WOW Graduation Shaker Card
Join us this fortnight for a new challenge over at Perfectly Rustics. The challenge is “Letters or Symbols” where you are to make a letter or symbol the hero of your project. For example, if you were making a card with the word love on it, make the letters big, emboss them, have them in patterned paper etc. (http://perfectlyrustics.com/2015/06/01/prdc-no-49-letters-or-symbols/)
I created a graduation card featuring the word WOW. Each of the letters is its own shaker window filled with small, glass beads. I added a small graduation cap and sentiment to show it is a graduation card, but the main focus of the card is the word WOW.
The first version I did was a clean and simple design with a plain gold front.
Here is another view of the individual shaker window letters:
I used a Silhouette file called “wow! word art cog wheel, star tail, stencil” (Design ID #53295), and used just the letters from the stencil image. I closed up the w’s so they would only have one part for their shaker windows.
To create my shaker windows, I cut the letters out of white card stock (centered on a rectangular panel) with my Silhouette – 10 times. I stacked (and glued) these 10 panels on top of each other, lining them up perfectly. This created a very thick panel. I glued a solid panel on the back, added the beads, and glued a piece of acetate over the letters. I cut one more panel with the letters cut out from a piece of black card stock and another (slightly smaller) from gold paper to create my card front and mat. Since the cardstock I stacked was white, I used a black Copic marker to color the edges black to match the black mat and the black card base I used.
Then I created the outline letters (using the Silhouette software and the same file) to place on the card front to further highlight the letters.
I purchased the stamp from Ebay; it is unmarked so I have no idea what company makes it. The stamp actually says, “Congratulations, You did it!” but I masked the “congratulations” part and just stamped the rest using versamark ink and black embossing powder.
I really like the clean and simple design of the first card, but I was curious to see how it would look if I embossed the front panel so I made this second version (pictured at the top of this post also).
The embossing folder I used is the Sizzix Stars & Swirls. I covered the WOW outline and graduation cap with black embossing powder to make them more vivid on this version. Since I embossed the panel before I added the stamped greeting (I was waiting for the stamp to arrive in the mail!), I needed to stamp it on a separate panel so I created the matted banner. I’m wondering how it would have looked if I had stamped it first directly on the card front and then embossed it since I am not crazy about the banner (I REALLY like the stamped image directly on the card on my first version!), but I like the stars and swirls.
Now it’s your turn! Create a project making the letters or symbols the star of your card and share it over at Perfectly Rustics. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Over at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog, the challenge this week is “Masculine” where we are encouraged to make a Masculine card/project. This card was made for my (male) neighbor who is graduating this year, so I decided to enter. (http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/05/masculine.html)
Thanks for checking out my card project!
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