Welcome dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey back to share a new project with you. It’s been hot and humid here in Ohio, so I thought I’d create a wintry project to cool things down. Yes, it’s Christmas in July. I thought I’d try my hand at something new. I’ve never created a shaker card before, and Little Birdie has the perfect elements to fill a mixed media shaker and stunning flowers to embellish around it. Be sure to scroll down to check out my Tips and Techniques section for all the details on how I put this all together.
Tips and Techniques:
Cut a 5×7″ piece from the grey board paper in the Little Birdie ‘Texture Brew’ 12×12″ paper pack.
Die cut a 3″ circle out of the center of the focal paper.
Thin down white gesso with water and spatter across the background paper to give a snowy wintry feel.
- Die cut the shaker pieces.
- Die cut a 4 inch circle from clear acrylic sheet.
- Die Cut a 4 inch circle from chipboard.
- Die cut several 3 1/2 by 3 1/2″ squares of chipboard. The number will vary depending on the thickness of your chipboard. I wanted the shaker to be 1/8″ thick so it took 3 pieces of the chipboard that I had on hand to get this depth. If you don’t have crafting chipboard, you could also use flat cardboard packaging like a cereal box.
- Die cut 3″ circles into the center of the 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch squares.
Glue the squares with the circle openings together using Acrylic Soft Gel Medium. I used an old paint brush to apply the gel medium and found that a thin application on both sides that are being adhered together worked better than just brushing the gel medium onto one of the surfaces. When adhering them together the most important thing is to make sure the center circles are perfectly lined up.
Tip Gel medium is a perfect adhesive for this application because it dries without any tack. We will be adding mica flakes, sequins, craft pellets, and beads that would stick to tacky edges.
I used a steel rule die to cut out the circles. If you will be using thin circle dies, or an electronic die cutting machine like a Cricut, you will need to use thin cardboard or even heavy weight cardstock. You’ll just need to cut more of them to get the desired thickness.
Note When the card is finished, the inside of the circle cuts will be visible, so you want to get the layers lined up nicely. The squared edges on the other hand will not be visible, so as you can see I used chipboard scraps and the edges are irregular.
I had some small wooden snowflakes in my stash and heat embossed them with white embossing powder and then with holographic powder to give a lovely snowy shimmer.
Tip If you don’t have these embossing powders, you could also brush them with white gesso and adhere super fine glitter with gel medium. Also you could use chipboard or die cut snowflake or stars if you do not have the wooden snowflakes.
Not pictured: Paint the inside of the layered circle cutout with white gesso.
Spritz Ocean Mist Color Splash onto the white circle, then spritz lightly with water. Move the circle from side to side a little to get the mist to move and create a background that you are pleased with then set aside to dry.
Heat set a chipboard tree from the ‘Decorated Trees’ set with Baked Velvet Agean Sea Embossing Powder or any Christmasy green embossing powder you have in your supplies. Embellish with tiny white rhinestones and a sparkling silver star on top. If you don’t have tiny rhinestones, you could use Little Birdie Crafts Dew Drop Pearl Drops instead.
Glue the cardboard shaker shape onto the blue colored circle.
Adhere the tree and snowflakes into the shaker frame on the colored background. Set aside until the glue is completely dry.
Add shaker elements into the opening. I used Mica Flakes, Mini Craft Pellets, Angel Wings Sequins, and glass seed beads. Use enough to cover the bottom portion of the shaker to look like a sparkling snow drift around the tree.
Adhere the acrylic circle to the chipboard. You want to get the glue as close to the edge as you can without it squeezing into the shaker opening where it would be visible on the finished card.
***Note*** A few of my sequins got stuck in the glue at the bottom of the shaker. That is okay since it will be covered up by the background paper when the card is all put together, and they are in a place that makes sense. If they were stuck at the top of the card, that wouldn’t look right when it’s all finished.
Cut foam sheets a little smaller than the focal paper about 4 1/2″ by 6 1/2″. Adhere them together. The number of sheets you need to stack will depend on how deep your shaker element is. I started with 2 sheets, but ended up needing to add another sheet to get it thick enough.
We will be cutting out the center of these sheets for the shaker element and the foam sheets will help us adhere the card so everything is an even thickness, and the edges of the card will look nice.
Lay the shaker element in the center of the foam (over the opening cut into the background paper) and mark around it so you will know where to cut the foam.
Make sure the shaker element fits into the cut opening. This inside cutting does not need to be neat and clean since it will not be visible on the finished card.
Adjust and line up the shaker element exactly where you want and adhere to the back of the background paper under the circle cut out.
Here’s what it looks like on the back. My foam frame wasn’t quite thick enough, so I cut another foam sheet. I was sure to make sure the edges were neatly cut and matched the edges of the previously cut sheets since the edges can be seen on the finished card, but the inside opening is rough cut and didn’t need to line up exactly with the other inside cuts since this won’t be visible.
Tip You might notice the grid lines on the back of the background paper. When I was cutting out the circle opening, I drew these lines on the paper to make sure I had the circle die centered before cutting.
Die cut wintry leaves from Little Birdie Watercolour paper.
Use watercolor paint to color the leaves. Be sure to use several colors of bluish green and leave mottled area of color like you would find in nature. I adore working with Little Birdie Watercolour paper. It takes color beautifully!
Tip I used the M. Graham watercolors I had in my stash, but Little Birdie has come out with a wonderful Watercolor Half Pan Set that you could use as well. You could also use mists or watercolor markers.
Adhere this gorgeous Little Birdie braided jute twine to the inside edge of the shaker element. I matched up and placed the cut ends where I knew they would be covered with a flower.
Stamp and heat emboss a Christmas sentiment on white cardstock. Tear around the edges for a snowdrift wintry look.
No photo: Finally, cut a piece of heavy white cardstock to 10″ by 7″ then score down the center at 5″ to create a 5″ by 7″ card base for your card and adhere the decorated panel to the base.
Little Birdie Crafts Supplies
Texture Brew – 12×12″ Paper Collection
Watercolour Paper 12×12″ 220gsm
Shabby Chic Flowers – Queenie
Shabby Chic Flowers – Micro Roses
Serabella Classic Flowers
Amor Mio Flowers – Arcadia
Fiona Flowers – Arctic Ice
Zoey Flowers – Off White
Micro Petals Flowers – Moon Light
Christmas Handmade – Chipboard – Decorated Trees
Jute Braided Round Twine – Natural
Acrylic Soft Gel Medium – Gloss
Acrylic Heavy Gel Medium – Gloss
Acrylic Gesso – White
Color Splash – Ocean Mist
Craft Pellets – Mini
Sequins Medley – Angel Wings
Mica Flakes – Silver
Recollections ~ Mini Wood Snowflakes
Stampendous ~ Diamond Dot Stickers – Stars
Mini Gemstones – AB Round
Assorted Glass Beads
Clear acrylic plastic sheet – can be a scrap of clear acrylic packaging
2mm Foam Sheet – White
Liquitex ~ Gesso, Clear
Ranger ~ Embossing Powder – Holographic
Ranger ~ Embossing Powder – Steel
Baked Velvet Embossing Powder ~ Agean Sea
VersaMark – Watermark Stamp Pad
Watermark Stamp Pad
Embossing Powder – Snow
M Graham Watercolors
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ Thinlits – Holiday Greens, Mini
Close To My Heart – Just to Say sentiment stamp set
I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies and try something new like this lovely shaker card.
~ Blessings ~