Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

Strawberry Inspired Birthday Shaker Cards with Guest Designer Farhana Sarker!

Today, we are thrilled to introduce our new friend Farhana to the blog! Her colorful and friendly designs always bring us a smile. Continuing with our celebration of National Strawberry Month, we invite you to follow along and see how she makes this gorgeous strawberry inspired shaker card!

Hi crafty friends! My name is Farhana, and I blog over at Everyday Engineered and I’m so excited to be here, on the Ellen Hutson Blog, sharing a fun strawberry inspired shaker card! Firstly, did you know that May is National Strawberry month? I didn’t, till the team at Ellen Hutson reached out to me about guest designing! I’m over the moon to be here, as Ellen Hutson is my favorite one stop shop for all things crafty, especially as they are just a drive away!

Enough about me, let’s get to the card I’m sharing today! I love shaker cards, they aren’t as complicated as they look, especially when you use a frame die cut! I used the colors of a strawberry as my starting point for this card. I choose the following distress oxide inks for my blend.

I used Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn, along with Black Soot and Gansai Tambi White paint for the splatters.

Ink splatters are a great way to hide imperfections in the ink blending, and they worked well with my strawberry theme. If using multiple colors of splatters, let each one dry before adding the next layer to avoid muddy colors.

Once my ink splatters dried, I die cut the ink blended sheet using the Pretty Pink Posh Birthday Frame Die. I wanted to add something to the back of the shaker, and the cake from the Essentials By Ellen’s Cake by Julie Ebersole fit in the frame perfectly with space for a sentiment.

I stamped the outline of the image using Versafine Ink (in Onyx Black) along with the sentiment. I recommend using a stamp positioner for this step as it makes lining up the solid stamp easier. For the solid images of the stamp, I used the same distress oxide inks as my ink blend, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, and Twisted Citron.

I finished off the card by creating a shaker using some liquid glue to adhere the die cut frame to the acetate, then added a thin pieces of foam tape to add dimension for the shaker. I created the shaker mix using matching colors from my sequin stash. I filled my shaker window, added the backing with the stamped image and sentiment and added it to a card front.

Thank you all for following along, I hope that you are inspired to create something, with strawberries, or not! If you do get crafty, please tag me @everydayengineered on Instagram, along with @ellenhutsonllc so that we can see what you have made!

And lastly, thank you to the Ellen Hutson team for this lovely opportunity!

Take care,



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