A Star Shaker Card, Easy and Great for Almost Any Occasion

I needed to make another graduation card, but wanted to make a card that you could use for almost any occasion, so am making a shaker card.  I started with 110 lb. Recollections white card stock that is 8 1/2″ long and 5 1/2″ wide.  I scored it at 4 1/4″ and 4 3/8″ (sorry, I gave the wrong measurement in the video), so I would have extra room for my shaker pieces.  You’ll need to cut a little piece off of the bottom to make sure the back and front are the same length once you fold on both score lines.
I used a star die set by Nellie’s Multi Frames and used the largest three dies so that I have an extra piece to insert into my frame.  I stamped inside the star with one of the sentiments from the stamp set with Color Box black Archival ink.    I wanted to put gold stars all over the front of the card and used Versamark ink with a star stamp from the same stamp set, and stamped them all over the front of the card.  I used some older gold embossing powder that didn’t work well, and ended up using some gold embossing powder that I had in my stash (with no name) and covered the old powder to even it out.  I used a heat tool to melt the powder.   I took the star that I cut out with the dies and pressed it into the Versamark pad.  Make sure you use a thick card stock to do this or you could rip the paper.  After making sure the entire surface was covered, I used a no name gold embossing powder all over it and then heat set it.
I used Koi watercolors number 15, which was as close to navy blue as possible.  I added a little water to it and colored the front of my wet card, using a thicker brush.  In the end, I didn’t love the look of this blue as it wasn’t dark enough, and once it was dry, went over it with one of my Touch 5 markers to make it navy blue (with marker #69.)  I also colored in the word “grad” on the inside of the card with this marker.
I put tear tape over the back four sides of the card to glue the plastic to it.  I then put tear tape 1/8″ on the back of the gold star and put it on the acetate.  Then I added foam squares all around the star making sure there aren’t any gaps for my shaker elements to fall out.
I put some shaker elements, sequins, table confetti, etc. into the star and went around the edges of my foam tape with the anti-static powder I used for embossing, so the shaker elements won’t stick to the foam tape inner edges.  You’ll also want to put foam tape around the edges of the card so it holds its shape.
I closed the card so it’s sealed closed and then took another piece of card stock (doesn’t have to be 110 lb.), that was white 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ and put tear tape on the front of it to adhere it to the back of the card I just made.  Then I stamped a sentiment inside from the same stamp set in Night of Navy Ink from Stampin’ Up.  I trimmed both cards once I adhered them to each other with tear tape so you can’t see the other card.
I stamped some stars and a diploma on the flap of the envelope with Versamark and used the same gold embossing powder and heat set it.  I colored the diploma with my #69 blue Touch 5 marker.
I thought the card was a lot of fun to make and hope you’ll give it a try as well.

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