Rose Garden Shaker Card – Tutorial

I promised earlier this week that I would share a tutorial with you on one of the shaker cards we created at the card class earlier this week.  I’ll try to be as clear and succinct as possible 🙂

First let me show you the completed card!

completed rose shaker card


And a close up shot!

close up of completed rose shaker card

The card base is Basic Black and cut @  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored along the long side at 4-1/4″, to create a folded 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (A2) card.  Since you can’t use a regular pen to write on black cardstock I like to add a layer of Whisper White cardstock to the inside of the card.  This piece is cut to 4-1/16″ x 5-5/16″.

step 1 card base and inside layer

The next step is cutting a piece of white cardstock (I used Whisper White but Shimmery White would work better) at 3-15/16″ x 5-3/16″ to stamp your large rose image on in Archival Basic Black ink, from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  TIPS: for stamping with Archival Black Ink – Clean the stamp with your Stampin’ Scrub first.  Then ink up the image and stamp image on white cardstock without delay.  I find if you fuss too long to line up the image over your paper, the ink starts to dry on the stamp and you won’t get a clear image. Also ensure the following, you have a Pierce Mat under your paper and you apply even pressure over all areas of your image.  Be sure not to press too hard around the edges of the image to avoid stamping a ‘halo’.

step 2 stamped coloured image

Colour the image using ink refills and an Aquapainter.  I used Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi for this card. Set aside to dry.

Next, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4-1/16″ x 5-5/16″ and a piece of Gold Foil Paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the Rose Garden Thinlits and the Big Shot, die cut the large rose image from both these pieces.  When die cutting the white cardstock be sure that you have enough space around all edges to add foam adhesive strips in behind without showing outside the edges.

step 3 die in big shot


The sandwich for this is the Big Shot Platform with the tabs closed (or the new Platform with the spacer tab on it), the Precision Plate, your cardstock, your thinlit die (make sure the metal edge is facing down) and finally your cutting pad.

step 6 brush removing gold foil die cuts

Use the new Big Shot Die Brush and Foam Pad to gently remove the die cut Rose image from the thinlit.  Be sure to save your Gold Foil paper bits as the smaller pieces are perfect to add in the Shaker card.

You will be using the negative space of the White cardstock for this card and the die cut rose from the Gold Foil paper.

Next cut a piece of Window Sheet to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and adhere in behind the Whisper White negative die cut cardstock using Tombow Mono Adhesive.  Then going back to the front of the Whisper White cardstock, add the die cut Gold Foil Rose to the front of the card using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  This will fit into the negative image space of the White die cut cardstock.  You do need to be careful so as not to get glue all over your Window Sheet with this step.  TIP: A drop of Lemon Essential Oil on Kleenex helps remove adhesive from smooth, non-porous surfaces such as a Window Sheet. Be careful not to rub on Gold Foil paper as it will remove the Gold colouring.

step 8 foil white and window

Your next step is to add the awesome new Foam Adhesive Strips on the backside of the window sheet.  The best way to get this to mould to the fine curves of the image, is by removing the liner on the adhesive strip (just don’t handle the sticky part too much or you’ll remove the stickiness).   Then using the Embossing Buddy, rub around the inside of the Foam Adhesive on the Window Sheet to help prevent your shaker items from sticking to the edges once the card is assembled.  I use Kleenex to wipe up excess powder from the embossing buddy from the Window Sheet so it is clear.  Double up some Stampin’ Dimensionals and add them to the corners to the card has consistent dimension to it.

step 9 foam step

Normally with a shaker card you will add your items to the inside area of the foam strips but since we need to line up the die cut window image to the hand stamped layer we created earlier, we will need to carefully add the shaker material on the stamped image piece.  For this card I used the smaller leftover Gold Foil pieces and the Metallics Sequin Assortment embellishments.  Keep it on the stamped area and you should be fine.

step 10 shaker embellishments

Next remove any liners left on your Foam Adhesive Strips and Stampin’ Dimensionals and lining up the die cut image with your stamped image, adhere the two pieces together.

step 11a  top to stamped image

Hand stamp a sentiment onto a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock, 7/8″ x 3-5/8″, using Archival Basic Black ink and trim the end into a banner shape using your Paper Snips.  Add some Fast Fuse adhesive to each end of your banner, gently add the right side down to your card, gently ‘pucker’ the cardstock so it is not flat to the card front and adhere the left side down to your card front. I also added a few Sequins from the Metallics Sequin Asst to the card front as well.

step 12 sentiment applied

Last but not least, apply adhesive to the back of your completed card front layer and attach to your Basic Black card base.

step 13 adhere shaker layer to base

Your shaker card is complete.  I hope this makes you more confident in creating one yourself.  Once you do one, you will see how fun and easy they can be!


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