I'm on the Crackerbox Stamps (affiliate links used throughout) blog today with a grumpy frog infinity shaker birthday card for a best friend. The frog stamp is part of the new April release; be sure to visit the New Stamps category to see all the funny new sentiments and images.
Infinity shaker cards are really fun and quite popular right now. I'm a fan of using tulle for shaker cards because it is so much easier (and quicker) to use. I began by stamping the frog on a scrap of watercolor green paper in green ink, using the same ink color for the sentiments. I colored the spots and eyelids on the frog with yellow alcohol marker and added a shadow in the eye. I colored the rest of the eyeball with white gel pen, adding "shine" dots to the pupils.
To add the frog and Jaded Blossom speech bubble to the front of the tulle infinity panel, I first adhered just the bottom part of the tulle to the bottom back of the card panel with double-sided tape. Then, I flipped up the tulle panel and added the frog and speech bubble to the tulle with foam adhesive where I wanted them on the card front.
To prevent the foam tape adhesive from interfering with the shaker elements once assembled, I attached scrap paper to the backside of the foam tape that shows through the tulle (see pic). This prevents the shaker elements from attaching to the exposed adhesive. Then I merely closed up the tulle front, adding my shaker mixture before adhering the final flap of tulle.
The inside of the card wasn't left untouched. I stamped the frog again using second-generation stamping for a lighter image. (First stamp the image off onto a scrap of paper and then stamp the second time onto the intended surface.) The "Happy Birthday" was stamped in black ink.
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