Christmas Tree Shaker Card

You guys, I'm getting better at these! Actually, I should re-phrase. It's getting easier to make these. Yeah, that's it.

Another die I picked up from My Favorite Things was the Christmas Tree Cutout die. I knew it would be perfect for shaker cards.

To make this one, first I ran white card stock with this die and one of the rectangles from the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles die pack through my machine together. This cut out the panel along with the tree window. For dimension, instead of using foam behind the white panel, I ran three sheets of white chipboard through my Big Shot and layered everything together. It meant a lot of taping with tear tape, but I like that you can't really see the chipboard and the sequins don't stick to it as much as using foam adhesive.

As usual, I used spare transparency film for my window, and after I added my sequins, I backed the white with a green glittered card stock from DCWV. My sequin stash is a mix of lots of vintage sequins passed along to me by my mom. I did use a few mini star sequins from Martha Stewart as well. I adore this mini sequin pack - it's perfect for shaker cards. I did use a brown card stock behind the trunk of the tree.

Behind the white panel I added paper from the My Mind's Eye Merry Little Christmas 6x6 pad, and then I die cut another white panel with the Stitched Rectangle dies. All of that was attached to a white card base.

For the sentiment inside the card, I used the My Favorite Things Cheerful Christmas Greetings stamp set. I stamped 'Season's Greetings' with Versamark, then used Stampin' Up! gold embossing powder and my heat tool for this raised gold result. I have to admit I don't think I'm the best heat embosser - this always looks bubbly to me. Perhaps I need to do it twice? If anyone has any tips, please post them in the comments!

Anyway, I know the recipient of the card will love it as it is, so I am happy with the result.