Merry Christmas Tree Shaker Card

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Hi Everyone! Today I’ve created two similar shaker cards, and will post them as my third entry into the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge. The first I created using Mowed Lawn Distress Paint on Ranger Watercolor cardstock. I decided that it had too much green between the mowed lawn color and the green Christmas tree. So I started over again for more contrast.

The main idea for this card was that I wanted to see what the clear Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel would look like using the Hero Arts Candy Stripe Background Stamp. The second card was created using Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock in Gold Dust. I learned on the first card that I should die cut everything before embossing it, because the enamel cracked from the pressure of the Big Shot. The Christmas Tree is from Hero Arts Stamp and Cut, and the borders were die cut from CCSC Candy Red. I stamped them twice using VersaMark and the thick embossing enamel. Finally, I used a Ranger Emboss It pen to touch up empty embossing spots with the enamel. This worked well! I like the shiny stripes on the gold shimmer paper. Can you see the stripes on the green card too?

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I stamped the Christmas tree with Memento ink and colored them using Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn, Evergreen Bough, and Peeled Paint with Gold Ice Stickles on the Star. On the gold card, I added Star Dust Stickles for a flocked look. I like the shimmer, but didn’t get the flocked look I wanted. I will have to experiment and find something I like better in the future.

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Finally, I stamped both of the sentiments from Hero Arts Poly Clear Holiday Greetings on acetate and fussy cut around the embossing so that the sentiment would not detract from the enamel stripes and yet be seen clearly. I like the way this worked!
So, today you got two cards in one post. Which do you like better? I’ll be interested to hear how you make snow and get a flocked look. I know there are several methods out there. Thanks again for stopping by and checking out my creations!

Erin

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