Hello! I love making Christmas cards; they’re my favorite projects. I also love Shaker cards and wanted to make one for a long time, and finally got around to it. I’ve watched several tutorials on You Tube, so thought I would give it a try. I can tell you I definitely need more practice!!
I like how my card turned out, but I made such a big window and the die cuts aren’t small, so you can’t see the sequins and seed beads (unless you lay it down) – Oh, Deer!! Live and learn, right?
To begin, I embossed a piece of cardstock using an Anna Griffin Mix & Match Embossing Folder (Christmas collection) and cut a window out using a die set I got from a scrapbook store garage sale – I think it’s a Spellbinders’ die, but I’m not completely sure. Who cares if there’s no packaging when you’re getting a super deal! Then I cut out my reindeer and sleigh using Tonic’s Regal Reindeer and Santa’s Sleigh Rococo dies. The presents were cut from Elizabeth Craft’s Sleigh Gift Card Holder Pop-up die set, and to decorate those, I used Tim Holtz Deco sheets in silver and gold (love those!). I had never used my gold Wink of Stella before so that’s what you see on the sleigh and reindeer. I’m not really sure I like it as it makes them a bit dirty-looking. Maybe using that on something smaller is a better idea. For my background, I used a tree stamp from my stash and stamped the trees using a Dew Drop Brilliance ink pad in Galaxy Gold (first and second generation stamping). I love the color even though it doesn’t look like gold. After that was dry, I used the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp with glittery embossing paste I had gotten from the Christmas clearance section at Joann’s. I love that it’s subtle and in the light, you can see the iridescence.
As I was adding the snow, I did think about the texture interfering with my shaker contents, but by then it was too late and it needed something, anyway.
My sentiment stamp was one my daughter brought home for me from her trip to London. It’s the cutest little stamp and I just love it! I used gold embossing powder (not metallic) and cut it out using the smallest of the Pinpoint Main Street Tags from Poppystamps.
Putting the card together was a bit challenging, even watching tutorials, but eventually I got there. Hopefully it will be a little easier the next time I make a shaker card!
Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments – I appreciate all comments I receive!
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