I have had this idea "shaking" around in my head ever since I saw Lenae's shaker card. She did an amazing job and has a great tutorial on how to put the card together with a free SVG template to download. I won't go over it here when she explains it pretty clear on her blog. I also am not that good at following directions, so mine didn't come out as great as hers. But I tried. Now I have a general idea of how it is to be assembled, next time I am sure my card will come out better.
As you can see I went with a Halloween theme. I have been bursting with ideas ever since I saw Bee's new Bee Witching Halloween Collection. There are so many elements in this set. Almost everything you need to complete all your spooky holiday crafts.
For the background in the window, I printed out Bee's witch and the clouds that surround the mountains. I had the mountains in there but it just made it too busy. I used the print function in Make The Cut because the witch and clouds are actually SVG files. That's the great thing about Make the Cut, I can bring almost any type file to my mat and use them in several different ways. I also could have brought a texture in and added a little more pizazz to my witch. But you guys know I am a slacker at heart. So I kept her just the way Bee intended. ^__^ The window itself is the tag from The Digi Bistro's Halloween Town set. The original file has a shell for the window. I used the new node editing feature to delete and replace with the tag file, then joined them together.
I also used Bee's little bat to have them fly around in the clouds. Since I was going to cut him so small, I took out his face (sounds kinda sick doesn't it?). Using them in the shaker part, he would have lost all his features anyway. Lenae used Shrinky Dink material for her butterflies. I just cut the little guys out, threw them in and let them fend for themselves. It is a thicker cardstock and I haven't had any bending of their wings. So I think I am good. My husband couldn't tell that they were bats, so I think next time I will use an orange or purple glitter to mix in depending on the color paper I use for contrast. Again, I had to use Lesley's super amazing Trendy Twine in Orange Licorice. Perfect for all Halloween projects. It's only available for a limited time so go snatch it up before it's gone!
Another thing you guys might like to know: I can't stamp for the life of me! I never used stamps before now, not even the foam ones as a child. I have just started using stamps since my husband gave me a Teresa Collins Stamp maker for our anniversary. I never use it or the stamps but I am trying to get into the habit. But as you can see from the picture above I need lots of practice. I guess it could have been crookeder (is that even a word?). Haha, but I think the recipient of this card will get the point.
Here is just another shot. Even though I didn't follow Lenae's directions to a "T", I think my little shaker came out pretty good. Please go check out Lenae's adorable blog: SugarGems Crafts. She has tons more of ideas and pretty cards. She makes a lot with cupcakes, one of my favorite things. Well, sugar in general is but I won't get into that now.
If you guys ever need help with all the cool new features of Make the Cut, there is a great Yahoo! group called MTC_Tuts and the official Make the Cut forum. Both are wonderful for getting the most out of this great program. Andy has added so much recently I know I am not using it to it's full potential. Hope you had fun looking around and have been inspired. It was great to have your here!
Recollections Midnight Magic stack (base card)
Bee Witching Halloween Collection by SVGs by Bee (witch, clouds, bats)
Martha Stewart Glitterin Onyx
Trendy Twine in Orange Licorice
Halloween Town by The Digi Bistro (tag shaped window)
Things with Wings at Crafty Boots
Anything Goes at Lollipop Crafts