Today I am excited to be a guest designer over @ The Retro Rubber Challenge Blog. When I found out that it was a Button themed challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to try -my first ever shaker card containing buttons! I had fun making it and will be giving it to my youngest niece Mabel for her 1st Birthday coming up this summer.
Since I knew I needed the shaker compartment to be large enough to accommodate the buttons, I decided to go with using 2 layers of fun foam instead of just the foam tape. The fun foam was easy to cut-I started out with my CM oval cutting tool and finished up with a craft knife. Then it was easy to adhere all the frame layers together using a combination of my xyron machine and my ATG gun.
I partially cut that same size oval from the pale pink front panel of my card, but then used the craft knife to carefully cut around the "celebrate" letters that I had stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed in 4 different colors to get a rainbow effect at the bottom of the card. I also die-cut the #1, ran it through my xyron machine and then added clear microfine prisma glitter to the top side of it.
I chose 14 small buttons in coordinating colors to add to the shaker compartment, along with some micro beads in pink and blue, and some clear prism confetti/glitter chunks. I layered the pink plaid patterned paper onto my A2 sized card front and added the glittered #1 to the center with mini foam dots, then flipped it over to adhere the shaker component to it, to complete the base of my card.
Next, I stamped 4 of the stuffed animals -from a retired TAC stamp set (circa 2005)- in Tuxedo Black Momento ink on white scraps of paper and colored them with my Spectrum Noir pens. Then I topped them off with the clear Wink of Stella glitter marker and fussy cut them out. I also ran a pink Spectrum marker around the edges of the white fun foam to help it blend in better with the card front.
I added 2 of the animals to the card front with mini foam dots to pop them up a bit and used mini glue dots to adhere the 3 buttons. Being as this was only my 2nd ever shaker card, there is still some room for improvement, but over all I was very pleased with the results and think it is a super cute card that my sister-in-law will appreciate, even if my niece is too young to, lol.
Inside, I used some of the left over patterned paper, along with the last 2 of the stuffed animals and a retired TAC Happy Birthday sentiment.