Hi there! This is Karen, from Close To My Heart, and I’m back this month to share a little more creative inspiration to shake up your creativity! Today, we’ll be focusing on a project that’s taken the crafting world by storm—shaker cards! This sequin technique is a great way to add some extra sparkle (literally!) to any card and can even be used in scrapbook layouts!

Close To My Heart SCT shaker card 1

To get started, you’ll need to break out the scissors and cut a few pieces of your favorite patterned paper. To create the card shown here, you’ll need:

1 – 3″ white circle

1 – 3″ die cut circle (we used a Close To My Heart Stitched Circle Thin Cut metal die)

1 – 4″ x 2¼” piece

1 – 4″ x 3″ piece (preferably a different pattern than the first one) 🙂

1 – 4″ x ½” piece (you’ll get to use three of your favorites in this project!)

Close To My Heart SCT shaker card 2

You’ll also need a plain white card for your base; for this project, we used a 4¼” × 5½” card.

Once you’ve got your paper cut, you’ll need some sparkly sequins, a 3″ acetate circle, and some 3-D foam tape. The foam tape and acetate circle can be purchased separately, or you can find them in a handy kit made specifically for shaker cards on the Close To My Heart website!

Close To My Heart SCT shaker card 3

Now that you have your pieces cut and your materials gathered, you can begin constructing your card! First, take your 4″ x 2¼” piece of patterned paper and attach it to your plain card with your adhesive of choice, centering it at the top. Because the card itself is a tad larger than the patterned pieces, you should leave a tiny bit of white space at the top, bottom, and sides.

Next, you’ll attach the 4″ x ½” piece right underneath the 4″ x 2¼” piece. Attach the 4″ x 3″ piece underneath the 4″ x ½” piece.

Now it’s time for a little stamping! Using your favorite color, stamp your sentiment in the center of your 3″ white circle and allow time for the ink to dry.  Once your ink has dried, you’ll want to take some precautions against static.

Gently take an anti-static tool or a dryer sheet and rub the surface of the paper in gentle, circular motions. Do the same to your acetate circle. This will help the sequins to move freely in your shaker window. (Make sure to be gentle, or you might smudge your ink!)

Once you’ve stamped and static-proofed your 3″ circle, attach it over the patterned pieces on your card. Then, take your foam tape and place it carefully along the edges of the circle. If you’re using individual pieces of tape, try to place them as close together as possible to keep the sequins inside. Now it’s time to add the magic!

Close To My Heart SCT shaker card 4

Gently sprinkle a few sequins onto the center of the 3″ circle, inside the foam tape. Carefully place your acetate circle over the foam tape and press down firmly to attach it.

Close To My Heart SCT shaker card 5

To finish it off, take your 3″ die cut circle and attach it to the acetate circle so the foam tape is no longer visible. You can also attach any additional complements you’d like, and voila! Your shaker card is complete!

Close To My Heart SCT shaker card 6

We hope you enjoyed this shaker card tutorial, and we’d love to help you incorporate this technique into your own crafts! To help with this, we’ll be giving away the Shaker Window Foam and Acetate kits, PLUS the Stitched Circle Die-Cut to five lucky readers!

For an opportunity to win, be sure to comment below by midnight ET on July 18th, 2019! Good luck!

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Thank you Karen for sharing this sweet card and the ease at which you created it!

Last month Close To My Heart joined us with this gorgeous layout below and gave away five sets of their Mix-Ins paper and cardstock packs to five lucky SCT readers!

The five randomly selected winners are…..

  1. This is such a pretty layout! It’s amazing that such a simple technique can be so dramatic. I’ll be trying this for sure! ~ mroberts3 May 18, 2019 at 12:28 pm
  2. Such a great layout.. will definitely try this technique!! ~ Michelle P. May 18, 2019 at 6:29 pm
  3. What a lovely layout. I like the woven background. I’m told CT!H papers are really great quality, but I have not had used any myself. So awesome giveaway ❤️ ~  Nina Oelke May 18, 2019 at 9:49 pm
  4. I love this weaved background and how the layout looks! I saved a photo of this for inspiration for myself down the road. I love CMTH products and I’m so grateful to have a chance to win today’s price! ~ Amber M. May 19, 2019 at 11:15 am
  5. Love this technique, I have done a layout using the same technique before!!! Love your new paper packs! Just ordered one from a crop I attended on NSD with Brae Montgomery (featured in your layout!) ❤️❤️❤️ ~ Amanda McFadden May 20, 2019 at 8:25 pm

Congratulations ladies! Please send us your full name, address and telephone number to ideas@scrapbookandcards.com and we will share that with our friends at Close To My Heart and they will send these prizes out to you!

Have a wonderful Saturday. If you’re in Canada, please enjoy a lovely long weekend!