Making borderless shaker Christmas cards

I love interactive cards especially making Shaker cards so when I saw Ilda of post her “Easy Frameless Shaker Cards” on IG with a YT video tutorial, I knew I had to find out how she made them! Shakers can be bulky making them tough to go through the mail. So, I was looking at making some cards that wouldn’t have too much dimension and these cards meets that challenge plus they’re easy to make and there’s no double sided foam tape or acetate used!

If you want to try out this technique, I strongly suggest watching Ilda’s YT video first (embedded below) or watch on YT here so you can see exactly how to make a borderless shaker card. Below, I’ll talk about how I assembled all my cards!

I needed to gather some dies cause I knew I wanted to make at least 3 or 4 variations for the Shop so I used materials from a bunch of sources like:

  1. Spellbinders “Merry Everything” Christmas Kit
  2. Spellbinders “Life is Lovely” Kit
  3. Simon Says Stamp (SSS) & Picket Fence
  4. Taylored Expressions
  5. Pretty Pink Posh
  6. Honey Bee Stamps

A full list of supplies will be at the bottom of the post!

Making borderless shaker Christmas cards

To make this first card, I used SSS “Harvest” (from their STAMPtember event) stencil along with their fog ink and my blending brush to make the backgrounds (I made 4 of these on a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (A2 size) 80 lb. white cardstock). I wanted to use a light ink since I wanted the focus to be on the goodies inside the card.

Next, I stamped the snowman (from the SSS & Picket Fence “Shake your Flakes this Season” STAMPtember set) on Neenah 110 lb. solar white cardstock and then colored him with Copics and Studio 71 alcohol markers. The Studio 71 colors I used were: N2 (natural gray for the body), blended R12 with R2 (scarf and hat), for the brim of the hat, I used BG7. Copics used were: 0 (colorless blender on the body) and E00 on his nose. I don’t think there’s a coordinating die set so I fussy cut the snowman with my Tim Holtz scissors and added double-sided tape on the back of him (not foam tape). Then, I decided to use the “Happy” from (Spellbinders “Life if Lovely” card kit) since the letters were black, they would pop out nicely against the white. I picked the “Holidays” from the Merry Everything kit to go just underneath. I set all these pieces aside to focus on the shaker portion.

Then, I made the shaker part of the card (again, watch that video!) which is one of my favorite things to do! With the sheet protector piece ready for my panel, I filled it with sequins, gems and stars. I removed the tape from the top part first on the panel and folded down the sheet protector, then I repeated this for the bottom, left and then the right side of the panel one at a time. I made sure to press my fingers firmly to ensure it was secure and the gems wouldn’t fall out. All to do next was to adhere the panel to my card base which also was 80 lb. Again, didn’t want much bulk to these cards!

Finally, I placed all my little die cut pieces to the top, added some clear enamel dots from Honey Bee Stamps and tested shaking my card! It didn’t take very long to make this card so I followed this same method for the rest of my cards below and I’ll show you a bonus card at the bottom!

Making borderless shaker Christmas cards

For this card, I used another snowman image from that same SSS stamp set, but I decided to make him hold a candy cane which came from the Spellbinders “Merry Everything” kit. The large Christmas sentiment is from SSS Extra large Christmas sentiments which are pre-made and all you have to do is cut them out and add them a card, brilliant! The colors I used here were Studio 71: N2 (natural gray for the body). Copics used were: 0 (colorless blender on the body) and E00 on his nose. For his hat and scarf, I used a combo of Copics Y02 and B00.

Making borderless shaker Christmas cards

This card I just added the sentiment from the “Merry Everything” kit along with a pretty star from that kit as well. I focused on blue, teal, green, gold sequins and gems along with silver stars!


Making borderless shaker Christmas cards

Although this is not a Christmas card, I still wanted to share it because I knew I wanted to use that large gold “Lovely” stamp from the Spellbinders “Life is Lovely” card kit! I combined it with one of the sentiment strips from Taylored Expressions “Simple Strips Background” stamp/die set. It initially says “You are so Loved” so I just cut the “loved” part to pair with the “Lovely” sentiment. Isn’t just a cute girly card?!

I had so much fun with these cards that I made a 5th one for myself! It sits on my desk and I play with it everyday, LOL! If you like making shaker cards, I highly suggest trying out Ilda’s technique cause I plan to make more! Thanks for reading!

Supplies Used:

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Making borderless shaker Christmas cards