A Galactic Happy Birthday
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A Galactic Happy Birthday Card

Amy R over at Prairie, Paper and Ink has been going crazy lately (in a totally good way) with these flat shaker cards. I love shakers, but I’ve had some struggles with them – getting the padding right, warping acetate, too much filling, not enough filling, etc.

When my son got invited to a friends birthday party recently, I decided to give this new technique a try.

First, I had to create a galaxy background – also a new adventure for me. I mixed a few approaches together, some from Amy R and some from Jennifer McGuire. I used my Distress Oxides on some watercolour paper and just loaded up my bright colours. Then I sprayed it with water to blend. I let it dry and then added my Black Soot distress ink. Again, I sprayed it with water to blend and did some dab and smudging to get the right coverage. It was awesome and turned out exactly as I wanted.

Then I added white spatter to emulate stars and sprayed the entire thing with my Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist – yes, I still have glimmer mists from way back!

Then I created my flat shaker using packaging, as Amy R shows in many of her flat shaker videos. I left the top end open so I could fill it with all kinds of glittery goodness. There’s some sequins, mica, unicorn glitter, all kinds of wonderful bits of glitter in there. I sealed it shut and secured the whole thing to the front of a black card base.

Then I just added my sentiment, which is a combination of a die I cut out using my Silhouette Cameo and a Tim Holtz Ideology Sentiment Label and I was done. Shaker goodness – so much fun!


Cardstock – Recollections and Strathmore Watercolour
Ink – Distress Oxides Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Distress Ink Black Soot
Acrylic Paint – American Crafts Snow White
Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist
Sookwang Tape
Shaker Contents – Recollections Glitzy Glitter Mix and Metallic Iridescent Glitter Shapes in Silver Stars, Simon Says Stamp Unicorn Confetti
Silhouette Cameo
Tim Holtz Ideology Sentiments Labels

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