Monday, November 22, 2021

Merry Poinsettia Christmas Card | Hero Arts

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Hello, my cardmaking friends! Today I am sharing this Merry Poinsettia Christmas Card created with the Merry Poinsettia Bunch Stamp and Dies from Hero Arts.

I have been wanting to experiment with watercolors on Black Watercolor cardstock for a while and thought these poinsettias were the perfect excuse. I used metallic watercolors as I thought they would pop off the black cardstock the best and add more shimmer and shine to the finished project.

To create this card, I stamped out the Poinsettia Bunches twice onto the Black Watercolor Paper using Versamark Ink. I then heat set the lines using Gold Emb. Pwd. Next, I colored in the images and then used the coordinating die to cut out both Poinsettia Bunches. To the back of the bunches, I added foam tape and popped them onto the front of an A2 Black Card Base, and trimmed off any pieces that hung over the edge.

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For the sentiment, I heat embossed with the same Gold Emb. Pwd. and trimmed the banner to fit across the entire width of the card front. I then glued the banner to a layer of the gold Glitter Paper Holiday Sparkle paper that was then glued to the front of the card.

For some finishing touches, I added glossy accents to the flower centers and berries and added some gold pearls.

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I hope you enjoyed today's Merry Poinsettia Christmas Card.  I have a busy week ahead but hopefully, I will be back to share more projects with you later this week! Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time... Happy Crafting!
IldaπŸ’–

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Turtle Dove Holiday Clear Bag Shaker Card | Inkon3

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Hello, my friends!

I am back today with another clear bag shaker card. I told you they are addictive! If you missed how these are assembled check out this blog post πŸ‘‰HERE. This time my card features a few of the newly released stamp sets from Inkon3. This card is part of the Inkon3 New Release IG Hop happening now over on Instagram. Make sure you hop on over there for inspiration and a chance at winning a $25 GC to their Shop.

This darling image comes from a combination of the Holiday Wreath and the Love Birds Stamp Set.
  • Stamp the images out using Fadeout Ink
  • Add color to the berries using the coordinating stamp with Atelier Sweet Petunia Ink
  • Do the same for the leaves using Atelier Goddess Green Ink Cube
  • Re stamp the wreath now using Juicy Ink
  • Heat set the image using Gold Rush Emb. Pwd
  • Stamp the sentiment using Blackout Ink
  • Fussy cut the wreath and the birds
  • Color in the birds, I used Copic markers
  • Add Liquid Pixie Dust to the birds for a layer of sparkle
  • Use foam to pop up the birds onto the wreath
  • Glue the finished wreath onto the front of the Clear Bag Shaker Panel
  • To create the shaker card base, see version one of my clear bag shakers HERE 
  • Finish by adding glossy accents to the berries
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I added a piece of vellum to the clear sleeve along with an acetate sheet to add stability to the front panel. The vellum adds a softness to the card front and hides the inside of the card. 

The image below is what the shaker card looks like when opened up. If you prefer the softer look, you could use this side on the front of your card. I like seeing the shaker elements on the front. You could also skip the vellum and make the front completely see-through by only using the acetate in the sleeve. The wreath on the front is large enough to conceal a written message on the inside of the card.

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Here is a peek at how this card came together.


I hope you have been inspired by this Turtle Dove Holiday Clear Bag Shaker Card. If you have any questions leave them below for me in the comment section. If you are inspired to make your own clear bag shaker card make sure to tag me on social media. I would love to see your take on these designs 😊

Thank you for stopping by and until next time... Happy Crafting!
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Monday, November 15, 2021

Clear Bag Shaker Cards Done 3 Ways | Honey Bee Stamps


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Hello, my friends, and happy Monday. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Today I have some super simple shaker designs to share with you. Perfect for mass-producing without too much effort! If you have recently have made a purchase from Honey Bee Stamps for more than $75 you would have received a Specialty Holiday Card Pack. These cardstock panels are double side with gorgeous designs and were the perfect starting point for my card designs today. If you didn't get these, no worries... I am certain you can replicate these with pattern paper. Check out all their pattern papers πŸ‘‰ HERE I have 3 different versions to share, so let's get started.


Here is a close-up of the first version of the Clear Bag Shaker Card and the easiest to make. Make sure you are following me on Instagram as I will post a Reel of how these came together soon.

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Not only are these shakers pretty from the outside, just look how cute they are on the inside.

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Version One | Clear Bag Shaker Cards
  • Cut a Slimline Cello Bag to 4 5/16 x 6 1/2" for a vertical A2 size card. If using a horizontal panel you will need an A7+ Cello Bag.
  • Slide one of the Specialty Holiday Card Pack panels inside the clear bag.
  • Fill the clear bag with sequins, try to compliment the colors of the panel.
  • Grab your card base. The entire card base will form the back panel of the card. The top of the clear bag will be sandwiched between the card base. Flip the card base upside down so that the fold is on the bottom and the opening is on the top. 
  • Place the filled cello bag in front of the upside-down card base.
  • Fold the overhang of the Cello Bag (1 Inch) over the top of the upside-down card base and crease the Clear Bag fold with your fingernails. This will create the flap that you will be sandwiched between the card base.
  • Cut the corners off the top of each side of the clear bag. Make sure to cut above the line that you just creased.
  • Add two strips of double-sided tape to the card base. One just under the edge of the card base and one ½’ below that one. Remove the protective piece from the double-sided tape. 
  • Center and align the Clear Bag in front of the upside-down card front and press the cello flap down onto the double-sided tape.
  • Just above the creased area of the cello bag add another strip of double-sided tape to seal it up and keep sequins from falling out of the bag. For extra insurance, you can add a piece of tape over the edge of the flap.
  • Add glue or double-sided tape along the edges of the front panel to glue the card base together.
Here is what the cards from the first picture above look like when opened up. Just love the patterns on the inside!

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Version 2 | Partial See-Through Shaker Cards

My next set of cards were done the exact same way as the first set only this time I created Partial See-Through Shaker Cards.

For this first card, since it is horizontal I used an A7+ Cello Bag to give me the width I needed for the horizontal layout. I also had to trim a sliver of paper from each side to have the panel fit inside the bag. The card base itself is A2 sized.

To create the Partial See-Through Shaker Cards, all you do is cut the panel and glue part of it to a piece of acetate that is then inserted into the clear bag shaker sleeve. The other part of the patterned panel is then glued to the inside of the card base. Follow the rest of the instructions for version one for how to assemble the card.

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For the rest of the card examples I used the I used a Slimline Cello Bag for the vertical design. This next card I also used a hexagon die to split the panel.

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Use a square die or a blade to cut out the Happy holidays in the next card.

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Creating Holiday Cards with these panels was so easy as most of them have a greeting in the front and a fun coordinating design on the other side.

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Below is what the cards looked like and as you can see, they still have plenty of space to write a message.

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Version Three | Tri-fold See-Through Shaker Cards

The final two cards I am sharing today, are examples of Tri-fold See-Through Shaker Cards. If you have seen my previous See Through Flat Shakers they require a large sentiment panel on the front to hide the message written inside. This tri-fold design solves that and leaves you with plenty of room to write a message on the inside. 

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The front panel on this card is completely clear using only acetate and the sequins and can be displayed as shown below or completely opened up as you will see in the next card example.

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Once the card is completely open, it reveals space for a long written message for the recipient. You could also add a stopper for the front panel to rest on or add a gift cardholder to the bottom panel for an added element of surprise. You could also add die-cut images to the front clear panel to dress up the front. I kept these as simple as possible for mass production.

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Here is another example of a Tri-fold Shaker Card. This time it isn't See-Through though. 

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For Tri-fold Shakers follow the same first few steps as the first card examples.
  • Cut a small sliver from the bottom of the front of the card base panel. This will make it easier for the card to close once it is all assembled.
  • Flip the card base upside down so that the fold is on the bottom and the opening is on the top. Like a “V”. Face the panel that is shorter towards you (see the previous step).
  • Place the filled clear bag in front of the upside-down card base and align the sides and the bottoms together. 
  • Fold the overhang of the bag (1 Inch) over the top of the upside-down card base and crease the Cello Bag fold with your fingernails. This will create the flap that you will glue to the back of the card base.
  • Cut the corners of the bag above the crease mark.
  • To the back of the upside-down card, base add 2 strips of double-sided tape. One just under the edge of the card base and one ½’ below that one. Remove the protective piece from the double-sided tape.
  • Center and align the bag in front of the upside-down card base and press the cello flap down onto the double-sided tape.
  • Lay the card flat so that you can still access the opening of the shaker pocket. 
  • Slide a piece along the entire width of the card using double-sided tape. Place the tape strip just above the creased edge of the cello bag flap. 
  • Remove the protective layer and press the bag shut. This will seal the shaker pocket and keep glitter and shaker bits from flowing into the top opening. 
  • Add an extra piece of clear tape along the edge of the cello flap for extra insurance.
  • To finish the back of the card base, glue an A2 panel cut to the same size as the card base. This covers up the bag's flap and becomes the backside of the middle panel of the tri-fold.
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These eleven cards were completed in less than a few hours, but I was filming some of the process which took longer. I'm sure I could have done way more in that time otherwise. This was an easy and simple way to mass-produce some really fun and unique Christmas Cards. The cool thing is that they are pretty flat as you can see from the image below and shouldn't require extra postage. Just remember less is more when adding sequins and shaker bits! By the way, all of my shaker bit mixes were custom mixed to coordinate with each card and come from the Honey Bee Shop


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I hope you have been inspired to make some Clear Bag Shakers. If you have any questions feel free to message me or leave me a comment below. I will do my best to help you out. I can't promise that you won't get addicted to making these just like my other flat frameless shaker card designs that everyone is doing now!

Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, happy crafting.
Ilda 😊

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