Shaker Card

by Beate Johns

This is a fun and easy way to shake things up a little. smile


  • Cardstock, for frame
  • Acetate Window sheet or other acetate such as overhead transparencies, a little bit (1/8") smaller then your frame
  • Die Cut Templates, Spellbinders Pumpkin Nestabilities™
  • Patterned Paper, or light colored cardstock for back of shaker
  • Glitter, sand or small beads for shaker mix (Chunky Crystal used here)
  • Mounting Tape
  • Strong Adhesive, Crystal Effects™ used here
  • Ink and Sponges, optional
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Use die templates to cut a frame out of cardstock.

  2. Hint:
    You can also use punches or a paper cutter to create a frame.

  3. Step 2

    Use the larger die to cut the acetate and patterned paper to the same size as the frame.

  4. Step 3 (Optional)

    Sponge or stamp the frame if needed.

  5. Step 4

    Apply strong adhesive to the back of the frame.

  6. Place acetate over your frame. Let dry.

  7. Step 5

    Cut the mounting tape into thin strips.

  8. Step 6

    Create a frame with the mounting tape strips.

  9. Make sure you leave no gaps between the strips where your shaker card "filling" might escape through.

    The mounting tape is flexible and easy to form into shape if you take the paper backing off before adhering it to your frame.

  10. Step 7

    Add glitter or other filling carefully to the shaker card frame.

    If you need a higher frame for your filling because of the filling thickness, add another layer of mounting tape over this one.

  11. Step 8

    Line patterned paper up face down over your frame. Press down.

  12. Step 9

    Your shaker is done.

  13. Finish your card.



    Coluzzle it
    Try using your coluzzle to make round and oval windows.

    Punch it
    Use punches to create a differently-shaped window.

    Shaker boxes
    Find or purchase templates to make shaker boxes.

    More shaker
    Try doubling the mounting tape (two layers) for adding bigger shaker items. Be creative, the possibilities are endless for different shaker items to accompany your card themes!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Shaker Card. 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.

At last a simple way! I tried using foam core and it was a pain - now I know to use mounting tape. I was using packing tape instead of acetate and so I had to use something to counteract the sticky and then couldn't see through the I think I'll make one that will actually look nice. Thanks SCS!
Diane McGovern  |  Wed Jul 9, 2008 at 8:10 PM
I just love this tutorial. What a great job!!
Nancy  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 7:37 PM
Oh my gosh that is so stinkin cute!!! LOVE IT!!
Cristena Bagne  |  Sun Aug 17, 2008 at 9:13 PM
I need a good tutorial on using acetate paper. I took at class at Archiver's and now I want and need more. Could someone direct me where to search of perhaps one of you who have used acetate paper could send me a little tutorial on it. Thanks bunches.
Monica Blattner  |  Sat Aug 23, 2008 at 10:46 AM
I've made some shaker cards using the plastic bubble packaging that so many things (including scrapbooking supplies) come in. If you buy something in a plastic bubble that's stapled or glued to a cardboard backing make sure you open it carefully and keep hold of the plastic for mounting onto your card later. The plastic comes in all shapes and sizes and lets you get really creative with what you use for your shaker material.
GennaG  |  Wed Oct 8, 2008 at 2:36 PM
thanks for made something that may seem like a lot of work into something easy and fairly quick! Great job!! smile
nikki  |  Thu Oct 9, 2008 at 5:28 AM
Wow what a cool technique and kids of all ages will love this. I am learning lots for all your tutorials and blog. Keep up the good work!
skitter  |  Thu Oct 9, 2008 at 5:32 AM
Love your design and directions. My problem has been the fill sticks to the mounting tape. Any suggestions?
Evelyn Kraft  |  Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 6:36 AM
To prevent the filler in your shaker cards from sticking to the sides of the mounting tape, just run your embossing buddy along the sides of the tape. The powder makes the sides of the tape "unsticky".
Donna  |  Tue Feb 10, 2009 at 11:14 AM
Thanks for the step-by-step! You've made it look so simple.
Stampinak  |  Mon Aug 31, 2009 at 7:40 PM
Lovely card and very clear video tutorial.
Eveline van Heijst  |  Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 6:13 AM
I am sooo loving your pumpkin shaker card, Beate!! Fabulous tutorial too!! Thank you!! (I need to add these dies to my ever-growing list).
Rose Ann  |  Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 1:51 PM
I love this idea, but I ran into the problem of the glitter because of static sticking to the acetate. Any suggestions??
Angie  |  Tue Nov 10, 2009 at 3:14 PM
Angie, Try rubbing your embossing buddy over the acetate before adding fine glitter. If you don't have an embossing buddy, try a dryer sheet.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Tue Nov 10, 2009 at 3:23 PM
Hi thanks for the tutorial... I finally made a card with your help.
Rekha  |  Wed Oct 13, 2010 at 4:20 AM
Has anyone been successful using their SU 2 1/2 punch with acetate paper? My punch jams up; I think the acetate is too thin.

Marsha Williams  |  Sat Aug 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM
Love making shaker cards! I found an unused dryer sheet is great for wiping off the plastic to keep the shakers from clinging to it. I use purchased shaker pouches but it should work on any plastic.
Nan Cee  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 7:09 AM
Great shaker card thans for the ideas
marlene geiger  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM
I don't understand how you use bubble wrap for this technique. Can someone explain? I have lots of it ...
kkmack  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 12:39 PM
Hi kkmack - we didn't use bubble wrap for this technique - do you know where you saw that being used? I've never seen that so if you have a link, let us know!
lydia  |  Wed Feb 18, 2015 at 12:56 PM

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