Heartfelt Creations April 2022 Alumni Blog Hop: Cottage Gardens Shaker Card
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Now that we have all the business out of the way, let’s take a look at my Cottage Window Shaker Card.
Hydrangeas, Bluebirds and Open Windows with the Cottage Garden Collection
I love the Cottage Window Collection because it is filled with all my favorite shades of blue. And there are bluebirds and hydrangeas, too! What’s not to love? I decided to celebrate the open windows and sweet breezes of springtime by making this sweet shaker window card.
- First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from light blue cardstock.
- Next, mat a 4 3/4″ panel of Cottage Garden paper on a slightly larger cream cardstock mat.
- Then die cut an Eyelet Lace Frame from cream cardstock and adhere over the patterned paper.
- Now die cut the cottage window, blue birds on a branch, hydrangea stems and hydrangea garland from the paper pad. I also cut a circle from dark blue patterned paper to sit behind the open window, but that is optional.
Creating the Shaker Window
- Once you have die cut the window, adhere a piece of clear cardstock behind the open panes. Use dries clear glue for this, as it holds well and will not leave marks.
- Now place 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips around the window opening.
- Next, adhere the die cut circle over the area where you want the window to sit.
- Then place your shaker mix in the center of the circle.
- Finally, line up your prepared window over the sequins and press gently in place. You can prop the shutters open with foam tabs.
- Adhere the rest of the die cut elements as seen in the photo.
A Peek Inside
A few simple additions to the inside allow you to turn a card into a gift!
Create a hidden pocket by gluing a card front behind a decorative panel on the top of the card. Then tuck a tea bag into the pocket.
Add a pocket to the bottom of the card. Then create a pretty little folio to tuck inside. Use a border strip as a belly band, then tuck in a tag and chocolate treat!
The mini folio is made by cutting out two card fronts and folding in half. It’s so easy, but really makes a lovely addition to a card. You can write notes here, or add photos.
I’ll add a linked supply list below this post to make it easy for you to find all the paper pretties I used to make this card.
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You can find a linked supply list below
Enjoy the hop!
- Cottage Garden Paper Pad
- Fresh Cut Hydrangea Die
- Hydrangea Die
- Cottage Window & Hydrangea Die
- Eyelet Lace Frames
- 1/8″ foam strips
- Clear Cardstock
- Rajni Chawla Crystal Clear
- Dries Clear Adhesive
- Micro Gingham Ribbon
- Itty Bitty Buttons