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Friday, November 07, 2014

Sweet Shaker with Guest Designer Tonya!

Good Morning, Guest Designer Tonya here today to share with you a great shaker card using a Samantha Walker's Silhouette file!  I have been bitten by the Christmas bug and have been making Christmas cards for weeks and weeks already.  

Here is the file I am using:

When the file is opened, it is fit for a 12 x 12 sheet.  
My plan was to use the file as a printed background for a shaker card.  So I modified it.  

The first thing I did was ungroup the pieces.  I used the file color option in the software and colored the candy swirls red, since I was using a white card base.  Once colored I moved the swirls to fit on the 'wrapper'.
The swirls were not lined up the way I wanted.  To correct that, I highlighted the swirls and rotated them until they lined up with the red meeting the wrapper ends.  

I wanted the outline of the wrapper to be a charcoal tone.  To do this, I clicked the line color option and chose the correct level of gray tone.
 Since peppermint candy wrappers are clear, I chose a lighter gray so that they appeared to be slightly transparent on the background.  

Next I drew a rectangle and sized it to 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  This represented the base of my A2 size card.  

The cardstock I used was 8 1/2 x 11 inches.  To make things easier (visually), I changed the page settings to fit.   Also, to represent printing, I positioned the page in portrait. 
Next I moved the rectangle I drew to fit the bottom left corner of the page. 

 The peppermint candies were sized and replicated to fit my pattern.  
I intentionally left a bit of space between the candies in the upper center for a sentiment to be stamped.  

When using a cut file for a print design, it is very important to be sure you have the print lines selected.  
The option to do this is under the line style icon.  Since I did not want the rectangle to print as I only used it as a reference, I did not select those lines.  

When I had everything where I wanted it, I sent it to the printer.  I used my paper trimmer to cut the cardstock to 4.25 x 11 inches, then scored at 5.5 inches to created my card base. 

For the front of the shaker, I just used my reference rectangle and created a few offsets for the layers.  
I glued the two pieces together and added two layers of foam tape to create my shaker front. 

I used Doodlebug Designs Sequins to fill the shaker.  

(inside of card)

I added clear Wink of Stella to the white frame.  

Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Papertrey Ink Cube
Foam Tape
Dooblebug Sequins
Wink of Stella Brush Pen

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