Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection + Shaker Card Tutorial

I LOVE 6x6 paper pads.  I just love to thumb through them and envision the possibilities.  I wanted to share some imaginations come to life with the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan 6x6 paper pad by American Crafts.

*American Crafts Dear Lizzy NEOPOLITAN 6 x 6 Paper Pad

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This card showcases a wide variety of the paper pack.  Some happy balloons to celebrate a birthday, complete with baker’s twine strings.  Pure pastel loveliness.

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OH MAN.  How I adore little ice cream cone stamps by My Cute Stamps.  I used copics to color them to match the paper.  They are fussy cut and popped up on foam dots.  The Sentiment is Hero Arts.

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How to make a quick shaker card – first you need some supplies!

- Clear acetate, Judikins sells these, or you can reuse some old packaging you might have.

- Foam strips, use the strips instead of dots or squares, because you will need to line the whole side to pop up the window so the items inside have room to shake around.

- Items to shake around, here I used small flower punched paper pieces, beads, and a scoop of loose glitter.

- Staz On ink if you plan on stamping your sentiment on the acetate.

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I didn’t take photos of the process, but it is really simple with a stunning result.  First cut your outside frame, I think this one with the pretty flowers might be about 4x4 when measured on the outside, with a 3/4 inch border or so.  Next cut the acetate sheet, and adhere it to your frame – I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue.  Glossy Accents would also work well. 

While that is drying, punch little shapes to put inside.  You want them to be pretty flat because they need to shake around.  If they are to thick they won’t move.  Now put the foam strips on the inside of the frame (my floral piece as you see here).  MAKE 100% sure that the foam strips go around the whole thing, and that there are NO GAPS.  Your items will escape if there is any way for them to do so!  For extra precaution, I also layered some Tombow Mono Liquid Glue on top and in between the foam strips.

On your background piece that is already on the card (the yellow polka dots here), dump your pile of shaking items.  Make sure they stay in the center.  If you are stamping a sentiment on the acetate, do that now.  Staz On will dry immediately allowing you to move on quickly.  Now set your frame – foam tape side down obivously – down around the items.  Press lightly and make sure everything is lined up nicely.  Then give ‘er a shake!

Your items may get stuck on the inside where the foam tape is facing the inner part of the card.  You can see this in action in the photo above.  This doesn’t bother me (I actually like the suspension of the items), but if it bothers you, you could try adhering very thin strips of paper to the foam strips.

Hope this helps – let me know if you have questions!!