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Vintage Americana Shaker Cards with Western Flair

Alex FestJun 24, '20

Hello  crafty friends.  

Today  my goal is to celebrate July 4th using products that are not necessarily first glance.  


I'm  here with some country Americana style cards for Independence Day featuring a  variety of chipboard - both traditional chipboard pieces mixed with shakers  sets from Creative Embellishments. 


I've combined with Authentique  paper collections that are definitely not patriotically themed however they  work very successfully.

Let's  get started.  Here are the chipboard pieces used on the cards today:

Creative  Embellishments - Classic Pick Up Set

Creative  Embellishments - Circle Shaker Set

Creative  Embellishments - Boot Shaker

Creative  Embellishments - Star Pieces

Creative  Embellishments - Lacy Border

The  boot shaker was fun to turn into a Western Americana piece by adding tiny  patterned paper to the sections of the boot.  To do this, I used the  detailed layer as the bottom glued to the base.  

Typically, I'd use that  detailed  layer for the top, but in adding the patterned paper it no longer  worked as a transparent shaker window.  

If  you are wondering what the best glue is for assembling the chipboard shakers, I  recommend something that has a strong bond, dries clear, is used on multiple  surfaces, and has a fine tip for dispensing thin lines of glue.  

 I  have a few brands I like.  

Nuvo - Deluxe Adhesive  

The bunting at the top of  the card was made using a sheet from Authentique Paper - Voyage Collection- 6 x 6 Paper Pad Bundle which has been folded accordion style, folded  in  the middle,  the ends glued together and fanned out. 


 After the bunting  base was made, it was topped with Creative Embellishments - Lacy Border  Chipboard set that has been inked dark brown and cut into sections to tuck  under the bunting.


It makes for a very  dramatic and vintage style bunting.  

I  chose some unusual Authentique papers to create the cards. Authentique papers  are super versatile and the cards I created show this quite perfectly.  I  combined papers from two collections:  Authentique's Manly collection  and Voyage collection.  

I also combined the 12" x 12"sheets with the 6"patterns.  

Here  are the papers used on my two cards today: 

Authentique Paper - Manly Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Kit  

Here is my second card. 

This is also a shaker  card but with an old vintage looking pickup truck as the focal piece.  I love the tiny star patterned papers from the 6 x 6 Voyage  collection.  

The  pickup, circle and decorative star pieces are from Creative  Embellishments.  I think the chipboard accents help make the fabulous patterned  paper pop.  

The  chipboard treatment on the pickup was fun to make.  I used a variety of  inks and paint markers to color the car (Fired Brick and Aged  Mahogany) and blending brushes to color the reds in the truck.    Next, I gave the truck accents of white, silver and black using a combination of  products from sharpie markers to inks.  

The stars were embossed with gold embossing powder and backed  with Authentique paper.

The  sequin shaker mix used on both shaker cards is from Buttons Galore and More/ 28  Lilac Lane.  This mix is called:  Golden Sequin Mix in Cello Bag and  is a beautiful vintage gold.  

Thank you for visiting.  Happy July 4th.