Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Art Impressions Snowman Shaker


This cute Snowman Shaker card design is from Art Impressions. The packages and his arms are separate and they "wiggle". They are mounted on an Action Wobble. It is fun watching people's reactions when they receive these cards. They are so interactive and fun!

Let's make the card!

Stamp your snowman image and the arms with packages on some card stock. I used my Copics to color the image so I used Neenah solar white cardstock and Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the image. Memento is Copic friendly as well as the Neenah paper. If you plan on using colored pencils or other color mediums use the correct paper for your medium. Color your image.

Cut out the snowman and the spare arms and set aside for now. Use a paper punch or die and cut out a snowflake. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a 2 inch snowflake and paper punch for the 3/4 inch circle. I stamped "be merry" from a stamp set and inked the edges with light blue ink. To add some extra sparkle I used some Wink of Stella on the snowflake. Use a dimensional foam square to attach the circle to the snowflake.

The card base is one I use over and over. It is the Sizzix Framelits Kind Sentiments Step Up Card set. Not only does it have the base die but they also have dies for the side and base papers already sized to fit exactly on your project. No more measuring for that perfect quarter inch border! I love the fact that I can use scrap papers for these cards because I can position the die over my scrap and make sure there is enough paper before I cut. Let's face it, we all love to use up our scraps so we don't have to bust into a whole piece of paper from our stashes! (Yes, I am a paper hoarder!)

Pick your papers and cut out a base with cardstock. You can use decorative papers for the side and base layers. There are even fun dies included in the Framelits set that will do some fancy cutting to the side panels, no paper required. I choose some polka dot papers I had left over from a previous project and some blue scrap that I used for the background of the main image.

Attach your snowman to the base. Attach your wobble to the back of the arms and then adhere to snowman. If you attach the wobble to the base first you may see it peeking out from behind the arms. (It is best to attach to the back of the arms so you can position it where it won't show.)

Now it is time to attach the snowflake to the bottom left of the snowman. At this point you can be done but to add a little more interest I added some button snowflakes I had in my stash. If you don't have any buttons shaped like snowflakes you could add some snowflake punches or some sequins.