Technique Thursday: Shaker Cards

Hello my crafty friends! Today we’re going to talk Shaker Cards. I am in no way shape or form the most knowledgeable person when it comes to this subject but I thought it would be nice to see someone else make the same mistakes (and share the same swear words I’m sure) or make shiny new mistakes you never even thought possible 🤣 Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

I was horrible at remembering to take pictures of every single step but I can still tell you what I did. What I like to do is pick whatever paper I want to be the face of the card and then you would die cut whatever shape you want (I chose a square) and KEEP the piece that was cut out by the die. Set this aside because you will need it later, at least with how I make these. I then cut two pieces of fun foam into A2 card sized and cut the squares in the exact same space as the hole in the paper. These will go behind the paper to make the shaker pocket. Of course you can use 3M Foam Tape, or some of the other new foam tapes on the market now, it’s just whatever you’re comfortable with. You will need enough to cover the entire back of the card with absolutely no cracks around where the window is. Then you want to cut your acetate. You can either buy a packet of acetate sheets from Hero Arts. I do this setting the die on top of the acetate and I hold it down while I trace the shape with a Sharpie and then I cut slightly larger than that. That way it would be sure to stretch outside the line of the window.

Now, of course I realized my mistake once the acetate was in. To have the background match the larger piece, it becomes the backing. You should put it in by putting the front on top of the card and then slotting the square in to make a whole sheet again. Then all you do is pull the top away and get to work on making the shaker itself. But here are some pictures of the strange way I had to do it.

Either way, the picture above is how it should look when you remove the topper. Now, if you’re using the foam sheets you need a strong, ‘dry’ adhesive. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you’d know that I LOVE Scor Tape for my dry adhesive. It sticks everywhere and doesn’t come off. Good and bad in many ways. With both foams, you can do one layer or two. I used two here and automatically regretted it, it was just too thick. I do this every time, will I ever learn?

Then once your foam is down, I like to take my anti static powder tool and run it through and up the sides of the foam in case there is any adhesive sticking out. Then I add the shaker bits, I’ve learned from watching many YouTubers is to add seed beads to the sequin mix. It gives the shaker a nice sound.

I hope you were able to get something out of this, even if it’s just a chuckle. 😜 I’ll see you on Sunday for Card Spotlight Sunday until then, have a great rest of your week. XO

“Every artist was first an amateur.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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