Sunday, October 9, 2016

Shaker Card ~ Addicted to Card Making Challenge

My troubles and past experiences with shaker cards,
really made me hesitate to sign up for this month's Shaker Card
However after watching a shared video on Karle' Passion, ) I wanted to try out several tricks that  
Amy from Prairie Paper and Ink had demonstrated. 
I'd venture to guess, most crafter's reading this
have that box or drawer stuffed in the back of the older, larger 
SIZZIX dies, the big bulky ones that we can't part with but never seem to use?   
In the back of mine...The bubble gum ball machine!
Purchased at half price and never opened! 
For supplies, I grabbed my card base, a few scrap pieces of red card stock, a 6 x 6 piece of vellum, foam tape, glue, and my jar of multi colored sequins. The kit included the embossing folder, which I ran the vellum through my Big Shot with.  Carefully I cut out around the center piece of the machine, where the shaker part will be, Be sure to cut this the exact size as the machine, but you can cut it off just above the tabbed area.  
Trim out the tab part separately and put aside.

Used the red card stock for cutting the machine die.  The center red piece will not be used.  Lay the vellum on the red machine piece to double check the size, ensure the vellum does not stick out. Using a thin line of glue, attach the vellum to the back of the machine die, ensuring the vellum is facing outwards. 
Next, take your foam tape (about 4" long)  and trim it making very thin strips. Remove the adhesive on both sides, which allows you to mold the adhesive to the back of the card, making the cup to hold the shaker pieces. Like the reference video, adding two rows really gives room for the shaker pieces to move around.   Add a few more foam pieces to the bottom area of the die so it will stand up also. 

For perfect alignment... Love this new trick, also from the video!  Lay this piece on your grid mat UPSIDE DOWN and get it straight  and centered.  Add your shaker pieces (about 1 teaspoonful). Now carefully take your card base and using the grid mat, center and align your shaker piece under your card base. Then firmly press the card base down onto the shaker die!
Finish the card front by taking the trimmed vellum tag and using vellum glue attach it to the red tag piece, then add it to the the front of the card using a foam dot also. 
Add multi colored string for your ribbon and a sentiment of your choice for the card completion. 
I was extremely pleased with the card results and will definitely be adding this one to my selling site, Not Just Scraps

Thank you for stopping by ~ Pam 


  1. Pam this is wonderful - I attended a class recently using die cuts as the shaker element, and had figured out how to line things up after being taught in that class to put the card over the shaker.

  2. Pam...thanks for sharing this idea. I also have been shying away from making a shaker card. I am going to check this video out right away!. Soon, l will be making shaker cards myself