If you want to enchant the recipients of your handmade cards, try a Dragonfly Shaker Card in your craft room!
The Dragonfly Dreams Bundle is one of the most popular items in the Occasions Catalog, and for a good reason. It’s a very versatile bundle, and I can’t quit making cards with it! You can see several card samples in these posts: Exquisite Handmade Cards, Handmade Elegance, Dragonflies Soar, Double Z Fold, Newsletter Tutorial Card, and A Little Buzz.
Here’s the story behind this card: I’ve been wanting to do a Shaker Card with Dragonfly Dreams and the wonderful Sprinkles Embellishments from the Occasions Catalog ever since the Sprinkles arrived. I didn’t have a concept for the entire card, though. It wasn’t until this past week when I started sharing about creating backgrounds from abstract stamps that I had the idea I needed.
I played with different compositions on some practice pieces, but a lovely pattern evolved quite quickly. I cut out the dragonfly so I could position the background stamps around it.
In the first practice piece, I got an effective pattern of lines from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set that suggests the dragonfly is flying. But I didn’t like the flowers stamped on top of each other.
I kept the lines, but switched the flowers a cluster from Awesomely Artistic. Then I added a few splatters from the same set.
I was ready to commit the design to cardstock, and chose Very Vanilla. The other colors were determined by the Sprinkles: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, and Pool Party. (The Sprinkles actually use Mint Macaron instead of Pool Party, but the difference wasn’t noticeable.)
I cut out the Dragonfly shape, and copied the design from the second practice piece. But I was concerned that the detail lines in the Dragonfly cut-out made the Sprinkles less visible.
So I got out my craft knife and a self-healing mat, and carefully cut away the detail lines. Much better!
That’s the story of how the design evolved. Leave a comment and let me know if you like posts like this. The last one I did I got some favorable comments, and I plan to continue showing notes on my design process. Your comments will keep me encouraged to share this important aspect of cardmaking!
Meanwhile, I thought I’d re-post the video I made on How to Make a Shaker Card. It shows the best technique I’ve ever tried for Shaker Cards. There’s a layer of craft foam under the entire piece of Very Vanilla, so the card front is nice and flat. No bumps and valleys from using pieces of Dimensionals or Foam Strips just around the opening.
In case you’re wondering, Shaker Cards do take a bit more time and effort than a regular card. But you’ll definitely enchant your recipients when you create an intriguing Dragonfly Shaker Card just for them!