Don’t you just love the fun shaker cards? I do, and I am always happy when I can find something new and different to use as the confetti in a shaker. Taylored Expressions inspired me to make a fun Valentines’ Day shaker card using with their new die, “Kisses Confetti” — lips and mustaches. Too cute! Here’s a picture of the card —
This card was super easy to make. I started with a fun “XO” paper from my stash. I cut it to 4″ x 5.25″ so that it would layer nicely on an A2 card. I cut the balloons from the patterned paper using the Taylored Expressions “Make a Wish Balloons” die. I used only the largest of the balloons in the set, so I needed to cut twice. I also cut a piece of plain white cardstock 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (just slightly smaller than the patterned paper) to serve as the back for my shaker (although you only need to back the cut areas, I like to back the entire area when I’m making a card, etc. for a smoother finish). I also needed an A-2 card (8.5″ x 5.5″ – scored at 4.25″), and a piece of plastic acetate cut 3.75″ x 2.5″.
Assembling the card is very easy. I first taped some ribbon on the inside of the base of the balloon cutouts, and extended it to the bottom of the card. Then I tied the two ends of the ribbon into a bow that sits at the bottom of the patterned paper layer. Next I rubbed a dryer sheet across the clear plastic piece to try to reduce its static cling (you don’t want all of your confetti simply adhering to the plastic), and then taped it in place on the back of the patterned paper, over the balloon cut-outs. Then I added strips of low dimensional adhesive to “box in” each of the balloons, and then around the edges of the card, etc. to hold the backing layer in place. If you’re going to use any glitter with your confetti, be sure that the boxes around the cut areas are complete and tight so that the glitter cannot escape.
Now the fun part begins. I cut two sets of lips from red cardstock, and two sets of mustaches from black cardstock. I added some of them (they’re pretty large, so you only need 4-5 of them in a balloon) to the balloons above. I always like to mix my confetti, so I also added some pink hearts and gold stars (these are tiny — they are sold at a beauty supply store for decorating finger nails). The last thing I added was a little clear super-fine glitter. This adds a shimmer and sparkle to the project.
With the confetti, etc. in place, I removed the liners from the low dimensional tape, and then added the white backing piece. Since the backing piece is cut just a little smaller than the patterned paper, it is easy to find an appropriate placement (it won’t show so it doesn’t need to be exact). With that done, you can flip the card over and shake away – the materials in the shaker windows should move freely. Once in a while, things get stuck and you have to shake the card vigorously to free them, but that usually isn’t a problem. I added a cute bow to the “girl” balloon, and a dashing tie to the “guy” balloon. How fun! The last step is to add the dimensional banner. The sentiment I used was from a set of stickers by Mambi, and the two hearts were from a set of stickers by Doodlebug. That’s it — the card is finished. Please take a look at the short video below for additional information on how to assemble a shaker card.
You’ll find so many fun uses for shaker cards — kids of all ages love them! Watch for fun seasonal confetti around the holidays, and for fun dies like the ones from Taylored Expressions to cut your own confetti. A good clear micro-fine glitter is all that you need to add the sparkle and shine. You can fill the shaker area as full as you want, although often “less is more”. If you put too much in, it is difficult to see what is shaking around in there, and sometimes it just clumps and won’t move at all. Here’s a close-up of the balloons on my card —
Here’s another look at the final card —
Supplies from Cut @ Home —
1/4″ Angel Craft tape (SKU ACT1414)
Die Cutting Machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)
Supplies from my stash: Tie Die by W Plus 9; assorted cardstock; clear plastic sheet; scotch tape; dryer sheet; low dimensional adhesive; microfine clear glitter; small heart and star confetti; stickers; 1/8″ white satin ribbon, Basic Bow die; Make a Wish Balloons die
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!