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How to Make a Tropical Shaker Card

How to make a tropical shaker card

Summer is around the corner and our craft mood is leaning towards the tropical side of things! Shake things up with this fun tropical inspired card and usher in summer properly!

A Shaker Card is a fun and interactive type of card often used in crafting and card-making. The key feature of a Shaker Card is the shaker element. This is achieved by creating a small compartment on the card where sequins, beads, or small decorative pieces are placed. The compartment is then sealed with a transparent material like acetate to allow the contents to move freely inside. When the card is shaken, the sequins or beads inside the compartment create a delightful visual effect. Shaker Cards are popular for adding a playful touch to greetings for special occasions like birthdays, holidays, or just to brighten someone’s day with a touch of fun. Today we are going to create a fun interactive tropical shaker card that features lots of texture.

  • Dominique started with die cutting her frame. For the outside portion of the frame, she used the second to largest die from the ‘5013D – Nested Rectangle Small Stitch Die‘ set and used pearl colored glitter card-stock. She then cut out the inner portion using from the second smallest die in the ‘5500-01D – Inside Scallop Frame Die‘ set.
  • Next, Dominique used ‘5708-01D – Wood Plank Panel Die‘ and cut it from bright yellowish-green paper.
  • Dominique worked on creating her own patterned paper using the ink smooching technique. For this, she squished some Fern and Juniper ink from the ‘Color Fuse Ink – Set #11‘. Then she spritzed that with some water. Next, she smooched the paper onto the ink. She did this several times until her paper was fully colored. If needed, smoosh more ink and spritz water onto your surface.
  • Once the paper was dry, she die cut the ‘5611-06D – Open Greenery #2 Die‘ twice.
  • Dominique used the same ink smooching technique to create patten paper that she used for her flowers. For this paper, she used Apricot from the ‘Color Fuse Ink – Set #2‘ and Crimson from ‘Color Fuse Ink – Set #4‘. Once dry, die cut flowers using the ‘5709-02D – Spring Flowers Die‘.
  • She also die cut a few flowers from vellum and then colored them using the ‘Detail Blending Brushes’ and Apricot and Crimson ink. She glued these to paper flowers to create layers.
  • Next, to add a few gold accents, Dominique took her gold pigment ink pad and squished the foliage and flowers onto it in a few random areas. She then sprinkled on some gold embossing powder and heat embossed.
  • She added some double sided tape to the back of her frame and adhered those down to a piece of clear heat resistant acetate. She stamped the Just a Note greeting from the ‘3308 – Kittie Says Phrases #1 Stamp Set‘ in clear embossing ink and heat embossed it. Before adding two layers of foam adhesive tape, she cut off the extra acetate.
  • Next, Dominique took a piece of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ sheet of gold card stock and adhered her plank panel to it. She then adhered this to an A2 card base.
  • She then grabbed some sequins from her stash, and added those to the middle of the plank panel. She carefully adhered the frame to the panel.
  • Lastly, she took her floral and foliage pieces and adhered them to the card front. Now do a little shake-shake-shake and enjoy your fun interactive card you just created!

This is such a great color scheme for a tropical shaker card. Makes us wish we had a drink in our hand and our feet in the sand! This is a fun project to pin for later when inspiration is lacking and you need a reminder of all the fun you could have making this awesome Shaker card. Shop the links below to snag what you need to make this fun card!

If shaker cards are your thing, check out this card, and this card, for additional inspiration!


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