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Welcome to group post #1 for the October Papertrey Ink countdown!  Today the team is featuring the latest Holiday Tags set.  Each year about this time, Papertrey releases a new Holiday Tag set.  These are always some of my favorites and this year is no exception.  This set has lots of neat things goin on...very classy and .  This set will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website on October 15th.  

For our projects today, Nichole challenged us to create both a set of tags and a card.  I had so much fun with the shaker tags I made last month, that I decided to make another variation with one of the new tag images from the 2012 Holiday Tags set.  I just love this tag with the house silhouette and thought a snowy, glittery shaker background would be perfect.  I had lots of questions and requests for a tutorial on last month's tags, so I've got some step-by-step instructions this time.


For my card, I used the same concept to create a shaker card.  


I stamped some of the new Peaceful Pinecones into the background and embossed it with the Woodgrain Impression plate.  I added some glittered In the Meadow diecuts to the bottom edge.


So now some step-by-steps on making the shakers...

For these, I started out by stamping the tag image with versamark and heat embossing it onto acetate.


I diecut a 3 1/2" oval from patterned paper and diecut a 2 1/4" oval from the center.


I cut out the acetate tag image -- it can be done roughly, just leave a little excess around the edges so you can adhere it to the backside of the diecut oval.  

Next is a little trick I stumbled on to make this next part of the process go a little quicker.  To make the shaker part, you need to have some depth for the glitter to shake around in.  Foam tape will give you this depth.  I buy mine on a roll and for my tags, I cut my foam in half down the center, cutting a strip long enough to go all the way around my oval tag. 


Then instead of cutting all little pieces of foam and sticking them around the tag (which takes quite a while and you can't skip spots or your glitter will fall out), just snip the foam with a scissors every 1/2" or so, not cutting all the way through the other edge.  It should look something like this and will allow you to "bend" the foam around the oval shape.


So then I stuck my foam strip to the backsice of my tag, with the snipped edge to the outside.  And now since it's all still one piece, removing the liner paper will be easier too, because it will all come off at once...way quicker than peeling it off little piece by little piece.


Next I diecut one of the decorative edge ovals from the Limitless Layers 3 1/2" oval set from Aqua Mist cardstock.  I placed it right side up and put a small pile of glitter in the center of it.  Then I could just lower my top layer onto it -- easier to line it up than doing it the other way around.  


And that's it!  So fun and pretty...and they go together pretty quickly too if you do them assembl-line style and use the little tricks I mentioned.  


Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my projects today.  Be sure to check out the other girls as well!