Friday, December 23, 2016

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Sharna Waksmulski

Hello everyone, Sharna here, so excited to be guest designing for Wplus9 today! I have three cards to share with you featuring the new Friends for all Seasons: Winter stamp set & a few others from this release and last.

For today's cards I decided to make shakers. I love the extra touch of an interactive card. Shakers can seem difficult but I promise they aren't! I have gotten into the habit of making several cards all at once while I have all my supplies out. It is really easy to switch up the colors and sentiments to make each one unique but not really take much more time than the single card would be.

For my backgrounds, I chose a bunch of distress inks & dye inks in a few of my favorite colors. I used a foam ink blending tool and watercolor paper. My tip for blending is to hold the base of the blending tool instead of the handle and start off the paper. I keep scratch paper under my cardstock so that absorbs some of the ink before I bring it onto the paper.

For the frame of the shaker portion of the card I used the Sunshine Layer Dies. I nested the inner rounded edge die inside of the outer scalloped edge die, taped them together with washi tape and ran them through my die cut machine. I applied a piece of acetate cut slightly smaller than the frame with some tape runner to the back side of each frame. Then I doubled up some foam tape before cutting in half lengthwise so it was thin enough to hide behind each frame (shown in step 1 in the image below). Running some powder tool around the edges keeps the sequins from sticking to any of the foam tape (see step 2).

Since my background is larger than my window frame I put the sequins in the middle in a pile taking care to keep them from the edges where the foam tape will go (see step 3). I then lined up my frame and set it down over the sequins (step 4).

I really hope you enjoyed my shaker cards!

Featured Supplies

For your convenience, here is a list of the supplies (or equivalents) used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase. Please note: this list does contain some affiliate links.

19 comments:

  1. Your cards are absolutely adorable! I love them all, especially the pink and purple sending love. Super fun designs!

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    1. Thanks so much! These are truely good for all seasons!

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  2. So stinking adorable, Sharna! Who doesn't love a good shaker card??

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  3. Squealing, these are so stinkin cute and fun and fabulous! I could go on. So clever how you have Me. fox (or wolf) dressing up the snowman!!! And a shaker how to... Were you reading my mind?? Now I have to try to make one!!❤

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    1. ❤❤❤ fox/wolf/husky whatever he is to cute to resist!

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  4. Such fun and cute cards! Love yor backgrounds. It's a great idea to make several at a time.

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    1. Thank you! I've gotten into the habit so I have plenty of cards on hand!

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  5. Sharna these shaker cards are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for giving the step by step instructions. During the holiday season I hope to make some of these myself...cause shaker cards are awesome, it must be all the shiny sparkly goodness that goes inside them lol. Have a most wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas to you. Cheers Donna Z :)

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    1. Thank you Donna! I love shakers for the holidays and any occasion that needs that extra punch!

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  6. Fabulous shaker cards with adorable images. I think it's a great idea to make multiple shakers cards while you have the supplies out, I'm definitely trying that next time. Thank you for sharing!!! Amy Y

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    1. Thanks Amy!! I totally made more after as well ha!!

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  7. All so ADORABLE Sharna!!! Love the background. Really have to make more shaker cards. Definitely a goal for 2017!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Thanks Ro! Can't wait to see what you make!

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  8. These are super cool, Sharna! I love shaker cards, but haven't really made many myself :) Well, I guess it's the perfect time to finally make some. Thanks for the inspiration! And Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you 😊 can't wait to see them!

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