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Double Shaker card for MFT Card Design Superstar Card Contest

My Favorite Things is having a contest for Card Design Superstar and here is my entry for it. I made a double shaker – a shaker within a shaker. :-)


This took a bit of engineering / science along with some art, but once you get the concept, it is really easy to put together. Here’s a step of how you can make something similar:

  1. Outer panel

  2. I took Starthmore watercolor paper and cut it same size as the card front.

  3. Then I did some wet-on-wet red / yellow color using Gansai Tambi watercolors. I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process. ;-)

  4. On this panel, I arranged all my dies and flowers to figure out placements of where I wanted each element.

  5. Next I cut out the bigger heart using largest die from Stitched Heart Stax dies from MFT. The negative piece is used for the card panel.

  6. Inner Shaker

  7. I lined up two of the smallest hearts from the same die set and taped them together using some washi tape.

  8. I used these taped hearts and cut out my inner shaker using white fun foam. Before cutting, I added double sided adhesive sheet to both sides of the fun foam so that it would be easy to assemble. I did not take out the release paper till the time I was actually assembling.

  9. While I had the hearts taped together, I also cut out the cover for my inner shaker from the positive die cut from above step. This way it matched rest of my panel.

  10. Outer Shaker

  11. Next I cut covered another piece of fun foam with adhesive on both sides but left the release paper intact. This one was cut to be slightly smaller than the outer panel.

  12. I lined it up under the outer panel, arranged the largest heart die and cut it out of the foam piece.

  13. Shaker Assembly:

  14. I started by cutting out two pieces of transparency – each the same size as my large fun foam piece.

  15. I adhered one of these pieces at the back of my outer watercolored panel.

  16. Onto this I adhered the two foam pieces – the larger one with the big heart cut out and the smaller heart in it center. I pressed these down firmly so that the transparency stuck to it securely. Next I went around the edges with my powder tool to remove any extra adhesive sticking out.

  17. Then I took off the release paper on the other side of the foam and carefully added my confetti hearts in each shaker panel – red on the inside one, gold on the outside one.

  18. To secure everything, I added another piece of transparency on top and pressed down with my fingers so that all the adhesive on the foam would stick to the transparency.

  19. Sentiments

  20. For the main sentiment, I used gold foil paper and die cut the word “grateful” from it. I lined it up on the front of my shaker panel and stamped “for you” with chipped sapphire distress ink. I adhered the “grateful” with some glossy accents.

  21. I selected a bluish – gray card base from a stack of blank note cards I had purchased from Michaels. On the inside of this card, I stamped the sentiment – “a simple thank you with a lot of heart” (to go with all the hearts on my card!). I also adhered a couple pieces of confetti around the sentiment to bring the outside design in.

  22. Finishing touches

  23. Finally I adhered my shaker piece to the front of my card and embellished it with some ribbon roses + a yellow flower from my stash. I also tucked in a couple swirlies that I die cut using a die from MFT tag builder blueprints 5 die set.

Here are some more close up of this card and also a couple more cards I made using the same technique and almost same supplies.

Double shaker card

Inside double shaker card


Hope you like all these ideas and feel inspired to try something like this.

Supplies List

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Wish me luck, friends!! Big hugs :-) ~Varada

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