Hello Everyone! For my second blog post as this month’s guest designer, I have a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a shaker embellishment.

I received this lovely die-cut in my deluxe kit, and I decided to turn it into a shaker embellishment, which then would be the focal point of the layout.

This is a technique I always wanted to try, and this diecut shape was perfect, as it consists of mostly straight lines to cut around.

First, I backed the leaves with patterned paper. Then, I put double sided tape around the edges of the hexagon. I layered a piece of acetate on top of this, then some dimensional tape, which would allow movement for the sequins. You can see these steps on the photos below:

The dimensional tape I used is 1mm thick and 5 mm wide. This was perfect for this diecut. A thicker foam tape could also be used – this would give more room for the sequins, but it would also make the layout thicker.

When adhering the tape, I made sure that there would be no gaps between the pieces, to prevent the sequins from escaping. Also, I made sure that any excess tape would overhang on the outer edges of the diecut, not the inside. It looked quite messy at this point:

Next, I cut around the edges. Rather than positioning the scissors at a right angle to the diecut, I rotated my wrist outwards, tilting the scissors, so that the bottom blade would be underneath the diecut shape:

This way the adhesive would be cut at an angle, giving a neater finish to the shaker element. While upside down, I filled the shape with sequins and peeled away the backing of the tape:

 

 

Next, I positioned the cardstock on top of the diecut – this was tricky, because you have to think about it upside down and back to front, which I struggle with. But miraculously I managed to adhere it onto the right spot, the right way up!!!

The rest was easy-peasy… here’s my completed layout:

I hope you find this tutorial inspirational… Trying my hand in something new was quite an intimidating thought, especially as I’m not particularly great in precision cutting. But this diecut is ideal for this purpose, and I’m glad I challenged myself, as I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!

Thanks for visiting the blog today! Happy scrapping!

Antonia.