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3 Holiday Shaker Projects

Want to add a little more fun and whimsy to your holiday or winter cards? Why not turn them into shaker cards?! Today, Tiffany is sharing three shaker projects featuring the new Essentials by Ellen holiday release!


Hi crafters, and welcome back to the blog! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and time to kick your holiday cardmaking into high gear. Creating shaker cards for your friends and family is a fun way to amp up the joy of receiving a handmade card. Shakers are beautiful and festive, and can be created in so many ways. Let’s walk through 3 ideas using the amazing new Essentials by Ellen holiday release!

Before starting a making session, I find it easiest to pick a color palette and a handful of stamps, dies, and coordinating patterned paper options. This helps stave off the overwhelm you may experience looking through your stash trying to come up with the perfect design. It also helps create similar card designs if you aren’t really into mass producing, but are into matching sets (like me!). My projects are fairly straight forward to assemble, which is essential for creating several projects in one craft session.

Idea #1

On a panel of patterned paper from EBE Modern Graphics Vol. 2, I hot foiled the rectangle border. If you have never tried hot foiling on EBE patterned paper, I highly recommend it! The patterned paper is very smooth and usually gives a nice foiling result.

I adhered three trees from Christmas Magic. I only used the dies as I just needed the outline of a tree. I did direct-to-paper with my ink pads to get custom colored cardstock. I recommend using thinner cardstock for the trees so it is easy for the Hinged Numbers to die cut through.

Next, I die cut the numbers using the Hinged Numbers die. I love that this gives a unique look to your shaker window as the numbers are not fully open – it is a more subtle shaker. On top of the ‘2’ and ‘5’, I added a layer of silver cardstock to play up the theme of the card, and added a coordinating sentiment from Cool Yule.

For my shaker walls, I used a double layer of foam tape. This adds bulk to your card so you could potentially use one layer if your shaker bits are very flat. Or you could try stacking scrap cardstock.

Lastly, I embellished the card by adding texture to the trees using water and a white paint pen, and additional color to the card base by using patterned paper. I also topped each tree with a silver confetti star.

Idea #2

For this card, I used the small stamps in the North Pole Greetings stamp set to create my own patterned paper. Find any small stamps in your stash and stamp repeatedly to create a custom background. I then cut the panel using the EBE Rectangle dies to create my shaker window.

To decorate the card, I used the Ho Ho Ho dies. I die cut the shadow layer twice – once from silver and once from the same patterned paper from the first card. The top layer was die cut from white. I love the layered look because it gives additional dimension and interest to an otherwise simple design element. I adorned the sentiment with a Santa hat. My favorite supply this holiday season has been Liquid Appliqué. Just apply and heat set to get that fun, puffy texture. Try adding embossing powder before heat setting to change up the color or add sparkle.

Tip: Make sure you glue several sequins or shaker bits to the background so when the shaker is upright, all of the pieces do not fall to the bottom.

Idea #3

My last project is a simple shaker tag. I layered tags from the Modern Tags die set and dressed them up with patterned paper, ink blending, and snowflake dies. For the shaker, I used the snowglobe stamp and snowman die from Christmas Magic. Remember, any shape can be used for a shaker window. I stamped the hat and arms on the outside of the window and the face on the side of the shaker to complete my snowman. Because I built the shaker walls with a single layer of thin foam tape, I used chunky glitter as the shaker bits. Glitter is perfect for a snowman and adds little to no bulk.

I hope you were inspired to take your favorite EBE holiday supplies and turn them into shaker projects. And if you do, I’d love you to share them with me @ink.therapy.designs and @ellenhutsonllc. We can’t wait to see what you make!


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1 Comment

  • Reply Surekha Galagoda December 10, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Dear Friend
    love all your creations and thanks for the tip to paste some shaker bits to the back of the window so that all wont fall when kept upright. I have to make 9 shaker tags to go in side journals. Thanks again. tc and stay safe and blessed

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