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[Tutorial] Christmas Shaker Card

Posted by Graphic 45 11/14/2018 33 Comment(s) Cards,Tutorials,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

 With the Holidays just around the corner we thought it was the perfect time for a Shaker Card Tutorial starring our new Christmas Magic paper collection and Metal Dies.  These beautiful cards and step by step directions are from creative mastermind, Sandi Nagel.  Pull out your papers and sequins and let's have some fun!

Graphic 45 Christmas Shaker Card Tutorial

By Sandi Nagel


Hello G45ers!

Hi friends! For today's tutorial, I'll be showing you how to make elegant Christmas Shaker Cards using your dies, papers and flower embellishments from Graphic 45.



We Begin by die-cutting and laminating the clock shape from the Graphic 45 Square Tag and Clock Dies.  If you don't have a laminating machine, you can always use self-sealing laminating sheets.  Once you've laminated your clock die-cut, you'll trim it to 4 3/4 by 4 3/4.



The next thing you'll make is the frame that goes on top of your laminated clock piece.  If you don't have a framing tool, you may create one by doing the following:



Trim a white piece of cardstock to 5x5 inches.  Then trim a second piece to 4x4 inches.


Tip: When making a frame out of cardstock, trim two separate colors. Your larger piece in the desired color and the smaller piece in a different color.  By doing this, it'll be easier to see where you'll have to outline the inner edges.


Next, you'll place your smaller piece on top of your larger piece and center it as best as you can, and mark the perimeter with a pen.



Once you've marked around the perimeter, you bring your cardstock to your paper trimmer to cut around the pen marks.



Tip: Use the guide on your trimmer blade to help you determine where to stop.

Trim your sides almost to the edge.  Later you'll use scissors to snip off that tiny piece that you didn't cut through.  We do this because we rather cut too little than too much.



Now that we have our frame, we adhere our shaker window to the back of the frame, using glue or double-sided tape.  Once the glue is dry, you'll want to add your dimensional foam to the back of your shaker window.

Make sure to cover the corners, with your dimensional foam.  Otherwise, you run the risk of your shaker elements falling through the crevices.



Trim a piece of your Graphic 45 Christmas Magic paper to 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 and set it aside.  We now take a piece from our Graphic 45 Christmas Magic sticker sheet for a focal point.


Next, we find the center of the square piece we previously cut, place a mark with a pen, then add our sticker right on top.



Now we're ready to trim a mat by using a coordinating piece of cardstock.  Trim this piece at 5 3/4 x 5 3/4.  For the card base, we'll be using white cardstock.  Trim this to 12x6, then score at 6 inches.

Use double-sided tape to apply the coordinating piece of cardstock to the card base.

Add your shaker elements to your shaker window, make sure the sequin is facing the right way.  That's right. There is a front and a back to the sequin.


Tip: Glue a couple of sequin to your cardstock to give your card the illusion of suspended shakers when the card is in an upright position.

Now that we've added our shaker elements, we're ready to glue our square to the back of our frame.  Use glue instead of double-sided tape so your shaker elements don't get stuck on the sides.

Use the guidelines on your craft mat to ensure that you center the back correctly.

Notice all the foam I added to the back of my square? I did this for dimension.  Since this Christmas Shaker Card is front heavy, I balance the weight with additional matting on the inside and back of the card.

We are now ready to adhere the front of our shaker card to the matted base, using double-sided tape.


Use the border stickers, from the collection, to decorate the Christmas card frame.

Add your embellishments.


The Tutorial

I've put together an easy to follow video tutorial for you that goes through each one of the steps.  I hope that you find my tutorial helpful and that it inspires you in your handmade Christmas card projects.  Until next time.  Happy Crafting!” ~Sandi



Christmas Shaker Card Tutorial | Christmas Magic Collection




Graphic 45 Supplies:



Other Supplies:

  • Laminator and Laminating Sheet or Self -stick laminating sheets

  • Gold Sequin and shaker elements
  • Fun foam or any other type of dimensional foam/backing
  • Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scoring board
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue
  • Hot glue
  • Fine tip scissors
  • Optional Bow and Flat -back fancy button
  • Optional metal corners


  • Card Base - 12x6, then score at 6 inches.
  • Coordinating cardstock – (The piece that goes directly on top of your card base) 5 3/4 x 5 3/4.
  • Graphic 45 Christmas Magic paper - 5 1/2 x 5 ½
  • Shaker Window Frame – (White piece of cardstock) 5x5 inches
  • To make your shaker window frame - 4x4 inches
  • Laminated clock die square - 4 3/4 by 4 ¾


What a great tutorial!  Big thanks to Sandi for sharing these amazing cards and video tutorial.  We hope you have been inspired to try your hand at a shaker card, and when you do, be sure to share the results with us on our Graphic 45 - Official Community Page.  Thanks for stopping by and as always...


Happy Papercrafting!  

33 Comment(s)

Margaret R:
11/14/2018, 10:57:25 AM

Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial - makes it easy to follow!

Sandi Nagel:
11/14/2018, 11:15:53 AM

Thank you!

11/14/2018, 10:59:53 AM

Sandi Nagel, I love your shaker card and the G45 Christmas Magic! Thanks for the tutorial, I can't wait to make one too.

Sandi Nagel:
11/14/2018, 11:15:21 AM

Thank you!

Sharon Gullikson:
11/14/2018, 11:06:52 AM

I finally broke down and bought this paper collection. I just adore it. Thanks for all of the great tips!

Sandi Nagel:
11/14/2018, 11:16:41 AM

Your welcome :) and thank you for stopping by :)

11/14/2018, 12:08:21 PM

A wonderful card! I love the idea to use laminated die for shaker cards, I'll use it next time. Thanks!

11/14/2018, 12:08:31 PM

Cute paper for a fun card! Thanks for the detailed how-to.

Brian Poteraj:
11/14/2018, 12:12:41 PM

Your shaker card looks great. I have never made one before, but would like to try. You picked the perfect papers to use. I liked how you hold up the size that we are to cut--it makes more of an impression than just saying it. Great job.

Gayle M Hocking:
11/14/2018, 12:13:24 PM

Thank you so much for a very informative tutorial and beautiful inspiration. What a wonderful idea to use your laminator. Gorgeous cards.

Sharon Clabaugh:
11/14/2018, 12:27:53 PM

Great tutorial. Never made a shaker card before. Been on my project list! Thanks!

Bev Drake:
11/14/2018, 12:28:45 PM

Brilliant card! I loved the tip on how to make a frame & also using a laminator which I had never thought of. Your blogs are fantastic G45 & thank for making paper crafting such a pleasure.

Regina Harrison:
11/14/2018, 12:42:46 PM

I love this shaker card. I have never made one using Graphic 45 and I don't know why. Thank you for the inspiration:)

11/14/2018, 12:48:29 PM

Such a darling image and a beautiful card. Great tutorial with great tips.

11/14/2018, 01:47:28 PM

Stunning card, Sandi!

11/14/2018, 01:51:55 PM

I love shakers; they're my favorite type of card. This is beautiful.

Sue D:
11/14/2018, 02:02:24 PM

So pretty with the gold framing.

Diane F:
11/14/2018, 02:16:29 PM

OMG, so pretty! I love the idea of laminating the frame to create the front of the shaker element. Thank you for the great tips throughout! I need to try this!

She Fowl:
11/14/2018, 02:47:35 PM

Love the shaker card...thanks for the tutorial.

Patty Blank:
11/14/2018, 03:13:37 PM

Wow, wow, wow. Great project and wonderful tutorial. Thank you Sandi.

Barbara G.:
11/14/2018, 03:43:22 PM

Your card is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for the tutorial, appreciate it, Sandi

Glenda Buster:
11/14/2018, 04:40:49 PM

Stunning and beautiful card! Thank you so much for the written and video tutorials. Love how you made the shaker window by laminating the die cut clock gave.

Anne Rowe:
11/14/2018, 05:13:20 PM

Loved the individual picture tutorial! Lovely collection...lovely card...thanks for sharing this!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Gorgeous card! So pretty.

Mathilde S.:
11/14/2018, 07:38:16 PM

I never did a shaker card.This step by step tutorial is great and very inspiring.All G45 collections are exquisite,it is hard to choose a favourite!

Beth M Beery:
11/14/2018, 08:04:52 PM

Thanks for the tutorial! This card is fantastic!

Laurie Black:
11/14/2018, 08:11:10 PM

Gorgeous card, thanks for the great tips! The laminated clock shape for the window is so creative.

Diane Fountain:
11/14/2018, 09:16:12 PM

I love this idea!!’

Jane S:
11/14/2018, 11:14:13 PM

What a great idea. Thanks

Dorothy McCarthy:
11/15/2018, 07:36:48 AM,

Great card ! Thank you!

Jan Kennedy:
11/15/2018, 07:53:17 AM

Good card - love the gold!

Terri Williams:
11/15/2018, 10:39:53 AM

That is gorgeous!!!

Sue MacFall:
11/15/2018, 12:38:03 PM

What a wonderfully detailed tutorial. Very easy to follow. Thank you Sandi.

Anne Schilling:
11/15/2018, 01:58:43 PM

Such a wonderful and easy tutorial to follow. Sandi you always make it look so easy!

Martie Rollin:
11/15/2018, 02:25:03 PM

This video tutorial is so easy to follow! I know I can create this for myself. Thanks for all your tips for success...much appreciated!

Vanessa LeClear:
11/15/2018, 03:18:58 PM

Beautiful! I love shaker cards. Thanks for the tutorial!

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