Dahlia Heart Shaker | by Tracey McNeely

Hi there it’s Tracey here with you today. With Valentines Day only a week away I thought I would share a shaker card with you made with Birch Press Design craft dies! I created a video below to show you my process for creating my shaker card.
Smooshing with Distress Oxide inks is one of my favourite  technques that I haven’t done in a while. My smooshing colours were inspired by a card I saw on Kristina Werner’s YouTube channel the other day. I started out by smooshing some Distress Oxide Ink onto my craft mat and then I spritzed it with water. Using a panel of watercolour paper I lay it down into the ink, held it briefly and lifted it. Before adding more ink I dried the panel with my heat tool and repeated this process two more time until the colours all worked in together. This panel is the background to the shaker card. I adhered that watercolour piece to a white top folding card base. Here are the supplies I used today.

Using the Dahlia Heart Layer A die I cut a heart out of my card front, this will be the top of my shaker card. Then using the Dahlia Heart Layer A die once again I die cut one more from silver sparkle cardstock, this piece will inlay the heart on my card front.
To make the shaker I adhered a piece of acetate over the back of the heart on the card front. I used tape runner to make sure the acetate was completely sealed close the edge of the heart. Turning it over on to the tissue backing paper helps to keep any dust off the front while working on the card. I adhered two layers of foam tape all over the back of the front panel, close the edge of the heart and right over to all exterior edges. Then I filled my shaker with sequins. I adhered the background panel/card base carefully to the shaker. Once it was flipped over I inlay the silver sparkle Dahlia die cut into the heart on the front panel.The last step was to add the ‘Hugs’ sentiment which is from the Big Lingo Type Hugs. Have you tried the Big Lingo Word dies yet? they are so cool. You can cut a frame, the word, and an outline that fits right on the edge of the word itself. I die cut he word ‘Hugs’ with white cardstock and then cut the thin cut of the word from the smooshed pieces I created earlier.
Making a shaker is a great way to get more use out of your dies. Your could step this up a notch and build your layers up on the front panel like I did in this post HERE.

Tiny pieces of foam tape were put on the back of the hugs die to give it some added dimension.
Thank you so much for stopping in today to make a shaker with me. I hope you try making a shaker with your Birch Press Design layered dies and when you do tag us in your Facebook and IG posts @birchpressdesign so we can see your work! Have a wonderful weekend!



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