January 5, 2009

Wedding Seashell Shaker

I am very happy with the way this card came out!! It's a shaker card. My friend Jane just got married on the beach, and her colors were blue and coral. I started out making the background paper. I wanted it to look like sea grass, so I used my acrylic brayer with a wide rubber band twisted around it. On a 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 extra heavy white cardstock that I picked up at Xpedex I brayered over the white with versamark and embossed with clear. Then in an empty spritzer bottle I mixed rubbing alcohol, Cool Caribbean reinker, and Turquoise Pearl Ex, shuck it up and sprayed the paper and let it dry. Then I used the same brayer and inked it in Brilliance Pearlescent Lime, then a third color of Encore Gold. I then put a piece of typing paper on top of it and ironed it to remove the embossing powder. The front really shimmers. I then cut my top layer for the card to 5 x 3 3/4 and layered it on a gold piece of cardstock. The card base is Bashful Blue.
For the shaker part I used the oval Nestibilities and cut out a scalloped ring out of the patterned paper I just made . I made a smaller ring of gold to fit as an inside layer. I also cut a full scallop of acetate for the window. I adhered all three layers together with my Tombo glue, then around the edges put the small edge of dimensionals, making sure that there were no gaps for the sand to seep out of. I then used some of my Lake Michigan sand that Lexie and I got this summer and put a few small spoonfuls in the window. I made the small shells with the Seaside set on Polyshrink, I stamped with Brown Stazon and put a little colored pencil on them before I cut them out and shrunk them. Then I carefully placed it on the card front.
For the seashells on the front I used Glitzy Gold embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle and painted them with some Pearlescent watercolors and cut them out. I stuck them on with the Tombo glue as well. The little hemp with the starfish came from the wedding invitation that I stole off of and put it on this card. (something new, something old, something blue). Then to finish it off I used the clear blue accent pieces I picked up at Michaels, they are like the Dew Drops, and adhered them with the Tombo also.
On the inside I found a quote and typed it up and put an extra seashell I had made.

He is the half part of a blessed man
Left to be finished by such as she:
And she a fair divided excellence
Whose fulness of perfection lies in him.

- William Shakespeare

Well, that's it for today! Have a great one and thanks for looking!

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