Die Cut Shaker

by Jeanne Jachna

Use dies to create a scenic shaker frame.


  • Cardstock
  • Adhesive craft foam sheet (colored adhesive-backed craft foam used here)
  • Strong glue (Ranger Multi Medium Matte used here)
  • Transparency sheet (Unibind Thermal Steel Crystal Soft Cover Report Covers used here)
  • Dies for the frame, scene and optional base (used here: Top Dog Dies Polar Bear Die Set, Mini Tags Die Set, Onesie Dress Die, Penguin Die Set, Pocket Page Winter Die Set; Memory Box Studio Circle Layers)
  • Filler for the shaker (glitter, beads, sequins, small die cuts or punches, etc.)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (used here: Pretty Pink Posh sequins and mini beads, Twinery Twine, May Arts ribbon, Waltzingmouse Stamps Nutcracker Sweet stamp set)


  1. Step 1

    Choose three dies that fit inside each other. They can be any size or shape. Punches could also be used.

    For the sample, a scallop circle and two smaller circles were used. (The scallop is 3 3/8", the circles are 2 3/8"and 2 3/4".)

  2. Step 2

    Cut the largest shape from cardstock - this will be the back of the shaker.

  3. Step 3

    Create a frame by placing your smallest nesting shape inside the largest shape on your die cutting plate. Secure the dies before cutting, as two identical cuts need to be made.


    A magnetic plate will hold the dies in place so they don’t need to be secured with tape.

  4. Cut a frame from cardstock for your shaker front, and cut the same size frame from an adhesive foam sheet to create the shaker element.

    Die cut the middle-sized shape from clear acetate – this will be the shaker window.

  5. Step 4

    To create a scene for the inside of the shaker, cut the middle-sized shape from colored cardstock.

  6. To make a landscape cut a border in two different shades of cardstock. Tape the two layers together and die cut with the large circle. Adhere together, and add this layer to the card base cut in step 2.

    Place the die over the pattern so you can see how it will appear in the window. When you are satisfied, tape the circle in place and die cut. For a finished look be sure to have the right side of the die cut face down.

  7. Step 5

    Adhere the inner foam frame to the base with adhesive paper faced up, using strong adhesive. Place an acrylic block or other weight over the piece and allow time for it to dry completely.

    A liquid adhesive allows extra time for placement of the foam layer.

  8. Step 6

    Die cut other images and finish the scene inside the frame.

  9. Step 7

    Add filler for your shaker inside the frame.

  10. Step 8

    Remove paper to expose foam adhesive. Place acetate transparency over open window to secure sprinkles inside.

  11. Step 9

    Place cardstock frame over exposed foam adhesive. Finish decorating the tag as you like.

  12. Step 10 (Optional)

    To add a base for a snow globe tag, you can be creative with dies you already have. This is a dress die trimmed to look like a snow globe base.

  13. Step 11

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Die Cut Shaker. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Simple, colorful, charming! What a great card.
Pam Garrett  |  Wed Nov 4, 2015 at 7:25 AM
I love it So cute. Why do you use the medium die cut on the acetate? why not the same size as the "frame"
Debbie Mildwurm  |  Wed Nov 4, 2015 at 8:32 AM
Well done.
Estamps  |  Wed Nov 4, 2015 at 9:19 AM
I love your tutorial. Just curious as to where you get the sheets of adhesive foam?? Thx
Kathy Burgess  |  Wed Nov 4, 2015 at 9:51 AM
Kathy - I picked up sheets of adhesive foam at Michaels, think fun foam. They were $.89 for a full sheet, and they came in a small variety of colors. Another options would be to use fun foam without adhesive and run it through a sticker maker, leave the protective paper layer on the back and then die cut. I'd never cut the fun foam with my dies before, and it was a breeze.
lori  |  Wed Nov 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM
OMG would never have thought of fun foam! And I am in Michaels at least once a week. Will head there tomorrow and try the shaker card. Thx again for the info.
Kathy Burgess  |  Wed Nov 4, 2015 at 10:24 AM
If your sequins are thicker or if your scene has dimension, I think you could stack 2 layers of the foam for extra depth. smile
lori  |  Wed Nov 4, 2015 at 10:27 AM
Your tutorial really cleared up the mystery of shaker cards for me! I have forever struggled with the sizes of all the layers, and things showing that shouldn't be, etc. Your instructions are so clear and simple, a big fat light bulb finally went off over my head as I UNDERSTOOD shaker card construction! Thank you!
nicole  |  Wed Nov 4, 2015 at 12:24 PM
Thank you for this awesome tutorial....great step by steps. Love the idea of using the craft sheet, will make my Christmas card so much easier than cutting tape and squishing it to fit. Off to Michaels I go!
Kristine  |  Wed Nov 4, 2015 at 5:21 PM
Debbie, the medium die is used for the acetate because it makes the window just larger than the opening but not large enough to cover up all the adhesive on the foam. You need a border of adhesive to adhere the cardstock frame on top.
dina  |  Tue Nov 10, 2015 at 9:47 AM
Your tutorial was so helpful, thanks so much. I would like to know where did you get the sequins. Mine are a little too big. Thanks for your help.
Anne Matthews  |  Fri Nov 13, 2015 at 1:33 PM
I get my sequins at Pretty Pink Posh. They have different sizes 6 mm and 4 mm and are acrylic. They also carry micro beads that you can put in your shaker.
Jeanne Jachna  |  Sat Nov 14, 2015 at 12:17 PM
Just love this card but I can not find a die that is 3 3/8. Can you tell me who makes one. Thank you so much.
Barbara Matecko  |  Sun Nov 15, 2015 at 7:36 AM
The measurements don't have to be exact, Barbara - do you have 3 circles that nest together?
dina  |  Sun Nov 15, 2015 at 7:37 AM
Thx for the tutorial. I will post my card.
Kathy Burgess  |  Sun Nov 15, 2015 at 6:15 PM
Thank you so much for the quick response. Yes, I do have 3 that nest together and I will try them. I just love this card and want it to be perfect. Again, thank you. Take care
Barbara Matecko  |  Mon Nov 16, 2015 at 7:02 AM
Thank you a great tutorial
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