Summa – Summa – Summa Time, Summertime! Yay! Summer is my favorite time of year, even living here in the the Central Valley of California where these long hot days often reach over 100*. To beat the heat, one of our favorite things to do is lounge on all the bright inflatables in the cool refreshing pool. This My Favorites Things Fun in the Sun Stamp set was just screaming to be a poolside shaker card, reminiscent of our summer days.

This is one of the most simple shaker cards I have made. I tend to make things complicated, I’m a work in progress. 😉 Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink was the perfect color for a simple watercolor background. To achieve the watery effect, I just sloppily applied 3 layers. Smoosh the ink onto a craft mat and pick up with a water loaded brush. Apply to watercolor paper in random fashion. Let completely dry between layers. Trim to A2 size, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Stamp the sentiment.

Next, die cut an inside scallop frame and an outside scallop frame in your chosen border colors. Remember, if you don’t have the cardstock color you want, you can always make it with Copic markers or watercolor, or any other medium that colors. Next, color the adorable raft and sunbather. I used Copic markers to create a bright and cheery rainbow raft, beach ball and yellow suit. I added a light shadow to give the impression of a little rounded baby belly. Adorbs!

To assemble the card I layered the scallop frames and acetate. Next, I folded two layers of 3M foam tape together and then adheared them to the acetate. Be sure all the edges connect. No one wants seed beads or droplets at their feet.

After fussy cutting all the Copic colored elements, I added an Action Wobbler to the back of the raft. I wanted her to float above the water and allow the beads and ball to slide behind her. She shimmies a bit that way too. Adhere her to the center of the watercolor panel and load with droplets and seed beads around her, but away from the edges of the card. Remove the backing from the foam tape and apply acetate panel to watercolor panel. Voila, we got us a shaker!

Quick Tip: If making cards ahead for no one in particular, wait to stamp the interior sentiment until you’ve chosen a recipient. That way you can personalize the card for a birthday, congratulations or a cheery pick me up. Share your Creative Bliss, you just might make someone’s day!