Snowman Shaker + Caring Hearts Card Drive

This will be a quick post. I just wanted to share an opportunity with you all. I recently learned about a really great card drive from a blog post by Jennifer McGuire Ink. You can learn the full details by clicking on the image below, but basically an awesome group of crafters are collecting holiday cards to distribute to seniors in nursing homes. The idea is for them to receive a handmade card that lets them know that someone is thinking of them this holiday season.


 I designed this snowman shaker card for the drive. If you are interested in making this card, you can find the mat here: Snowman Shaker Card Mat

All you need for this project is

  • Your Cricut Cutting Machine
  • A Color Printer
  • Scoring Stylus 
  • One textured 12x12 piece of cream or light tan card stock,
  • One solid 12x12 piece each of dark blue and light blue card stock
  • Once 8 1/2 x 11 piece of white card stock (for print then cut)
  • Acetate
  • Craft Foam or Craft Tape
  • Adhesive of your choice
  • Glossy Accents
  • glitter & sequins of your choice

In the mat file, the dark gray rectangles are acetate, and the white windowed piece is craft foam. These are both optional machine cuts. I chose to let the machine cut my craft foam, and I cut the acetate windows by hand.

All of the print then cut items will cut on one sheet

Assemble the snowman and glue him to the inside of the card. Make sure that he is centered in the window on the front of the card.

The acetate will be glued to both sides of the window in the craft foam. Make sure you fill the window with glitter / sequins before you attach the second piece of acetate!

Once you have the foam / glitter / acetate all glued together, Sandwich it between the front of the blue card base, and the cream textured card front. Make sure to center the acetate window.

Cover the word "Joy" in glossy accents and let dry. Once it has dried, adhere it to the front of your card. Also glue the light blue frame around the front of the acetate window.

For the envelope, I decided to use two large brads instead of the brown circles included with the Mat. Once the brads are in place, glue in the envelope liner, and glue the sides of the envelope shut. The envelope can be closed with a piece of string wrapped around the brads.

If you are making cards for the drive, make sure to follow the instructions on 
Jennifer's blog post and get your cards mailed early enough to be received by the 25th!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


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