Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “Home for the Holidays”. We really hope that you enjoy and are inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
People say “three times a charm, and my card for this hop definitely qualifies. I’d already created two cards that I thought I would use for tonight. When I got to work this morning I changed my mind again and came home to create.
Lately, I have been reminiscing about times I have spent in the mountains in New York, New England, and California. I miss them. I miss the beauty of freshly fallen snow and the crispness of a winter day. If I could, I would definitely go to the mountains for the holidays.
I previously posted another shaker card using the Beauty of the Earth DSP and the Whimsical Trees bundle. You can see that card here. That shaker card was definitely a learning experience, and the card for this hop was much easier to put together.
I wanted to keep this shaker card as clean as possible, and the neutral colors definitely make this a clean card. I did use Night of Navy for the base just to add a bit of color.
Here’s my shaker card:
- The Night of Navy base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches to create a tent card.
- The snowflake DSP (designer series paper) measures 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches. I also trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
- I used glossy white cardstock for the underlayer. It measures 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
- The cabin pattern DSP measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
- As always, the white cardstock for the inside measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
What I Did — with Pictures:
- I thought it would be much easier to explain what I did if I added a bunch of pictures.
- The first thing I did was crop both the snowflake DSP and the glossy white cardstock using the layering diorama dies. For this card, I used the second and third largest dies. I cropped the DSP first, then laid that paper down on the glossy white so I could figure out where I had to crop the inner layering die.
- Next, I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella and dabbed tiny dots on each pine tree on the cabin DSP pattern. I didn’t color or cover the whole tree, just dabs. As you know Wink of Stella is hard to catch in a picture, but, I tried. Interestingly, the tree at the top next to the A-frame cabin shows the sparkle the best.
- I decided to do the Wink of Stella at this point because I wanted to make sure it dried thoroughly.
- Next, I adhered the glossy white cardstock to the back of the snowflake DSP. Take your time with this step so you can get it right where you want it, which is essential.
- HINT: If you use the multipurpose liquid adhesive for this step, you will have a few seconds to move the glossy white paper if needed.
- My next step was to place the dimensionals on the back of the glossy white cardstock. When I made the first diorama card, I found that there’s no such thing as too many dimensionals when trying to make a shaker card. The dimensionals provide the height I wanted, but if each section isn’t supported well enough, the top will start to cave in on the shaker part. As you can see, I used regular and mini dimensionals, as well as the “bones” for the straight sections.
It’s Shaker Time:
- Since I gave the Wink of Stella time to dry, I turned to the shaker part of the card.
- I feel like cheating any time I use one of the clear medium envelopes to create a shaker card, but they make it so incredibly easy to do!
- The DSP needs to be positioned so it is right down at the bottom of the envelope and in a corner.
- Once the DSP is positioned, the extra flap of the clear envelope needs to be folded over and adhered. Trust me, you want to use something strong. In the above photo, you can see I chose to use the tear-and-tape. Remember that you want the open end of the envelope facing up.
- HINT: First, burnish the tear-and-tape with your bone folder. Then you can use the spatula end of the Take-Your-Pick tool to gently lift the edge of the cover of the tape.
- Next, I added the shaker “stuff” to the front side of the envelope. I used Kosher Salt with a very small amount of Dazzling Diamonds (glitter works as well), and some of the subtle shimmer sequins. It doesn’t take much stuffing, and a tablespoon in all is more than enough.
- Since glitter sticks to EVERYTHING, the dabs of Wink of Stella will now have more of a shimmer, even though it was dried already.
- Time to close the clear envelope. I used many strips of tear-and-tape when folding over and sealing the flap of the envelope. No matter how much anyone shakes this card, nothing will escape.
- Next, I very, very carefully adhered the shaker card to the dimensionals on the back of the front of the card. I really took my time to make sure that I positioned it as centered as possible.
- Then, I turned the layers over to add tear-and-tape to the back of the clear envelope so I could adhere the top to the base. Again, I used a bunch of tear-and-tape.
- Once I had very, very carefully adhered the top to the base, I pressed down to make sure the tape adhered. There is no wiggle time with tear-and-tape, so don’t press down until you are sure of your placement.
- Here’s a look at the front of the card after shaking all the stuffing:
- I used a piece of scrap white cardstock for the front sentiment then cropped it. This sentiment comes from the Merry Snowflakes cling stamp set. Since I stamped it in Night of Navy, I outlined the sentiment panel using the same color marker.
- I used my very favorite “Merry Christmas” sentiment from Perfectly Plaid and another sentiment from Merry Snowflakes for the inside.
- Finally, I used Smoky Slate to stamps random snowflakes on the border of the inside panel and on the front bottom of the envelope.
- All that remains was to trim the DSP on the envelope flap. Then I punched a coordinating piece of DSP using my 1 inch circle punch and ran it through the XYRON create-a-sticker.
- With that, I’d finished my coordinated card/envelope/seal set.
More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on December 8th. Our theme will be “My Favorite Things” with our design team showcasing some of their favorite products from any catalog they choose.
Until then, have fun in your craft space.
Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop
- Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
- Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
- Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
- Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
- Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
- Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
- Annette Elliott at AESTAMPS A LATTE
- Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
- Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
- Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
- Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
- Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, INK
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
- Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
- Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
- Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
- Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
- Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
- Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
- Lori Webb at Clever Copies
- Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
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