Hey there, it’s Juhi with my first post as an Itsy Bitsy Design Team Member. I’m super excited to be a part of this talented team. In today’s post I’m going to show you how to make a shaker cards using Itsy Bitsy’s newly released Shaker card elements line of products. Before we get started with the card let’s talk a little about what exactly are shaker cards.
What are shaker cards :
Well, shaker cards are cards with a shaker element on them. Accents/embellishments on the card will move around when you shake the card, hence the name ‘shaker card’. The moving elements could be sequins, tiny beads or anything small, non-bulky and light weight. These are usually kept in place under a piece of acetate or transparency.
Shaker cards are interactive and fun; they have been around for some time now and they surely are here to stay! Making a shaker card is not as difficult as it may seem, they usually involve cutting out a window of the desired shape on the card front, adding a layer of acetate below it, and sealing the shape with foam tape to hold the sequins in place.
So without further delay let’s see how to make a shaker card using Itsy Bitsy’s Shaker Card Elements. The Shaker Card Elements are just perfect for making awesome looking shaker cards and what’s more they are incredibly easy to make. So let’s get started
- Shaker Element Wings of Beauty
- Shaker Sprinkles in a color of your choice
- Black pigment ink for stamping (optional)
- Happy Birthday Sentiment stamp (optional)
- Liquid PVA glue
Scroll to the bottom of this post for a complete list of products along with links.
The Shaker Element pack contains – 1 prefolded cardstock base, 1 piece of acetate, 1 double sided foam adhesive sheet pre-cut to the shaker shape, 1 pre-cut top panel for the shaker card.
I began by inking up the top panel for some added interest.
I then flipped it over and applied liquid glue around the butterfly shape and placed the acetate sheet on it.
Peel the paper backing off from one side of the pre-cut self-adhesive foam and stick it onto the back of the front panel above the acetate sheet.
Pour the sequins into butterfly shapes, take care not to fill too much, the sequins, beads and sprinkle should have enough space to move around. I used pink Shaker Sprinkles from the Itsy Bitsy store, each pack of Shaker Sprinkles comes with 6 packs of beautiful, color co-ordinated sequins, and beads which you can mix to create your own custom shaker card sequin mix and what’s more, each pack of Shaker Sprinkles will last you through multiple shaker cards.
Now peel the paper backing off the foam carefully, holding the panel in place.
Cover up the butterfly shapes with the sequins in them with pieces of pink paper big enough to cover each butterfly completely. Press hard to ensure there are no gaps.
Flip and stick the panel onto the cardstock base. I trimmed my front panel a bit from all sides so that it was a little smaller than the cardstock base. I also used a pink card base instead of the white one that comes with the kit.
I finished my card by stamping “Happy Birthday” and adding a few sequins.
Now wasn’t this easy? So go ahead make one and impress your friends and family!