greeting cards

Valves shaker

radio valves

This was made for a friend who is a radio geek (among other things) — hence the valves — and whose eyesight is bad enough that I always make an effort to put extra texture or interactive elements in; this one is basically a full-size shaker.

Looking back at the photos of this card I suddenly remember how much work went into it. I seem to be determined to make cards with images that no-one makes digital versions of. Radio valves in this case.

So, usual routine, find images of valves, remind myself how to use the pen tool, recreate outlines on the computer (Affinity Designer on the Mac), print them out, and then work out how to colour objects made of glass and silvering with my Copic markers. Piece of cake.

Now I’m wondering if I should turn the valves into digi stamps, just on the vanishingly small chance that they might be useful to someone else… hmmm….

radio valves - detail


  • stamps:
    Justrite – extra grand sentiments
  • dies:
    Lawn Fawn – small stitched circles
  • stencils:
    Memory Box – dot grid
  • inks:
    Distress – ink pad – brushed corduroy, frayed burlap
    Versafine – onyx black
  • pens:
    Uni-ball Signo UM-120 – white
    Memento Dual Marker – tuxedo black
  • embossing powder:
    Wow! – super fine – clear gloss
  • Copic markers:
    body – R39, R59, R89
    legs – C1, C4
    stripes – Y19, Y15, BG01, BG02, YG25, YG09
    metal – C00, C0, C1, C2, C4
    glass – T0, T1, T3, T5
    blue internals – B41, B91, BV23
  • embellishments:
    gold and silver seed beads
  • paper and card:
    Papermill Direct – smooth – buff
    Papermill Direct – harvest buckram
  • miscellaneous:
    Affinity Designer
    Tombow permanent tape runner
    black foam tape

Another catch-up post. This card was created on 19th May 2016.

2 thoughts on “Valves shaker”

    1. Thanks! My brain has a habit of coming up with ideas that can’t be done with the stuff I already have or that nobody has or that just require a lot of work (a fiftieth birthday card made of fifty bunnies!)… 😄

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