Hello, Friends! This Carta Bella Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio is a great way to start off the month of December. Wait…is it really December already? That’s what the calendar says, so it’s time to get our Christmas crafting on for reals! So let’s roll out the buffalo plaid, glitter and glam!
Christmas Market is such a happy collection! I’ve used it to make some of the merriest Christmas projects this year! This 5″ x 7″ shaker top card has all the things I love about Christmas crafting: plaid on plaid (does it get any better than that?) sparkly shaker elements, a festive banner, and cheery red flowers.
The base for the shaker box is a Spellbinders Nestablilities Oval Majesty Die. I’ve filled it with a chipboard Christmas Tree and some pretty new Desert Sky Shimmerz shaker elements from Buttons Galore and More.
TIP: To make the MERRY banner, follow these easy steps:
First, mat the stickers on scraps of green cardstock, then trim out.
Next, back the stickers with foam dimensionals.
Always start with the middle letter of a banner, then build out to each side. This will keep things symmetrical and balanced.
Top the pennants with shimmery stars and pearls from the shaker collection.
Finally tie small bows and adhere in the corners.
Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio: A Peek Inside
Build a box pocket inside the card, then fill it with lots of fun goodies. Attach a mini candy cane with a bit of buffalo plaid washi tape, just for fun.
Use a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make a custom treat envelope. I actually made 2 envelopes: One for the honey packet, and one for the other goodies.
These little card folios are such a fun gift at the holidays. They are perfect for Secret Santa, hostess gifts, or office exchange parties, It’s a great way to give something handmade and personal.
I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment box below. If you’d like to see more Christmas Market projects click HERE.
Hello, Friends! Today I’m sharing some Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards that I created over the holiday break. I set out to make just one card…then it was two…and oops! By the time I was done playing, I had 4 Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards on my work desk! These will be on display in the Buttons Galore and More booth at Creativation 2019. Since these cards are designed to be displayed in a booth, I only covered the inside with basic paper panels. Therefore, I have no photos of the card interiors to share with you today.
This 5″ x 7″ card features a frame style shaker element. Here’s how I built it.
Begin by dry brushing the largest Tim Holtz Vignette Frame with a coat of white gesso. Dry thoroughly.
Next, brush a light layer of Tattered Rose Distress Ink over the frame.
Now place the frame in a box with high sides and spray liberally with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray. Let the spray puddle into the corners and recessed areas of the frame.
Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock (4″ x 6″ as I recall) and adhere it to the back of the frame using either Scor-Tape or Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive. Press along the edges with a clean paper towel to secure the seal. This is very important! Let it dry completely while you build your card base.
When the frame is completely dry, add a double layer of foam tape around the perimeter, being careful not to let the tape show through the window.
Next, carefully align your prepared frame over the image, centering it as best as you can.
Finally, press in place to seal and adhere to the card base.
Finish the card off with a Little Birdie Crafts Oriel Vintage Blossom and a seam binding bow.
Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: A Real Princess Chipboard Frame Shaker
This next shaker card uses an altered chipboard frame in lieu of a shaker box. The frame measures 3 1/2″ x 5″, but the opening is only 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. Here’s how I prepared this shaker box.
First, paint a chipboard frame with white gesso and dry thoroughly.
Next, dry brush the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Paint.
When the paint has dried, brush a thin layer of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive over the entire surface.
While the adhesive is still wet, place the frame in a funnel tray and sprinkle liberally with Rajni Chalwa’s Frosting Powder. Set it aside to dry completely.
Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock to fit the size of the frame opening and adhere to the back with Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive. As before use a clean piece of paper towel to press it securely onto the back of the frame. Let this dry.
Now adhere a double layer of foam adhesive to the back of the frame. You will need to cut strips of foam adhesive in half unless you have 1/4″ wide foam.
Fussy cut the image from the signature page of Princess. Pop up on a piece of patterned paper and adhere to the foam tape.
I finished this card off with some fussy cuts, Little Birdie Flowers, Mini Pearl Prills, Pale Gold Taffeta Ribbon, altered metal corners and an altered metal crown. To alter the metal pieces I painted them with ivory chalk paint, then spritzed with Antique Brass Mica Spray.
Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: If the Crown Fits Embossed Paper Shaker Box
This card is a companion to the previous card, and uses the other princess from the signature page of the collection. After fussy cutting the princess and matting it on striped paper, I proceeded to make the frame.
First, carefully open the seams on a Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frame. Cut away the back portion to use in another project.
Next, lightly sand the surface of the frame, then paint it with white gesso.
When the gesso has dried, dry brush the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Paint and place it directly into the Tim Holtz 3D Botanical Embossing Texture Fade. Run this through your machine following the manufacturer’s directions.
Be sure to wash the texture fade immediately to remove any traces of paint and/or gesso.
The pressure of embossing will lift some of the gesso, but I liked this distressed look.
Use a palette knife to add some thin layers of Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the open areas of the frame. Let this dry.
Next, sponge Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the raised portions of the design. Spritz very lightly with Antique Brass Mica Spray. This will sink down into the crackle paste and look very cool.
Back the frame with clear acrylic cardstock and build your shaker box.
For the final card, I created this easel shaker pocket. This is probably the easiest way I’ve found to add a shaker element to a card. Simply stitch clear acrylic cardstock to your focal image leaving about a 2″ opening. Fill the pouch with Buttons Galore Blush Premium Sequins. Finish stitching up the pouch and you are good to go!