Rainbow Shaker Birthday!

Hello friends!  Yay!  It’s Friday and I thought I’d share this happy shaker card that I made for my mom’s recent birthday she had.  (Yes, I kept this one a secret until I gave it to her!)

Vicki-MFT Birthday Bear Rainbow

I saw over at My Favorite Things “Birthday Project” Challenge was a “rainbow” theme and I thought this would make for a happy and fun birthday card design!  So I pulled out the MFT Transparent Triangles Background stamp (now retired) and heat embossed it with white EP over some Bristol Smooth Watercolor paper.  I went to work with my rainbow background and sponged several colors of Distress Oxide ink in rainbow form over the heat embossed background for a “resist technique”.  I spritzed some water over it and my sprayer went a tad bit “dropy” and I ended up with a weird large droplet pattern, but I decided I wanted to keep it anyway, I liked it.

So to make sure that my shaker balloon was going to line up with my bear, I needed to stamp, color and fussy cut out this bear from the Beary Special Birthday stamp set.  I needed to fussy cut it out because the coordinating die cut would also cut out the balloon from the image, and I didn’t want to include it as I was making my own!  I’ve also white heat embossed a senitment from the same stamp set and cut it out with the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.  I also took the Mini Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics to cut out all of the pieces that I needed for the balloon.  (I used the fussy cut out bear for placement to see where I needed to die cut a hole in the background for the shaker area.)  Before attaching the bear down, I also took some green cardstock and cut out a border with the Grassy Fields Die-namics.  I sponged the edges with green ink and took a Copic marker to give a shadow around the bear.  So after I placed my “balloon hole” where I needed it on the background, I took the rainbow sequins to place inside the Mini Balloon Shaker Pouches and added a piece of black cardstock for the background, which was placed over an A2 sized white top folding card base.

Vicki-MFT Birthday Bear Rainbow-close

Here’s a closer look at the bear and how I’ve got him colored in.  I forgot that in addition to the rainbow sequins I had, I put some tiny star sequins in there as well.  At first I thought I had went a bit too dark for coloring the bear, but I like how he blended out and I think he really stands out on the rainbow background and doesn’t get lost with the black accents on the card.  I took a white gel pen to his cheeks and added some shimmer to his present with a glitter brush pen.  (My mom likes the color red, so I purposely made the present red).

Vicki-MFT Birthday Bear Rainbow-flat

Here with the card laying flat, you can better see the shaker bits on the inside of the balloon and how they really stand out against the black balloon background.

I think I got a smile and it was passed around for the shaking.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I thank you so much for stopping in!  Wishing you a very happy and rainbow filled weekend too!  🙂


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28 thoughts on “Rainbow Shaker Birthday!

  1. This is simply adorable and a wonderful shaker card! I love the festive background with that cute little bear, but the black inside the balloon shaker really shows off the sequins beautifully! Great card Vicki!


  2. Absolutely love it! Perfect combination of Great elements, bear, shaker balloon, and rainbow colors! Happy belated birthday to your mom.


  3. Your mom must have smiled with delight at this custom beauty, Vicki! That background stamp is FUN – so much movement and texture. I really like that little bit of blue ink close to the bottom of your creation – making all the other colors jump in delight! It’s a darling shaker card, Vicki, and full of rainbow fun! Happy Birthday to your mom. hugs, de


  4. This is so cute, Vicki. Love your rainbow background, your coloring of the sweet bear and the shaker balloon!
    xxx Margreet


  5. Just adorable Vicki, I am sure your mom loved it. The background colors, shaker style and little bear make a super cute card.

    Hugs Diane


  6. Glorious colours and blending and what an adorable little bear image. Love the shaker card element and I bet your Mum loved it? Obviously you made this card with love x.


  7. What a cute card Vicki!! I love the awesome colorful background and that sweet little bear, fabulous balloon shaker design! I bet your mom loved it!
    Hugs, Tammy


  8. I bet your mom really loved your interactive card. The background is gorgeous, even with the “accidental” drops that only add to it.


  9. Hi, Vicki…..
    I saw your card over at Creative With Stamps and had to come for a closer look! I adore your beautiful blended background and the fun shaker balloon!!
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


  10. What a gorgeous shaker card, Vicki! I love the beautifully-colored bear holding the balloon string and present. You created a fantastic background for the card! Great work, Vicki! Hugs!


  11. Oh my goodness what a ‘beauty’ you have created here Vicki. Love the amazing blended background and your bear looks so life like. Awesome shaker card with those bright bits inside.


  12. I love shaker cards but have never been very successful at making them so I love seeing what others make. This one is fantastic, Vicki! I love the sentiment and that is the most adorable bear ever. 😀


  13. So sweet…love your colorful and festive card. That birthday shaker is fabulous! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Creative with Stamps.


  14. Absolutely adorable creation. I was so enamored with your background, I didn’t realize it was a shaker card, too! Your background looks like designer paper. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafting by Designs.


  15. Adorable – and love your water droplets and splotches too. I love shaker cards but I struggle with them so I usually don’t make them unless it is just the plain old square or rectangle card. Love the rainbow effect on your background. Having met your mom I know she will like this darling little bear and his balloon.


  16. A great idea for the balloon to be black. It really amazingly distinguishes the sequins inside the shaker. I also love the beautifully colored card panel.


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