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Let's Get Shakin'!

Last month I taught some friends how to make shaker cards. They were so wowed by how the shaker cards looked but were a little nervous to make one because they thought they would be hard. After they made their first card one of them said, "These are actually really easy!" It's so true! Shaker cards look cool and are actually easy to make, especially using our Close to My Heart 3-D foam stripes and squares. Here's how:



3-D Foam Strips
Overhead Transparencies
Fillers such as mini beads, punches, confetti, sand, glitter, etc.


  1. Plan your shaker box for your card or scrapbook layout. I start by choosing what I want to show in the window and then work from there. Stamp your focal point that will show through the window and set it aside
  2. Cut a “window” out of contrasting cardstock or paper to make a frame for your shaker box.
  3. Cut your overhead transparency to be the same size as your frame. 
  4. This step is important - attach the transparency to the backside of the shaker box frame. The transparency is supposed to be between the cardstock and foam squares. This is where sometimes get mixed up and accidentally attach the transparency after the 3-D foam strips instead of before.
  5. Use 3-d Foam Strips to line the outside edges of the shaker box right around the opening. Close to My Heart's 3-D foam is so nice because it comes with both strips and squares of different sizes to accommodate the size and shape of the shaker box.
  1. Put your chosen filler inside the box. You can use any of our My Accents beads or sequins, confetti, micro beads, sand etc.
  2. Peel off the adhesive cover from the foam strips.
  3. Carefully attach the focal point to the back of the shaker box. Attach the shaker box to your card or scrapbook layout and you're done!

Here are some more shaker card examples:

Winter Shaker Card

Spring Shaker Card

Summer Shaker Card

Fall Shaker Card



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