My first Shaker Christmas Card

It is December and it is my happiest month of all 12 months of the year. Why you ask? Because it is CHRISTMAS!

I love the festive atmosphere during Christmas, everything is nice and pretty, people are all in a happier mood, there are tonnes of shopping discounts going on before Christmas and the best time to stock up on some crafty tools. I also love Christmas because it is the time for giving, forgiving and also to connect with friends and family that you might have neglected throughout the busy year.

For me, Christmas is MERRY and BRIGHT. I love to sing along to Christmas song whenever I hear them playing at the malls or on the radio. I sometimes even sing a Christmas song to boost my spirits.

Before the month of December, I have made a number of Christmas cards and sent them all out to friends. I still have a few more to send out and now I am trying my hands on shaker cards.

I made two, yes, TWO shaker cards and I couldn’t be more happy with the result. The reason before working on a Christmas shaker card is because to the family that I will be sending these to, they have a very adorable daughter below age 3 and I was thinking a shaker card will be great for the kid to play with…shake.. shake.. shake!

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My first card was made using watercolor paper and color in with Distress inks. After my last attempt using light colors, I tried out the darker shade and got this fabulous background. My blending is not that great as you can see there is a clear line between two colors. I need to  continue working on my blending skills.

To add something cute to the card, I used Penny Black’s stamp set with the hedgehog. It was stamped on white card stock and I fussy cut it and color in with Copic markers. I then used form and later tried with a wobble to add some dimension to the card. The reason for using the wobble was hoping when I shake the card, I can see the hedgehog move as well. That was the initial plan.

I added a sentiment using Clearly Besotted’s Laugh Out Loud stamp set and white heat embossed it, then add the hedgehog to the watercolor background. Next I did a rectangle white frame for the shaker card. Before sealing off the card, I added some fun, Christmas white sequins from Lucy Abrams.

This shaker card is now done. It was a intimidating process I will tell you, because I needed to constantly remind myself, which layer goes on first, should I add the foam first or the frame first, or should I heat emboss it first before I adhere the hedgehog. A lot was going on my mind when I did this first shaker card and I am glad the card came out well. It took me two hours just to complete this card and I am very happy with the result.

I felt great after the first card and attempted to challenge myself with a second shaker card. You would think after the  first card, the second should be easy breezy huh? I went through the same thought process again, which layer should come first, how am I going to pull this off for the second card with a little twist?

My husband gave me some constructive feedback on my first card and I wanted to do another shaker card but with a slight twist. This second card was what I have created using the same hedgehog stamp, raised it with my action wobble and it now has a different look.

I cut part of the watercolor background and used it as the base of the card so it looks like my hedgehog is still in the same background.

The shaker area for this card is a little smaller but I think it nice to have a different shape to my card.

These two cards are now going out the mail to their recipients and I hope the family and their adorable daughter will like playing with it as much as I did.

What is greater that having great friends? To receive a handmade card and Keep.intouched!

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