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Shrinky Dinks Ocean Shaker Card

 Hi crafty friends! I have become a bit obsessed with making shrinky dink shaker bits for shaker cards! For today's card, I used some Clearly Besotted stamp sets from the July release. The colors are inspired by the August BRI mood board and are perfect for my underwater scene! 

I colored with Copic markers and fussy cut all the images, then added Nuvo drops all over the swimming cat's helmet to give it shine.

To create the background, I did some ink smooshing with Distress inks on watercolor paper. It was a lot of fun and I can't believe I don't ink smoosh more often! 

Now for the super fun part, shrinky dinks! If you would like a quick tutorial on making shrinky dink shaker bits, check out this video I made for a different shrinky dink shaker card (I used the same technique for this card).

And here is the non-video explanation: I used "frosted" or pre-sanded shrinky dink plastic and stamped the images on the sanded side. (For the shells, I masked off the balloon string.) I used Memento Luxe ink and let it dry overnight. (Note: I have seen many YouTube videos where they use StazOn but I was concerned that it would be harsh on the stamps over time, plus I did not like how the StazOn cleaner removed the tackiness of my stamps. I heard you can also use Memento Brilliance ink but I personally have not tried that yet.) Then I colored in the images with Copic markers (do not color on the stamped side), fussy cut them out, and used my heat tool to shrink them. 

I made the shaker well using foam tape. I first used 2 layers of foam tape but my shaker bits were getting jammed together. So I ripped it all apart and changed it to 1 layer of foam tape. That was marginally better (you can see the two stuck bits in my pictures hahaha!). So if you have any tips for preventing shaker bits from wedging underneath each other, please let me know in the comments! I am still on this journey to make better shaker cards, especially now that I am shrinky dink obsessed!

I masked off part of my sentiment so that "let's shellebrate" could be a birthday card or congratulatory card. I used some pretty blue and gold embossing glitter to add that bit of gold from the BRI mood board. 

Supplies used:

Clearly Besotted Balloon Bunch Sea

Clearly Besotted Deep Blue Corners

Distress Inks (salvaged patina, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon, blueprint sketch)

Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners

Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew

WOW! embossing powder (Under the Sea)

Circle dies similar to these Waffle Flower circle dies

Thank you for stopping by and reading through my shaker card journey! Happy crafting! 💖Jenn


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