Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Technique Tuesday - CD Case Shaker Card

CD Case Shaker Card

I first learned how to make these from The Stamping Studio website (www.stampingstudio.com). That was about three years ago, and I have made several since then. They are very easy to make, and are fun to give, and even more fun to receive.  Unfortunately, they do not scan well, as they are not flat, so the scanner blurred them a bit, but you will get the idea.

They start with an empty plastic cd case.  I was fortunate enough to find a couple of dozen of empty cd cases at a garage sale, so scooped them up. I have seen them at lots of different stores, usually in packages of six or so. Be sure to get the older kind, not the really slim ones, as you need room for the filling to shake around.

  • Snap cd case apart at hinges and put top aside.
  • Cut decorative paper for background to cover bottom (inside the case) - 5 1/4” x 4 3/4” on most cd cases (measure your case to be sure you cut the right size).
  • Glue background to case using glue stick.
  • Add any further papers, stamping or embellishing as you desire.
  • Snap top back on and feed “filling” (beads, stones, charms, punched shapes, etc) through the gap (there is an open space) on the left side of the case.
  • Fill gap with fun foam, using a tape runner to adhere.
  • Wrap case with 7 3/4” x 4 3/4” cardstock or decorative paper, creasing at the sides with your fingers.  Secure with glue stick on the back, and tape runner on the front.  Be sure the left side is long enough to cover the opening and foam.
  • Embellish outside as desired.
Specific directions for card at right:  (stamps by Hero Arts)   
Prepare case as above. 
Glue in red word background with glue stick, trimming slightly to fit if necessary.
Tear dotted cardstock (cs) and distress with sponge and green ink.  Stamp Friend or other word on bottom right side as in sample.  Adhere to red word piece in case on left side.
Stamp F4323 Doodle Leaf Flower with markers in colors desired.  Sponge with green ink, then cut out and adhere over red and dotted piece in cd case, as shown on sample.
Thread button with embroidery floss and tie knot.  Adhere to flower with glue dot.
Stamp You Are Special (from LL206 set) with green marker onto white scrap, sponge with light green, and trim close to words.  Adhere to striped scrap, slightly off to the top and right, as shown in sample.  Adhere to inside of case with foam mounting tape.
Attach top to case, then pour in fillings through gap.  Run Diamond Glaze or any clear drying glue along bottom and sides to secure shut.
Fill opening with fun foam, securing with tape runner.
Glue pink cardstock piece around to wrap and cover seams along sides.  Use tape runner on top of case to secure strongly.
Cover pink “wrapper” with red and striped strips provided.
Stamp F4323 Doodle Leaf Flower again with markers, sponge with green, then cut out petals and use along left side seam.
That's it. They're easy, and they're fun to make. Think about all the occasions these would be good for. There's so much you could do for Christmas....use sequins and snow filling, punch out stars, use all your Christmas paper scraps!
Wedding plans are shaping up.  Still so much to do, and so little time.  Less than three weeks to go!  It's hard when Faith is in Buffalo, and I'm here.  Lots of traveling these past few weeks.  I'm off to the bachelorette party Saturday, then there's Thanksgiving, then back to Buffalo the weekend after Thanksgiving to decorate and finish up loose ends.  Whew.  I'll be looking forward to just enjoying the day when it gets here!  Here's the link to Faith and Dan's wedding website if you would like to take a peek:  http://www.ewedding.com/sites/faithie1122/
Now it's off to work on the card box for the wedding.  I hope you are enjoying these late fall days, and preparing for a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. May you be surrounded by family and friends, and enjoy your loved ones.


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