Friday, July 31, 2015

Shake it Baby! August Flying Unicorn Shaker Card Tutorial and Challenge

 Shake it baby!  Challenge ( Shaker cards that is)

I am in love with shaker cards.  They are trendy.  They are hot.  They are oh so fun to  make and shake. You can fill them with any small item that fits into the card.  
The Kaisercraft papers that came in August's Your Passion Your Art provide a lot of beautiful card options.  BUT remember you can use anything you want from your stash as well.  We do not limit you here at the Unicorns. 
 You can find the challenge right here

My card is filled with an assortment of microbeads and a few accent sequins.  You can fill yours with sand, beads, sequins, mica, anything. 

Let's start with some close ups: 

Simple Instructions for my card:

Step 1.  I grabbed the Kaisercraft  journal card that came in the August kit.  I used a circle die to make the circle size I needed.  
Step 2.   I used some acrylic from a package but you can use a sheet of acrylic.  I glued it to my journal card to act as the shaker window. 
Step 3.   Time to add some thickness to the card.  You can do this with foam tape, cardboard,  inexpensive foam craft sheets ( that's what I used).  

I pulled out my circle die once again as a template, however I used the next size bigger than the circle I used on the window.  I traced it onto the foam so I would know where I needed to cut.  Your foam circle needs to be slightly larger than your circle window.  

Glue the foam right on top of the acrylic window.  Pretend the window in this photo below is clear - I added a piece of patterned paper to it so it would show up better in a photo. 
Step 4.   Add beads, sequins. 

Step 5.   Stamp a sentiment on a piece of cardstock and glue over the window to cover it up and act as the back of the card. 

Soooooooo give it a shake.  I have a simple tutorial below to assist in your shaky project.  You can make any style shaker you want. Dazzle me!
 The Prize is a surprise....

The Rules:

01. You have one week to create your project using the sketch as an inspiration (it does not have to be a layout, it can be a card, tag etc).

02. You must post your creation into the Mojo Monday thread in order to be eligible for the RAK .

03. You may use your project for any other monthly forum challenges except for the 'Anything Goes Challenge' or Use Your Stash Challenge

04. Your project must be posted no later than 8:00pm on 08/31/2015 to be eligible for the surprise RAK

*Please remember that your supplies do not have to come from the store to participate in any of our challenges! Flying Unicorn Forums is a place to share, learn, form friendships, and have too much fun with us!*

Peaceful Beach Chair by the Sea - Flying Unicorn Off The Page

Included in each August's Your Passion Your Art. Main Kit, is always a fun and unique "off the Page " item. We have the perfect "Off the Page" piece to help celebrate summer of 2015.  This month's project is a sweet and peaceful  wooden Adirondack chair in mini form of course.   While I'd fiercely taken on an OTP as large as a real Adirondack lounge chair, I am quite thankful Alda keeps it simple and on the small side.

I must elaborate a little when I use the word "peaceful" to describe the Adirondack chair OTP. I should have said "potentially peaceful". It's full of sweet peaceful dreams in my mind, but when I showed my husband my finished project, he added his own flair and special touch.   He added a nightmare to my beach scene.  Ugh men - or at least my man!

My beach sign says, "Life is Better on the Beach".  Life is definitely better on the beach unless you have a shark trying to rip your leg off as you read a book. 

Sheesh - Husband is now completely banned from my craft space. 
Word  to my husband.....stick to guitar playing Sweetheart.  Back away from my craft room. 

So BACK to my happy version, OK? 
How did I make this? 

Making the Chair:
1.  First I worked on the chair.  I painted the dreamy chair white 

2.  Added some Prima Chalkboard Paints with a dry brush. 

3.  Rubbed the chair with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Weathered Wood.  Not a lot of ink but enough to give some definition. 

4.  I covered Prima's little Tickets and Tags booklet with paper and gave it a stamp from Prima's Seashore collection.  Stamped the inside pages with mini text  and made it into a book.

5.  Punched out a seahorse from Joy Craft dies.  I gussied it up with inks, microbeads and Ranger Glossy Accents. 

scroll down for more instructions

Making the Canvas Beach:
1.  I used an upside down 8x8 canvas for my beach and sea.  

2. Painted Prima chalkboard paint in Sand as the sand.

3. Painted on Prima chalkboard  paint on multiple an ombre type look going from darker blue to lighter as a seashore varies in color. 

4.  After paint dried, I added very thick coats of Prima 3D matte gel as waves.  I applied the gel with a palette knife and left dry over night.  

5.  Added micro beads and mica to my canvas beach and sea using Prima Clear Matte Gel  medium.  It adheres the beads and mica nicely.  

6.  Stapled blue netting to my canvas.  The sandy color netting in the background is only for the photo and not attached to the piece. 

7.  Glued small pieces of cheesecloth to give a wispy look. 

8.  Stapled/glued cording all the way around the canvas.  

9.  Took my used sponge brush and ripped off the sponge.  Glued a sign to it "Life is Better on the Beach".  Inked the wood handle of the sponge brush with Tim Holtz Distress ink in weathered wood.  Stuck it behind the cording and added gobs of glue to keep in place.  Beacons 3 in 1 glue.  

so do not delay in getting yours!

In addition to the kit:
  • Prima - Chalkboard Paint - Sea Breeze, Sand, Egg Shell, Jewel Blue
  • Prima - Finnabair - Art Ingredients - Glass Beads - Turquoise , Cobalt Blue ,Plum
  • Prima - Finnabair - Art Basics - 3D Gloss Gel - 8 Ounces 
  • Prima - Finnabair - Art Ingredients - Glass Glitter - Gold Rush 
  • Prima Finnabair - Art Ingredients - Copper Micro Beads
  • Prima Butterfly Collection Tickets and Tags 579517
  • Prima  Clear Stamps - Seashore Collection 572594
  • Prima Clear Stamp - Messy 961893
  • Joy Crafts Die Under the Sea - Crab and Seahorse
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Weathered Wood
  • Shells
  • Floral Berries
  • Darice wooden chair

Flying Unicorn August Reveal - Your Passion Your Art

Before the carefree days of summer ends, Flying Unicorn has captured the warmth of colors celebrating all things summer from sleeping under the stars, boat rides, splashing of waves, to the summer sunsets. Without further adieu we give you August's Your Passion Your Art.

Included in each Main Kit, is always a fun and unique "off the Page " item. We have the perfect "Off the Page" piece to help celebrate summer of 2015!

From the beginner to the avid mixed media artist our Mixed Art add on kit will surely please you. Our Mixed Art kit will always come with a canvas and mixed media art supplies to advance your skills as an artist.
Flowers, vines,and embellishments oh my! Our Mixed Passion is a collection of everything pretty to add to the Main kit or the add on kits. The colors and embellishments will enhance your Kit of the Month creations or it can stand alone and you can create something magical on its own! So turn up the music, make some tea and lock your self away while you create some art!
Our Small Art Big Passion is all about the love of making cards, tags atc's and anything in between. From Stamps, flowers, paper, embellishments and pretty things in between! These yummy goodies will enhance any of the kits or stand alone .

We are thrilled to present great free tutorials, techniques, videos and Build a Page using our Kit of the Month to help you grow in the passion of your art. So stay tuned there is so much more to come in the next week!