Christmas in July 2016 ~ Day #1

Hi everyone and welcome to Day #1 of “Christmas in July”!

Today I want to share with you some shaker tags that will add something extra special to those pretty Christmas packages. The die set used to create the window frames for these tags is the SU Hearth & Home Thinlet Dies {Item #139666} {shown are just some scene ideas that I came up with ~ but you can have fun creating other winter wonderlands}.



You will need: white card stock, colored card stock {window}, Home Thinlet Dies {Item #139666}, plastic sheet, ink/sponge, die cutting machine, adhesive, chosen stamp sets/ink, glitter, hole punch, ribbon or twine.


*White card stock measurements: 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ {scene panel}. {I also used a 1 1/2″ x 6″ piece for the sleigh die, if you choose to use this same die}.

*Colored card stock measurement: 3″ x 4 1/4″ {window frame}.


Run the colored card stock and die through the die cutting machine. And any other die cutting that you have chosen to do can be done at this time.



Cut the plastic sheet to fit behind the window frame ~ this can be just a tiny bit smaller on all 4 sides. Try to avoid get fingerprints on the plastic. If you do, don’t worry ~ just wipe them off with a tissue.



Sponge the scene panel lightly to create a sky effect, if desired.



Stamp whichever images you have chosen for your scene ~ I stamped a few trees in Always Artichoke and added some glitter to them with adhesive.



Add whatever else you want to the scene ~ I added the die cut horse drawn sleigh. At this point, a greeting and to/from sentiment may be stamped on the back. When the adhesive is thoroughly dry, sprinkle the glitter on top of the scene panel taking care to keep it away from the edges. The edges need to be free of glitter as this is where the window frame gets adhered to. Carefully put adhesive all the way around the window frame ~ I used narrow double sided tape for this. Be sure there is a seal all the way around so that none of your glitter escapes! Carefully line up the window over the scene panel and press down. Punch a hole in the middle or corner to thread the hanger through and the tag is complete.

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*These tags are quite thin so they require small flat glitter. You can however, use foam tape between the window frame and scene panel to raise it up higher which will allow for the use of larger glitter and/or tiny seed beads.

*Need a handmade gift? Tuck a set of these tags into a cello, paper or vellum bag, fold over, close with a clothespin and add one of the tags to the front. Pair it with a roll or two of coordinating wrapping paper or some gift bags for a thoughtful and much appreciated gift during the busy holiday season!


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See you next Friday for “Christmas in July” 2016 ~ Day#2!


The Country Touch


Email: ctrytch@telus.netHi e



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