greeting cards

Birthday card: Radio shaker

Radio shaker


A masculine birthday card for a radio-loving friend.


After mocking up the layout, I started out by cutting the window for the shaker element. Then I stamped and fussy cut the radio from masking paper so that I could apply the embossing paste through the stencil and still leave space for the radio. The stencil also needed quite a bit of masking to get a neat cone of radio waves out from the window. While the embossing paste was drying I paper-pieced the radio, stamped the microphone on the shaker background, die cut and stamped the sentiment, and prepped a piece of fun foam to mount the panel on. Then it was just a case of assembling it all. Luckily I used a liquid glue to stick the fun foam to the card base, because I forgot to put the window background in place first… oops… After agonising over which colour sequins to use — and opting for brown to match the radio — I stuck the front panel on and popped the radio and sentiment up on foam pads.


  • stamps:
    Lawn Fawn – stay tuned
    Paper Smooches – boob tubes
    Neat & Tangled – time warp
  • dies:
    Sizzix – framelits – circles 2
    Clearly Besotted – you said it
  • stencils:
    Memory Box – modern – radio waves
  • colour:
    Avery Elle – pigment ink – fog
    Versafine – onyx black
  • texture:
    Dreamweaver – embossing paste – metallic silver
  • embellishments:
    Doodlebug – sequins
  • paper and card:
    Papermill Direct – plain navy
    Hunkydory Crafts – heavyweight acetate
    Lawn Fawn – paper pad – beachside (back of shaker window)
    Bo Bunny – paper pad – very vintage double dot (paper pieced radio)
  • miscellaneous:
    Funky foam

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