Monday, 7 November 2011

Christmas Advent Shaker Card

Here's the card that I have been slowly making the past few days for my entry in this week's Willow Sketchie Challenge. I wanted to do something a bit out there and this week's sketch gave me the idea of a Christmas Advent style shaker card. Hope you all like it. :D

Christmas Advent Shaker Card

Advent Shaker Card Tutorial

1. I used an A4 sheet of white card to make the card itself. I drew a line 14cm from both top and bottom of the sheet, this created a strip down the middle for the card fold. I then also drew a line 14cm in from one side of sheet. I then cut the excess off.
2. I then folded along both lines either side of the card fold strip.
3. Next I turned the card over and drew up a grid for my advent windows (each window was 4 x 4cm).
4. I then cut the windows out using a craft knife and cutting mat. 
I then covered the front of the card with patterned paper (I chose red with white polka dots) and once it was stuck on I then cut the windows out of it as well. I glued a strip of metallic green handmade paper across the middle of the card. I then cut a circle out of white and green polka dot paper to put under the digi and glued it on, and once again cut the windows out of it.

5. I used the squares I cut out of the windows to make the doors. First I glued them onto a piece of metallic brown paper and then cut them out.
6. I then glued the reverse side to a piece of A4 computer paper.
7. I then cut them out again, leaving a 5mm flap on one side. I then sat them on top of the windows and pushed and glued the flaps to the inside of the card.

8. On a piece of white card I measured out the templates for the shaker boxes and cut them out (I made them in strips of 3 and cut them out individually before attaching them to the card, there were 6 boxes in total). I then cut tabs into the zig zag corners of each and glued them up into little boxes.
9. I then glued plastic transparency across the windows to the back of the card. Next I glued papers and embellishments to the inside of my boxes. Once dry I added my shaker ingredients (I used glitter, mini diamonte stars, diamontes, foil stars and glass bead balls). I then glued each box to the back of the card and glued scraps of paper over any gaps.

I used a hole punch to make the door handles out of gold paper. I then finished off my card by gluing 3 green star diamontes to the metallic green handmade paper strip, and my elf digi to the circle. The elf digi I made myself and is available here.

This is the funnest card I have ever made, and possibly one of the best and I would like to thank Kate from Willow Sketchie Challenge for a very inspiring sketch. :-* Good luck to all that enter. :D


  1. OMG Teegs aren't you SUPER DUPER clever !!
    Thats BRILLIANT !!

  2. WOWOWOWOW this is amazing what a brilliant idea and stunning card, I love it, thanks for the tut too its ace, Thanks for playing on Willow Sketchie this week again, Love Hazelxox

  3. Oh WOW!!! this is fantastic, what a fab idea! Love it!!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Willow Sketchie this week!
    Hugs Shell xx

  4. wow this is fantastic , I love how you made the sketch into a shaker - brilliant !
    thanks for joining us at willow sketchie challenge this week -Kate x

  5. Wow, this is fabulous, what a great idea. I love your main image and all the little images in the windows. Great tutorial as well, thank you for sharing with us at Willow Sketchie again this week. I always look forward to seeing what you create each week, you're going to have to go some to top this one.

  6. Wow this is brilliant.Such an amazing creation.Love all the pictures and details.Thanks for joining us at Willow Sketchie Challenge.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  7. Wow this is so clever!! Don't think I would have the patience my aperture card really tested that!!
    Love what you have come up with and thanks for joining in this week's challenge at Willow Sketchie.

    Kelly x

  8. Wow this is amazing. Love what you have come up with.

    Thanks for joining us this week at WSC.

    Anne-Marie x x

  9. Thanks Donna :-* Jim said it's the best I have made yet... N I kind of have to agree ;) He has given me permission to keep it (not that I needed it ;) ), as he saw all the work that went into it, plus he said it's too good to give away ;)

    Thanks Hazel :-* I'm glad you liked the tutorial too... Thought it was best to add one with all the detail that went into making the card itself ;)

    Thanks Shell :-* I wanted to do something a bit fiddly, as my last entry was such a rush ;)

  10. Thanks Kate :-* Couldn't have done it with out your fantastic sketch... As it was the inspiration behind the advent style shaker boxes... So thanks again for such an awesome sketch :-*

    Thanks Pauline :-* You know me... I always have to be the one that takes it that one step further ;) Lol... Somehow I don't think this one can be topped ;)

    Thanks Lisa :-* Glad you like it :D I wouldn't miss next week's challenge for the world :D

  11. Thanks Kelly :-* It took me 4 days (spending 2 - 3 hours a day on it) to make... so was very time consuming... I was beginning to wonder if I would have it finished on time ;)

    Thanks Ann-Marie :-* Glad you liked it :D Must say I was pretty pleased with it myself ;)

  12. WOW this is just brilliant and a fab way to use the sketch too. Thanks for playing along with Willow Sketchie this week. Hugs, Claire x

  13. Thanks Claire :-* Got the idea from the sketch layout, so I just went with it, turned out far better than I expected though :D


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