Dare to shake it!

Happy Friday crafty people! I hope you’re having a good week? I’ve been keeping busy although my crafty mojo is missing in action so I’ve been mostly making routine cards for Etsy orders. However I did enjoy playing around to make my card for today’s Daring Cardmaker Challenge where Rizwana asks us to make any project with a shaker element.

I recently received a die set from Ali Express (I think I ordered it months ago and with everything going on it took ages to arrive so it was a lovely surprise as I’d forgotten all about it!). The die is for a gnome wearing a bee suit….. how could I resist?! To go with the bee theme I chose to use some honey comb patterned paper and some hexagon cutting dies for the windows. I used some acetate packaging to make the windows and a selection of 3d pads to make the shaker elements. I thought it might be helpful to show the “inside” of the shaker elements if people are new to making shaker projects.

Thank goodness that is all covered up! For inside the shakers I used two nuvo sequins (ice white and acqua aurora) and nuvo confetti in rainbow quartz triangles.

I used the honeycomb patterned paper for inside the windows and the reverse of the paper was a lovely pale blue paper so I used that for the front. Here is the final card….

Thank you so much for visiting the blog, I hope you will buzz on over to the Daring Cardmakers Challenge to see all the other design team projects and share your own shaker project.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) xx


Shaker card

Happy Wednesday crafty people!  I hope you are having a fab week.  I’m back today with my contribution to the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge Blog which today has a new challenge to make a shaker card.  I haven’t made any of these for a while (I must admit I find them a bit of a faff!) so I ad a rummage in my stash and dug out my acetate and and 3d sticky pads and got going.

There are lots of tutorials on youtube but I thought I would share how I put together my card in case it’s helpful!

I started by cutting the front panel for my card and I cute a circle window for the shaker.  I also cut a little scalloped frame to go around the front of the window to make it stand out a little more.

On the reverse I use some double sided tape to cover the window with some clear acetate.  I used some from Dovecraft but you can also use some from packaging.


The next step I did was to add 3d pads around the window and around the edge of the panel.  I did a double layer of 3d pads to give plenty of room for the sequins to move around.  While I still have the 3d pads covered I take some fine powder (using the EK Powder tool) to swirl around the edge of the window.  This just stops the sequins sticking to the sticky pads so they can move around when you shake the card.

I wouldn’t like to admit how many times I have forgotten to add the acetate until after I have added the sticky pads which is super annoying (have you ever tried to remove 3d pads? it’s not a fun job!!).  Am I the only one?


Then I added some sequins, I like to use mini sequins but you can use different sizes and or little beads.


I had cut a circle of patterned paper for the background to the shaker window so I put this on top of the sequins and then added some wet glue to the back.


Now the sequins are safely secured so you can turn the panel over and stick it down to the card base.

To decorate the frint of my card I used a fairy die and stamp from Joanna Sheen.  I think this die was a magazine gift and I love it.  It’s fab for paper piecing so I gave my fairy some brown hair, pink mirror wings and an ombre dress with some stars on it.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white and added it to the bottom corner.


I hope that you like my fairy card and I can’t wait to see all the shaker cards that my fellow design team members have come up with.


Do you have any tips to make shaker cards easy?  I’d love to hear what you think and if you have entered the challenge give me a shout in the comments. Thanks so much for visiting Ginger Ninja Crafts.

Crafty hugs

Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) x