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Friday, June 27, 2014

Happy 39th birthday shaker card...

My daughter turned 39 today! I can hardly believe that I have kids that age. She's a professor at a local university, but I still think of her as my "kid." For her birthday card, I decided to try my hand at a shaker card. This was a first for me, but I had a good time making it, so I'll definitely make more in the future.
These were the different pieces of the card before I had it all put together. The sequins are old, old, old. Most of them probably were my mother's and she passed away 22 years ago!

I created a thick frame to support the "39" panel and to make room for the sequins. I made this frame by cutting 8 frame layers out of white cardstock with my Cricut and the Elegant Edges cartridge. I then adhered them all together.

You can see in the photo that I inked the edges of the frame with a navy blue ProMarker to match the navy blue "39" panel.

Here you can see the thickness of the frame with the 8 layers of cardstock glued together.

I used a piece of clear packaging plastic directly behind the openings of the two numbers to create a little window to showcase the sequins. The sentiment was created on my computer. It took a while to cut out all the pieces for this card, but once that was done, it actually came together very quickly.

I had to glue the little circle onto the clear plastic in the center of the 9.  I used some glossy accents for this and it worked perfectly. To find the correct spot for this little circle, I simply set the 9 back in place, glued the circle down and then lifted the 9 back out again.

I used the same label shape for the inside sentiment and added some sequins for sparkle.

I'll use a white gel pen to sign the card on the navy blue patterned CS below the sentiment.

Here's one more look at the card with the sequins shaken inside the frame. The colors in these photos are a little strange--not true to life at all--but I'm hoping to learn more photography skills in the near future. Today is my last day of work (tomorrow I am joining the ranks of retirees), so I am planning to pursue some other fun things, like learning how to take better pictures.
I hope my daughter has an outstanding 39th birthday! I know I've had several of them, he he.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


Sherry Eckblad said...

What a wonderful card, your daughter will love it. Which University does she teach at?
My son will be 38 in January and I keep asking myself how did he get so old and I didn't. I turn the big 59 this year.

Diane said...

Fabulous shaker card design Cheryl.

Hugs Diane

Karen M said...

Hi Cheryl, I love this cute shaker card and the sentiment is great! Had a look around your blog; you've some great work on show here!

Wanda said...

Very nice shaker card! Love how you used numbers as your window. TFS!