Saturday, March 12, 2016

Quad Shakers Painted with Coffee

Coffee has been a popular trend for a while but I've been kind of behind the times in using it as a theme. Recently I saw a card that had been painted with coffee HERE. As I looked for additional information, I found it to be gaining in popularity but it's been around for a very long time. I decided to start with something simple so purchased a small inexpensive brand of instant coffee and painted it onto a piece of watercolor paper for practice, which became the background for this card. It was like painting with watercolor.

My card was initially inspired by a sketch challenge but then I saw a shaker challenge so stepped it up and created four shakers units on the one card. The shakers are low profile for easy mailing.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #150

Just Us Girls #334 Trend Challenge

Four shapes were die cut to be made into the shakers. Before adhering them to the coffee background, they were overlapped and adhered to each other then covered with Glossy Accents. Once dry, the background was aligned with the shapes for stamping. The wonky rectangle was stamped, "everything is better with COFFEE." The oval was stamped, "& FRIENDS." The circle was stamped with a shaded heart. It was unnecessary to stamp inside the hexagon. Once the shakers were filled with sequins and adhered, the banner was die cut, matted and stamped with, "Let's get together for a cup." The banner was backed with foam to pop it up to match the level of the shaker shapes. Sequins were adhered to the front of the card. The inside was lined
with a panel of white cardstock and a cup of coffee, stamped and fussy cut. The label on the cup has hearts that match the one in the circle.

Drop by the AHSC150 and JUGS334 blogs to see the fabulous creations!

Techniques: Painting with coffee, multiple shakers, stamping, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Soft Suede (for cup stamped inside card)
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Watercolor
Misc.: Dimensionals foam, Window Sheets (acetate)

Other Materials
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs "Coffee Cozy" & "Coffee Talk"
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Kroger's Instant Coffee (strong and cooled)
Dies: Gina K. Designs (stacking ovals); Spellbinders (Classic Circles, Hexagons, Wonky Rectangles, Ribbon Banners)
Misc.: 3M foam tape, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Glossy Accents


  1. This is a great card! I love all of your little shaker pieces and your interpretation of the sketch! Thanks for joining us at AHSC!

  2. Awesome use of the frames for shakin it up! Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

  3. What a unique approach to this sketch (especially considering it wasn't your favourite sketch). I really like what you did here. Very interesting and original.

  4. Those frames look great...adding glossy accents was a terrific idea! Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls! We hope to see you in the gallery again soon!

  5. Awesome! Ive been wanting to try this...but not drinking the coffee makes me! Great card! Thanks for playing along at Atlantic hearts!

  6. Very cool card Melanie! Love that you used coffee to paint the background, I bet that your card smells yummy! :) Your shaker frames are awesome too. Great card!

  7. WOW! What a great technique, I am so going to have to try this!
    Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  8. Just creative!! I adore this card. Everything about it is special. Lucky recipient!! TYFS with us at Atlantic Hearts. Love your ideas and cards! ~ Alio (AHSC Design Team member)

  9. Love shaker cards, and having four in one card. And I never thought to use coffee for a color; but great're always looking for those special and different techniques. Can't imagine drinking instant're going to have to make several coffee colored cards...and why not now for the Coffee Lovers BlogHop.

  10. This is stunning! I have never heard of coloring with coffee! I would say you are not following behind the times it looks to me like you are a leader!! Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing : )


  11. What a fabulous card! Love that you used COFFEE as your water color medium! So cool! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!