A handmade shaker card is a staple in the card making world. It adds a fun, dimensional interactive element that takes your DIY greeting card to the next level.
I’m going to show you ten different ways to make a shaker that’s easy enough for beginners and still enjoyable enough for advanced crafters.
Here are the instructions for 10 Easy Shaker Card Ideas That Are Perfect For Beginners
To get started with creating your shaker card, you’ll need some basic supplies.
Shaker Card Supplies
Acetate or Clear Packaging
Double Sided Tape
Dies and a manual die cutting machine (or you can use scissors)
Sequins (or what you want to put in your shaker card)
The supplies I used for each card will be listed below each project.
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1) Basic Window Shaker
I use my manual cutting machine to cut out a rectangle frame. I adhere acetate to the back of my frame with strong double sided tape. Then I attached foam tape to the back of the acetate along the frame to create my reservoir to contain my shaker bits. I poured out my shaker bits on another piece of cardstock that was the same size as my rectangle frame. Then I attached my rectangle frame to my cardstock to seal it all of the shaker bits.
Script Love You Die
2) Flat Window Shaker
This is a great option if you don’t want to add a lot of bulk to your card. Flat shaker cards are much easier to send through the mail. Follow the directions for the basic window shaker card but instead of using dimensional sequins and foam tape, use flat sequins or confetti and double sided adhesive for your reservoir.
Love You Die
Clear Blush Confetti
3) Specialty Shape Dies
If you have fun specialty shape dies like this, you can use this to make an off center shaker card that goes along the side of your card front. Just be sure to add a frame to hide your adhesive.
4) Word or Alphabet Dies
Your see-through element does not have to be a shape. you can use word or alphabet dies like this to create a shaker window for your handmade card. The thicker the font of the die, the better you can see more shaker bits.
Sprinkles Shaker Elements
5) See Through Shaker Card
This card requires this use of this premade clear card and four cardstock panels. Two of the same panel for the front of the card and two of the same panels for the back of the card. I used this amazing die for this card. I would watch the video for this tutorial for it to make sense.
6) Shaker Pouches
Shaker pouches like these are great for those that are pressed on time or perhaps don’t want to fussy cut their acetate. They are the perfect height to contain your shakers and you know that they are the perfect fit for your shaker element. I loved these ice cubes for any drink themed shaker card.
7) Removable Shaker
This shaker card also used shaker pouches but then I used this velcro to make the entire shaker element removable to use an ornament.
Gift Box Die
Diamond Shaker bits
8) Inside Shaker Card
This DIY card has the shaker element on the inside of card. To do this, I worked on the inside panel of the card as my shaker window. The video has clearer instructions.
Happy Holidays Die
Snowflake Window Die
9) Tulle Shaker
I learned this technique from Jennifer McGuire. Instead of using acetate for your window, you can use inexpensive tulle.
Mermaid Stamp Set
Mermaid sequin bits
10) Vellum Shaker
For this card, I used vellum for my window. It’s a very cool frosted and muted element to my shaker card.
Nail Polish Die Set
What’s your favorite kind of shaker card to make?
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