The Never Ending Card

Have you ever made a card that took you such a long time to make that you wound up in a weird love/hate relationship with it?

This was such a card for me. A die cut inlay shaker card with about a bajillion pieces to inlay. Kidding. It wasn’t a bajillion; only 207. Yes, I counted.

After applying double sided adhesive to the back of some black cardstock and rainbow colors of glitter paper I cut them all using the Mermaid Scale background die from Momenta.

I poked all the bitty negative pieces out and saved them, organized by color to make things slightly easier.

I adhered the die cut from the black piece of cardstock to a piece of white cardstock and got to work.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

I took the Seashell Cut and Emboss dies (also from Momenta) and die cut three shapes from my inlaid panel. Next I lined my panel up on a white A2 sized card and lightly traced the shapes using pencil.

I did ink blending inside the shapes and stamped the sentiment from the Mermaid at Heart wooden stamp set (also from Momenta) in the large seashell shape.

I used foam tape along the edges of the card and to create wells around the shapes. I laid my foam outside the pencil lines and then erased said pencil lines.

I filled the wells with guts (sequins, beads, glitter, etc) and stuck some acetate behind the shaped windows on my inlaid piece.

I removed the tape backing from all that foam tape and stuck my inlaid piece down over it.

Finally I added a few stickers from the Extra Puffy Mermaid sticker set (you guessed it; from Momenta!).

Ta da! I love the way this turned out but holy cow it was a lot of work!

See you in three and a half years! 😂

Samantha

*Because I like transparency* While none of the links I’ve shared in this post are affiliate links I did receive all the products I used and that I’ve linked to in this post for free. I was not paid to create this card nor this blog post.

12 comments

  1. You my friend, are crazy…. Amazingly crafty, but crazy. Inlay with 200+ pieces *and* a shaker card with multiple wells. Yup… crazy. So thankful for your sanity that it turned out so pretty. Nothing worse than spending hours working on something that looks like crap. So glad you shared this!

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    • 😆😆😆 Lol! My psychiatrists would agree with you on the crazy bit. Thank you. Your comment made me laugh. I hope you are doing well.

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      • I’m doing fine. I’m in quarantine all the time. LOL I was a stay at home mom for 18 years and see no reason to return to the work force. My hubby is in IT and works from home so we’re used to being together 24/7. Our son was attending the local community college cause he wanted to be home 2 more years instead of going away to college, so he’s not upset at all about his classes going online. I’m kinda laughing at all the people trying to adjust to our lifestyle! Now if people would stop buying all the damn toilet paper, I’d be fine! And back to the project… we’ve all made something so time consuming that we question our sanity. I think the difference between us and the truly crazy people is that we do it only once, and they do it on every project! Now those people are NUTS. 🤣 Hope you are staying healthy and glad to see you post something crafty! Did Franz get the virus?!? After spending hours inlaying die cuts, I thought for sure Franz would have something suitably snarky for a sentiment!

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        • Franz is in solitary confinement for crimes against humanity 😆
          In truth snarkiness takes a certain energy that I don’t have a whole lot of right now.
          I know what you mean 😂 I am always home. I don’t really ever go anywhere. This is awesome for me 😆 Wait, wait wait. I’m SUPPOSED to stay home? Yay!!!! 😆😂🤣

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            • Just mental health gunk. The Covid crap really doesn’t phase me (aside from the panic attacks when I have to go to the store 🤪) since I don’t really leave my house much anyway. I don’t watch the news. At all.

              I’m hopeful that things will get back to normal-ish for me soon. Thank you for asking. I appreciate it.

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              • I get it. I have those times too, usually brought on by other health issues that really aren’t bad, but I get sucked into the “why me?” mode and they become bigger issues in my head. That always zaps my mojo as well as my energy. I called my blog Misplaced Mojo because of it. I really should have called it I’m in a Funk, but I guess no one would would ever visit. On that note, I’ve been curious about the origin of your blog name. Would you mind sharing the story?

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                • I’ve loved words ever since I learned to read. When I was growing up I dreamed of being an author or a poet. I wrote a lot of poetry; most of it was terrible but it was a means of self expression that I desperately needed.
                  My love of words; in books, in my own writing, in games, etc, inspired the CoyKoi in CoyKoiCrafting. Coy and Koi are homonyms; words that sound the same but have different meanings.
                  Thank you for sharing the meaning of your blog name. I think I’m Headed to Funky Town would have been fun 😉 lol

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                  • Bwahahaha! You have no idea how much I laughed at this!!! I actually cackled (while in the drive thru at the pharmacy where they already think I’m crazy). I am just now getting back to comment. Funky Town goes right along with a joke my hubby, son, and I have. After 3 years of middle school band with a band director who made them play Funky Town every chance he could (pep band, performances, warm ups, you name it) my son was thrilled to move to high school. Just as he did, the high school band director decided to add Funky Town to the stands tunes played during football games between plays. My son would routinely roll his eyes and say *he* was going to Funky Town and would be a grump for 10 minutes until his friends brought him out of it. He’s in his 1st year of college now but not long before the Covid crap we were in Publix together when the song came over the intercom and he groaned! Funky Town is indeed where I go from time to time… once for 3-4 years, but thankfully there is no disco where I go or I might groan too! Thank you for making my day and giving me a reason to smile even hours later. I might even have to edit my blog to incorporate its new alternate name as a subtitle or something! I love the background to your blog name!!! I always enjoyed writing myself when I was younger and am pleased my son inherited the gene and embraced it fully. Writing can be a wonderful escape, and a therapeutic way of coping with life!

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                    • Lol! That is such a great story. Thank you for sharing it with me. You are a lovely person and Funky Town cannot contain the likes of you. I’m glad you came back. We need people like you here.

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