Hello, Pretty Pink Posh fans! This is Yana and I’m excited to share a vellum shaker card today using some of the brand new products coming on August 5th.
I recently discovered that vellum is a great screen to use for shaker cards. It mutes the background a little bit, helps to draw the eye to the focal point (not the shaker itself) and still has that “shaker” element of surprise.
Before I get to the tutorial part of this post, I want to share a bit about about my process. In the past I used to love to use sketches for my projects, I would also make sketches of cards I planned to make on paper (I had a dedicated sketch notebook) and would always use them in my craftroom.
These days my approach is a bit different. I like to create a sketch by using the products themselves. Photo below shows how I used hexagon dies and stamps to lay out my future card design on paper. I don’t always follow my initial design, but I do enjoy and do find it helpful to lay my supplies out like this. It helps me to visualize and better plan my card.
I decided to use the new Stitched Hexagons dies and create several windows in my front panel. To re-create this panel you’ll need to die cut the second largest and also third largest hexagons out of white cardstock that is cut to 4 by 5 ½”.
Next go ahead and stamp and heat emboss several images from the Blissful Butterflies set in gold embossing powder onto watercolor paper, cut the images out with the help of matching dies.
To help me decide on the colors to color my images I used a pack of sequins, Wildflowers Mix, as my inspiration and watercolored in purple and blue. This is a great trick and it really saves a lot of time when it comes to embellishing a card. Instead of trying to match the color of sequins to your project you can actually use the sequin mix as a color palette.
To watercolor these I used Daniel Smith sampler watercolor sheets and a water brush. However any other watercolor medium can be used.
The reason I decided to use vellum for the shaker on this card and not acetate, is because I wanted to add additional heat embossing and you can’t heat emboss acetate unless it’s a heat resistant one.
Prep the vellum for heat embossing as you would paper, stamp the image, cover with embossing powder and heat set it. The trick to embossing vellum is getting your heat tool nice & hot and applying heat in short bursts.
After embossing go ahead and adher vellum from the back of your die cut panel, build the shaker walls with the help of foam adhesive, add the Wildflowers Mix sequins (I used both 4mm and 6mm) and closed the shaker with another layer of vellum, you can also use acetate here.
The base panel for this project is done at this point and you can go ahead and adhered it onto a tan top folding A2 card base and add a strip of gold glitter paper to spice things up.
Foam mount the butterflies as well as the sentiments (I also heat embossed “You are the best” from the Birdie Friends stamp set and embellished this card card with a number of Rose Gold Sequins in all 3 sizes.
- Daniel Smith Watercolors: Amazon // Ellen Hutson
- Zig Watercolor Details Brush
- Foam Squares: Amazon // Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
- Versmark: Amazon // Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
- Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder: Amazon // Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
Be sure to mark your calendars for August 11 & 12. We have a super fun blog hop that will showcase the new stamps, dies, sequins and I’m bringing along the design team and some amazing special guests. If you’re on Facebook, be sure to visit the blog hop event page HERE.
We hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and look at the upcoming release. Stay tuned- we’ll have new posts every day this week leading up to the release on Friday, August 5th!