Monday, October 24, 2016

Make Your Own Greeting Cards: Shaker Cards

It's been a few weeks since I've posted a greeting card how-to, but I'm still fascinated by this topic, so today I thought I'd tackle shaker cards (cards with windows containing pretty little beads, sequins, confetti or even simple paper or cardboard circles made with a basic hole punch).

There are numerous examples and tutorials online, some very intricate, but most of them use specialty hole punches and shapes. If you've done some scrapbooking you may have those, but I don't so I looked for cards with windows that had simple shapes (circles, rectangles and other basic shapes) that could be created by tracing or drawing items to make cutting out the window fairly easy. Here are some examples:

sun, moon and stars shaker card {new mama elephant}

you make me

I've included two how-to videos, because they use different techniques for affixing the window backing. For the window I've seen people use overhead projector sheets, photo sheets or acetate sheets bought online or at craft stores. I suppose acetate from mailers could also be recycled if the sheet was big enough, but I haven't tried that. 

Here was the simplest (and probably the shortest) how-to I found. You can, of course, embellish this.

That one used foam strips to affix the window and sequins for the shaker part. This one uses double-sided tape and beads, and she shows you how to add a flat bow/ribbon.

If you'd like something more intricate, there are many videos online, and often they provide a materials list. Also, if you're prefer to buy a shaker card, Etsy offers a good selection

Happy crafting!



Laney4 said...

I've never given a thought to shaker cards before, but their premise makes me think about other ways to incorporate parts of the video. Yes, I have the hole punches, so that makes it easy. That bit about sanding the corners of the page is a no brainer for me because my scrapbooking materials include something that rounds corners (similar to a hole punch); it's supposed to be for rounding the corners of photographs (one I have is a simple round arc, while the other is more like the corners of black and white photographs from the fifties/sixties, kind of like parentheses). As for the plastic to place over it, I have some clear scrapbooking paper; perhaps that is its actual purpose, as I always wondered.... I don't know that I would want things shaking underneath, which, of course, is the purpose of "shaker" cards, but perhaps something else could be placed underneath.
You're making me think, Myrna. I don't know whether to thank you or not, LOL!

Mary Preston said...

This is a cute idea.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Oh no, not thinking! LOL I suppose you could use the clear paper to simulate a window and highlight whatever is underneath? (Oh no, now you're making me think, too)!

Myrna Mackenzie said...

I thought so, too, when I saw one of them. I hadn't actually heard of shaker cards before yesterday, so I was amazed that there were so many posts and videos about them. Now I may have to give this a try.

Laney4 said...

Yes, that was what I was thinking too, but I haven't figured out (yet) what I'd put behind the "window". Ahhhh! When we had a neighbour move recently, I took a Google pic and used it on the cover of their going-away card (cutting off the word Google at the bottom). It would look even better if there was a window in front of it (especially since they lived across the street from me)! Yes, I'll keep that in mind, especially for more neighbourhood cards....
Thanks, as always! You certainly inspire me, Myrna - and Mary!