GIU Day 4 – Shaking It UP

Welcome back to day 4 of my GIU week. Today I have a fun 3D shaker card for you.

Here is Arizona we are still in the 80’s this time of year which is crazy plus it makes it really hard to get into the Christmas mood. Although I don’t like snow much, sometimes it’s nice to pretend I’m in a nice white wonderland and able to run outside to make a snowman or have a snowball fight.

Having a love for dimensional and action cards I wanted to try my hand at combining the two. To do this I start out by gathering supplies. The snowbanks came from scraps I had left over from Monday’s water color paper. Using a pair of scissors, I cut three random wavy strips of paper out of my white sheet. I then stamped my images (Worth the fight & Sending warm Fuzzy) plus a sentiment out on addition leftover paper. 

Using left over Color burst by Ken Oliver I had on a tile from Monday I quickly water colored these images. Next, I trimmed down a blue sheet of cardstock to create my snowflake background. The snowflake is from a grab bag I received, I’m unsure what kit it is out of. Using Alabaster white ink, I stamped random snowflakes and then set the ink with my heat gun.

Having my primary elements created for this card, I started assembling my inner base by using double sided foam tape. To be able to create the various layers I have to use multiple layers of the foam tape on different areas. To layer the snowbanks, I started with the top one and used one layer of foam tape. When it came to taping down the second snowbank, I used one layer of foam tape on the top portion and two layers on the bottom allowing the layers to sit flush on the card base. Next was the last snowbank, here I used one layer of foam on the top portion and three layers on the bottom. Once I was finished with the snowbanks, I decided which snowball I wanted to place where. 

To pick the placement of my snowballs I looked at the overall size of each image. The little guy throwing the snowball is slightly smaller than the other one. Perfect he can be in the to make him appear he is further away and throwing the snowball.

Now that I had a majority of my inner base created, I needed to figure out how to turn this fun 3D card front into a shaker card. To do this I needed to create a frame/ case for my blue card base to sit in. I started out by measuring my blue dimensional base. 4.24”x5.5” x.25”. 

Using an 8.5×11” heavy weight cardstock I cut out two pieces measuring 6” x 4.75”. I then scored each piece of card stock at .25” from each end. Once the cardstock was scored, I took one piece and folded the edges over. The other piece I needed to make into a window so my 3D image could become a shaker card. Looking through my dies I found a rectangle that would allow me to have most of the card front visible, but hide the adhesive points once the card was assembled. Once I had cut out the area, I wanted open I trimmed a piece of acetate to glue over the open space, creating a window. Then I folded my sides where I had scored them.

Next was time to assemble the fun 3D shaker box. To do this I needed to build up the narrow ends of my solid white base. To do this I layered 4 layers of foam tape at each end. Once I had the foam on the white card base, I glued in my blue card base and added some little white foam balls to it. Carefully adding adhesive to each side of the top flaps I secured the white card top onto the white base. This was a little tight, next time I may go with a slightly wider top. 

The final steps to the shaker card was to glue on the remaining two elements (snowball & sentiment), plus adhere the card front to a card base.  Once that was done it was time to give the card a shake and watch it work its magic. 

I cannot wait to share this card with a friend. Thank you so much for stopping by today. If you have ever made a card similar to this, I would love to hear about it. Don’t forget to comment for a change to win one of two prizes at the end of the week.

Products Used


Worth the Fight – Stamp Set

Sending Warm fuzzy – Stamp set

Freezin My Snowballs– stamp set

Snowflake – From grab bag

Misc. Products

Foam adhesive – Amazon

Acetate sheet – unknown but Unity carries some

Tombow Mono adhesive

Ken Oliver Color Burst

25 thoughts on “GIU Day 4 – Shaking It UP”

  1. Vannessa Osbourn

    So many wonderful layers and those tiny snowballs are perfect! You have enough in that bag for 100 shaker cards!!

    1. Thank you, sometime I think I over or under explain things. I try to find a happy medium. I am a very detailed oriented person.

  2. Adorable shaker! I love those tiny balls! I used them once in an ornament. I created a shaker using an embroidery hoop and lined the back with fine mesh so we can blow the balls around. My granddaughter loves it.

  3. Great card! I love these snowmen (I love all snowmen) such an awesome idea with those little foam balls! I have them to use for snowballs on paper houses. I will have to put them into a shaker now!

  4. Shakers are my fave type of card! This is snow much fun!! Love the scene you created. I am in So. Florida so don’t like snow either – just in my shakers, please. haha

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