Paper Artsy Challenge

Dear Crafty Friends,
Paper Artsy has a contest right now.  The challenge is to use dies.  To find out more about the challenge click here.  I'm not feeling brave enough to enter yet, so I'm doing some parallel play.  Paper Artsy is generous and says you can enter the contest with dies that you have.  Of course they would love for you to use their products, but alas I have none  Maybe Santa can help a good girl out.  

Shaker Card
The post that inspired me was by Anya Schrier.  She made a charming snowman by using a repeated die cut of the same shape.  I pulled my dies collection and some stacking rectangle dies by Simon Says Stamp caught my eye.  I thought I could use them to make a window and that window could be part of a shaker card.  Digging through my paper scraps and feeling virtuous, I found some wood grain paper.  I choose the smallest rectangle die and cut it four times using my Big Shot.  

I colored the wood grain with Ranger Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and then really smoothed Ranger Brushed Corduroy Ink to give it color variation.  

I cut Finch Bright White Card stock to fit the window.  Using Ranger Tumbled Glass ink  and some torn scratch paper to make drifts and them a sky.  I started on the torn paper and blended on to the white paper to add some depth to the background.

Make it snow!
To add interest to my window, I used my Woodland Deer stamp.  I inked it up with Tumbled glass and then I inked up the big aster flower from Doodle Blossoms with  Ranger Dusty Concord ink.

To make the shaker card, I flipped the window over and used some red This to That Tape by American Crafts. There is good news and bad news when using This to That Tape.  The good new is This to That Tape sticks forever and beyond.  The bad news is it sticks forever and beyond, so you have to use it with confidence because once its attached--that's it!  I definitely use it to stick acetate down.  Since it's nonporous, it doesn't stick easily, but the little red tape does the trick.  Once the acetate was down, I used Scotch Foam tape under the "wood' of the window and then doubled it up.  I put iridescent sequins and diamond dust in each pane.  I closed the shaker card by sticking down my woodland snow scene.  Since a shaker card is heavy, I used the little red tape to secure the whole window to dusty lavender card stock by World Stack.

Moment of honesty:  You could see a smidgen of foam tape in the upper right corner of the window.  I used my trusty Doodle Blossoms stamp set again.  I stamped the aster flower in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I wanted to keep the palette cool, so I used the two lightest grays from my Kuretake Watercolor Markers.  I just colored the areas that would be shadowed and made some veins for the leaves.  I used two of the bluer greens to do the same thing for the green leaves.  

My Vintage Gold paper made a delicate banner without blocking the window scene.  I plucked the little word believe from Tim Holtz Chitchat collections.  (I find a million uses for those little words.)  My shaker card was complete.

This shaker card has a magical Christmas or winter feel.  I stretched myself a bit on this card, so please excuse me while I feel a little proud.  My moral for this post...

Shake it up,

Materials:  All materials used either come from my little Etsy shop or Amazon where I buy most of my crafting materials.