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Create Faux Shaker Cards for Winter

Here, in Colorado, we have been praying for moisture and were blessed with about ten inches of snow this week. As I watched the blowing snowflakes outside my craft room window, I felt a desire to make a few wintery shaker cards. Rather than the traditional thick shakers, I decided to make a few faux shakers that are much easier to mail and fun to make.

On both cards, I used a Fancy Flakes layered die set which consists of an intricate snowflake background and a piercing die. I love how you can use these together or separately to create a card background.

My thank you card was a simple design with the snowflake background adhered to acetate atop pattern paper. Instead of using thick foam tape for my shaker card, I adhered the snowflake sequins in place and used some very thin foam tape to adhere the layers.

I chose to use foam tape over glue because I added quite a few sequins to my background, and I didn’t want any little ridges or bumps in the acetate where those sequins are. If I had used fewer sequins, I could have stuck them two layers together with adhesive for a thinner card, but it is still thinner than a traditional shaker.

This layered thank you sentiment was cut from vellum, white cardstock, and a blue belle cardstock. I adhered it to the card with a small sticker sentiment. I also added a few vellum snowflakes to the design to give a soft snowy feel.

On the second card, I used distress oxide inks and frosted crystal embossing powder to create that beautiful background. The background was adhered directly to white glitter paper to which I added clay bits and sequins.

To create the look of the imitation shaker card, I tucked them underneath the background giving the illusion of shaken bits behind the background. At the base of the card, I added a strip of pattern paper and a beautifully layered anemone.

Now, I know that the purpose for creating the faux shakers was so that card wasn’t as thick as a traditional shaker, but, if you have watched any of my card tutorials, you know that I love adding lots of layers to my designs. 💙

If you want a thinner flower, you can easily build one without the foam tape and shaping. This flower die has some gorgeous embossing to it and looks just as stunning without all the bulk.

If you would like to see how each of these cards came together, I have a video tutorial for you to enjoy.

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These cards were a joy to create with their soft wintery feel and bits of shimmer. I hope that you enjoyed today’s project and were inspired to create a few faux shaker cards of your own.

If you have any questions about this project or the supplies I used today, feel free to leave me a comment below.

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