Monday, November 21, 2016

Christmas Tree Shaker ~ Step by Step

Although lots of card makers and crafter are probably through with
their Christmas cards for the upcoming holidays, 
I am one who tries hard to wait until after Thanksgiving to start mine.  

You know... We need to be Grateful before we start Celebrating.

But this past weekend with the Koala T Crafts shaker challenge posting,
 I pulled out my selection of Christmas dies.

A close online friend of mine (another Pam) was having trouble 
earlier this week with the pieces sticking in her beautiful border die.  
When I mentioned 'waxed paper', she couldn't imagine how that could possibly help.  
With her in mind, this posting shows how I do my shaker cards.

 On your magnetic plate, layer your paper, a piece of wax paper that is slightly larger than your die, then your die.  
If you have never tried wax paper with your dies ~ you are about to be amazed!

I then took the open window cut out of the tree and glued my transparency sheet to the back.  I used a small green cat eye ink pad to distress the die cut tree and then carefully taped it to the transparency.  Taking double sided foam tape, I cut small strips and went completely around the edge of the tree.  I did this TWICE so the confetti will have room to move around. 

Knowing that I planned to use a red card base, I needed white confetti.  
Back to the die machine - I cut two more just to use for the confetti. 

Before adding the confetti, I decided the card front needed a border, 
so I used another Memory Box die down the edge.  
After adding the confetti and removing the tape backing, I have found the easiest way to line everything up is to use my grid lined board.  Lining up the top and side edge of the shaker part helps you visualize where to lay the card base.  
A little yellow bling, red twine bow and a simple Merry Christmas stamp finish off the card without pulling away from the tree being the focal point. 



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And can be ordered from my site, Not Just Scraps.

Thank you for stopping by ~ your comments are welcomed 
and appreciated.
Serving a Risen Savior ~ Pam