I am so excited to share this card with you all. I made it for my nephew who is studying for his GRE exams while working full time. He is a really hard worker, and I wanted him to know I was thinking of him, especially as all of this is going down around his birthday (poor kid)! He loves all dogs (like me) so I thought a fun shaker birthday card would be perfect.

The pup and sentiment are from the super adorable Howl Are Your? stamp set by Gerda Steiner Designs, the Paw Prints die set is from Paper Smooches, and the Cross Stitched Square die set is from Diemond Dies. I picked up all of these crafty yummies in the last week (I know, that’s a lot of crafty “picking up” – LOL), and I was so tickled to use them all on this shaker card. But I’m not all about the latest and newest things. I also used some old Creative Memories oval cutting tools that I’ve had since I first tried scrap booking some 15+ย years ago! (it’s in the video below). ๐Ÿ™‚

Please note, my readers can get 10% off and free worldwide shipping on all orders of $35 or more at Diemond Dies by using the coupon code “thankskristina” at checkout.

To keep clean black, white with a small pop of colorย look of the card (which I thought would be good for a young man–not too cutsie), I Copic colored the little pup with W0, W3, W5 and C9 for the nose. I used BG10 and 13 for the collar since that color is my nephew’s favorite. For a bit of shine, I also added Glossy Accents to the little pup’s nose.

To create a balanced look, I die cut the square with the cross stitched square die and created a 3 by 3 grid design with the paw dies. After gluing down some clear plastic packaging over the die cut area, I created separate shaker compartments around each paw with double sided foam adhesive. Then I filled each area with alternating black and silver sequins to maintain that monochromatic look.

The following is a process video on how I made this card:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Gerda Steiner Designs 19th Share Your Designs Challenge
Paper Smooches Black and White with a Pop of Color Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Challenge
Word Are Wednesdays Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Not Just Cards Anything Goes Challenge
Penny Black and More Birthday Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with a Masculine Twist Challenge
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge

SPARKS BADGE

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