Monday, May 27, 2013

Shaker Card Lawnscaping DT Entry

Hey There! 

I'm just stopping in for a quick post tonight since the clock is tick-tick-ticking!  Lawnscaping is having a design team challenge and I just had to participate!  Lawn Fawn is one of my very favorite stamp companies and the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog was one of the main reasons I started this blog last October.  I think I've participated in just about every challenge since I started blogging and to become a member of their DT would be uh-mazing!!  The DT is full of talented ladies, and it would be double uh-mazing to be a part of the team :) 

I've been trying to think of a card to make since the DT challenge announcement, but have hardly had a chance to think of anything other than moving.  All of our stuff is *hopefully* safely on it's way to Hawaii and today has been the first day I've been able to breath a little.  We're staying with family for about a week before our flight leaves next week.  BUT, I made sure to pack the essentials in my suitcase:


So let me stop babbling and share my card before I miss that midnight deadline! 


I made a fun underwater themed shaker card!  I used Critters in the Sea for the main part of this card as well as the banner from Home Sweet Home, Quinn's ABC dies, and Sally's ABC's.  I started by making an underwater background with distress paints.  I just bought a few, so I'm still figuring out how to use them, but creating this background was super easy albeit a little messy ;)  I then adhered my pieces together and that was it!  I was going to do a photo tutorial on shaker cards with this, but I'm a little pressed for time-- but I promise to share one soon if anyone's interested.  I will add 2 helpful tips, however: 

1. Shaker cards are best as one layer cards (i.e. a background and images on one piece of cardstock).  Otherwise, the glitter gets stuck on the images and can look a bit messy.  Since mine wasn't a one layer card, I made the following sandwich from front to back: acetate, fussy-cut images, a second piece of acetate, the foam circle with glitter on the inside, and then the back panel.  This ensured that my fish and turtle were sandwiched between 2 layers of acetate and had no contact with the glitter.  

2. Use a tape-runner type adhesive.  Liquid glue is great for a lot of things, but totally makes a sticky mess with this.  Once the acetate gets glue on it, it smears and becomes sticky.  The glitter ends up having difficulty moving freely and makes for a messy looking card.  Trust me- This is version 3 of the card!  

Here's a photo of all the glitter (I used blues and greens from a Martha Steward glitter pack): 


And one last one: 


Thanks so much for visiting today!!  Good luck to everyone for the DT spot! 

-Lizzy

8 comments:

  1. This is beautiful and best of luck...maybe on the next call I'll be more courageous!

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  2. That is so cute, Lizzy!! I really like the distressed background that you created and your sentiment pun! Shaker cards are so much fun to play with! :)

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  3. Oh Lizzy, this is so fun!
    Totally love it!! Great color combo also!!!!
    Good luck next week: have a safe flight!! :)

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  4. This card seriously rocked my socks off the moment I saw it. Sooooo cool! Absolutely love it. Just wow.

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  5. This is such a sweet project! Looove it!

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  6. This is a wonderful card, Lizzy!!! What a fantastic scene!!! Have a perfect day!!!

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  7. I love your Under The Sea card. What did you use for the sand on the ocean floor?

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Many thanks for each and every thoughtful comment! Your feedback is genuinely appreciated--I only hope you enjoy my cards as much as I enjoy your comments!

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