Hey friends! Hope you’re having a great week! Today’s card is a super fun Valentines day shaker card. I’d been racking my brain for a slightly more advanced card design that I’ve done previously, with a twist. I didn’t want to buy any more supplies than I already owned! I’ll admit that this card has a few more steps than my typical design, but it was so much fun to make! I also felt like I was able to capture the signature clean and simple (CAS) style that I love so much. This Cricut tutorial will walk you through all the steps I used to make the card and show you how to replicate it with your own supplies. So keep reading to find out how I did it!
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Materials not pictured:
- Polka dot patterned cardstock
- Pink glittery cardstock
Cricut Images Used:
- 2 Standard Hearts
- 1 Standard Square
- Banner (Bits & Pieces cartridge)
- Be Happy Font
Valentines Day Hearts Shaker Card Walkthrough:
Start by opening up this project in the Cricut Design Space. This will give you all the dimensions you’ll need to plan your die cutting sizes. Pick out all of your cardstock colors then create your card base. Your base will be a piece of 5.5 x 8.5 cardstock. Score the paper and fold it in half to make a top opening 5.5×4.25 inch A2 sized greeting card.
Tip: Don’t use your Cricut to make your card base. If you are using a sheet of 8.5 x 5.5 sheet of paper, you’ll likely just end us waisting paper. The 5.5 x 4.25 square that I use in my project is simply for scale.
Use the instructions in the Cricut Design Space to cut out the tan background, the small pink heart and to draw and cut out the banner. I used the Indian Red Cricut marker when I was creating the banner. Creating this design with a Cricut machine also makes it really easy to replicate the design. You can set the draw/cut settings to create as many banners as you need, as long as they fit on a sheet of 12×12 cardstock.
Tip: Still learning how to work your Cricut machine? See my Cricut machine tips and tricks article here.
Next, cut a sheet of acetate about 3.75 x 3.75 inches wide. This should fit perfectly behind the heart-shaped window that our Cricut created for us. Adhere it to the back of the tan cardstock using mounting tape. Allow it to completely cover the space where the heart has been cut out.
Once the acetate is secure, line the back of it with strips of double-sided 3D foam tape. Make sure each piece is touching closely so no sequin falls out. If you take the protective covering off the back of the 3D foam tape before you adhere it to the card, you’ll find that it has more flexibility and is easier to maneuver. Lastly, use a powder tool to remove any static on the acetate, and to run along the sides of the foam tape to remove any unwanted adhesive.
Tip: I recommend using 2 layers of foam tape behind the acetate to ensure that your sequin has enough space to move around.
And now for the most exciting part, add the sequin to the acetate window you’ve created! I suggest adding a few colors of sequin in together to accent each other nicely. I used clear iridescent, white and red sequin. If you’re having trouble figuring out how much to put in, use a 1/4 teaspoon to measure it out, then just add more as needed.
Close the heart window by placing whatever patterned cardstock you’ve chosen for your background. I used a sheet of polka-dotted pink cardstock that was about 3.5×3.5 inches in size. Trim off any excess pink cardstock before adding the design to the card base.
For the final steps of this Valentine’s day shaker card, add some 3D foam tape to the back of the tan cardstock and apply the shaker design to the card base. Once that’s added to the base, adhere the glittery heart and the banner using more 3D foam tape. This will really make it pop off the page. I also added a red rhinestone that matches the color of the red sequin on the right-hand side of the pink heart.