So, I created a shaker card for Valentine's Day!
My inspiration for this little card came when I spotted this darling jar of candy heart stamps at my local craft store. I knew that I wanted to use a lot of hearts, just like you would get when you buy a package of the candy. After discarding several of my original ideas, I finally settled on a shaker card.
To start, I stamped several times with different colours and different sayings.
Then I cut them out by hand. I thought this would take forever, but once I got going it wasn't too bad. Since I was using the large shipping tags (approx. 2.5x5.25in) as the base for my card, I decided that two hearts in each of five different colours seemed like the right amount for each card.
Next, I cut some vellum to size, arranged the hearts on the tag and sewed the vellum in place with the hearts sandwiched between the tag and vellum. Initially, I thought I would let the hearts float around in the card but soon realized that it became tricky for two reasons. First, the hearts would not stay in place while I sewed the vellum closed and I kept catching the hearts in the stitched edge. And secondly, the hearts would all bunch up under the vellum and then you could not read them at all!
My solution was to add a dab of glue on the back of each heart and secure it in place in a random way, to make it look like they were still loose. That seemed to do the trick!
Wanting the message to be front and centre, I pulled out my calligraphy pen and ink and created a little banner in my own handwriting. I wrote two different messages depending on who the recipients would be.
Finally, I adhered the banner with a bit of glue to finish off the shaker tag.
A personal message can be written on the back of the tag and the entire tag could be attached with twine to a Valentine's Day gift.
I do have to say that I love how they turned out.
How about you?