apparently the overall theme of my week is "CHEATING" lol. i put it down to the fact that engineering is not my strong suit, so i'm always looking for a way to minimize that aspect of design. in the case of shaker cards, it means that whereas i love the look of a fancy multi-paned window, the thought of cutting one out with a craft knife does not particularly appeal. sooooooooo... i took a pre-existing diecut window from a pretty store-bought card i was sent over the holidays... and i layered it over a pretty snowscape featuring santa and his reindeer from another pretty store-bought card i got last christmas. here's a shot of the two original cards, just so you can see what bits are which:
i used a piece of clear acrylic behind the cut out, foam tape around the window opening to raise the top layer high enough to accommodate the little clear microbeads which fill the shaker, and i machine stitched around the perimeter just to hold things together with extra security. in the closeup i think you can very nearly almost see how the little beads and the glitter on the background layer give the whole thing a really festive and magical shimmer. ok, no, you really can't see that, but trust me, irl it's cool, k?
and now why not hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ where you can see marianne's and stephanie's gorgeous cards and start planning your own! ♥
*i ~LOVE~ that story b/c i'm always having all my best ideas in the shower, too!!! :)