Thursday, 27 October 2016

Throwback Thursday!

Welcome to the Craft Stamper Throwback Thursday!
Every Thursday we showcase a tutorial from a vintage Craft Stamper... sharing wonderful inspiration from one of our back issues. Something new for our recent readers, and a nice reminder for those who have been with us a while!
Today, we're sharing a fabulous shaker card by R Maria Sabina, first published in our October 2014 issue.

R Maria says....

"There are so many fun ways to decorate a card. One of my favourite ways is to add an eye-catching feature. Why not put the the one layer cards aside for a moment and dare to experiment more? You can fold the paper in different ways, add secret pockets or make a shaker card like the one I have created here. Interactive cards can be suitable for everyone, for any occasion.

I like to recycle as much as possible, so this project gives me a fantastic new way to reuse a clear plastic bag as the basis for a cute Halloween card. When you’re making yours, be sure to remember to cut your stamped cardstock panel so that it is slightly smaller than the clear bag. This will allow the sequins and beads to move around more freely. Don’t add too many sequins and beads inside the bag. We want this shaker card to shake, not to get stuck. For the same reason, always use 3D foam adhesive to mount the frame over the bag, otherwise it will get squashed and the beads won’t move around"

Stamps Maria used...
Stampotique: Owl Tree

Other materials...
Cardstock: black, brown, white
Distress Inks: Faded Jeans; Fired Brick; Walnut Stain
Memento Inks: Tuxedo Black; Cantaloupe; Tangelo
Sizzix Framelits dies: Stars; Ovals
Craft Concepts Embossing Folder: Woodgrain
Cellophane bag
3D foam adhesive
Ink blending tool or sponge

Step By Step instructions:

Step One: Stamp the main scene onto white cardstock. Colour in the background using the Distress Inks and a sponge or ink blending tool. Keep the edges darker and the centre lighter.

Step Two: Flick drops of water over the cardstock at random, allow the drops to sit for a few seconds on the ink, then blot them with a piece of kitchen roll.

Step Three: Die-cut a few stars from white card. Colour these with Cantaloupe and Tangelo inks as for the main card image.

Step Four: Insert the stamped and coloured card inside the clear bag. Add a few sequins, the die-cut stars and some beads inside the bag too and seal it well.

Step Five: Cut a panel of brown card slightly larger than the bag – allow approximately 1cm extra along each edge. Die-cut an oval from the centre, then emboss the frame with the Woodgrain folder. Cut and fold a black card base the same size as the frame. Add adhesive to the back of the bag and mount it onto the front of the card base. 

Step Six: Place strips of 3D adhesive foam along each edge around the clear bag. Mount the embossed frame over the clear bag. 

The sequins and die cuts will move freely inside the bag, giving great movement!

We love this, it definitely has that Halloween feel going on!
Thank you for the inspirarion R Maria!

See you back here next week for another blast from the past :)


  1. Such a great idea to use a bag to make the shaker element - loving the background on this too!

  2. This was a fabulous card and project, Maria Sabina showed us a very clever way of making a shaker card.. I well remember this project with this great Stampotique stamp, I bought it just after seeing it! :-) x