Double the Inspiration

Hello my fabulously creative friends!! Kassi here, and today you are going to get double the inspiration as I am teaming up with one of my very talented teammates to bring you extra inspiration! 

For my project, I wanted to do a shaker card.. but I wanted to use two different colored beads.. gold on the outside, and blue on the inside... This is a really easy technique to add just that little extra bit of fun to your shakers... And this Sunburst die is PERFECT for this! Let's DIVE into the how-to...

LDRS Creative Shopping List:

Sunburst Rectangle die

Shore Lucky stamp set

Lemonade stamp set

Raven hybrid ink

Watermark Ink

The first thing we need to do is stamp our background... I wanted this dolphin jumping out of the "water" in the center of the sunburst. To know where you need to stamp, simply die cut the Sunburst from scratch paper, and use it as a template/mask. I like to use a scratch paper for this just in case I get any ink on it while stamping.  I cut mine out of cheap cardstock, and I'm storing it with my die so I can use it over and over. 

At this point, you can color your dolphin in using whatever medium you want.

Next you'll need to die cut the front of your card. I decided to go with two different colored glitter papers. I love that LDRS Creative dies can cut glitter paper! It's so pretty, but can be difficult to cut. I haven't had a problem cutting it with these dies!

Flip your front piece over and cover the back with adhesive. I like to use dry adhesive just because I don't want any wet adhesive to squish out and make a mess on the windows of the shaker... Then press a piece of acetate over the entire piece. Make sure it covers the entire back. Trim off any excess acetate.

Now we need to build the wells for our beads. Because I want the two colors to stay separate, I need to have two different wells. This die makes it easy...

Build a solid wall of foam tape around the outside of the panel (1/8 inch foam tape fits PERFECTLY). Then create a second wall around the center circle. This one is slightly more tricky since you need to cut your strips into smaller sections to make them lay flat as you go around the circle. Just make sure that there are NO gaps in any of your walls. This part doesn't have to look nice, it will all be hidden. As long as there are no gaps, you'll be fine.

Carefully fill your wells with whatever you want to shake... Because there isn't any large open areas, I went with glass micro beads.. they are tiny, so you get great movement even in little areas! 

Your outside well can handle a fair amount of shaker bits... Your inside well you need to be a bit careful with.. you want enough for it to look like the water, but not so much that your dolphin isn't seen.

Carefully remove the backing to your foam tape to expose the adhesive, and press your stamped back panel in place. Make sure the tape seals well all around before you flip it over. 

Now you can decorate!

But before you go... Check out what the SUPER talented Alanna has in store for you today...

See you soon!


 Alanna here and I'm happy to be back on the LDRS Creative blog with fellow teamie Kassie. My card today features the most adorable stamp set, Safari along with a bit of masking and ink blending for a CAS card with a lot of white space.

Before we get to my card today, I wanted to let you know the store currently has a sale on the Safari stamp and die combo and the Happy Days die collection.  Purchase both for just $29.99 - that is $10 off the regular price - woohoo!

Okay, now back to my card.

I first took a circle die and ran it through some masking paper with my die cut machine. For my card today, I will just be using the negative portion of the mask. 

TIP:  Save the positive portion of the mask for another card.

I then added my mask over top my card base and then blended in some of the beautiful Hybrid ink colors from LDRS Creative in both the Kiss me Red and In Your Face Orange colors. 

{Side note:  Aren't those just the most fun names for these inks? And let me tell you, these inks blend so beautifully. I really love them!}

Things look a bit messy and blotchy right now but once you removed the mask and the ink has had a chance to soak up into the paper, you are left with beautiful results.


After I was happy with my ink blending, I removed the mask and you are left with a perfect ink blended circle. I just love this look and how clean and crisp everything looks.

I then did a bit of simple coloring using the adorable zebra, leaf and grass images from the Safari stamp set. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. And I love how you get the stamps and dies together for one low price.

I added my images and popped my zebra up with some foam tape for added dimension. I stamped the sentiment, also from the Safar stamp set in the Raven Hybrid ink.


And a final look at my card.


I hope I've inspired you to break out your inks and
get inky to create a blended background. 

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