Jul 6, 2020

Graduation Shaker Card


Hey everyone, Anne here from Anne-Made and today I'm sharing a shaker card I created for the Dies R Us Inspiration team.  This graduation card, which uses her school colors, is to celebrate the high school graduation of a friend of mine.

The following dies were used to create this fun shaker card:

MFT: Caption Numbers (Any of these would also work.)

 I die cut each of the pieces beforehand.

In order to create a frame, I used the largest and third to largest die from the Dotted Nesting Rectangles set.

Save the center piece for the inside of the card.

The background was die cut from mirrored cardstock as was the main Grad Cap.  Be sure to save all the negative pieces of the Grad Cap to place them back.  My trick for doing this is to add a piece of regular Scotch tape on the back.  The sticky side is automatically facing upright, so all you need to do is add the negative pieces and they are permanently in place.

I partially die cut the Grad Cap a second time so I could fussy cut out the tassel in the appropriate color.  I then adhered this on top of the main Grad Cap.

I chose smaller numbers to commemorate the year, but any size can work.  

I added glitter to the frame I created using the Glueless Glitter technique that I talk about fairly often. The steps are simple: 1) add Versamark to the die cut; 2) cover with Clear embossing powder and heat set; 3) add Versamark over everything again; 4) Cover the area with your choice of glitter; 5) Heat set one final time.  You know it's ready when the glitter begins twinkling (that means it's melting into the embossing powder).  Easy, peasy!  

This photo shows the glitter having a bluish tint but's a silver holographic color. This was due to the angle I took the photo.  If you look carefully, you can also see that I have already added my acetate to the back of this frame. If I had taken the photo straight on, it would have captured my camera's reflection 😀.

Now you're ready to assemble.  I adhered the group of grads to my mirrored cardstock and added my shaker glitter (the same mixed sized glitter that I used on the frame) and some small seed beads.

Next, I added dimensional foam to the back of my glittery frame and adhered it on top of my mirrored cardstock.  I also added some dimensional foam to the back of the Grad Cap and adhered that in the upper right corner.  The year was adhered in the bottom left corner.  I used Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Glue (you can find this at DRU)  because it hold really well on  glittery surfaces and it dries clear.

On the inside, I die cut the girl silhouette from black cardstock and the Congrats message from more of the mirrored cardstock.  Adhere both of these to the center piece you created when die cutting the frame.  Finally, add this piece to the inside center.  Be sure to leave a little room for a written message as well.

Here's one final look at the finished project: 

I hope you've enjoyed today's project.  Head back to the Dies R Us Blog tomorrow for more fabulous inspiration from the DRU Inspiration design team.

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  1. Fabulous shaker card for the graduate! I love all of the different dies used and that the inside is finished also. What an awesome technique for adding glitter.

    1. Thanks so much Vicki. I love making shaker cards. :-)


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