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Video: Shaker Christmas Card To Make As An Original And Surprising Gift
As the holiday season approaches, it's time to start the preparations. If you respect the tradition of sincere messages received by post, we have something very interesting and creative for you - the trendy Christmas shaker card that is sure to delight young and old alike. After we have explained the techniques of making embroidered cards, cards decorated with washi tape and colored buttons and copies made of natural materials, get started now in this fun and playful new project!
What is a shaker Christmas card?
The shaker card is in effect a greeting card that includes in its design a "window" (usually on the front) made up of two layers of plastic paper, tightly sealed in a sandwich. This "pocket", one of the layers of which is often transparent or semi - transparent so that the contents of the shaker remain visible, includes different types of interactive materials. When the card is moved or shaken, the materials in the window shake and roll back and forth, producing a beautiful effect evoking the holidays, snow and the festive spirit. The window / opening of your Christmas shaker card can cover a small portion or the entire surface of the base paper, depending on the design and what you want to put in it.
When were these cards invented?
In reality, the answer to this question is lost in the ether of the past. What we can say, however, is that the first items of this type appeared on the market during the 90s.
What shape can a shaker card window have?
In principle, card openings can come in any shape, unless you have the tools to create them. Some of the more common shapes include circles, ovals, rectangles, squares, diamonds, stars, snow globes, hexagons and honeycomb shapes, hearts, flowers, butterflies, clouds, sun, pumpkins, windows, Easter eggs, trees, balloons, various types of fruit, cupcakes, mason jars, tea cups. However, for Christmas cards, the first seven variations are most often preferred.
In case you want to make more complicated shapes that obviously cannot be cut out using scissors or a cutter (just like some of the ideas we will present to you), be aware that this may involve the use of a machine. cutting. It would be nice if you have one or have access to it.
The detailed list of things to put in a shaker Christmas card
- sequins of all kinds, shapes and colors
- confetti (including homemade with a hole punch)
- food pearls for cake
- small buttons
- small pieces of colored ribbon
- plastic or glass beads
- metal or plastic charms
- decorative stickers (stick them on paper or cardboard, cut them out carefully and use them as needed)
- cardboard letters and numbers
- colored artificial sand
- plastic balls to fill the vases
- pebbles and other small rocks
- coffee beans
- fresh or dried flowers
- wood chips
- natural or artificial vegetable moss
- mini shells and starfish
- pieces of sea glass
- dried herbs and spices (such as star anise, cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried mint leaves, etc.)
- mini pine cones
- small size board game pieces
- ladybugs, butterflies, bumblebees and other types of plastic insects
- textile fibers
- rice, dried pasta, lentils and other dried foods with a very long shelf life
- bird seed mixes
- felt shapes of all kinds
- pieces of chain
- small origami shapes
- mini polymer shapes (hearts, stars, flowers, etc.)
- various jewelry making components (spacer beads, jump rings, etc.)
- wide eyes
- Epsom salts
- the contents of the silica gel sachets (can be dyed in different colors)
- small pieces of branches
- small puzzle pieces
- little candies
- himalayan salt
- dried corn kernels
- little bells
- a liquid component (products such as hand sanitizer, hair gel, dishwashing liquid or hand soap work well)
Make yourself an easy shaker-style Christmas card: beginner level project
- white kraft paper
- scissors or cutter
- double sided tape
- thick plastic sheet
- decorative stickers
Decide on the design you want to create on your super artistic Christmas cards.
Draw the shape you want to cut out on the front of the card. If you are not confident in the drawing, you can print and trace a drawing found on the Internet.
Carefully cut out the shape using scissors or a craft knife.
Cut 2 pieces of plastic sheet the size of your card. Glue the 2 pieces together using double-sided tape along the edges but leave one edge open. Fill the opening with glitter, then close the last edge with more double-sided tape. You have created your shaker pocket.
Using double-sided tape, secure the shaker Christmas card pocket on the underside of the card. Shake to see how it came to life!
Finally, decorate the upper part with decorative stickers.
Christmas card shaker pattern snowball
Make personalized snowball greeting cards to surprise and delight your loved ones for the end of the year celebrations. In general, this DIY Christmas project involves using the basic materials that we already described in the previous tutorial, plus a sheet of colored kraft paper for the background and white paper to mimic the snowy hills.
1. So, in order to create a base, use colored paper on which you can draw small snowflakes using a white marker. The other thing you have to do is cut out all the tiny pieces of paper, to recreate a winter scene: the white hills and green firs.
2. The next step is to make a folding card from card stock. Cut out a round window at the top using a craft knife. Then cut two round pieces of plastic sheet with a diameter larger than the circle of the Christmas shaker card. Glue the first piece to the inside of the base of the card. Then glue the decorative elements (snowy hills and fir trees) on the circle cut out of colored paper.
3. Finally, fix the winter landscape on the first circle of plastic sheet that you have already adhered to the card. Also secure the two plastic foil circles together with duct tape, leaving one edge open. Fill the circular "pocket" with glitter. Secure the open edge with duct tape.
Homemade shaker Christmas card in two variations - tutorial
Materials needed to make your own DIY shaker cards:
- white A6 cards and envelopes
- plastic sheets
- tool to merge
- golden glitter
- white cardstock
- colorful paper cut circles
- stamping inks
- circle patterns
- Cricut cutting and embossing machine
- models to print
- adhesive tape dispenser
- precision bottle and glue
Prepare the base for your Christmas shaker card. For this purpose, lay out a circle pattern on the paper. If necessary, use masking tape to hold the pattern in place.
Pass the paper through the cutter.
For the card with the deer, use a piece of paper with the same circle diameter cut out to mask the areas you don't want colored and use dab ink to color the base card.
Cut out your deer design by sizing it slightly larger than the circle you cut out. Secure the deer design using precision bottle glue so you can control where the adhesive goes.
Prepare the “pocket” of the shaker card. Using the circle pattern you used for the base, cut out two pieces of plastic paper. Then, using the merge tool, connect the two parts of the shaker bag together. Of course, don't forget to fill with glitter before gluing the last part of the edge. Trim the excess plastic as close to the edges as possible.
Assemble the card and the shaker part with masking tape. Also cut out a circular border of paper with a diameter a little larger than that of the card window. The goal is to hide the edges of the shaker part.
To make the second card, you have to cut out the decorative pattern using the cutting machine. Finally, assemble the card following the instructions in the previous steps.
Find even more ingenious Christmas shaker card ideas in the videos below!
Christmas card with DIY animals
In order to make this pretty card, you will first need to print some animal and tree patterns on white cardboard. Then color them with colored pencils. For the filling of the shaker bag use small silver sprinkles in the form of snowflakes. Watch the video for more details!
Christmas snowball greeting card to be made with dabbing inks
As in the previous tutorial, making this card involves printing figurines on paper. However, this time, besides coloring the models, you will have to draw simple elements of your winter landscape and tint the bottom of the snowball with dabbing inks. Finally, fill the ball with glitter.
Do-it-yourself "Merry Christmas" card with pearls
It is a very easy DIY project that you can do with your kids. Give them the task of cutting letters out of colorful kraft paper. For letters, use printed partons. The shaker pocket is to be filled with edible pearls for cake decoration.
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