Tuesday, 19 January 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #56 - A Shaker Card (So Soon)


It's time for some inspiration over at the STAMPlorations blog.  Having said here that I wasn't likely to make another shaker card, I've made another shaker card.  And another, which I'll share when I know it's reached its recipients.

And the reason I've been making them is because I've rigged up a "fuse tool" DIY style.  I've been umming and aaaing whether to get a Fuse Tool.  I'm a sucker for gadgets, but would I actually use a Fuse Tool enough? (That tiny little detail doesn't usually stop me.)

So I watched the promotional video, and thought that it just looked like a soldering iron with a different attachment.  Hang on - I've got a soldering iron in the attic (told you I was a sucker for gadgets).  I also have a Pergamano perforating tool but unfortunately the shaft is too big to fit the soldering iron.  So I compromised by using the conical soldering tip and a dotting action, and an ordinary steel ruler.  Which works, as long as you're encasing the shaker pouch so that the sealed borders aren't showing - they aren't quite as neat and pretty as the real deal, but otherwise you wouldn't know the difference.  Anyway, on to the card.

I had this panel in my stash (embossing folder and Distress Ink printing à la Tim Holtz).  I stamped the sunrise image from Deepti's new set, New Beginning, in Versafine Smoky Grey, cut the image out and used that on this card last week.

I stamped the image on acetate using Staz On black, laid it onto another acetate panel, fused three sides, filled with sequins and stardust, fused the final side then attached the shaker pouch to the back of the cutout panel, then attached it to the front of the card.

So - have I inspired you to make your own "fuse tool"?  Thought not.  But I hope I've inspired you to make a shaker window card with Deepti's new set ;)

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment while you're there for a chance to win in a random prize draw.

13 comments:

  1. I applaud your creativity :) This is simply stunning! I adore the colors on your embossing folder background! Such a gorgeous shaker design!

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  2. Cool stripes/drips. I think I've got one of those gadgets. Might have to check that out. Sure beats the foam adhesive bulk.

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  3. So clever. I don't have the fuse tool, and my attempts at shaker cards have all ended up in the garbage. I might just have to buy one of those tools after all ... this is pretty darn amazing and it may be enough to push me to buy it. :) I do have a soldering iron somewhere, but it was used for making stained glass so it's a high heat one. Can only imagine all the acetate turning to liquid if I used it. :)

    LOVE that embossing folder background. I have only started doing these recently, even though my good friend Karen Dunbrook (Snippets) has been doing them for at least two years ... maybe even three. Such a great way to get another use from embossing folders. xx

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  4. I've been thinking of trying my Foodsaver, Shirley [a vacuum sealer for food storage] ... your ingenious process has rekindled that thought! LOve what you accomplished - gorgeous card!
    =]

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  5. Actually...you have inspired me to 'rig up' my own fusing tool! I have been holding off purchasing one for the same reason as you! Will be digging through hubby's tool stash to see if I can find his soldering gun!

    Great card, brilliant, resourceful, fabulously inked and delightfully designed!

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  6. Love your eb folder watercolored BG. I have the SU striped folder. Will be trying soon. I have not joined in the shaker card craze, but your card may have pushed me in that direction Shirley! TFS and always Inspiring all of us. Hugs, Nancy

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  7. Those dripping colors is so splendid. The scene using the shaker element looks beautiful

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  8. Great card, beautiful colours! Necessity is the mother of invention as they say, Jo x

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  9. Simply gorgeous...love all those beautiful colors.

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  10. Gorgeous stripes, Shirley ... that shaker sunrise is gorgeous! So, your creativity extends to tool making too ... is there more to come?? Hugs, Anita :)

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