Shaker card tutorial.

Ok.. this is the tutorial I have been wanting to build since I did my first shaker card with the new windows.  Oh how I LOVE these new shaker card windows.  You ladies who have already received yours…I know you are shouting “AMEN sister!”to that one LOL.

I can’t even remember how I got into this big search for a supplier ..I remember  looking a few times and thinking about it, then looking some more for settling on this particular supplier.  The first time we tried this in a card challenge…. oh what fun and games we had, all those layers and shakies sticking to everything.. but it was a lot of fun and definitely a great looking card…. once you got it right 🙂 .. anywho I digress.

So.. this tutorial is  based on 3 inch circular windows…. and at this point all of the instructions are going to assume that is what you are using.  Of course if you don’t have them… you will have to  modify the instructions and find an alternative method to achieve the same look.. but  at least you will get some ideas 🙂  and when you get sick of layers and stuff sticking to other stuff, or leaking out…  come back and see us and  we’ll point you in the right direction to buy some  :)p  Later when the Square and other shapes and sizes become available…. the concept of this tutorial will be the same, and the Free cut files will become available for purchasers of them too.

Ok, lets hop to it and get to the fun stuff..making something super cool.  Now part of this tutorial is going to be about this fun new style of shaker card I came up with… the  game card.  And again, the concept is the same for any style of shaker, the difference is in whether your card face has holes, or no holes in the design.

 Ok..what are you going to need…

Machine wise… well that is up to you. If you have a Cricut Explore,  there are  basic SVG files for you to download and import into Design Space.  If you have another die cutting machine that will import graphic files.. there will be Jpegs you can use.  If you have an old Cricut Expression… and it can cut a 3 inch circle in a  piece of card.. you have yourself a window base.

Now.. if you don’t happen to have any of those choices available.. never fear.  I have it on good authority from my ladies,that the Spellbinder standard circles Lrg & Sml sets work perfectly.

 

 

They are currently available on Amazon for $11.99 for the small and $11.44 for the large, if anyone else is like me and bought a totally different brand of circular dies that DO NOT fit lol.

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For those of you who do not have a machine and do not want to purchase dies either.. never fear.. we have a method for you too … where there’s a will there is always a way..right !!

Ok.. now to the fun stuff.  First of all you need a design that will fit into the 3 inch circular space the window will cover.   Once you have that, you need to choose between a regular shaker card and a game card.  If you bought the windows through me, you already have the necessary “parts” for the game card, if you choose to make one.  Included in your packet was a small package of Ball Bearings.  If you got your windows elsewhere.. Walmart or Amazon or any number of places sell BB’s and ball bearings.

Rule of thumb I use for the game cards is:

Toddlers 2 balls
Youngsters 4-6 balls
Teens and Adults 6-10 balls
Nerds and Egotists 10+  balls

Ok.. now to the next decision;  overlay, or underlay….either method works, it just depends on what resources you have available and the  way you want to decorate your main card base.
tutorial_overlayIf you do not have a cutter and you don’t have dies.. you are pretty much going to be stuck with the overlay method, unless you want to cut your circle by hand… which you can of course if you want to.

Overlay just means that you are sitting the window on top of the finished piece..and you will need to find a way to hide the flange ( the lip that runs around the base of the window and you glue to the card.  If you do not have a die cutter to cut a circular frame, you could use something like a ruffled lace, or other embellishments to cover it up.

In this example I have a circular frame that I cut out… you can see the edge of the flange .. that is intentional so you can see it’s the overlay method.

tutorial_underlayUnderlay –  This is where you will feed the window through from behind, effectively masking the flange  with no added frames or embellishment needed, except for aesthetics.  If you want to emboss your surround, or do a design in print and cut, or have the center design extend beyond the confines of the window.. this is the easiest method to use.  **See examples at the bottom of the tutorial.

Ok,  so now you have your image and you have decided on overlay, or underlay.. now we get to decide on  shakies, or game card.  If you are going to build a regular shaker..  you are pretty much ready to start printing and cutting

tutorial_cutsThis image shows the pieces needed for both styles… overlay and underlay  AND both types.. standard, or game card.
Bottom left game card image layer
Top left game card padding layer.  The padding layer is just to give the holes depth, so the balls don’t slip out TOO easily. You can add more than two layers if you want to make it easier, specially on the game cards with 6 or more balls. That can be varied depending on the recipient. Top middle  This is the backing piece for  the game card, once the balls are inserted.. you will need something solid to keep them in.  You can either cut a separate piece to fit the front panels, or glue directly to the card base.  I prefer to cut a separate layer so that the shaker game is sealed and I can flip it over to position it, without trying to keep the balls from escaping. Remember to avoid getting glue on this back section where the holes are, specially if you are using tape runners to attach layers.. No one likes sticky balls.. right?
Bottom middle This is the  image background used for a regular shaker card using the overlay method.
Top right  a plain cut card for use with the underlay method.. if you plan to emboss or decorate with inks or stamps etc.
Bottom right is another overlay, this time however it already has a decorative Faux frame and border which was  cut on the Explore using the print and cut feature.  This was designed in a graphics program before being imported so I could have a text frame.

lastly….and lying around of course is a very simple circular frame which can be used to hide the flange of an overlay… or just to decorate the top of an underlay for effect.

Of course you can design simple cut files in Design space very easily..and now they have released the fill feature.. that makes for some fun and unique designs.  Now you do not have to center your window.. I just did for these designs, but bear in mind you will need to accommodate the flange when you move the circle cut out around your design and you don’t want it  showing between the edges of your layers if it’s too close to the edge.

Game card –  glue the two layers with holes together and line them up.  Attach your window, using the overlay or underlay method of choice.  If you are using the underlay method, don’t forget to add glue to the top and bottom of the flange so it sticks to both the image layer and the overlay. The overlay method also makes it easy to align the circle correctly, as the overlay should line up with the other two layers ….ok, now let it dry if you used a wet glue.  It’s very easy to get impatient with these and want to play with them and test them before they are ready… sticky balls,..sticky balls.. no one wants sticky balls.!!!  I should know…. I had to shake my first one for about 2 hours till they finally stopped sticking together inside my game….what can I say….I’m a Scottish Aries and patience is not on even my list of “non existent” virtues.

Ok so are we all good this far?   Feel free to ask questions on the message board, or in the comments section below.  You will need to be registered for either/both options… but we don’t bite : )

Don’t worry ..we are getting towards the end of  War n Peace -Crafter Edition

Ok .. so now you have waited patiently and your  glue has dried, you won’t  have to worry about sticky balls.   So flip your window over and assuming you cut big enough holes for the balls to sit in during the game.. you should be able to pop those balls right in from the back… much easier than trying to  pop them in and then glue the windows to the base… trust me…. these lil suckers…. if you drop  em on a non carpeted floor…. GONE !!! like magic.. Don’t worry about that one extra layer of card you have to cut.

I promise, it beats the alternative..I live in an apartment with wooden floors in the area I craft… let me rephrase that… UNEVEN wooden floors in the area I craft in.  I know somewhere in the vicinity of my crafting carts and my computer desk … there are at least 3 Escapees I haven’t found yet.  I have a pot of 6000 of these suckers…I can afford to have a few strays to hunt down later, most of you don’t ! LOL

Ok… so here are a few sample cards ..  in the coming week or ….so…. there will be some step by step projects for creating these cards from start to finish … Right from coloring the image, to completed cards.  Lots of pictures and videos for anyone who finds reading instructions hard to follow.

Again, if you have any questions.. hop on over to the message Board and we’ll  get you fixed up 🙂   We’d love to see your shaker cards too.. so if you make any.. come on over and show us your pics.

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Images used are :

Laundry Nanavic  This was a September Challenge Card over on the message board.

Bear
– Ornate background is a CUP cut file by Lizzie Mayne, Bear image is a stamp that is hand inked

Fishy
–  KennyK  isn’t she too adoreable, she was one of my my Bi  Weekly challenge submissions.

Upcoming shaker card step by step projects will feature images from KennyK, Bugaboo stamps and freedeariedollsdigistamps.  If you are a digi artist and would like to see your work featured in some of the Crafting Circle projects.. come find me on the message board and PM me a link to your site and portfolio 🙂

And stay tuned for an upcoming review of my new graphics tablet 🙂   I’m having a lot of fun with that.  For the price.. it’s pretty dang cool.

Shaker card windows inserts have arrived

I’m super excited… the packages I sent out have all arrived… and in perfect shape too.  I was worried about how to package these for their Epic voyage through the USPS system.

4  of our message board ladies have their packets already.  I am really looking forward to seeing  what they come up with.  Everyone seems to be using different techniques, which is awesome as it shows the versatility of this project  regardless of what machines and tools you have at your disposal.

Some of the ladies are using  spellbinder circular dies for the cut out and to frame the window and hide the flange, I used my Cricut Explore and made cut files… for those of you using other machines and software, I am sure the basic cut templates will be a  breeze for you.  It’s very simple really… you need a 3 inch hole  LOL.

Now most of the time these are used to create  what is referred to as a shaker card.  In basic terms.. it’s a snow globe style card.  Me being me.. of course I have to be different and I decided to  make something different… GAME CARDS !!!   and these are soo much fun.  I have never seen this done before and it  just came to me one night… so apologies to anyone who is shouting “.. oh but I saw this done years ago…”

These are such cool cards for kids and adults.. even my toddler loves these.

My personal rule of thumb for these game cards is

Toddlers –  2 balls
Youngsters – 4 balls
Teens and the inept adult – 6 balls
Nerds and Egotists –  10+ balls

Here are my first test panels I made.   These are made using the underlay method, except for the stamped bear which is an overlay ..which will be explained later and a full tutorial will be coming soon.   Images used on the cards come from Kennykdownloads.com,  http://freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com/and nanavicsdigitals.blogspot.com and the bear is a stamp.
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Here are a few of my latest cards… 2 game cards and a regular shaker.
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 Ok quick technique tips:

I have it on good authority that these dies work perfectly with these 3 inch windows  for cutting out  the hole on underlay templates AND for cutting out circular frames if you choose the overlay method.

https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/product/standard-circles-sm

https://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/product/standard-circles-lg

 

Brief explanation of overlay V underlay.  Different techniques suit different people and projects.. so just pick the one that works for you 🙂   The underlay is  great of you want to emboss the surrounding area as seen in the snowman shaker.

 

Image one shows the cut pieces  I  made on my Cricut Explore for both methods.

Image 2 you can see the edge of the flange showing beneath the circular frame… that is the overlay method… the windows sits on top of the main piece and design.

Image 3 is the underlay method,  where the window  flange is beneath the  main card and doesn’t need a frame to hide it at the top, however it will need a backing sheet with the image on it..so this would be at least 2 layers of card/paper.

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