• Linda

A message in a bottle says...

When I teach how to make a shaker card in my class, my students always enjoy the process, and they are surprised by how easy it is to actually make one!

It's definitely a great way to add a bit of bling to your cards. You will need a large paper punch or a die cutting machine to create a window for your card. You can use any of the basic shapes, be it the most popular circle, a square or even an oval.

The shaker card I made has one more element to it, and that's the lift flap. I used the Lift the Flap die set from Lawn Fawn. Again, you will need a die cutting machine to be able to use this die set. If you don't have one, and are not sure whether to get it or not, I would definitely recommend to buy one. There are many good quality die cutting machines (both manual and electric), and most of them are really affordable. I got my Sizzix Big Shot a while ago for over £100 from Hobbycraft, but you can get the same machine from Ranger for about £65. I know there are many great offers on Create and Craft website or Hochanda website. You can even set up a flexi pay! I have bought many great supplies from both of them. To name one, I bought the Gemini Junior electric die cutting machine for a bargain price. 

Back to the shaker cards. In addition to the paper punch or a die cutting machine, you will also need an acetate to create the see through window. You will also need 3D foam or foam strips. To complete your card, you will need either sequins, beads, confetti or glitter powder. In general, anything that shakes around :-)

I like to use my embossing powders too. Christmas themed cards look so nice with white embossing powder mixed with a glitter. If you are going to put powder in your shaker card, you need to take extra care to seal your shaker window properly, otherwise the powder gets out.

My plan was to make a shaker card with a water shaker inside. It would have been a great detail especially with my nautical themed card. Unfortunately, the card only lasted for couple of days, and on a third day, the water leaked through the sealed bag. I will give it another go, and hopefully come up with a shaker card, that holds the water in securely.

Watch the video below to learn how to make a shaker card with a lift flap. And find out what the message in a bottle says!

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