Still Shaking

Hi!  Back today with two more shaker cards – both of these cards feature elements from the Thoughtful Branches bundle (which is only available through August 31st – so DON’T MISS OUT!!)

First up – using the stamp set – this Christmas Card:

SU! Thoughtful Branches

This is so quick and easy to make – the photopolymer stamps make it easy to line up the branches with the trunk in this two step stamping.  The snow in the window is a sneak peek of a product that will be available on September 1 when the new Holiday Catalog debuts called Mica Flakes – you get 3 different colors!  Love how the layering dies made it so easy to make the Garden Green oval border – I just nested the smaller oval inside the big one and ran through the Big Shot once!  I also embossed the outside panel with the Gently Falling embossing folder.

Next up – using one of the dies in the bundle:

SU! Seaside Shore, Thoughtful Branches die

Do you see it?  Yes! The coral in the lower left!  This is actually part of the tree die cut down to make coral! How clever is that?  More uses than just a tree.  The background was embossed using the Seaside embossing folder.  The fish is stamped in Dapper Denim and hand cut.  The background designer paper in the shaker window is from the By the Shore Designer paper.

We used sand and shells from a local craft store for our filler.

A few tips shared by the Shaker Class attendees:

  1. The Foam Adhesive strips are very easy to manipulate and you can actually form a complete circle with one strip for the fish card – makes it easier to keep the fill inside.  Start at the top of the hole tho – to keep where there might be a little gap – less likely for the fill to fall out.
  2. For the tree card – one attendee suggested just using light pencil marks to mark the top and bottom of the oval on the panel used for stamping so that you don’t accidentally get ink on the front panel.  I thought this wise – saves from smudging the front of your card.
  3. To make it easier to fill the tree card – adhere all but the top of the back panel and slowly pour the fill down the opening – this creates less of a mess and is easy for you to see if you have enough snow for the bottom.

Hope you enjoyed today’s creations and a few more tips for making Shaker cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

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