Wednesday, June 13, 2018

It's a Flamingo Thing!

Let's Flamingle! I have had more fun with this month's releases...especially the flamingos! My love for them started some years ago when we started seasonal camping. One of my friends absolutely hated them and thought they were tacky. So, of course, I embraced them! (tee-hee). I started collecting them and now they bring my site a lot of whimsy and color. And I am known as the Crazy Flamingo Lady.  But actually, they are very beautiful and graceful birds, and who doesn't love a little pink in their life! Since my craft room is done in pink and orange (two of my favorite colors), of course flamingo decor is right up my ally. So these happy little birds are situated all over my space. But enough about my flamingo obsession...on to the card!

One of my favorite cards to make is a shaker card. But, since I love this one so much, I decided to keep it for myself. And instead of a card, I made a stand for the back so I can enjoy it on my bookshelf or desk. I combined a couple of the new flamingo stamps, and one from a while back, which I still absolutely love. (I know, shocking.)

Shaker cards are not as difficult as you may think. Here is how it went together.

I began with a piece of 4.25" x 5.5" (A2 size) orange cardstock. I stamped the Flamingos Background Stamp (S789) using Versamark Ink. After heat embossing with some bright pink embossing powder, I set it aside and moved on to the next step.

Using an A2 sized piece of pink cardstock, I used a die and cut out a window. I then spritzed the piece with some Art Anthology spray to give it a little detail. On the reverse side of the panel, I adhered a piece of clear acetate for the window. I then added dimensional foam adhesive tape to create a "well" for the shaker elements.

While still face down, I carefully added my little shaker bits (hearts and stars in pinks and oranges). I peeled the protective tape from the foam strip and carefully placed the orange panel on top, making sure I had a good seal so no bits escaped.

I then cut a frame out of orange CS and the same die I used for the window, plus one size larger. I adhered that around the window, and added some silver sticker decorations to three of the four corners.

I then stamped the Flamingo 1 Stamp (SD890) on a piece of white cardstock and used my Brother Scan-N-Cut to cut out the image. I used colored pencils to color it in, then added a couple of layers of Clear Wink of Stella to give it a little shimmer. I then attached the bird to the front of the card.

On another piece of white CS, I stamped the sentiment portion of the Flamingo Stamp (SD659) in black ink. I cut each line of the sentiment into a separate piece and glued them randomly down the side of the frame.

Instead of making this a card, which I could have done by simply attaching it to an A2 card base, I decided to add a stand to the back. I used a simple easel design and cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo, and attached it to the back.

As I was typing out this post, I happened to look over and had to take just one more pic...the project looks so cute sitting next to my Flamingo cup! Yup, Crazy Flamingo Lady!

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Hope you enjoyed my very Flamingo post today! 

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!