Why settle for one window on your shaker card when you can have two? Learn how to make a Valentine shaker card with two heart-shaped windows.
Twice the Shaker Card Fun
Sometimes indecisiveness can really work in your favor when it comes to papercrafting. Take today’s project for example. I set out to make a Valentine shaker card with a heart-shaped window, but couldn’t decide which size of heart die to use. To figure it out, I laid both dies on top of my paper. And guess what? I liked the look of the two dies together far better than either one alone!
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that when papercrafting inspiration strikes, it’s best to just go with it. So I did, and voila — a double-window Valentine shaker card!
Now why didn’t I think to try this before? If twice the windows means twice the shaker card fun, imagine how fun a shaker card would be with three or more windows!
How to Make a Two Window Valentine Shaker Card
Want to make a double-window Valentine shaker card like this one? Here’s how I did it:
- One 4-1/4 x 5-1/2-inch card base
- One 4 x 5-1/4-inch piece of cardstock to back the shaker windows
- One 4 x 5-1/4-inch piece of patterned paper through which to cut the windows
- One 4 x 1/2-inch strip of coordinating patterned paper to use as an accent
- One 3-3/4 x 3-1/2-inch piece of clear acetate
- 2-inch and 1-inch heart-shaped cutting dies
- Confetti/sequins/glitter. etc. to fill the shaker windows
- Colored stamped image/die cut/sticker, etc. to decorate the card front
- Die cutting machine
- Paper scissors
- Double-sided tape
- Foam tape
I. Prep Work
1. Gather all necessary supplies at your work area.
2. Set up your die cutting machine.
II. Make the Shaker Card Windows
1. Lay the 4 x 5-1/4 piece of patterned paper piece face-up on top of the cutting plates stack for your die cutting machine.
2. Arrange the two heart dies on top of the paper:
- Place the larger heart die about 1/2-inch from the top and left edges of the patterned paper.
- Set the smaller heart die slightly lower on the patterned paper, and about 1/2-inch from the right edge of the paper.
TIP: To ensure that your acetate piece will cover both windows, keep both dies within a combined space of 3-1/2 x 3-1/4 inches.
3. Lay the final cutting plate on top of the dies, and then run the stack through your die cutting machine. This will cut two heart-shaped windows from your patterned paper.
TIP: Save the cut-out pieces for another project!
III. Line the Windows with Acetate
1. Apply 1/8-inch-wide strips of double-sided tape along all four edges of the front of your acetate piece.
TIP: If your double-sided tape is too wide, simply use your paper scissors to trim a strip of it to the proper width.
2. Lay the cut patterned paper face down on your work surface.
3. Remove the plastic liners from the double-sided tape, and then lay the acetate, taped side down, over the cut-out windows on the patterned paper. Adjust as necessary to make sure none of the tape will show through the windows, and then press to seal the acetate and patterned paper together,
IV. Build Foam Wells to Hold the Confetti
1. Tear or trim a strip of 1/4-inch-wide foam tape that is long enough to line the entire outside edge of the large heart window.
2. Remove the plastic liner from the foam tape, and then, starting at the bottom tip of the heart, apply it to the left outside edge of the large heart window.
TIP: Be careful not to cover any part of the open window with foam, or it will show through on the front of your card.
3. When you reach the top midpoint of the heart, fold the foam strip back on top of itself, and then work your way back to the bottom tip of the heart, laying a second layer of foam right on top of the first.
4. Repeat the steps above to apply foam tape to the right side of the large heart window.
TIP: Make sure that there are no gaps between where the two foam strips meet. If there are, fill them in with more double-layer foam.
5. Using this same process, line the edges of the smaller heart window with foam tape.
V. Fill and Seal the Shaker Card Windows
1. Fill each of the heart-shaped windows with ‘confetti’ of your choice.
2. Apply double-layered strips of foam tape to key areas of the rest of the patterned paper. This helps raise it to the same level as the foam wells around the shaker windows.
3. Remove the plastic liner from the foam strips, and then lay the 4 x 5-1/4-inch piece of cardstock face-down over the taped paper. Align all edges, and then press to seal together.
TIP: Make sure that the cardstock is sealed tightly to the foam ‘wells’ around the windows!
VI. Attach the Shaker Layer to the Card Base
1. Apply double-sided tape to the back of the sealed shaker layer.
2. Remove the plastic liner from the double-sided tape, and then center the shaker layer, taped side down, over the card base. Press to seal together.
The base of your double window Valentine shaker card is complete! Now it’s time to decorate it.
VII. Decorate the Shaker Card Front
1. Apply adhesive to the 4 x 1/2-inch patterned paper strip.
2. Lay the strip, taped side down, over the card front, about an inch below the smaller heart window. Align the left and right edges of the strip with those of the patterned paper below it, and then press to seal together. If necessary, trim away the excess strip with paper scissors.
3. Using foam tape to give it dimension, center and attach your colored image, die cut, or sticker over the left end of the thin paper strip.
A double-window shaker card is just about as easy to make as a single window card. Plus, it gives you twice the shaker card fun! Can you imagine how fun your shaker cards could be with three or more confetti-filled windows? Don’t be afraid to give it a try! Experiment with mixing and matching die sizes and shapes to see what fun shaker card combinations you come up with. It could lead you in a whole new direction with your papercrafting!
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