Liquid Shaker Card

by Lindsay Adreon

Capture the sparkle of the ocean in this updated gel card tutorial.


  • Zip closure baggie
  • Hair gel (clear works best)
  • Tape adhesive
  • Liquid colorant (optional - Dr. Ph. Martins Liquid Watercolor used here)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Cardstock
  • Frame for shaker (Kat Scrappiness Wood Grain Frame Die used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (used here: Joy Clair Stamps Baby Shark Stamp Set, Craftin Desert Divas Ocean Border Dies, Die Cutting Machine, Distress Ink Minis, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Flag Banner Dies, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Dick Blick Studio Brush Markers)


  1. Step 1 (Optional)

    Apply color to the panel that will be layered behind the shaker. Liquid watercolor was applied to a watercolor paper panel here.

  2. Step 2

    Fill a plastic baggie with hair gel. Be sure to have enough gel to spread and fill the opening of the shaker frame.

  3. Step 3

    Add liquid colorant to hair gel and mix in the baggie (liquid watercolors were used here - reinkers or watercolor powders would also work).

  4. Step 4

    Mix in any solid additives to hair gel. Glitter was added here - sequins or mica flakes might be other choices.

  5. Step 5

    After sealing bag securely, fold down the top (and sides if needed) to fit behind the shaker frame. Use tape adhesive to secure.

  6. Step 6

    Tape the shaker baggie closed to ensure no leakage occurs.

  7. Step 7

    Using tape adhesive, adhere frame to shaker bag.

  8. Step 8

    Using foam tape adhere the frame and shaker bag to the colored panel.

  9. Step 9

    Complete the card.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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This is soooooo cute! Absolutely love it, Lindsay!! What a fun card! TFS
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Jun 5, 2019 at 4:03 AM
Lindsay... this is so cool and fun! I love your tutorial and will have to try it! Thanks for sharing it.
Helen Gullett  |  Wed Jun 5, 2019 at 5:59 AM
I love learning new things and here we are! Yay!
My days of hair gel are over, but I can certainly go get some. I wont have to be worried about how it actually holds my hair! Another case of using something for craft reasons!
Wavejumper  |  Wed Jun 5, 2019 at 6:41 AM
Love this technique - and your card. Haven't done in it years, but seeing your card, hair gel is on my shopping list for today. Thanks for sharing!
casmiles  |  Wed Jun 5, 2019 at 10:24 AM
Nice job. Haven't made one of these in eons Way back about 36 yrs (number of yrs I've been stamping) We also used our food saver machines or food sealing machines to make the liquid even more safe and sealed so the gel wouldn't come squirting our during shipping. smile
Robin Moore  |  Wed Jun 5, 2019 at 11:23 AM
PS. You can buy the gel in blue color, it's the cheap kind you can find at Wal-farts and even at Dollar Tree, this way it's already colored blue and you don't need to add anything else to the gel, We use to put sequins and a tad of glitter in the gel and have it float around. All you OG Stampers out there know what I mean. wink
Robin Moore  |  Wed Jun 5, 2019 at 11:29 AM
Love Love this card, I never thought to use hair gel, though I believe I have heard of it before. I am definitely going to give this a try, as soon as I get some hair gel smile Thanks for sharing this idea it looks like a really fun card!
Elizabeth Bailey  |  Wed Jun 5, 2019 at 7:33 PM
I didn't buy hair gel. I used hand sanitizer and added a few drops of blue reinker! Worked fine.
muscrat  |  Wed Jun 5, 2019 at 8:17 PM
I saw my bottle of sunburn gel and thought that would've worked well and its already blue!
muscrat  |  Wed Jun 5, 2019 at 8:19 PM
my first attempt was a lot of fun, a learning experience. It was first posting to my own gallery. I couldn't find the gallery for this tutorial. I made a Father's Day Card for my 89 year old father. He will love it.
Linda  |  Mon Jun 10, 2019 at 8:14 AM
Hi Linda! You can upload your card to the Gel Cards gallery. Sorry for the confusion!
dina  |  Mon Jun 10, 2019 at 8:49 AM
This is such a cool technique. I've used it for a project to make with my friends and I'm looking forward to sharing it with them. Thanks so much for teaching us this!
Stampnnatter  |  Fri Jul 5, 2019 at 5:17 AM

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