Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker Card

Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I had time over the weekend to make this mixed media Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker card.  And boy, was it ever fun!  You all know how much I love everything about the sea, so I could not resist purchasing this collection when it was revealed.  I’m hopeless when it comes to pretty papers!

This is a 6″ x 6″  card with some mixed media effects to add extra texture and interest.  Here are some of the steps I took to create this card front.

  • First, create a 6″ x 6″ kraft cardstock base.
  • Next, double mat royal blue and soft blue cardstock to add a frame to the card base.
  • Now, cut a 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ square of the tan pinstripe paper from Patterns and Solids.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Ocean Blue Shaker Card: Create the Shaker Frame

The next step is to create the shaker frame.

  • Begin by heat embossing a Reneabouquets Seashell Square Frame with Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.
  • Then flip the frame over and back with clear cardstock (acetate).
  • Next, place 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips around the outside edge of the frame.
  • Now, cut a 4″ x 4″ panel of the sea shell patterned paper and center on the card base.  Fill the center with Shades of Chambray Shaker Mix, silver glitter glass and itty bitty seashells.

Now mat the sentiment on a piece of waste chipboard and adhere to the patterned paper. Then carefully center and adhere the prepared shaker frame.  Oooooh….preeeeeetyyyy!

Ocean Blue Shaker Card: The Embellishments

This seahorse is die cut from mat board using a Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz Die.  Here’s how I altered it.

  • First, spritz the matboard or chipboard very lightly with water.
  • Next, place it in a Sizzix embossing folder.  I used a Tim Holtz Reptile Texture Fade and then ran it through my die cutting machine.
  • Now for the mixed media fun.  Paint the embossed chipboard with Folk Art Country Twill Acrylic Paint.  Heat dry.
  • Follow this with some Deco Art MEdia Fluid Acrylic paint in Burnt Sienna.  I just randomly dabbed this on with my finger.
  • Now, tap on some DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Patina Green.  Again, just dab this on lightly with your finger.
  • When the paint has all dried, tap with Versamark Ink.  Randomly sprinkle Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Texture over the surface and heat emboss.
  • Tap again with VersaMark and then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Back with dimensionals and adhere to the side of the frame.
  • Finish up with some Prima Georgia Blues Flowers and RRR Blue/Ivory/Gold Plaid Ribbon.
  • Wrap burlap string around the sides of the panel, securing on the back side with tape.
  • Now adhere to the card base.
Ocean Blue Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

This is a birthday gift for a beach loving friend, so I added a little gift pocket.

Then I created a little magnet using a small Ephemera Card as the base.

Here’s a look at all the goodies in the pocket.

I can’t wait to give this to my friend!

Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures today?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




12 thoughts on “Graphic 45 Ocean Blue Shaker Card

  1. Katie Baird

    Oh, Wow! This card knocked my socks off! I love how you altered the seahorse. So clever to dry emboss it before blinging it out. I also have a weakness for beautiful papers, but had managed to hold off on this collection. You may have nudged it right into my cart (not that I need much coaxing;) I pray you are staying healthy during this crazy time. Sending big hugs and love from KY.

  2. Helen

    Your card front shaker design is amazing, Kathy. It’s perfect for the theme of this paper set. Love all of the blues! tfs

  3. Sandy Artman

    Wow, Kathy, what a keeper! I love everything about this card but I was particularly captivated by the burlap twine you wrapped to form a frame and in the close up of the shaker element, it looks like everything is suspended in water. So cool! My birthstone isn’t an actual seashell but it is a pearl which tied this card a little closer to my heart! (Plus, I live a block away from the ocean in S. CA.)

  4. Susan Steele

    Such a beautiful beachy card …and these Ocean papers are so gorgeous!!! Just luv them and I’m not a beachy person …but this collection makes me wish I was! And …Those circle beads are just perfect in your shaker! I’ve inherited a lot from my mom’s stash …i would never of thought to use them that way! Great idea! Your friend’s gonna luv this! Hugs, Suzy Q

  5. Cheryl Wells

    Beautiful, beautiful card, Kathy – I love all the little elements in the shaker – did I say a beautiful card?

  6. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, I LOVE this card! What a fantastic collection of papers. That shell frame around the shaker elements is gorgeous and really is the icing on the cake. And I really like how you used that burlap string. It really sets off the frame. What you did with that beautiful seahorse is perfect! I always look forward to your nautical themed cards! They make me happy. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  7. Sara Emily Barker

    Oh, boy! I know your friend is going to LOVE this stunning shaker card, Kathy! I adore what you have done with that seahorse and wow! That shaker frame! What a fabulous sea themed masterpiece! And I love the quote about the birthstone…Thank you for inspiring me today! Big hugs!

  8. Sherry Somers

    Wowzer. Its very beautiful! I love this collection as well. You turned that card into a piece of art. Beautiful card Kathy

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