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Heartfelt Creations Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card for the Alumni Hop
Hello, Friends! Welcome to the April 2019 Alumni Hop! This month I have a darling Heartfelt Creations Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card to share with you.
Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card: Building the Card Base
Just look at all those cheeky little birdies clustered around the delicate cherry blossoms on this 4″ x 7 1/2″ box style card! They make my heart sing! Here’s how I built the base for this sweet card.
- First cut a 7 1/2″ x 11″ panel of Whip Cream Cardstock.
- Then, place the long side of the paper on your scoring tool. Then score at 4″, 4 3/4″, 8 3/4″ and again at 10″. This will leave you with 2 short flaps on the right hand side. Fold the outermost flap under and adhere. The remaining flap will form a pocket inside the card.
- Now crease along all the scored lines to create a little book with a 3/4″ spine on the left.
- If you wish to use a ribbon closure, as I did on this card, then add it now using 1/2″ Scor-Tape to secure it.
- Next, cover front and back covers with 3 7/8″ x 7 3/8″ panels of designer paper.
- TIP: You may machine stitch around the front cover to add extra texture if desired.
- TIP: Assemble the card cover before you attach it to the card base. This makes it easier to assemble the card interior, and protects the card cover from soil or damage.
Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card: Creating the Shaker Element
Here are the steps to follow to create the shaker frame.
- First, use the Eyelet Oval and Basics Small Die to cut the oval center from the floral card front in the paper collection. Save the frame for another use. Keep the decorative center as we will use it for the focal image inside the shaker.
- Next die cut the frame from Whip Cream Cardstock. To do this, I layered the Eyelet Oval & Basic Small Die with the #3 die from that set. A bit of washi tape placed across both dies will keep everything neat and centered.
- Now use just the outer frame die to cut clear acrylic cardstock.
- Then adhere the acrylic die cut to the back side of the Whip Cream frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.
- When the adhesive is set, place a triple layer of Darice Adhesive Foam Strips around the back side of the frame.
- TIP: Make sure all the tape ends are closely butted up against one another to prevent the shaker elements from leaking out of the shaker box.
- Now adhere the focal image to the card base.
- Next, fill the center of the image completely with Buttons Galore Rainbow Unicorn Shaker Mix.
- Finally, remove the top layer of liner tape from the foam strips and center the shaker frame over the focal image. Press in place.
Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card: Creating the Cherry Blossoms
Did you know that Heartfelt Creations now includes 2 sheets of pre-colored images that are all ready to cut out with the matching dies? This makes is quick and easy to create perfectly color matched flowers for your project.
- First, cut out flowers, leaves and bird images from the Cherry Blossom Retreat Paper collection using the Tweet Cherry Blossoms Dies.
- Next, place the items face down in the 3D Cherry Blossoms Shaping Mold.
- TIP: You can shape up to 3 layers at a time using the mold. Just spritz each individual layer lightly with water before adding the next layer. I personally find that doing just 2 layers at a time yields the best results.
- Now, layer the flowers together using hot glue or Dries Clear adhesive. I did not layer the tiniest flowers on this project.
- Next, pierce a hole in the center of each layered flower using the Golf piercing tool.
- Then thread stamens through the holes, securing the back side with a little hot glue. I used wired stamens on the mid sized blossoms, and rock candy stamens on he large blossoms.
- Now, use a bit of sponge to tap the petals with Dries Clear Adhesive. Drop each flower into a container and sprinkle with Rajni Chawla’s Frosting Powder.
- Next, fill the centers of the smallest blooms with Dries Clear and a sprinkling of TuTu Pink Prills.
- Finally adhere the prepared flowers to the card.
Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card: A Peek Inside
The interior of the card features 2 pockets.
To make the side pocket:
- First, line the card base with designer paper.
- Next, fold the flap we scored and secure it to the card base at the top and bottom edges.
- Finally, cut a border strip to cover the pocket flap.
To make the box style pocket on the left:
- First, cut a 5 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ panel of Whip Cream Cardstock.
- Now, place the long side on your scoring tool and score at 1/2″, 1″, 4 3/4″, and 5 1/4″.
- Next, turn this panel so that the short side is against the rail. Then score at 2 1/2″ and 3″.
- Crease and burnish all the scored lines.
- Next, cut away the outermost rectangle on each side of the box pocket. (Refer to photo.)
- Then cut a slit from the bottom edge to the second crease on each side. (Refer to photo.)
- Now, place a dab of adhesive on the back side of the small square at the bottom, and adhere to the tab above it.
- Now just fold scored lines on the bottom to form the base of the box. Adhere the small tab to the bottom of the box for extra strength. (You will see how this works when you are constructing the box.)
- Finally, fold the sides in and adhere to the box base.
- TIP: I like to cut a small triangular piece away from the top of the box sides once the pocket is built. This way, they are less visible.
- Now adhere the box pocket to the left hand side of the card base.
Use the Album Tags and Accents Dies to create a little bookmark to tuck into the right hand pocket. Then, create a little treat wallet using the scraps on your work table and tuck it into the box pocket.
You’ll find a linked supply list for this project below the post.
On With the Hop!
This hop runs until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, April 29th.
Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, and leave a lovely comment. One comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.
A winner will be announced on this blog, the Heartfelt Creations Blog/Facebook page on Wednesday, April 30th. The winner will then have 72 hours to claim the prize by contacting [email protected] Please write “Winner of the March Alumni Hop” in the subject line.
The hop starts HERE:
Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Amarilys ♥ Gloria ♥ Vicki ♥ Joann ♥ Susan ♥ Candy
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. For more Heartfelt Creations tutorials, click HERE.
Enjoy the Hop!
Heartfelt Creations Products
- Cherry Blossom Retreat Collection