‘Tis The Season Shaker Card

‘Tis The Season Shaker Card

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I had purchased a BUNCH of holiday paper packs at Michaels a few years back.  Although I’ve used a few sheets here and there, I still have quite a bit of it left!  (I know… it seems like I tried to use ALL of it on this card – LOL!!  I don’t usually make such busy cards, but once I started playing with this cute paper, I just couldn’t seem to stop – YIKES!!)

I did try to tone it down a bit on this one…

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HERE is a video tutorial by Gina K showing how to make the shaker panel.  After showing some products she sells on her site and how she created her focal panel, she shows the shaker panel assembly (at the 8:26 mark of the video).  She uses foam tape in this video.  To see how to use pop dots or foam pieces, HERE is another video that may be helpful.

Gina uses dies to create her frame.  I used my paper trimmer to create the frame for my shaker panel.  (HERE is a tutorial showing how this is done.)

I let the paper do most of the work on my card – from the focal panel to the greeting!

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Distressed Christmas Tree (and a few variations)

Distressed Christmas Tree (and a few variations)

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I had shared a few distressed card samples I made a little bit ago and thought I’d play around with the same layout and techniques using some holiday images.

The tree is part of the Penny Black “Wonder Collection” stamp set that was a free gift with the Papercraft Essentials Magazine (issue 113) from September 2014.  (The tree is called “A Splash of Winter” which is available by itself.

Here are a few more variations:

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The nativity stamp used on the left is by PSX D-209 (no title).  (The greeting on this one is from the Penny Black set above.)  The “Swirly Christmas Tree”  in the center is by Rubber Soul.  The snowflake on the right is from Stampin’ Up; I purchased it by itself on ebay and am not sure what set it originally came from.

French Script” from Stampin’ Up (retired) was used behind the “smooshed” background.  The splatters are from the SU “Timeless Textures” set.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa and Desert Sand or Summer Sky and Blue Danube for these samples.

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The Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

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This gold and white card features the “Small Madison Window” die (style #816) by Poppystamps, inc.  I cut and layered 4 of them to make the white window stand out against the white background.

I used my score board and a ball stylus to create the lines on the background panel.  (The lines are a touch thicker when made with the stylus than with the bone folder.)

The tree in the window, the greeting, and the mat were all heat embossed with Gina K fine detail gold embossing powder.  The tree is part of the Penny Black “Wonder Collection” stamp set that was a free gift with the Papercraft Essentials Magazine (issue 113) from September 2014.  (The tree is called “A Splash of Winter” which is also available by itself.)  I used the “direct to paper” technique with a varsamark ink pad and the embossing powder to make the visible edges of the mat panel gold.  The tree was stamped/embossed on a piece of card stock from the Recollections Shimmer Silver and Champagne Card Stock pack from Michaels.

Here’s a view better showing the shine…

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Stick Snowman Ornament and Card

Stick Snowman Ornament and Card

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This is the fourth of my cards with ornaments.  This one features a removable snowman ornament made from a jumbo craft stick.

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I sewed a small, strong magnet onto the back of the snowman’s scarf and placed another one  behind the greeting panel so the ornament can easily be removed or placed back on the card.

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I debated between using regular craft/popsicle sticks or these jumbo craft sticks.  I really liked the curvy shape of the jumbo sticks, but they are much longer than the craft sticks.  Because I went with the jumbo ones, my card needed to be much longer than most cards.  I remembered a video Gina K had done showing a card that fit into a regular business envelope and realized that size would be perfect!  My finished card measures 3.75 inches x 9.25 inches.  Unfortunately, with the ornament attached, the card is too bulky to mail as a regular letter/card so it will need to be sent from the post office as a package.

For my ornament, I used:

For my card, I used:

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Tin Snowman Ornament and Card

Tin Snowman Ornament and Card

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This is the third in my series of cards with ornaments.  This one has a removable, rusty tin snowman ornament.

Here is the ornament by itself:

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To create the ornament, I started with “Primitive Rusty Tin Snowman Garland” that I purchased online from Factory Direct Craft.

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I cut the garland apart with wire cutters (leaving some wire on both sides for the arms).  Each piece of garland has 10 snowmen, so I was able to make a bunch of ornaments (and cards).  I punched holes for the eyes, buttons, and hanger in each one with my We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile.

I used versamark and Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress embossing powder to create the rough finish on the hat and on the mini brads used for the eyes.  The mini button brads (and brads for eyes) are both Recollections (from Michaels).  Wired ribbon was used for the scarf and trim on hat.

I made another version of the ornament with raffia instead of the ribbon:

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Here is the card without the ornament:

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For the card, I used “Country Snowman” patterned paper by The Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby) and some brown (unmarked) card stock from their open stock.  I also used some “Rustic Cream” card stock from Papertrey Ink.  All the edges were inked with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink.

The center layered pieces were cut with dies from the Gina K Designs Fabulous Label die set.  A Stripe Background embossing folder and a Snowflake Swirls embossing folder (both by Darice) were used to add texture to these panels.   The greeting is from the “Peace and Joy” stamp set from Gina K Designs.

Behind the greeting panel in the center is a small, strong magnet which allows the metal snowman to easily attach and detach.  This panel was popped up with foam tape to accommodate the thickness of the magnet.

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