Our challenge today was to use any Christmas file in The Cutting Cafe store. After much deliberation, I decided to work with the Christmas Word Shakers. This file has a generous 7 shaker words and 8 corresponding sentiments. Something for everyone! As you can see, I picked “Snow” to make a winter themed card in the hopes of warming the coldest of days with love.
I filled the snow panel with digital patterned paper from the Holiday Classics Digital Kit by Kristen Cronin-Barrow. After cutting, I added acetate to the back and applied Foam Adhesive Strips liberally around the word opening to the edges. I gave a quick swipe to the edges of the adhesive strips with my Embossing Buddy before removing the protective paper covering to keep the contents of the shaker from sticking. Then I filled the center area with white Prills. To make it easy for myself, I cut a piece of blue cardstock larger than the shaker panel and pressed it firmly on the adhesive. Then I trimmed the excess from around the edges.
I matted it on a piece of Confetti White card stock so that just a bit of white peeked out from top and bottom. The edges of the mat were coated with Wink of Stella. I created a little banner for above the shaker and matted it on Basic Gray; the same color as the card base. As a final touch, I added some old, old…did I say old…buttons after removing the shanks from the back.
Have you seen all the cards recently with the raised letters? They’re being featured all over the place! I thought these shaker words could also work for that technique so I tried it and, by George, it worked! I’ve only ever seen them with black matting, so that’s what I tried first; but then I tried it with red as well. I like both versions:
Here’s a closer look at each of them so you can see the layering. The red and black cardstocks were layered twice before placing the patterned paper cut outs on top.
To accomplish this look, I did an internal offset of the word in my Silhouette design screen in order to separate the letters. Then I did an offset to get them back to their original size. I spaced them out evenly and centered them on the panel and cut them after filling with digital patterned paper.
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I’ll see you later in the month with another challenge. I made another Christmas card earlier this year. Here’s a link to it, if you’d like to take a peek.