Yesterday I shared a blog post and video in which I talked all about shakers. I covered the kinds of windows, the type of material that can be used for the windows, different options for fillings and adhesives… I tried to be comprehensive and to provide information that would be useful both to beginners and more experienced crafters. In today’s post and video I’m showing how to assemble a very simple shaker, which can be made with limited supplies.
I started with a panel of white card cut to be just smaller than my card base. I then used my paper trimmer to cut it into a frame, by cutting out the interior at about half an inch in on all sides. I chose to use acetate for my window material. The acetate I have is heat embossable so I did heat emboss a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid For You stamp set. If your window material is not suitable for embossing on then you could stamp the sentiment onto the frame instead. I used double sided tape on the back of the frame and adhered the acetate to it.
I decided I wanted to add some detail to my background, so I created a very simple gradient with Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxides. I kept the colour darkest at the bottom and faded to white at the top. I also masked off the outer edges of the card prior to doing my ink blending to ensure that they would remain white.
For some further interest in my shaker I took a few images I had previously stamped and coloured and adhered them onto my background to create a very simple scene. The images I used are also from the Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid For You stamp set. If you want to make a really simple shaker you could skip adding the background and images entirely and really just let the shaker filling be the only decoration on the card. You could also use patterned paper elements and stickers to build the background for the shaker.
Having finished the background I added some Craftin Desert Divas Mermaid Lagoon sequins onto my card. I added doubled up foam tape all around my shaker frame, then used my anti-static powder tool to remove any stickiness from the edges of the tape as well as to reduce any static on the window itself. I then carefully positioned the window panel over my background and pressed it into place.
Shakers are a lot of fun to make, and they don’t have to be complicated. If you’re new to making shakers I hope that this along with my all about shakers video has helped you to get the confidence to have a go at creating one. And even if you’re more experienced perhaps you gained some useful information. I really enjoyed making this mini series on shaker cards, and love how this card turned out. If you have an idea for another concept of cardmaking that you’d like me to focus on, I’d be happy to hear it!
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