I was recently reminded of a technique I’d not done in a while – making a shaker card with layered circles in the centre. To do this, I started with six pieces of card measuring 6×6″. From the first, I cut a circle in the centre using the Time for Tea Designs Circle of Love nesting dies. Then I lined up the next piece of card behind it, and positioned a smaller circle in the centre of the gap, and die cut this. I repeated for the next three pieces of card, with increasingly smaller circles.
Next, I ink blended the final panel a pale blue sky colour, using Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink. I ink blended the edges of each of the panels with the circle cut-outs in rainbow colours, leaving the top panel (the one with the biggest circle) white. I used distress oxides in Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon.
I then glued a 6×6″ panel of acetate to the reverse of the top panel, and some foam tape around the outside (you can skip this step and just have the various layers of card giving you enough room for the shaker element, but I decided to make mine extra shaky!). I glued the remaining five panels together, starting with the biggest circle on top, going to the smallest, with the blue sky coloured panel last.
I filled the centre of the card with clear sequins by Lucy’s Cards, then placed the top panel over the rest of the card.
I stamped, coloured and die cut the cat from the All Occasions Critters stamp set (T4TD), and glued him to the front of the window, along with a couple of clouds from the Paper Plane Pals stamp set (again, T4TD). I then heat embossed the sentiment from the Storms Don’t Last Forever stamp set (yes, T4TD!) on to some black card, trimmed it down, and added it beneath the cat.
I don’t make square cards very often these days, and I’m quite enjoying this one, although it has so much dimension, I think it’ll need a box rather than an envelope to post!
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