Watching this child gleefully splash in the puddles just makes me happy. The froggy rubber raincoat and Wellies (boots) brings back memories. I remember, as a child, playing in the rain on warm summer days. It was fun to jump in the puddles. As an adult, I seem to have lost that childlike innocence. I find the rain a nuisance if I am driving in it or have to run errands. Although, I do still enjoy sitting on my covered deck, watching an afternoon Texas thunderstorm. The smell of ozone and petrichor is intoxicating!
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Today’s card features the adorable Puddle Jumpers Stamp Set. Let’s get started!
I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to use a banner shape, make it into a shaker, and have it open on the front of the card. To start, I cut one large white banner. Using a smaller die, I paired it with the large die to make a frame from Hero Arts Mist cardstock. I used the die size that is slightly smaller than the larger one to cut two more shapes and a piece of Hero Arts Acetate. All the white cardstock is #80 Neenah Solar Crest.
The image was stamped with copic friendly Gina K Amalgam Ink onto one of the small banners. I colored with copic markers. Freckles on the frog, buttons on the pockets, and highlights were added with white and black Gelly Roll Pens. Freckles on the boy and spots on the frog were added with a 0.3 Brown Copic Multiliner.
I added a light layer of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to the background with a Picket Fence Life Changing Brush.
Trinity has the best embellishments! I chose the Puffy Cloud: Iridescent and Matte Cloud Confetti Mix and the Puddle Jumping: Iridescent Lt Blue Raindrop Confetti Mix to add some clouds and a few stationary raindrops to the background. When the shaker elements are at the bottom of the card you will still have some in the background.
To help the clouds stand out from the background I went around the bottoms with a 0.3 Copic Multiliner.
To create the shaker, I adhered the acetate to the back of the banner frame. Scotch Foam Tape was added to the back. Make sure that there are no gaps in the tape or your elements will fall out. Adding a little anti static powder along the tape edges helps to keep the sequins from sticking.
I added enough raindrops to the shaker to fill the bottom of the pennant and not cover up too much of the puddle. The frame was adhered to the panel.
You can see the copic coloring through the back of the panel so a backing needs to be added. But, before I did, I was trying to figure out how to make a cardstock hinge to add when I remembered that Jennifer McGuire made one from acetate. I searched through her site and found her tutorial. I have linked it here for those who are interested.
I cut two thin strips of acetate from a Hero Arts folded acetate card. These cards are a little thicker and sturdier. If you are using regular acetate you need to fold over an edge and crease it on each.
Strong 1/4 “Scor-Tape was added to each hinge and attached to the back of the shaker. The backing piece was then added to cover the copic coloring and the hinges.
More score tape was added to the rest of the hinge. The last small banner was centered on the back of the shaker and the hinges were attached.
The sentiment is also from the Puddle Jumper Stamp Set. It was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. I fussy cut around the sentiment and added dimensional tape to the back.
Pattern paper was cut 4” x 5.25” and adhered to a single layer piece of #110 Neena Solar Crest with a tape runner. Additional Scor-Tape was added to the back of the shaker panel and adhered to the patterned panel.
When you lift the banner panel there is plenty of room for a sentiment on the inside.
Additional cloud sequins were added to the front of the shaker along the edges of the frame.
This is such a fun and joyful card to send. It looks like the child is splashing raindrop sequins when the panel is lifted.
As always, thanks for joining me today. I look forward to creating with you again here at Trinity! You can also find me on Instagram at jadanchik or on my blog at jadanchik.com for more product detail.
Joyfully, Jo Ann