Thursday 3 December 2015

Shake it Up for Christmas!


I haven't felt like doing a lot of card making lately. I am so busy behind the scenes with all my blogs and challenges that time just doesn't permit me to craft 'for fun'. 

Today I made a conscious effort to make something that didn't 'need' to be made. Well, actually, I tell a lie. I haven't sent off one Christmas card yet.... I actually don't even have enough.... better start making some!

I love making shaker cards. I hate making shaker cards. Make sense?

I love the end result but to me it is a LOT of hard work with getting the tape just right and most the time my die cuts get out of shape while trying to put it all together. The sequins can stick to the tape on the inside of the shaker. All fixable but plenty more steps required. Anyway, as much as I love making them, I tend not to due to the time involved.

Today I decided I AM going to make a shaker card. I had seen where other crafters have used a fuse tool or even their sewing machine to create their shaker element. Not having a fuse tool left me with the sewing machine option - back to that in a minute.

Here is my card -

It was getting a little dark by the time I was trying to take my photo so it didn't turn out the best. 

A close up of the shaker element -

I even threw some snow-like 'stuff' in there which is very fine and it doesn't fall out!

You are probably thinking that the time spent sewing up everything and putting this together is just as time consuming as the traditional way to make a shaker card - well, it wasn't!

I made two cards which took me about 20 minutes all up to complete. I was lucky where I had backgrounds already made up that I could grab. This one here is where I was practising the Faux Mother of Pearl technique.

For this card I used a laminating pouch. I tore it in half and cut it down to size. I took it and the backing panel to my sewing machine and stitched up three sides leaving the top open.

Before I added all my sequins and 'snow', I embossed the sentiment (from Happy Little Stampers Bold Birthday Sentiments and Everyday Sentiments) with silver powder. This was really easy to do with the backing already in place. I find it hard at times to emboss on plastic or vellum but having it already attached it gave it extra stability.

I then just filled the pocket with my sequins and I was able to get heaps more in there than I would in a normal shaker card. I quickly stitched up the top and done!

I adhered it to my white panel with double sided tape and then again onto my card base. This was a seriously easy shaker card to make. 

My second card uses a vellum front but I will be posting that in a couple of days time :)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Ruby's Rainbow - Christmas with a Metallic Twist
Fresh Brewed Designs - Anything Goes Christmas
Dream Valley Challenges - Stitching Real or Faux

Thanks so much for popping by xx


  1. I must try this, Kylie. It looks great and so much easier than the traditional way. The shaker I made for ATSM gave me fits.

  2. great card, I must have a go at this way of making a shaker card, better than getting all suck up with sticky foam xx

  3. What a cool way to make a shaker card! Love the faux Mother of Pearl too. Thanks for joining us for our Christmas w/ a twist of metallic at Ruby's Rainbow Challenge!

  4. Great card love the design. Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley Challenges!
    Neva DT

  5. Beautiful card. What a great way to make a shaker card!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Stampotique Designers Challenges.

  6. Great idea Kylie...don't think I've ever made a shaker card! Carol x

  7. So pretty!! I LOVE the iridescent sequins in your pouch ... and it looks amazing on the FMOP background. Great idea to use a sewing machine. I have had no luck making shakers the traditional way. Although I am sewing challenged, I think it will still be easier for me. Thanks for the inspiration. xx

  8. Oooo...lovely! Iridescent sequins are the best - need to get some. I haven't made a shaker card in ages, perhaps you'll be my creative push. :)

  9. Hiya fish face ! Im right with you on the whole shaker card thing, I have the fuse tool and have tried the sewing machine and foam tape method but have come up with the quickest and easiest way of all. I fill my laminating pouches with sequins and run them through my Minc or you could use your laminator the result is amazing the sequins of course are fused to the pouch and the effect is fab and it takes about a minute to do , I don't suppose you could call it a shaker card as nothing moves maybe a " Stable card " Love how you embossed on the pouch and the pretty sequins against the gorgeous background is simply beautiful.


  10. Such a fab idea to sew the sequins in!
    Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week :)

  11. This is very pretty! I love the frosty shades on your card and in your shaker pocket! So happy you joined us this week at The Challenge!

  12. Super card, thanks for playing along with our Stiching Challenge @ Dream Valley this week. Good Luck
    Happy Crafting
    Carole xXx


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