If you want a handmade Christmas Card that will make them smile, create a Shaker Card with the Merry Mice stamp set from Stampin’ Up! Cardmakers and paper crafters are having a blast with the adorable little mice that are perfect for showing off coloring skills. Add the allure of a Shaker Card and you’ve definitely got a winner!! You’ll find a technique video on making Shaker Cards at the end of this post.
Items used in the card include: Retired snowflakes and sequin mix from a previous Holiday Catalog, Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Jingle Bells, and Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.
The “window” was created with the Layering Ovals Framelits. I love the look, but using ovals for a frame can be challenging. It’s difficult to cut them so they’re centered and straight and line up with the other pieces of cardstock. I didn’t have time to make a video, but took some photos of steps I took to get the layers and mouse to line up right.
Step 1: draw a vertical line through the center of 4″ x 5-1/4″ cardstock, then a horizontal line through the center of where you want the oval to sit–I wanted it above center so I could add an embellishment under the frames. Add the Framelit so it looks centered, and tack it down with Painter’s Tape.
Step 2: Measure from the side of the cardstock to the edge of the Framelit on each side, and adjust the die until both measurements are approximately the same. This will center the oval pretty well. Cut out with the Big Shot. The Soft Sky piece corresponds to the Cherry Cobbler layer in the card.
Step 3: The Wisteria Wonder corresponds with the Fancy Frost DSP layer, and should be the same dimensions as the Soft Sky. Put the Soft Sky layer on top of the Wisteria Wonder. Trace around the oval with a pencil.
Step 4: Line up the Scalloped Oval die around the oval you drew so it looks centered, and adhere with removable tape. Cut out with the Big Shot.
Step 5: Temporarily adhere the two layers together, centering the two ovals as best as you can.
Step 6: Turn the layers over. You can see that even with the measuring and tracing I did, the pieces still don’t line up straight. The Soft Sky layer should be slightly smaller than the Wisteria layer (as shown in the video below), so you can start trimming it down. Take off 1/16″ from each side. If it still hangs over the edge of the Wisteria, take off another 1/16″ where needed.
Step 7: Position the image piece in the oval frames, and adhere with temporary adhesive.
Step 8: Turn the piece over. You can see the image piece isn’t square to the other layers.
Step 9: Draw a pencil line around the image piece so it’s easier to position when you put the card together.
Watch this video to see how to put a Shaker Card together.
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Have fun making a Merry Mice Christmas Shaker Card that is sure to make your loved ones smile!