My father-in-law (FIL) is turning 85 in one week and I wanted to make him a fun shaker card. We share a love of big desserts and little dogs so….

I stamped out six layer cake using The Greeting Farm Layer Cake stamp set with a variety of inks. I experimented with a variety of colors and inks in my stash and ultimately I ended up with a kind of patriotic color scheme that I thought made a hearty masculine cake (one my FIL would appreciate).

From the top down, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Blueprint Sketch, then one layer I fussy cut out with an X-Acto knife to make a shaker window, next came a Tsukineko Artnic Baby Blue, followed by an Adirondack Brights pigment ink in Sale Boat Blue. Then I cut out another layer to create a larger shaker window and lastly I added an Adirondack Brights pigment ink in Watermelon. For the cake stand, I used a Lawn Fawn Premium Dye Ink in Hippo. For the two shaker windows, I filled the top one with tiny silver metal hearts and the bottom one with chunky silver glitter and red seed beads.

To frame out the card front, I used more of the Adirondack Brights pigment ink in Watermelon on a die cut frame cut from the larger of the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Frame Die Set. I liked how repeating that red carried more of the red through the card to balance out all the blue cake layers.

To add a little more interest and dimension, I re-stamped the dark blue, medium blue and red cake layers and fussy cut them out to pop them up a bit with foam dots. Then to add a little whimsy, I painstakingly fussy cut out three tiny dogs from a Doodlebug Designs “Puppy Love” paper collection and added them to three of the cake layers.

For the inside card liner, I simply stamped out “Happy Birthday DAD!” from The Greeting Farm “I Love Dad” stamp set. I added a little scrap of puppy paw print paper from my scrap box to carry through the puppy love theme of the card and the red from the card front.

The following is a process video of making this card:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
The Greeting Farm Shaker Cards Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Red White and Blue Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Red White and Blue Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Penny Black and More For the Boys Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Twist Monochrome
Not Just Cards Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Color Challenge #72



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