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Today, we have a wonderful post for you from our amazing designer Nicole and a video tutorial on how to make this gorgeous card! Plus, scroll down and see my new and improved craft room and video walk through too.
Hi stampers! Nicole here with an elegant sequins shaker card to share today. Shaker cards are really big right now in cardmaking and you can create all sorts of different cards using the same concept. I’ve created other sequins cards and you can check them out here and here. Some of you might think it is too much work, but planning your card ahead of time can help the card come together really easily. Make sure to watch the video below to see how you can create this card in action!
I wanted to use this beautiful flower bouquet image from the Mother’s Day Bouquet Stamp Set. This is filled with lovely and detailed lines, which is great for watercoloring. You can be more flexible with watercoloring because it doesn’t require you to be perfect within the lines. You can be more forgiving when applying colors to the image.
The flower bouquet image is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with a white embossing powder. We are going to use Emboss Resist Watercolor technique. After the image is heat set, apply different colors of Distress Markers to the image and blend them with watercolor brush. You can control how intense you want the colors to be by adding little bit or a lot of water.
The image was used as a a background of the window area for the shaker card. I love how elegant they look with those clear sequins. I added a few of pearl stickers around the circle window to add a bit more sophisticated look. I used the I Love You Because Stamp Set as a sentiment. This is going to be a lovely friendship card for my friend. I hope you enjoyed today’s card and encourage all of you to take out some of your goodies and create a fun shaker card! Thank you so much for stopping by and have an awesome day!
Distress Marker Colors Used: Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo
This weekend, Brad and I tackled my craft room once again. Over the wet season, mold started to grow on my bookcases, desk and furniture in here. I was so disheartened and upset about it. I would clean the mold and it would appear within a few days. So this weekend, everything once again came out of the room and we painted it all. We painted the bookcases & walls and varnished the desks, baskets, and printer table. What a job! I finished putting everything away last night and wanted to share a few photos of my new space. And I took a little video too! I hope you enjoy!
My craft room is off the main living room. Here is the before. The color was a light tan color with chocolate tiles. A bit too brown for me, with my dark desk and bookcases too.I must admit I do like color.
We moved all my craft room things out into the living room. Thank goodness for helping hands because it took all 4 of us an hour just to bring it all out of the room!
I chose a light mint green color that I had already. A few years ago I bought it for my laundry room which I changed my mind when we moved here. So this paint has been sitting here waiting to be used. I thought we’d give it a try in my craft room. I was amazed at how it matched our Vintage Floral paper pad!
And here’s the finished room (well almost finished, I still have to hang pictures, etc tonight on the wall.) Here’s my desk. I have all the things I love and use on a daily basis on my desk here.
I store my dies in these little baskets and my embossing folders. I also store my markers that I use for my Kikki K planner. My basket below contains, glues, stamp cleaners, adhesive tapes and glue dots. On the side are containers for foam dimensions, rhinestones and pearls. I also keep my stamp cleaner pads here too. I have all my favorite things and gifts in the cubbies and a little place to add drops of essential oils for my room to smell pretty.
Next to my desk is my bookcase filled with boxes. Each box has a tag on the front letting me know where things are. Here you will find my jewelry beads, string, bow maker, extra glues, more paper, extra ribbon, punches, etc. In the drawers in my desk, is where I store all my color paper.
I store my sewing machine, big shot and copic/spectrum noir markers here. On top of the bookcase is also a print out of color combinations that I use often with my Copic markers. My kids no longer love Elmo but I do. I couldn’t part with him. He just makes me smile.
Here’s a closer look at my bookcase with all its boxes. I ended up purchasing the boxes from the cheap shop for $3 a box. Such a great deal! The lady at the store looked at me funny yesterday when I purchased so many of them. LOL! I do love my boxes. It makes for a tidier space which I have no closet or built ins and you don’t see the mess anymore!
In my whicker baskets is where I store my little cuts of paper in white, cream, kraft and other colors. The bottom drawer is filled with my bigger Sizzix dies for the big shot. I use to store my buttons in these little drawers but I currently emptying them and putting my jewelry beads here.
I painted these old bookcases this weekend white to match the top shelves. They turned out just like new! Here I have all my older stamps from different companies before IBS. I also have my 12×12 paper and my kids craft supplies too, such as, markers, pencils and craft paper.
Here are where all my ribbon and buttons reside. Plus, my glitter and embossing powder is on a lazy susan. I love the lazy susan as it makes it so easy to find which color I want to use for my project. The container is filled with my larger paint brushes and jewelry making tools. And my diploma for my bachelors degree. I have a framed one for my Masters that I will hang up today too.
Here is a little video of the layout. Brad and I are talking about putting a table in the center of the room so that I can create here with a place to sit at. I am thinking of getting it made to fit the room.
I hope you have enjoyed visiting me in my new space. I have never had a room like this before and am so excited! I have a little bit more tweaking to do but I love it! Let me know what you think too!
Thank you to Nicole for created such a wonderful card for us today too! She will be our featured designer every other Wednesday starting in May! We are so excited to have her on our team.
Have a great Monday! See you tomorrow!
Big hugs, Joanna xoxo