Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Merry Christmas Shaker card

Mary-Ann here with my first card using these silly elves from
October's Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -"Christmas Behind the Scenes." 
It is never too early to start making you card.  I have over 70 to create and mail before December 25th.  This kit provides the perfect opportunity for us members to get an early start.

I NEVER claim to be a great at coloring or blending, but it doesn't matter how you do it.  These elves always look cool.

I started by gathering the packaging for the pretty trees and candy canes. 
 This is what I used to create my shaker  card.  

I cut the top and bottom off of the packaging to have an equal border around the entire frame.  I added the loose product.  Some of them are stickers.  I rubbed them on my jeans, you could also use baby powder to get the stick off of the back so they float loosely in your shaker  frame.  I think my tree stuck to the background but I kinda like it!  I added a thin strip of foam tape to both ends to ensue none of my goodies fell out.  

Now I traced my shaker frame onto to the papers that I wanted on the top.  Of course I did not use the trace line as the cutting guide, I moved my blade in around 1/4" from the lines that I had traced.  Be sure to trace lightly and use an erasable pencil.  Once it is on top of the frame, you will see it over lap the original packaging.

In this photo you can see my pencil lines and the actual cut lines, moved inward just a bit.  I use this as a template for my next paper choice.  I trace this opening on the next paper, put it my paper cutter and cut slightly inside those lines.  This will create a layered window that is double framed.

I covered my standard A2 White card base with red polka dot paper.  Added my shaker card, then the striped and snowflake papers both backed with foam tape for shadows and dimension.  

Here is my completed card. 

I will see you next week with another fun card.

Supplies used:
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento dye Ink;  Colored pencils and markers
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Sheer Glue, Foam Tape
Embellishments: Candy, bow's, trees and bell are from the October Kit of the Month, "Christmas behind the scenes"

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