Shaker Card Tutorial
Shaker cards are fun to make and receive. This snowy shaker card features the Christmas Greenery stamp set by Gina K Designs. In this tutorial I will walk you through step by step how to put this card together.
To begin, cut the top panel out of Blue Denim card stock the size of an A2 card, (5 1/2 x 4 1/4). Next cut a powder blue piece of card stock slightly smaller. Then lay out the tree image and select an oval die that fits the trees nicely. For the next step center the oval die on the top panel and using a die cutting machine cut out the oval.
Use an antistatic embossing tool to prepare the card stock for heat embossing. Line up the greeting in the upper left corner of the card panel. I used my MISTI but you can use what works best for you. Use embossing ink and fine detail white embossing powder to heat emboss the greeting.
Repeat these steps for embossing the tree image on the powder blue card stock. To mark the placement of the trees, line up the image through the oval hole and then flip everything over being very carful not to shift the paper. Use a white gel pen to trace the placement of the panel in all four corners. Actually these marks will be used later to line things up in exactly the same place.
Create the Shaker Window
Cut a piece of acetate about the size of the powder blue piece of card stock and set it aside. A strong adhesive is important when attaching an acetate window to a shaker card. For example Score-Tape is a great option. Surround the oval with strong tape. Remove the tape backing and place the piece of acetate over the oval opening.
Shake, Shake, Shake
As a matter of fact, shaker bits need room to move around and shake, shake, shake. Therefore to create space for movement use foam tape to pop the powder blue panel away from the acetate. First cut strips of foam tape in half forming narrow strips. Removing the backing paper allows the foam to bend easily. So remove the backing paper and surround the window with narrow strips of foam tape. Make sure not to leave any gaps where glitter can escape the window.
Shaker bits of any kind, especially glitter, will want to stick to foam tape so this next step is very important. An embossing anti static tool can be used for this next step, however I prefer to use cornstarch and a paint brush. Coat the inside of the foam tape with the powder, just the inside, not the top of the tape because that must stay sticky. Then use a tissue to remove the powder from the acetate window.
Add more foam tape to pop up the entire panel. Finally add the glitter or shaker bits to the center of the window. I used chunky iridescent glitter which perfectly emulates snow.
Seal the Deal
Time to seal the deal! Capture all that glitter into the shaker window by placing the powder blue panel on top of the tape making sure to line up the edges with the markings. MAKE SURE THE PANEL IS NOT UPSIDE DOWN!!! In fact it may be helpful to mark the top of the image on the back of the panel so that you get the correct orientation. Using your fingers press the paper into the foam tape to seal the edges. Next using a strong tape, attach the shaker panel to an A2 card base.
To finish things off I added an elegant white and gold bow. Look at all that chunky glitter!
Below you will find the list of tools and supplies that I used to make this card. In addition, you can click the thumbnails to purchase a product. Compensated affiliate links are used when available, however there is no additional cost to you. All items were personally purchased. Thank you so much for your support!