When I first got the Under the Sea dies, I saw the little fish die as a stencil maker and have only used it for that. I always said I was going to save up the little fishies and make a shaker card, but never did. So today was the day. I die cut a bunch of little Crushed Curry fishies. They are showing in the photo and hiding among the retired Tranquil Textures Sprinkles.
For my card, I made a porthole showing an octopus peeking inside the ship. I picked out this Sahara Sand textured design from Woven Threads designer series paper for the inside of my ship. I mounted the paper on a piece of Whisper White card stock for strength and then cut a circle in it using the second largest plain circle die in the Layering Circles die set. I used the largest and third largest circles to die cut a Silver Foil frame for my porthole. I added the small silver metallic brads for the porthole hardware.
My Poppy Parade octopus from the Sea of Textures stamp set and the little fishies are swimming in a sea of Balmy Blue card stock. You can barely see it in the photo, but I used the long texture stamp in the same stamp set to create some texture in the water. I stamped off the Balmy Blue ink twice before stamping the image for a subtle texture. I added some tall sea plants in Mossy Meadow in first, second and third generation stamping. I die cut my octopus and then glued it down to my background.
The shaker portion was created with a piece of Window Sheet over the die cut hole in the top piece. I added a circle of foam adhesive strips around the octopus and put two strips of the adhesive on either end of the Balmy Blue card stock. Then I filled my "well" with the fishies and sprinkles and put the top piece over it.
To finish the card I added a piece of Night of Navy/Sahara Sand baker's twine to the top of the card and tied it in a square knot. I mounted the shaker piece onto a Whisper White Thick card stock base.
I was going to add a greeting from the Sea of Textures stamp set; however, before I finished the card I received a call from a customer and friend. She desperately needed a shaker card for her grandson's birthday and asked if I had any made. God's timing was perfect. I added "Happy Birthday" using the Well Said stamp set and the card is now in the mail headed to a special little boy.
There are so many ways you can incorporate a shaker element in your cards. Head over to the TGIF Challenges Blog for some great inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by today!--Sara Nell