Happy Monday friends! Hope you are safe and had a good weekend. Today I am bringing you this card featuring a faux shaker. I saw this technique used by Jennifer McGuire and I decided to try it. I made it simpler by using pattern paper and some stamped snowflakes.
I started by cutting a piece of Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue 100lb Card Stock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″, to create a card base. I cut out a strip from the front of the card base, measuring 1-1/4” in height and then two strips of the stories from the Carta Bella Santa’s Workshop 6 x 6 Designer Papers (discontinued), each measuring 1-1/2 x 5-1/2”.
I took some sequins and added them inside a laminating pouch and ran that through a lamination machine. I trimmed it down to approximately 3 x 5-1/2” and adhered it between the card base pieces and the pattern pieces using 1/4” double sided tape.
Stickers are a great way to create quick cards and who doesn’t like quick cards for the holidays, right?!? I had some leftover stickers from the Carta Bella Paper – Santa’s Workshop Collection, Christmas, 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers featured in the Says Stamp December 2018 Card Kit, Holiday Cheer (sold out) so I decided to use them on a slimline card. The larger sticker like the Santa and reindeer one are great fro slimline cards!
Next I inked the edges of all the pieces cut from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag Cardstock and the red and green doors with Tim Holtz Distress® Ink Pad Gathered Twigs to make them look more like gingerbread cookies since the real ones would probably have a little browned edge to them.
I assembled all the houses, but left the window off since I wanted to color the backgrounds and add images inside the windows. I turned one house into a card by tracing one of the house bases and fussycutting it out. I did it this way instead of using the die so that the window hole at the top of the house isn’t present. I scored the top edge of that piece and adhered it to one of the houses. It’s best to adhere the card back before adhering the chimney or the roof. I set those aside and moved onto the stamping…
I stamped several of each of the images from Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I stamped many, many more of the candy images than the trees and the gingerbread people since I knew I was going to use them to decorate my houses. After all what is a gingerbread house without lots of candy?!? I colored the images using COPIC markers. All the gingerbread people were colored using E33 and E37, C3 and the blender (0) for the white trim. I used R5 and R17 for the bow tie. I used YG13 and G94 for the trees as well as E37 and E29 for the trunk. For the candy canes and peppermint sticks I used R5 and R17. The rest of the candy and gumdrops were colored with R5 and R17, YG13 and G94, BG000 and BG01, R81 and R85, BV00 and BV11. I also colored all the window backgrounds with Y00 and Y13.
I added highlights to the images with a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Pen – White. I added Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White in for the gingerbread people’s buttons and Autumn Red for the ornaments on the trees. Then I diecut them all with their respective dies. This is the most time consuming part of these cards — the coloring and diecutting. So keep that in mind if you want to make these cards, especially in multiples as I have done here. If you don’t like coloring these might not be the cards for you. But you can also just do basic coloring, no shading, with any markers.
I diecut a hillside from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders Die and inked around the bottom edge with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS. I adhered the sky panel and the snowy hillside to the card base with 3M Foam Tape. I added a tree and a yellow background to the square window and a tiny gingerbread man to the arch window and a yellow background and added those to the house. I adhered the house to the card, placing some foam tape just behind the top half of the house to even it out on the card. I decorated the house with peppermint sticks and peppermint candies. I also added a tiny peppermint candy to the door and a larger gingerbread man to the roof of the house. And added two trees in the background and some candies as well.
I diecut a hillside from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders Die and inked around the bottom edge with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS. I adhered the sky panel and the snowy hillside to the card base with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I added a tree and a yellow background to the square window and a gingerbread man peeking from the arch window and a yellow background and added those to the house. I adhered the house to the card, placing a piece of scrap cardstock behind the top half of the house to even it out on the card. I decorated the house with peppermint sticks and peppermint candies and added a tiny wreath and bow (from the build-A-House Christmas Add-on set) to the door. I created a fence with the candy canes on the hillside. I added a gingerbread family, lollipops, and peppermint candies as well.
Top Panel = 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Winter 6 x 6 (retired)
For the fourth card, I added a large peppermint candy to the top window and a tree and a and a yellow background to the square window and added those to the house. I added a tiny wreath and bow (from the build-A-House Christmas Add-on set) to the door and candy canes on either side of the door. I added peppermint sticks to the roof and peppermint candies to the bottom of the house and finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White to the roof and chimney.