Shake It Off! How to Make Shaker Cards, 3 Ways

Shaker cards are all the rage right now in the world of card making, and today I’ll be showing you three different techniques, along with a few tips and tricks, that you can use to create this fun and interactive type of card. So, grab your sequins and let’s get shakin’!

3 Ways to Make a Shaker Card

How to make shaker cards

Method #1

Make a Shaker Card : Method 1

Materials

  • Card stock
  • Digital die-cutting machine or metal dies + a manual die-cutting machine
  • Paper cutter
  • Glue pen (I like the Zig Two Way Glue Pen – Fine Tip)
  • Craft glue
  • Clear acetate
  • Shaker filler material (sequins, seed beads, glitter, etc.)
  • Strong hold double-sided adhesive (optional)

Note: You can use a digital die-cutting machine (I used a Silhouette Cameo) or metal dies and a manual die-cutting machine, like the Sizzix Big Shot or We R Memory Keepers Evolution, to cut out the shapes and the shaker window for this card or for any of the cards in this tutorial. I find that 6-8 wall/border shapes work best in giving me enough height that the shaker card filler still has room to move around after the card is assembled.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 1, Step 1

Step 1:

Cut the wall/border shapes from cardstock. Use a glue pen to cover the top of the first shape with glue. Be sure to cover the entire area, as you don’t want any open areas where the shaker fill can work its way through after the card is assembled. This is especially important if you’re using glitter.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 1, Step 2

Step 2:

Place a second shape on top of the first shape and press together firmly. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the remainder of the shapes.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 1, Step 3

Step 3:

Cut your card front and shaker window cutout. I’m making an A2 size card, and I cut the card stock for my card front to 3.75” w x 5” h, slightly smaller than A2 dimensions. I used Silhouette Design Studio to create both the shape for my card front and for the shaker window cutout, so I cut both at the same time.

If you’re using metal dies and a manual die-cutting machine, you can cut your card front with a paper cutter and the shaker window cutout in a second step.

Run a line of glue around the outside of the shaker window cutout.

Note: The shaker window cutout should be the same size as the inner diameter of the shape that you’re using for your wall/border.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 1, Step 4

Step 4:

Cut a piece of clear acetate to the size of the outer diameter of your wall/border shape. Line the outside of the shaker window cutout with craft glue, center the acetate over the window, and adhere the acetate to the cardstock.

Tip: To help prevent static and to clean the acetate (if needed), you can run a cotton ball covered with rubbing alcohol over both sides of it before attaching it to the card front. Make sure that all of the alcohol has evaporated before you attach it, or things could get messy!

Make a Shaker Card : Method 1, Step 5

Step 5:

Cover the bottom of your shaker card “wall” with strong double-sided adhesive. I prefer the double-sided adhesive to craft glue for this step because there is no dry time involved. Center the wall over the shaker card window and press down firmly.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 1, Step 6

Step 6:

Add shaker card fill to the shaker window area. Use either the double-sided adhesive from Step 5 or craft glue to cover the entire surface of the top of the wall shape. Center your card base over top of the card front and press down firmly. If your card front is smaller than the card base, then centering everything can be tricky. I’ll show you a trick in Method 3 below to help you get great alignment every time without any fuss.

Method #2

This method starts off in a very similar fashion to Method #1, but the final steps are a completely different story.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 2

Materials:

  • Card stock
  • Digital die-cutting machine or metal dies + a manual die-cutting machine
  • Paper cutter
  • Glue pen (I like the Zig Two Way Glue Pen – Fine Tip)
  • Craft glue
  • Clear acetate
  • Shaker filler material (sequins, seed beads, glitter, etc.)

How to Make a Shaker Card : Method 2, Step 1

Step 1:

Cut the wall/border shapes from card stock. Use a glue pen to cover the top of the first shape with glue, just like we did in Method #1.

Place a second shape on top of the first shape and press together firmly. Repeat this step for each of the shapes except the final (top) shape.

How to Make a Shaker Card : Method 2, Step 2

Step 2:

Cover the entire bottom surface of the shaker card “wall” with glue or strong double-sided adhesive and adhere it to your card base. I added an embossed card front piece to the card before I glued the wall shape in place for a bit of additional dimension.

Add shaker card fill inside of the shaker card wall.

How to Make a Shaker Card : Method 2, Step 3

Step 3:

Cover the top of the shaker card wall with craft glue and press the die-cut acetate window into place over top.

How to Make a Shaker Card : Method 2, Step 4

Step 4:

Glue the final wall shape, which serves as the cover piece in this case, on top of the acetate. I cut this piece from glitter card stock to add interest.

Method #3

This method uses foam tape in place of the “wall” of cardstock shapes to create the shaker area.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 3

Materials:

  • Card stock
  • Digital die-cutting machine or metal dies + a manual die cutting machine
  • Paper cutter
  • Foam tape
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Clear acetate
  • Shaker filler material (sequins, seed beads, glitter, etc.)

Make a Shaker Card : Method 3, Step 1

Step 1:

Cut out the card front using either a digital die-cutting machine or metal dies and a manual die-cutting machine. I’m making an A2 size card, and I cut the card stock for my card front to 3.75” w x 5” h, just as in Method #1. Line the outside back of the shaker window cutout with craft glue.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 3, Step 2

Step 2:

Cut a piece of clear acetate about .5” larger than the shaker window cutout. Center the acetate over the back of the cutout and adhere the acetate to the cardstock.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 3, Step 3

Step 3:

Add foam tape around the entire border of the window cutout, making sure that there aren’t any gaps in the tape where bits and pieces of filler could work their way through after the card is assembled.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 3, Step 4

Step 4:

Remove the backing from the foam tape. Then, add the shaker fill in the center. You can also add the shaker fill before removing the foam tape backing. It’s your preference.

Make a Shaker Card : Method 3, Step 5

Step 5:

Since the card front is smaller than a full size A2 card, it can be tricky (and messy) to try and line things up blindly. To remedy this tricky situation, I place a second card base underneath the card front and line it up just how I want it. Then, I line the main card base up over the second card base and press down firmly. Voila, perfect alignment every time!

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