Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Easy Shaker Cards

Hi peeps!  Thought I would share what we made at our club meetings yesterday.  At the beginning of the year, I had a few suggestions of techniques to try and a shaker card was one of them.  I usually don't have good luck with shaker cards....the sequins stick to the sides of the window when I use adhesive strips and they just frustrate me.  So I set out to try to find a different way, and although we still had some "stickage", I think it was an acceptable attempt.  The card itself is very simple, using Jar of Love and Iridescent Sequins, but we were focusing on technique more than stamping!  So here's the card:

And the "technique" was to use a sheet of 2mm Fun Foam, available at any big box or craft store, instead of the adhesive strips.  
  1. I cut a piece of the foam slightly smaller than my top layer, and after stamping the jar on the Whisper White panel, I laid the foam underneath and cut both layers in the Big Shot with the Everyday Jars die.  You can cut them both in one pass!
  2. I adhered a Window Sheet on the back side of the jar, then used Elmer's Craft Bond glue on the foam piece (that's the only glue that I found that really worked on the foam) around the edges of the opening and adhered the foam to the back of the stamped panel.  I smooshed the glue around with my fingers to make sure I had a nice coverage, but don't use so much that it glops out!  
  3. Once it's dry and secure, I attached the goldfish to the card base with mini dimensionals, piled on a little pile of sequins, then used the same Craft Bond glue to attach the jar layer to the card base, applying the glue to the other side of the foam piece.  It is a good idea to use some Tombow adhesive on the outer edges of the foam to make sure the whole thing is adhered down.  
Now, don't these little fishies look cute swimming in their iridescent water?  I love that by using dies and the foam, you can easily cut any shape of opening without having to bend those adhesive strips around!

To give my girls something a wee bit easier, we made this note card with the Wood Words floral image, stamped on a piece of Mango Melody which had a circle die-cut from the center.  I took a 2x8" cello bag, cut it down to 2 1/4", filled it with sequins, taped it shut (use clear tape, not frosted!), then taped it to the back of the stamped piece, centering it over the opening.  I just used plain old scotch tape, taping the corners and making sure no sequins were stuck in them!  Then I adhered the piece to the note card using a dimensional in each corner and stamped the sentiments on the front and inside!  Another cute technique, quickly done and using the cello bags makes them really easy!


We didn't make these note cards during class, but I had made them as samples; the first one used a leaf image from Rooted in Nature stamped in Stazon ink on the window sheet; the second used a longer piece of a cello bag behind the negative portion of the "celebrate" diecut:

Thanks for popping in!  Maybe you'll be inspired to make a shaker card too!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Ahh, the satisfaction of a puzzle completed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Jar of Love, Better Together, Wood Words, Rooted In Nature, Itty Bitty Greetings, Woodgrain
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Window Sheets, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
 Ink Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody, Stazon, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
Accessories Iridescent Sequins, Fun Foam, Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals, 2x8" Cello Bags, Craft Bond Glue
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Everyday Jar Framelits, Nature's Roots Framelits, Celebrate You Framelits, Balloon Punch


Kampin' Karen said...

Lovely cards. I especially like the Rooted in Nature one. I too find those adhesive strips VERY annoying and my last shaker card was one hot mess with the sequins sticking. Glad you shared a work around.

stampwithsandy said...

Look at you go with all those shaker cards! Love them all!

I Card Everyone said...

I hope someone brought you a shiny apple, LeAnne! Great tips - and I have used the cello bag trick - especially when the recipient is a card maker - then they can use that little bag of sequins! Though your cards are way too pretty to ever recycle!

Wendy said...

Oh my, I am in awe of your beautiful shaker cards, LeAnne! I cannot make a shaker card to save my soul! I'm not sure why. One day maybe I should try again as it's been many years since I made the first one. I really love the one you made with the Jars of Love! I used that same set on my blog today, too! GMTA! I feel Cassidy's accomplishment on finishing the puzzle! I love doing puzzles! I did a 1000 pc 2 years ago of M&T Bank Stadium where the Ravens play. I framed it and hung it in our Raven's Room! Such a great feeling when they are completed! WTG, Cassidy! TFS and enjoy your day! :)

Joanne James said...

Love a good shaker card - those fishies are adorable! I'm glad the fun foam worked for you; I usually rub the edges of my adhesive strips with my embossing buddy to avoid any excessive stickiness, but I think I might need to try your way - sounds like a plan. Hurrah for jigsaws too - nothing as satisfying as placing the last piece!

Lisa Elton said...

Well, you should make shaker cards more often, these are fabulous!. Bravo LeAnne!!

Marlena M. said...

I struggle with shakers and rarely make them for the same reason. These are amazing LeAnne! I love the leaf~wow! I remember when your lil one was a teeny tiny and look at her~beautiful!

Linda Callahan said...

Your shaker cards are fabulous! Why don’t I make them!?!