Saturday, February 20, 2016
Bearly a Clown Standing Shaker Tag
While checking out my fave Challenge Blogs I noticed a number of them calling for shakers, plastic, and/or recycling. I'd been saving some packaging from facial blotter sheets (the curse of oily skin) thinking that it would be fun some day to make a shaker tag, (great for a child's birthday) and today was the day.
I started with an adorable image from Sandra Caldwell called Bearly a Clown. I sized him for the opening in my packaging and colored him with Copics in bright circus colors. I popped him in the opening and added sequins and tiny beads to shake. BTW, I've been playing on the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group and having loads of fun. Besides a really nice Group of gals, and a Progressive Challenge, Sandra pops up with some sneaky contests where you can win her cute quirky stamps. Ya never know when, or what she might have up her sleeve.
The packaging actually stands and to cover the sides where it opens, I've added triangles of card stock. In the back, there's room for a pocket for a gift card and Birthday message.The topper was made with a Martha Stewart punch. The bright curled ribbon adds a festive touch, don'tcha think? Wanna know how it's done? I thought so.
I thought I already had a tutorial for this on my Blog and could just link back, but I realized it was done for Custom Crops, which is no longer in business, so all the tuts and .cut files I did for them are no longer available... BUMMER! I wish I'd thought to take pix while I was curling all of these yesterday. but I'll work on another because a pic is worth a thousand words (although that won't stop me from gabbing here.) LOL
Although you can use any width of ribbon, I find the 1/8 inch works best with the small bamboo skewers. Tie tightly, an inch or so from the end, and wind ribbon around the skewer as closely as possible. Tie tightly at other end, again leaving some bare skewer and spray with Fabric Sizing on all sides. Blot with a paper towel, if necessary. Place skewers on rim of the baking sheet (so ribbon has no chance of sticking or burning) and bake in a 200 degree oven for twenty minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, and slide or unwrap the ribbon. If kinks develop, pull straight and let it rewind until kinks are gone. It will stay curled.
I'm entering this in the 613 Avenue Create ATG/with Optional Twist Make a Shaker Project, Simon Says Monday Upcycle/Recycle, Simon Says Wednesday Shake it Up, Shopping Our Stash Fantastic Plastic, Creative Fingers ATG, the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday ATG/w Optional Ribbon Lace or Twine , Really Reasonable Ribbon Celebrate with Ribbon or Trim, Ai Shake Rattle and Roll, and the Southern Girls Add a Little Sparkle to Your Life (the sequins).