Hello everyone! It’s Ashley with my very first post as part of the LDRS Creative Design Team! I’m so happy to be here!
For my first post, I wanted to make something extra special for all of you. The sweet girl playing in the puddles in the Puddle Jumper set called to me for a rain shaker card! I really love how this one turned out!
I started by making a rain cloud background using the cloud line of the Rainy Day stencil. I just love ink blending clouds and the LDRS hybrid inks make it so easy! I used a combination of Dark Washed Jeans and Alloy to make a stormy blue. I also used the stencil to make my top cloud piece. I traced it with a pencil onto white cardstock, then fussy cut it out before blending with Dark Washed Jeans and Alloy – perfect! I stamped the girl and the “Make a Splash” sentiment with Raven hybrid ink and colored her with alcohol markers. I also used the alcohol markers to color the sidewalk. I masked off the colored image and blended a bit of Dark Washed Jeans and Alloy around her so it would match my cloud background. I finished the bottom piece by fussy cutting around the top half of her and adding a bit of shine to the puddle. So cute!
TIP: To make the rain shaker, start by marking your background every quarter inch on both sides – this tells you where the string should line up. Put a narrow piece of foam tape on each end and secure clear fishing line to one side. String on clear beads as desired for one row – I used ten so they would hide completely behind the clouds at the top. Pull the string to the bottom and secure to the foam tape. It helps to put a strip of adhesive tape on top of the string ends to keep them from moving.
Trim your string then repeat the process with the remaining rows. Once all your beads are strung, add another layer of foam tape on top of the first one to sandwich your strings. It also helps to add a bit of antistatic powder to the inside edges of the foam tape to keep the beads from sticking. You can also add some foam tape to the sides at the top and bottom to help hold up your cover pieces. Attach your top clouds and the bottom piece with the girl and you’ve done it! When you move the card back and forth, it looks like it is raining! How fun is that?!
Thank you so much for stopping by to see my card and to read my first post! I hope you have a wonderful day! See you next time!