Christmas Shaker Window Card

I’ve had the idea for this card in my head for a long time and I am so glad I finally got it done. It came out exactly how I was hoping! (Mom, if you are reading this, look away! This is YOUR card!)

The idea came to me when I was browsing Simon Says Stamp looking for some Christmas supplies so I could make a purchase and snatch up my Free Birthday Stamp Set. That was back in August and I finally got around to making it. Anyways, I ran across this Riley and Co. stamp1_314955_zm

and I knew I had to have it, but I needed a perfect co-stamp for it to work great for my purposes. So, I searched some more and I found this Penny Black Stamp

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Once I found that stamp an even better idea came in my head and knew I would need to buy these…

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glass seed beads so I could make a shaker card! Not just any shaker card, but a shaker window card. I wanted you to only see her sweet little face making her case to Santa about her gift-worthiness. Then you open the card to see the rest of the stamped image and I would stamp the rest of the sentiment on the inside.

So, here’s the end product:

I’m super happy with how this card came out! It took me about an hour and a half to complete it. Other products I used to complete the card were:

• Lawn Fawn Let’s Bokeh in the Snow Paper 

Tim Holtz Distress Markers 

•Blue Sequins from the $1 store ( Great place to stock up on shaker card supplies!)

Holiday Flourishes Stamp Set by The Ton

• Clear Acetate – I use some transparency film I purchased from e-bay

• Loads and Loads of Foam Tape – which I also buy from the $1 store. It’s super thin though, so I have to do 3 layers.

I also filmed this card and I will add the video to this blog post once I am done editing it. Thank you for stopping by!

 

Shooting Star Window Birthday Card

I really wanted to be thrilled with this card, I swear! However, I feel that when I dreamt up this design, I was dreaming of  it as a shabby chic room with soft tones and subtle signs of wear. Since I was supposed to be designing a card for a man, I decided that I would keep the design, but change the colors to make it masculine. I mean, that’s not a terrible idea, right? That’s what I thought, but now I am thinking that I thought wrong. Besides the color scheme, there are a few other things on this card that just feel, well, off. Some of that rips in the “wallpaper” are a little to perfect which makes it look fake. I am now thinking that one large rip or two medium size rips may have made a more dramatic look and given the effect that I was going for a lot better. I am a little bothered that my handwriting on “make a wish” isn’t that pretty and because I hand wrote it, it is off center. I think with a few tweaks, this card design could look amazing!

If you want to know how I did anything, just ask! I am even willing to do a pictorial tutorial or a video tutorial. The window was made using ECAL software and cut with an EClips machine. I am starting to like that machine more and more since I moved the desktop into my craft room 🙂 . Thanks for checking out my card and stopping by!