Double Shaker | Interactive Cards | Craftin Desert Divas

This week at Craftin Desert Divas we’re focusing on creating interactive cards. There are may different kinds of interactive cards – box cards and popup cards, waterfalls and sliders, and of course shakers. For this blog post I created a wintry double shaker card.

I began by printing out all the images I wanted to use for this card. I used images from the Winter Village set as well as a Winter Gnomeo. I printed and coloured more images than I ended up using, as I wasn’t entirely sure how I wanted my finished design to look, and I wanted to be sure that I would have enough. I’d rather have too many than too few!

I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers to colour in all of my images. I went for a variety of browns and greys for the roofs and walls of the buildings. I chose brighter colours for the doors and awnings, and used a pale blue to add a hint of colour to the windows.

For the Winter Gnomeo I decided to give him a Christmas-y look with a red and white outfit. I only have one red marker, so to add depth and shading to the red I actually bought in some green markers. Green is red’s complementary colour, being opposite on the colour wheel, and combining them gives a hint of brown to the red, which works nicely for shading. Using too much of the green could create mudiness though.

Once I’d completed all of my colouring I carefully fussy cut each of them out, and then set them aside whilst I worked on my background and other scene building.

I did some ink blending on some 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4″ watercolour card to create the sky for my background. I chose to use Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Oxides to give a wintry feel to the sky. Most of the Tumbled Glass portion actually ended up being covered in the final card, but I think it helped to add depth to the sky anyway.

As well as my sky background I created a couple of snowy hills using the Outdoor Landscape Dies and some white glitter card stock. I used the same white glitter card stock to cut a frame to go on the front of my card. Whilst I had my paper trimmer I went ahead and cut my acetate windows too. I needed two windows, one for each of the shaker layers, and I cut these to the same size as my background panel. This way my finished shaker would be the same size as my finished card front.

Next I started assembling everything. I adhered my larger die cut hill directly to the background panel, and added a couple of the buildings onto it. I then added a frame of foam tape all the way around. I made sure the foam tape would be hidden behind my frame and front elements of the scene. I then added some white iridescent glitter to the open area to create my first shaker layer.

After removing the backing from the foam tape I adhered an acetate piece into place to close up the first part of the shaker. I had already added the remaining scene elements to this acetate piece. I then added another layer of foam tape around the edges of the card to create my second shaker layer. For this layer I used the Fairy Dust sequin mix. The Shimmer sequins mix could also work well here.

As before, after having added my shaker filling I removed the backing from my foam tape. I then added my final acetate layer and frame onto the top. I finished off the shaker by adhering my Winter Gnomeo into place. Finally I adhered the shaker to my white card base, completing the card.

Interactive cards are so fun to make, and shakers really are a staple. They’re definitely the kind of interactive card I make the most. Be sure to check back to the Craftin Desert Divas blog throughout the week for further interactive card inspiration from the team.


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20 thoughts on “Double Shaker | Interactive Cards | Craftin Desert Divas

  1. Wow! This is super impressive Charlotte! Fantastic design! I love the tiny pops of colour on the doors, and that you kept the rest fairly neutral. Your gnome is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful card with us at The Paper Shelter!

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  2. Charlotte, this is such a fun card and I absolutely love the shaker background. Thank you for joining us at SheepSki Designs and good luck with your card. Gail DT xx

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