Do you like simple, easy die cutting AND ice cream? If so, you’re in for a treat! Angela’s here on the blog today with a fun shaker card, plus a few tips that make this design a breeze to create.
Hi friends! Angela here, and today I’ve got a shaker card that I think those of you who love ice cream are going to enjoy! One of the first things that struck me about the Essentials by Ellen Stay Cool stamp and die set is how extremely versatile they are. The shapes are simple, and there are endless ways to combine the images if you feel like stamping your heart out. If not – no worries! You can be just as creative with the dies, and today’s card features two of them.
To get started, I used a ruler and pencil to lightly draw a diagonal line across my A2 card base. Next, I used the small circle and triangle dies from the Stay Cool die set, cutting 3 circles and two triangles from scrap cardstock. These weren’t going to go on my card, but instead, I assembled one of the triangles and the 3 circles into an ice cream cone shape, which I then used to trace outlines along that diagonal line. This way, when I moved on to die cutting the cones into my card panel, I knew exactly where to place my dies before running the panel through my die cutting machine.
When my die cutting was done, I moved on to creating an ink blended background with Catherine Pooler inks in Sparkling Berry, Cummerbund and Mint to Be. I love these colors really make me think of ice cream, so they felt very right for this card! Once complete, this became the background for my ice cream cone shaker windows. I covered the white panel with foam tape, filled the window area with Iced Confetti, sealed up the back with the ink blended piece, and mounted it on an A2 card base.
The sentiment was last, and I chose the large ‘hi’ from the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hello die set. Cutting it twice – once from Concord & 9th Aqua Sky cardstock, and again from silver cardstock, I stacked the layers on top of each other and adhered them near the bottom right of the card.
Feeling inspired to create something similar? Here’s a few tips that you might find helpful:
- Create an ice cream cone first using the triangle and circle dies, and use this to trace outlines onto your card panel. This will make the die cutting process much easier!
- Wait until after you’ve die cut the ice cream cones to trim the white card panel. This will ensure that you can fit all 6 cuts (3 full ice cream cones, 3 empty cones) on the panel, and from there, you can trim the sides evenly. (Be sure to leave a little room for a foam tape border!)
- No flat confetti? No problem! If you find that sequins get stuck behind your shaker windows, simply double up your foam tape to give your little shaker bits more room to dance around.
I hope you might be able to use a few of these tips in your next crafting session, and until next time, thank you so much for stopping by. I’ll see you back here soon! – Angela