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Think Pink! - A Pair of All Occasion Cards

Last month, I created several “mailable” cards, designed to fit into a regular envelope and into a mailbox. This month’s Cards, Tags and More Kit, with the Tres Jolie chipboard, Altair Art’s Think Pink! papers, doily die, and sentiment stamp could have been used in the same way, but the glittery flowers and box of shaker elements were just too tempting. Here’s what I created:

Both cards with layered with cardstock from my stash and inked around the edges with Distress Archival ink. I also used that ink to create my greeting pieces, using the stamp set that came in the kit. I used foam tape under the greetings to add some dimension.

And here’s a bit of a breakdown:

The first card contains a shaker element created with the die. I added several flowers, some fussy cut leaves and a sentiment.

Here’s how I created the shaker:

Use the die to cut 3 doily pieces from the patterned paper. Run a thin piece of chipboard (I use the backing that comes on paper pads, etc.) through your machine, again using the die. This will not cut the chipboard but will leave an impression that you can use to create a template. Cut the centers from the doilies. (This will be easy; you die cuts will have dotted lines around the middle.) Glue your pieces together and set aside. Using the chipboard template, create 3 rings, first cutting on that dotted line, then around it. As you see, you don’t have to aim for total perfection.

Use one of the rings to trace a circle from patterned paper. This should cover the outside of your rings. (Not shown; sorry): Grab a piece of acetate packaging and cut a circle that will be the same size. Glue the chipboard rings together, coat thoroughly with white gesso and allow to dry. Now make a sandwich with the acetate piece in the center between the paper and chipboard, being careful to not leave any gaps.

Now for the fun: flip the piece so the top is down and fill with shaker bits. (Don’t overdo it, a little goes a long way!)

Attach the paper circle to the bottom, again being careful of gaps.

And there you have it: a fun (and beautiful) shaker element.


The kit comes with a beautiful set of chipboard ivy pieces from Tres Jolie. I pretreated them with white gesso and then colored them with Prima Sparks acrylic paint. After adhering them to the card base, I added three of those beautiful flowers and a banner stamped with the “Hello!” sentiment.

I scattered some of the sequins and beads from the shaker elements here and there and finished my card by splattering it with watered-down white gesso.


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