Let’s shake things up

There’s something delightful about seeing glitter, sequins or beads move when you shake a card. It’s like those snow domes at the souvenir store… everyone wants to shake them.  Would you believe me if I told you that shaker cards are one of the easiest interactive cards to make? Guides honor! (Yes, I was a Girl Guide!) They are super easy!

Shaking things up just got even easier

Stampin’ Up! obviously shares our love of shaker cards and has included 3 stamp sets, a punch, and a die set all designed to help you make fabulous easy shaker cards.  There are also different style two shaker domes plus elements to go inside.

It’s enough to make me sing a little Taylor Swift…”Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, I shake it up, I shake it up.” (Okay, so I changed the words. It’s called poetic license.) (Every time I sing this I think of The Rock performing this on Lip Sync Battle… hilarious!)

More shake for your buck

We all love being able to use our dies with more than one stamp set and that’s exactly what you can do with the Snow Globe Scenes diesShake it up with this Still Scenes Shaker Card #shakercard #handmadecard #stillsscenes #stampinup

This beautiful die set not only coordinates with the gorgeous Still Scenes Stamp set (page 58) it is the perfect partner for the new Zoo Globe stamp set (p54).   This is such a fun stamp set that can be used with or without the snow globe shaker dome! Take a look!

Shake it up with this Zoo Globe Card #shakercard #handmadecard #zooglobe #stampinup

Between these two sets, you’ve got Christmas, kids and birthdays covered!

Of course, you could mix things up and create a crystal ball with the shaker domes or even a fishbowl.   You can even mix it with other stamps that fit inside the domes as I have with this unicorn from the retired Leave a Little Sparkle. The possibilities are endless.

Shake it up with this Unicorn Shaker Card made with the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set #shakercard #handmadecard #leavealittlesparkle #stampinup

The Hippo Happiness (p49) and Zany Zebras (page 104) would look great in these domes too – so many options

Shake the jar

If you don’t have a die cutting machine and still want to make shaker cards, you simply must check out the Jar of Flowers Bundle.  This bundle has a fabulous reversible stamp set and matching jar punch.  There are coordinating Mason jar shaker domes sold separately.

Again, you can team it with a different stamp set like I’ve done here with Snowman Season and Celebrate Sunflowers:

Shake it up with this Snowman Season Shaker Card #shakercard #handmadecard #snowmanseason #stampinup

Shake it up with this Celebrate Sunflowers Shaker Card #shakercard #handmadecard #celebrateSunflowers #masonjar #stampinup





Old school shaker options.

If neither the shaker dome options appeal, you can make your own shaker card using Window Sheets, Foam Adhesive Strips, and whatever stamp set and die or punch takes your fancy.  Take a look:

Shake it up with this By The Dock Shaker Card #shakercard #handmadecard #ByTheDock #stampinup

This By the Dock Card uses both sequins, stamped and die-cut images as the shaker elements. Those little frogs are super cute! The boat and oars move around too.

Instead of Window Sheets (Acetate), you can use clear envelopes to keep your shaker elements contained and you can add a liquid element too.  I experimented with hair gel, Gyclerine and a few drops of ink refill in this Whale Done shaker card.

Shake it up with this Whale Done Shaker Card #shakercard #handmadecard #WhaleDone #stampinup

The glitter and sequins ooze slowly around the frame like the thick water in the old fashioned snow globes. Some people use hand sanitizer instead of hair gel but that’s a little expensive. Cheap hair gel does the job perfectly for a fraction of the cost. It’s super cool technique!

What should use to fill your shaker card?

There are so many options available in Stampin’ Up! ‘s 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue! Most are featured on pages 157 and 158.

And of course, you should always check the clearance rack for sequins and trinkets, you never know what you might find. Trinkets, buttons, glitter and sequins are all great shaker elements.  Remember, you can use stamped images or die cuts or punched shapes to fill your shaker too.

There are more options coming on 4th August 2020 in the new 2020 August-December mini catalogue too!

Think outside the catalogue…

Don’t think you are restricted to just specialized shaker elements. Take a look around your house and see what you can find to fill your shakers.

Over the years, my shaker cards have contained:

  • buttons and safety pins
  • punched cardstock
  • little metal clogs
  • bells
  • small nuts, bolts and screws
  • clean sand
  • tinsel cut finely
  • tiny shells
  • dirt (that’s right washed and dried dirt from the garden),
  • confetti
  • small beads
  • dried orange, cloves & cinnamon sticks
  • tea leaves
  • seeds
  • gum nuts
  • m&m’s or smarties
  • hard sugar candy
  • whole spices including pepper, coriander seeds, mustard & poppy seeds
  • Star Anise
  • dried lavender and potpourri
  • even, coffee beans.

So as you can see, almost anything that that shakes is a potential shaker element.

This was a long post, wasn’t it? I’m sure you’ll forgive me since I covered so many shaker card ideas.

Here’s a recap of the products I talked about:

Simply click on the picture above to add the item to your online shopping cart. (Remember to take advantage of Bonus Days when you order before 3rd August!)

This comprehensive list gives you a good starting point to create your own shaker cards. I can’t wait to see what you create! If you need any more information or have questions, comment below, or contact me.

Until next time… Happy Creating!




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