Friday, November 13, 2009

A Holiday Card You Can Play With!

TESC91The general concept for this card came to me as I was falling asleep the other night; I wanted to find another way to use the Shake It Pouch for something other than the standard shaker card. When I saw Taylor’s sketch challenge today, it was so perfect for my idea that I had to try it right away! 

First, here’s the card:holidaypeace-gameNice, yes? Fits Taylor’s sketch, pretty colors, blah, blah, blah…  But let’s take another look at that wreath:

holidaypeace-inset1Do you remember those little games where you have to get the little balls into the holes? That’s what I made here! I spent half the morning looking for the right image to use, and once I found this wreath in Papertrey’s 2008 Holiday Tag Collection, I knew exactly what I was going to do.

Here’s a little rundown of how I did it. First of all, I used a small circle Shake It Pouch (available at i {heart} papers) for the game. The base is actually 3 layers of white cardstock, cut with circle Nestabilities to the size of the outer dimension of the shaker piece. The top layer is stamped, then attached with lots of adhesive to the second layer. I then punched holes through both layers using an eyelet punch (Silent Setter that I haven’t used in eons!). Then I attached the third white layer to the back, being careful to only use glue around the edges and in the center so there would be no glue near the holes.

Then I applied the red Liquid Pearls to the outer dots and waited (forever!) for it to dry before I put the little gold balls into the holes, peeled the sticky backing off the outer edge of the shaker pouch, and stuck it onto the whole thing. BTW, the little gold balls are small edible dragées that I got at the baking supply store. If you can’t find those, you can use the silver dragées they sell in the supermarket which are a bit bigger. Just use a larger punch for the holes.

The frame was made by nesting plain circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities, and I used my Martha pine bough punch for additional embellishment.

I used PTI Scarlet Jewel and Ripe Avocado, SU! Brushed Gold cardstock, and the Basic Grey Wassail 6x6 pad.

This was a really fun card to make, and I confess that I’ve played with it several times already! If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I’ll try to answer.



i {heart} papers said...

Ooh! Soooo pretty!!

Laural-Lee said...

What a fantastic idea!!! TFS and this looks beautiful as well. Love the dp.

Cathleen said...

Holy Cow! This is just fantastic, I love the idea, and pretty too!

whoistracy said...

You are so clever! This is an amazing idea!!!