echo Park pad. I glued that to the inside of my card, so that the fish tank peeks through the shaker window. As a final touch, I colored over the sand granules in the fish tank with a black pen, adding highlights with a white gel pen. I also created a frame for the opening on the front of my card from white cardstock, inked with Peacock Feathers. And that finished this card! I really like the way it turned out. Even better, I like how I didn't have to redo anything because I messed up! :)

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
Pile It On #113: "Shaker"


  1. sweet card. brings a smile to your face. thank you for sharing it with us at TTCRD and good luck, Theresa DT xx

  2. LOVE your aquarium! So cool and fun! Thank You for playing with us at Lawnscaping Love, Karin

  3. Love how you did this - so clever! Fabulous card!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  4. Cute card. I love this fish tank shaker look.Thanks for joining Pile it On #113 Shaker, Keti

  5. Shaker cards are so fun and you did awesome with this one. Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping!


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