A simple flamingo shaped shaker card in beautifully bright and cheerful colours (I love this colour combo at the moment :D) I made this card using the free flamingo die from an edition of Papercraft Essentials magazine, I saw this die advertised as the free gift for the following issue and was impatiently waiting for next months issue to land on the door mat so I could make this card :D
To create the background I used Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalade distress inks and I blended them in an ombre effect. Once blended I used some water and a number 2 round paint brush to create some tiny little splashes of water and then lifted the colour with some kitchen roll... the big flower and leaf stamped in the background, are actually dies cut from funky foam, they are a die set from Sizzix for Craft Asylum, and I got them because I already had the coordinating stamp set (which is where the smaller flower and leaf are from, also a Craft Asylum set). I used Picked Raspberry for the large flower, Abandoned Coral for the small flower and Spiced Marmalade for all the leaves (I really liked stamping the leaves to coordinate with the colour scheme rather than just in green as usual, I will have to remember this for future cards!!). I then decided that the background looked a little too plain, so my trusty piece of punchanella was used to create a little extra texture in the background :D. The next step was die cutting, I got the white panel ready using an MFT stitched rectangle stax die and the free flamingo die, then for the background I used my usual large stitched rectangle die from the MFT blueprints 13 die set and I also used the next die down from the one I used for the white panel (this was a brain wave, as I wanted to keep the background I'd created showing through the aperture of the flamingo, and trying to have lined this up would have been a nightmare, but using a small die to cut the centre of the background out worked a treat, and you can't even tell I did it :D). I then stuck some acetate to the back of the aperture and surrounded the rectangle with foam tape (with a few extra pieces to prop up around the flamingo). Now for the fun part of choosing the sequins :D I used a few of the large sized clear glass micro beads from creative expressions, some pink hearts (which are actually table confetti), some tiny coral stars (which are actually from a nailart set from poundland lol) and some gold shaker mix which is a mix of tiny micro beads and the little circles from the middle of sequins :D
Now for the assembly.... my new technique made this sooo easy, you literally just put the smaller rectangle straight over the back of the open shaker, then slot the whole shaker back into the hole in the background (and I added a little sellotape on the back just to keep it together). For the finishing touches I added a bit of white to the background (in the form of a few random white dots using my signo uni ball broad white gel pen), I also added a scattering of sequins across the front, the sentiment Hello Friend (using the same Craft Asylum stamps set and a banner die set from Avery Elle) (these were stamped in Hero Arts Butter Bar and Bubble Gum inks and I had to add some Spectrum Noir sparkle clear overlay on top :D) then finally I also put some Spectrum Noir sparkle clear overlay on the three big stamped flowers in the background :D There's few close up photos to follow, they're of the two cards I made, as I actually made a second one to send into Papercraft Essentials, however wasn't lucky enough to get it featured in their readers gallery :( maybe next time :D
To see the process behind this card, please check out my YouTube video:
I have entered this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog challenge 'Anything Goes'