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Birthday Wishes Balloon Bunch Shaker for Dan

I recently watched a video from Kelly Taylor where she created a continuous pattern shaker card. I decided to use this design for a birthday card for my wonderful brother-in-law Dan.

Dan's favorite colors are blue and green, so those are the colors I used for his card. I pulled out the Hero Arts Circles & Squares Stencil and ink blended it with three different blue and three different green inks. I then used the Lawn Fawn Stackable Stitched Rectangle dies to add stitching to the edge of the panel and to cut out a rectangle from the center. This creates a frame for your card.

I laid the frame onto a top folding cardbase and held it in place with Easy See tape and adhered the center panel in place with liquid glue. Acetate was added to the back of the frame and Double layer 3M Foam Tape was added to create the shaker well. Sequins and seed beads were added to the center of the cardbase and then the frame was adhered in place by removing the backing paper on the foam tape. I like to add some liquid glue to the foam tape to allow a little time to ensure the frame lines us exactly.

Kelly used the new Hero Arts Balloon Bunch Fancy Die. But I already had in my stash the Papertrey Ink Balloon Bouquet Die, which is very similar. The die cuts out the entire balloon bouquet, but it also has individual dies to cut and place over the larger balloon die cut. I like to color the larger balloon bouquet with Copic Markers so I know what colors I want where, and to also ensure there aren't any white spaces when adhered the individual balloons in place.

Once I knew what colors to use for each individual balloon they were cut from white cardstock and ink blended using the same inks that had been used on the stenciled background. They were adhered in place with liquid glue. Gold mirror cardstock was used for the balloon strings. The balloons and strings were adhered together with liquid glue and then adhered to the front of the shaker with the same adhesive.

A sentiment was stamped on a scrap of white cardstock with the darkest blue ink. I didn't like how stark it was on the front of the balloon, so after the blue in was dry I ink blended over the sentiment with the lightest green ink. The sentiment was adhered to the acetate with liquid glue.

As a final embellishment I decided to use Ranger Golden Rod Stickles to add some confetti to the bottom of each balloon. I love the way that turned out.


·        Papertrey Ink Balloon Bouquet Die

·        Simon Says Stamp/CZ Design Birthday Basics Stamp and Die

·        Hero Arts Circles & Squares Stencil

·        Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated Inks: Royal, Seafoam, Cabbage, Kale

·        Gina K. Designs Inks: Powder Blue, Blue Denim, Key Lime

·        Lawn Fawn Stackable Stitched Rectangles Dies

·        3M ½” Foam Tape

·        Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

·        Ranger Golden Rod Stickles

·        Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

·        Pretty Pink Posh Share Kindness and Fresh Mint Sequins

·        Mikuki Seed Beads Light Sapphire

·        Limited Papers Accent Opaque White Digital Smooth 120# Cover

·        Hammermill Premium Color 100# White Cardstock

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