Shake Up Someone's Day with a DIY Shaker Card

Posted by Jennifer Snyder
Learn how to make a fun and adorable shaker card with this easy to follow tutorial.

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Shaker cards are popping up all over. They are adorable, fun and quite easy to make, once you know the technique. Here is a patriotic shaker card.

These cards are so much fun and appropriate for almost any occasion.


Beacons 3 in 1

Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Punch

AC - DIY Shop Gold Twine

Star Sequins Gold

Kaisercraft Clear Stamp - Life

Ranger Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Old Paper

Ranger Blending Tool

Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mat

Ranger Liquid Pearls - Bisque

Spellbinders Nestabilities Star S4


cardstock or prefolded cards

Stamp Block

Ranger Heat It Heat Tool

Ranger Distress Embossing Pad

Prima Art Ingredients Micro Beads - Copper

Coordinations Card Stock

Gold Embossing Powder

Clear Acrylic sheets

Foam Tape

Let's take a look at the instructions:

Start with either a pre-folded card or score your own card from cardstock. Cut some cardstock layers. Each layers will be smaller than the next so they stack nicely with a thin edge showing on each layer. Glue together.

The top layer of the card will be white or ivory. Diecut a star in the middle of the cardstock ( I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Star die - 2nd largest die.)

Tape the Spellbinders Nestabilities large Star and 2nd largest star on blue cardstock. The tape will help the dies stay in place so that a thin star frame is cut.

Glue the thin star frame over the white cardstock star. You will have a perfectly layered star frame that will become the window of the shaker card. Do not glue to card yet. It needs to be decorated and filled first.

For a vintage look, lightly ink the card with Ranger Tim Holtz Old Paper. Make sure to ink the inside edges of the star as well for a consistent look.

Punch a decorative border, lightly ink to match the card, and glue to card as a border.

Wrap some gold twine around the top layer of shaker.

Add a piece of acrylic to the back of the shaker card and glue in place. I used Beacon 3in1 glue because it is very strong and works well with plastic, metal, fabric, glass, foam and more.

Add foam tape to the backside of the shaker layer. The foam tape will be the barrier that holds the beads inside the card. Make sure you have completely surrounded the star and there are no small gaps. If you leave any gaps, you will most definitely have an empty shaker card and beads on your floor.

Emboss your sentiment on the card before the shaker layer is added. Tip: place the top layer on the card and trace the star shape lightly in pencil. This way you know exactly where to place your embossed sentiment.

Add your beads and sequins. Then glue the card to the shaker top.

Ok here is one of those moments when I looked at my card and decided it was missing something. It needs more red. Do not be afraid to revise a project. Simply lift the gold twine and add the ribbon. Most of the time if the glue is still tacky, you can gently lift and move and revise.

Glue sequins to the face of the card. Add small dots of Ranger Liquid Pearls along the edge of the star.

Happy Crafting