Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday Trends / TSG Tips & Tricks: Danielle

What is Wednesday Trends / TSG Tips & Tricks? Every Wednesday the featured Trendsetter will either share a stamping trend that they love or will show you new ways to use their favorite TSG stamp sets! I hope you are inspired by this tutorial, and that you will try it out for yourself! :)

Hello everyone! Danielle here. One of my favorite technique-y cards to make is one with a shaker box on it. I love 'em... especially the shaking part. I thought I would share a step by step look at how I make a shaker card!

Step 1: Make a frame for the shaker box. For my sample I used two Nestabilites dies and a piece of Aqua Mist cardstock. I layered the dies on my cardstock and taped in place (making sure to place the tape on an area of the cardstock I would be discarding). I then ran it through my die cutting machine and had a perfect frame. You can also use a paper trim, cut a rectangle and then cut another smaller rectangle within the first one.

Step 2: Cut a piece of acetate and a piece of white cardstock slightly smaller than the frame. Since my front piece was just a bit over 3" x 3" I cut my pieces that size and rounded the corners, otherwise they would have shown a bit. (*Note - after cutting my front piece I ran it through my die cutting machine a second time using an embossing folder).

Step 3: Stamp an image on your white cardstock base and color.
Step 4: Create a *wall*. I use foam dimensional tape adhered to the base layer to create my wall. Tip - use the "window" portion of the front frame as a guide for dimensional tape placement. Note - since my foam dimensional tape was a bit too wide I cut it in half. I also added a second layer (not shown in this picture) to make the box a bit deeper.

Step 5: Add some shaker filling. I used carrot seeds. Yup - I had some leftover seeds from the container garden I planted and thought they would be perfect for this project. :)
Step 6: Remove backing from the foam and add the acetate. Trim off excess acetate from the edges.
Step 7: Add the front frame. Woot! The shaker box is done. :)


Last step: Decorate the shaker box and add to your decorated card base. :) For mine I tied a bit of jute around the box and then added a little birdie. I mounted the shaker box on the decorated card base with a few dimensionals.

But wait there is one last step.... shake, shake SHAKE!!! *hee hee* :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope I inspired you a little bit!


  1. Danielle that is gorgeous. Looks great with that stamp set and the carrot seeds. I haven't made one in many years but I really should again. My mind is ticking over with ideas. TFS!

  2. this is amazing and the seed idea for the shaker part is brilliant. love the images you used too.

  3. Thank you for a great tutorial! Where do you buy the acetate? Can you find it at Michaels?

  4. super cool! thanks for the great tutorial!


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