Halloween Shaker Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Shaker

I got a few Halloween cards done and sent but not as many as I wanted to. I really like this Hero Arts pumpkin die! It is from Hero Arts die set Autumn Icons Fancy Dies (DI431).

The background – I just created a watercolor panel.

The greeting and images by the greeting – for the greeting I cut it out with double sticky or put glue on the words and sprinkled Martha Stewart fine glitter on it. I tried cutting it out of glitter paper but I just couldn’t get to cut thru and didn’t want the hassle so went another route.The bat and spider web are stamped using images from Hero Arts set Halloween Trimmings Stamp & Cut (DC197). I used Versafine black ink for these because it is nice and bold especially when stamping on watercolor paper over a somewhat dark color. The greeting is also from the same set.

The pumpkin – kind of an interesting process. I had to think ahead to get this how I wanted it. For the most part it all worked. Except… the shaker doesn’t actually shake. So I made a watercolor background for the pumpkin. I cut a pumpkin out of the purple panel and added the orange background to the back of it. I cut the pumpkin out again and watercolored it. I left out all the sections as you can see. I wanted an inlaid pumpkin. Then comes the tulle and the fun shaker sequins. Then the next part is where I didn’t think ahead. I glued the tulle and shakers stuff down then glued the pumpkin over top which had glue all over the back. Between the glue and maybe a bit to tight on the tulle the shaker sequins are all kept in place. It still looks fun but wasn’t quite what I was trying to do.

Tulle Shaker Peony Card

Tulle Shaker Flowers

I have been wanting to try this tulle shaker technique for quite some time. I saw this on Jennifer McGuire’s website. My card looks a lot like hers but I was not trying to copy her exact card. It was the technique I wanted to try and I happened to use similar flowers because I had them colored and liked them. My sequins don’t show that much but they are in there.  It is a fun and fairly easy way to make a shaker card. I am not a fan of cutting all the little pieces of foam tape to keep the sequins from escaping so this was a nice solution.

For the hole where the tulle and sequins go I cut that with a Spellbinders die Peony (S4-193). You glue down some tulle over the hole on the backside, drop in some sequins, glue another piece of tulle on then glue it to the base of the card. Some of the sequins in there looked clear but when I added them they were kind of iridescent and kind of didn’t go with the card but I let it be.

The flowers, leaves and sentiment is stamped in Rose Gold embossing powder on watercolor paper and colored with either Copics or Zig Clean Color pens. The stamp set is a nice one from WPlus9 called Modern Peonies. I also sprayed the flowers and leaves with Shimmer Spritz or Perfect Pearls. Whichever it is the shimmer is really nice. I guess that’s what happens when you wait so long to post, you forget what you used sometimes. I also don’t ever think to write it down.

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