Saturday, 13 February 2016

Magical Birthday

Hi there!  Today I'm sharing yet another card I made for a birthday, although the sentiment isn't too birthday specific.  (As you may have guessed by now, most of the cards I make are birthday cards).  This one is for my friend's daughter who is turning three at the end of the month.

Magical birthday

Today's card was inspired by this tutorial by Karen Burniston.  It's an accordion card made using one of her dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs that has a shaker element that spans all of the pages.  In Karen's card, there are three separate shaker elements.  Instead, I wanted to make a single shaker element that spans all three pages, so I had to adapt her tutorial slightly.  

I started by die cutting the pieces to make the accordion and the shaker. I cut the Rectangle Accordion die three times from some heavyweight weight card to form the pages of the accordion, three times from navy cardstock and three times from smooth white cardstock. For the navy pages, I only used the outer frames and simply cut away the inner rectangle and the tabs. For the smooth card stock, I only kept the inner rectangles and cut away the outer frame and the tabs. These will be used for the front of the shaker. I used distress inks to colour the smooth white rectangles and the inner rectangles on the heavyweight card. I then misted them with some water mixed with perfect pearls to add some shimmer. I temporarily adhered the three smooth rectangles together with some washi tape, as Karen does in her tutorial. However, instead of using dies to cut the window for the shaker, I just cut it with some scissors.

Next up was the shaker pocket. For this I used a thin, flexible A4 plastic wallet and the We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool. I lay the plastic wallet over the shaker window and roughly traced just outside the outline onto the plastic. I then used the Fuse Tool to seal along the line I traced, leaving one end open. I then filled the pocket with Pretty Pink Posh Iridescent Star Confetti and sealed it using the Fuse Tool. I then assembled the accordion, sticking together the three pages cut from the heavyweight cardstock. I adhered the shaker pocket to the accordion using double-sided tape. I then removed the washi tape from the three rectangles with the window cut in them and used a tape runner to adhere them on to the shaker pocket.

Here's a close-up of the shaker.  You can just about see some of the stars are in between the pages of the accordion.

Close up of accordion shaker card

To finish the card, I stamped a fairy from Avery Elle Pixie Dust, coloured her with Promarkers and fussy cut her.  I stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 So 80's using Lawn Fawn Peacock ink and fussy cut it.  I die cut a cloud using Lawn Fawn Spring Showers. I adhered all of these onto the first page of the accordion.  For the last page I used the Waffle Flower Magical Word die from some silver glittered cardstock.

This is how the card looks when it's closed.  The shaker folds over pretty easily since the plastic wallet I used is so thin and flexible.

Magical birthday accordion card closed.

I must admit, this card was rather time consuming to make, but I love how it turned out!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:


  1. Wow, now that is not just a fancy fold card, but you even added shakers to the different elements! Fantastic! Thanks so much for playing in our Seven Hills Crafts challenge this month – I hope we'll seen you again with your creations next month!


    1. Thanks Julia. I enjoyed the challenge this month.

  2. That's an astonishing card - totally worth the effort - can't believe you added a shaker element to it all too - just amazing!! Love the colours too, but am totally in awe of your skills.... xx

  3. Woah...that is an absolute work of art! Amazing skill and effort - well done for sticking at it - it was well worth it! Thanks so much for playing along at Seven Hills crafts this month!

  4. WHAT a card- absolutely fantastic! I love cards that have complexity and this fits the bill. Beautiful shading too! Thanks for joining with the Seven Hills Craft Challenge xx