This is a tutorial on how to make a shaker card where you can see right through the shaker part to the back side of the card instead of the kind where the shaker is simply adhered right on front of the card and you see cardstock behind the sequins. This is more of a window shaker card.
To start off, I used a Versamark pen and colored in just the roses on the Sue Wilson Floret Circle Stamp. I stamped it on watercolor paper, but before removing the stamp from the paper, I took a pencil and lightly traced around the outside of the stamp. This is so I could line it up in the same spot later to do more stamping. I then removed the stamp and heat embossed with purple embossing powder.
In order to get the leaves and tiny hearts and dots on my stamped image somehow, I colored them in right on the stamp using water based markers. I spritzed the stamp lightly with water and lined it up on the watercolor paper, using the tracing as a guide as to where to place it. The stamp is pretty irregularly shaped so this was not hard to line back up. I then cut around the outside of the stamp.
To make the window shaker part, I cut a circle out of the middle of the Floret Circle stamp using a circle die.
I then cut a piece of acetate (save all that packaging that your Sue Wilson dies come in to make shaker cards with) to the size of the back of the floret circle. The purple paper it is lying on is just to cover my work surface for now.
Tape the acetate with double sided tape to the back of the floret circle that you cut out
To make your card base, cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" by 11" and fold it along the 11" side so it folds in half.
Take a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the top flap of the card, place it on the front of the card so it is centered all around (this is going to go on the inside of the card to hide the acetate edges), place your floret circle where you want it, and trace the circle from the inside of the floret right onto your card. Now take the circle die you used earlier, line it up where you just traced, and cut through both layers of cardstock.
This is what the inside upper flap of your card will look like. Don't adhere it yet. You need to insert a piece of acetate in between the two layers for the window.
Take another piece of acetate and adhere it with double sided tape to the back side of the front flap on the card. This is your window. Now adhere the piece of cardstock to cover all of this.
Now you have both the front floret circle with acetate attached to the back AND the front of your card with an acetate window in it. You need to sandwich the two together with foam tape to hold the sequins.
Take some foam tape and adhere it around the edge of the window on the front of your card, making sure you don't leave any gaps between pieces of tape or the sequins will escape. You don't want the tape to be too close to the edges of the circle or it will show later.
Leaving the top green paper on the tape, brush on some baby powder around the inside edges of the tape where the sequins will be touching. This prevents the sequins from sticking to your tape when shaking the card. But it's important to leave that green top layer of paper on your tape while you do this. If you get baby powder on the top of the tape, the tape will lose it's stickiness and won't adhere to the floret circle.
Use a damp tissue to wipe the excess powder off the acetate window.
Pour in some sequins on top of the acetate. Be careful not to overfill the shaker. Remove the paper from the top of the foam tape, apply a few tiny dots of liquid glue to the top of the tape for extra security, line up your floret circle and gently adhere it, being careful not to push too hard or the liquid glue will ooze out onto the acetate.
Finish off the front of the card as desired. I adhered a tiny bow to the top of my floret circle.
I hope this tutorial wasn't confusing and you were able to assemble your window shaker card with ease.
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