In the world of card making there is one type of card that is hard to get just right. You might think you have it nailed, but then just at the last minute before gluing, you start to doubt yourself and you end up starting over from scratch. Many a card maker has been there, with the daunting task of the teenage boy card ahead of you.
Luckily I got my hands on the Kaisercraft Sandy Toes collection and after much thought and care, I have created the perfect teenage boy cards. It was actually rather easy, given the cool colors and beachy theme of this collection.
My card opens like a book with a small spine, and inside is a shaker card window. It’s a fun twist to put the shaker on the inside rather than the front. The result is a card that looks special but doesn’t take a lot of time to create. I’ve put together a shaker card tutorial for you, so let’s get started.
To begin, cut your card base to 8 ¼” x 5 ½”. Create a ¼” spine on your card by scoring at 4” in from either side on the long edge. Fold along the score lines and create your card.
Cut another piece of patterned paper to 4” x 5 ½”. Use a punch, metal die, or electronic die cutting machine to cut any shape you’d like out of this inside piece. In my example I used a scalloped circle. This creates your shaker window.
Cut a piece of acrylic to fit around the window. Place glue on the backside of your window, close to the cut out shape. Lay the acrylic onto the glue and adhere the acrylic to the card piece.
Using foam dimensional tape, place tape around the shaped window. This part won’t be seen so it doesn’t have to be pretty, but make sure the seams where your tape meets have no gaps. You don’t want your shaker pieces to fly out when you shake it. Leave the tape backing on as you fill your shaker window.
Pour glitter, sand, beads, sequins, or whatever you would like into the shaker window being careful to not get any outside of the edges of the foam tape box you’ve created. I used white glitter, Teresa Collins sequins and some of the die cut shells from the Kaisercraft Sandy Toes Collectables pack.
Once your window is filled, it’s time to enclose your shaker window. You will leave the filled shaker window face up and place the card base onto the adhesive. Peel off the foam tape backing and lay the card base onto the sticky part of the foam. Figuring out which side of the card to lay onto the adhesive is tricky, so make sure you double check before adhering.
Now you can decorate the front of your card and add stickers from the Kaisercraft Sandy Toes collection to the inside of the card as well. I also added some twine elements to the front of my cards. You can hop to my blog Bits & Pieces Paper Lab for tips on using twine on your projects.