Shaker Card Options

Hello! Today’s video shares a few simple options for shaker cards. Also, I show how to alter a stamped image to suit your needs.

Shaker Card Options Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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Before I get into today’s options for quick shaker cards, I wanted to show how I altered the Mama Elephant The Cats Meow Stamp a bit. Almost all of my crafty friends are cat people. But I have a dog! So….I thought it would be fun to alter one of the cats from the Mama Elephant The Cats Meow Stamp Set into a pup. See her in the back row? That’s my Foxy. 🙂

I can’t draw well, but it worked ok! Don’t be afraid to alter stamped images to suit your needs. Now I have my doggie in a sea of kitties. Kinda like me in a sea of cat people. 🙂

For all of my cards, I used the Mama Elephant The Cats Meow Stamp Set. The balloons are such fun – and are from the new Mama Elephant Celebration Balloons Stamp Set. For the “group hugs” and “squad goals” sentiments, I used the Mama Elephant Girlfriends Stamp Set. And the frame for the shaker window? That’s the Mama Elephant Framed Tags Die. I did simple Copic coloring with YR04, YR09, RV55, RV66, R27, C1, C3, C5, E35, E37, E44, E42, B02, B04, YR21, YG25, YG17, YR24, and YR14. However, you can use any coloring method.

Now on to the shaker options…


My first shaker card is super fast and no-bulk. I simply created my shaker card with no foam tape but rather regular strong double sided tape. The sequins can still move a bit but many stay at the top. I like this option because it is fast. And no-bulk is a bonus! Oh – I use the Hero Arts Acetate Cards to cut up for my shaker windows.


My second shaker option has even less movement. I used some strong Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive to secure some  of the sequins in place so they would always stay in view. Also, many of the loose sequins get stuck on them so there are always sequins “floating” in the air. And, again, very little bulk!


I recently have been using tulle instead of acetate for shaker cards. And boy is this simple! Not only is tulle inexpensive, but you don’t have to worry about static. The tulle allows the sequins to shake and move, and there is little bulk. Win-win!


When people usually make shaker cards, they use foam tape so the goodies inside can shake around freely. This does add a bit of bulk, but it is worth it! I do still use strong Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive to hold a few of the sequins in place so they always stay in view. Also, many of the loose sequins get stuck on them so there are always sequins “moving” in the air. I find this key for traditional shaker cards.


Not a fan of shaker cards? Short on time? Just fake it! Here I created a window with the Mama Elephant Framed Tags Die but just adhered little sequin stars with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive . There is no movement, but the card still looks like a party. 🙂

By the way, on all of the cards, I covered the balloons with Clear Wink of Stella for shimmer and Glossy Accents for shine. This makes a HUGE difference! Also, I used my Black Glaze Pen to add a bit of shine and dimension on the eyes of all the animals.


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48 thoughts on “Shaker Card Options”

  1. nice video……. what is the tool that you use to stick the sequins on?? Thank you for all you do.

      1. It’s a jewel picker, many large craft stores online or in your area sell them. Forewarning, there’s tackiness on each end of the jewel picker, if either starts losing its tackiness just use warm water and mild dishwashing soap to gently clean the ends and allow to air dry. Don’t try to remove any of the tacky material on each end, otherwise you’ll have a worthless craft tool!

  2. I adore your coloring skills so much. Thanks for great ideas on non bulk shaker cards. I’ve only made shaker cards using foam so far, but I have to give the new techniques a try.

  3. I like the idea of the Tulle and Fake Shaker cards….I’m going to add those technique on my to do list
    Thank you Jennifer and tfs

  4. Great looking cards. I love the little puppy you added. The techniques for shaker cards are really great. I have already made quite a few shaker cards. Really want to try the one with tulle. That is a new one for me.

  5. Aloha Jen! You may not think you are a good drawer, but you are an artiste!!!!
    Plus you are inspiring and you are adorable! Love & Hugs!

  6. so super cute!! I love how you made the dog, you are so good at that kind of thing!! I remember you did the same with a Halloween image and turned it into Christmas lights, so super clever!

  7. Thank you for this video. I love these ideas for shaker cards. I always mess up while adhering the frame – it’ll end up crooked. Then I’ll have to tear it up and adhere again. I love the idea of totally faking it.

    1. That used to happen to me all the time too. Then, I realized that shaker cards are supposed to be fun, so why not REALLY mount them crooked. That way, it looks deliberate and adds another layer of wackiness to the card! Ha!

  8. Wow, lots of great info. I love these options, as I don’t really like the look of foam tape from the side of the shaker cards. Thanks for the great ideas!

  9. Hi Jennifer ~ Thanks so much for sharing so many awesome techniques for shaker cards. I’ve made several shaker cards the last few years, but particularly like the no-bulk idea for shakers sent in the mail. We can always depend on you to come up with some fresh ideas on “old” techniques. Have an awesome week! ~HUGS~
    PS: Foxy looks darling on your cards….well done.

  10. I love Mama Elephant Stamps – this is a very tempting video (must use what I have!!!). Thank you for the excellent ideas!!!

  11. awesome, have been using tulle as shown from one of your previous videos and love it. So much easier and less expensive than window sheets. Also purchased a couple of Altenew stamps – garden and peonies ones and dies – beautiful. Thank you. Love your videos!

  12. Great options! Thanks for sharing them with us. I love the idea of not having the bulk on the cards for mailing. I made a card the other day using tulle and just love how it turned out. Love all these great ideas.

  13. I LOVE this card. I love that you made one of the cats a dog. You said these were quick and easy cards. The coloring looks sooooo good…like you spent hours! This is such a great card!

  14. I,too would like to know the pick up tool you used.
    Thank you for the shaker ideas. Have never been a fan of the thick, bulky ones but now… I can try again!
    You are the bomb. Will you do a new studio tour now that you are most likely settled in the new house?
    Hope so!

  15. Love how you’ve created your very own pup in a sea of kitties, hehe…so clever and cute! Thank you for all the tips for shaker cards – you’re awesome! ?

  16. What fun cards these are! I love your dog creation. Thanks for all the tips for shakers. I recently made two cards with tulle and I love that. This cat stamp is so adorable.

  17. Great video. I love all the options and the alteration of the stamp. I too was wondering what tool you used to pick up your sequins?

  18. So cute! Thanks for your awesome video!! It is nice to see these ideas all put together into one video and how you show us your tips and trick. We appreciate your time in making these amazing videos–I look always look forward to seeing your creative ideas. Have a wonderful week!

  19. I love all your ideas! My new way is using a fuse to fuse a pocket They close up three sides.I do this for Crafty friends so that the sequins can be be slid in the pocket and pulled out and cut open for the sequins! 😀

  20. I love these tips! And I love these cats!! This stamp set will be going on my wishlist, for sure. Thank you for showing of f these new stamps and giving us so many ideas; this one stamp set could be use for much. For example, you could trim out the rows of cats and add dimension or add a cute puppy image and tuck it in the back. Thank you for sharing and happy crafting!!! <3 <3 <3

  21. Hi Jennifer….love the cards! I have not made a shaker card but I am feeling inspired. Could you please tell us what the tool was that you used to pick up the sequins….I don’t see anything in your supply list for it. Thank You again Jennifer….

  22. You are not alone… I am not allergic but I hate the way they can jump up on everything, so I am a dog person as well. My husband absolutely hates cats and has found a game he like s to play called “Cats in a Blender”. The intended point of the game is to save the cats, but when he plays he figures out how he can blend the most cats, lol. We are both dog people. I love your idea to change one of them. So cute!!!

  23. Very cute. All of these techniques are great! I need to make some more shaker cards and I like your ideas for ones that will go through the mail more easily!

  24. I definitevely want to try tulle shaker card. I like the less bulky card. Thanks for sharing.

  25. I’m a dog person too (15 year old German Shepherd) and I love the way you have personalised the stamp set. This looks like such a fun set. Thanks for showing so many options for shaker cards -that will encourage me to give them a try.

  26. OMGosh! I get great ideas every time I watch you videos. Thank you so much. Can’t wait to make some of these.

  27. So cute! I love that you changed one of them to Foxy! I don’t like bulky cards so I never make shaker cards. These are much better! Thanks!

  28. Beautiful creations using felt I’ve never tried felt before awesome inspiration! I’m always a fan of your work you have pulled me out of my funk and got me crafting again! You are definitely an inspiration to me! THANKS SO MUCH!

  29. Hi
    You are such an inspiration!! I have been following your blog for long time & you never cease to amaze me in your beautiful craft! Happy Stamping!!😃

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