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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Snowman Magic, Shaker Christmas Card, Stamping Techniques, Stampin' Up!

Today I ran across a fun shaker card. Shaker cards are not one of my favorite cards to make because of all the extra steps involved. But I endured them to make this card because I just LOVE snowmen!  I found the video here and it may be easier for you to watch it than for me to try to not miss a step. I will try and if you get lost, then go to the video. You can see that video you here. I didn't have some of the products used here so this is how I made mine.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic White card stock. This card opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top.

A 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Real Red card stock was cut for the layer. Before I taped it down I die cut the scarf. Then I glued the piece in place.. I wanted a very strong bond because I feel that the shaker part can be a bit weighty.

Next I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of DSP from the "Santa's Express" Designer Series Paper  12" x 12" package. I glued that on top of the Real Red piece.

I did not have the background paper that was used for behind the snowman so I had taken some retired DSP from the "Snowflake Splendor" package. If I necessary I was going to take a piece of card stock and wet it, add some Mint Macaron ink and some salt to get a wintry effect but I had this DSP so I went with it. I cut this background piece of DSP at 4-3/4" x 3-7/16".  I also cut another piece out of some scrap Basic White card stock. I taped the DSP on top of this piece. The DSP needed more stability. 

The snowflake frame is from the "Snowman Magic" bundle. I didn't have the glimmer paper that was used so I just used Basic White card stock. After die cutting it, I  cut the frame out using the second largest stitched frame from the "Rectangle Stitched Framelits" die set. 

I cut the snow at the bottom by just using my scissors and making some mounds. The original card has you make two separate snow mound pieces, I just made the one.

The snowman was die cut, you need two.  On one of them I die cut the face. You need to save the nose and color it in using the dark Pumpkin Pie Blends pen. You will also need to take a piece of Basic Black card stock and glue it behind the face so the eyes and mouth show. Though I'm thinking you could just take your marker and color in the second snowman in that space and get the same effect, right? After the black piece was set in place, the nose was glued on, then the scarf. The hat was die cut from a scrap piece of Basic Black and it was glued on. The second snowman body was glued to the first one.  I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the hat and scarf for a little sparkle.

The arms were die cut from Basic White card stock and colored in using the Bronze Blends pen. They were glued behind the snowman. I would think that they could be added before gluing on the second body, sandwiching them in between the two pieces. I may try that when I make my next snowman for a future card. I will also try out the coloring of the second body piece too.

Okay, the trees were die cut, you need three. You need to take your bronze Blends pen and color the stem. I would think that the Crumb Cake marker would give you close to the same color, same for the arms. And you could even cut the arms from Crumb Cake card stock. And maybe the trees too.

I did not have the Evening Evergreen Blends pen so I used my ink pad to slid over the branches and a little bit on the trunk so it didn't look like the branches were missing up the trunk. 

The middle tree was glued in place first. Then the snow mounds piece. Then the other two trees. 

The bird was stamped using Tahitian Tide ink and the beak was avoided. I actually put my fingernail over it while I inked the bird. I was surprised that the ink came off my fingernail so quickly.  The beak was colored in using Crushed Curry, though I would have preferred Daffodil Delight or Pumpkin Pie. The bird was set in the third tree using a tiny Dimensional.

Next the snowman was set in place using Dimensionals. The video tells you to put a Dimensional over the arm areas to help hold them in place. Another reason for them being added before the second snowman piece is glued on.

I'm kind of lost here in all the stuff you need to do to get this card made!! LOL  I forgot to mention that when I die cut the snowflake frame, I also cut a piece of acetate for the window. I glued it in place and set it a side. You want this dry before you need it. Then the double sided sticky foam strips were set in place all around the frame. To add the frame to the snowman piece, you need to add your sequins or snow stuff on the snowman piece and then bring in the front piece. It's probably best to stand up to do this so you can see it will be set evenly all around. Though you can do some trimming off of any thing that didn't line up. I've done that when I've made these cards. 

The words were added to the bottom right corner. Mine are from the retired "Petite Pairs" set because I didn't have the set that was used on the original card. I used the oval die from the "Mini Pocket" envelope die. I can't wait to play with more than just the oval from that die cut set!

I glued my piece to the front of the card and I added a couple of snowflakes to the front that were die cut from the set.  And the card was done.

I hope I was able to explain it well enough, but there's the video you can watch to clarify anything I missed or explained differently.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by and see today's Christmas Shaker card,


KardsbyKadie said...

Now that is one SERIOUSLY fun holiday card.
Love the snowman.

Heartwarmers from Vicki said...

Really cute snowman card! Someone is going to love that!