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Are you looking for a card technique to shake up your creative rut? Yes, the pun was intended. Shaker cards are much simpler to make than you may think, and the results will captivate your card's recipient. While we are waiting for the weather to get warmer, take a few moments in your craft space to get rockin' and rollin' and try to make one of these fun cards.

To create a shaker card you just need a few things beyond the usual paper and glue. You'll need an item of your choice with an opening, something clear to cover the opening to create a window, foam adhesive to build a "well" and items to place in the well that will move around when you shake them.

I'll be a bit more specific. Let's start with the opening that the items will shake around within. You can punch a shape -- any shape you like, such as a circle, heart, square or star -- into pattern paper or cardstock. You can also use premade embellishments that are on the market such as chipboard frames or die-cut designs.

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Now you will need to cover that opening to keep the shaker contents contained. You can use transparency sheets from the office-supply store or vellum from the craft store, or you can simply reuse plastic you've saved from all the packaging from craft supplies. Glue the plastic or vellum to the inside of the opening.

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The next step is building a well to hold all the shaker contents. I tend to use foam adhesive squares. You can use foam tape or even craft foam cut to fit round the outside of the opening. Adhere or place the foam in a perimeter around the covered opening. The foam needs to touch with little to no spaces between each piece, otherwise your contents may be come uncontained in transit.

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Finally, fill the shaker well with shakable items. Glitter, confetti made from paper scraps, sequins, buttons, seed beads, small candies, tiny shells and so much more. The possibilities are endless. If you choose shaker items that are a bit larger, you may need to add a second layer of foam to create a deeper well to fit the items. Be cautious and don't overfill the well. Too many items will keep it from shaking properly. Less is more.

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If you are going to use glitter, I recommend dusting the plastic in the opening with talc or wiping with a dryer sheet to help keep static electricity at bay. Otherwise the glitter will stick to the plastic and not shake very well.

Now cover the back of the well with a pretty pattern paper or coordinating cardstock to cover the back of the shaker. Add your shaker to the front of a card, and you are done!

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