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Word Die Cut Shaker Card – Monochromatic

Hi and welcome back! You might have noticed…… this card features foil again Well, I just couldn’t resist it. Foil can help bring a modern touch to a card when used in a monochromatic design such as this one. And guess what, it is so easy to make! Foil has been used to create a modern and fun word die cut shaker card.  

Don’t worry if you do not have a Silhouette Cameo, you can use dies and a die cutting machine for the shaker window – I just used what tools I had for the job! You can also make this card without a toner printer as you can always stamp the small sentiment, rather than design a printed toner banner to foil.

Materials required:

  • A2 (5″1/2 x 4″1/4) White cardbase 
  • White card stock
  • Minc reactive paint
  • Cheap brush
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • Heat reactive foils. Foil used in this project: Heidi Swapp Teal.
  • Minc machine or laminator.
  • A variety of sequins and clear balls.
  • Acetate
  • Adhesive foam tape
  • Double sided adhesive tape
  • Silhouette Cameo – Alternatively you can use Dies and a manual die cutting machine. 

Word Die cut shaker card Project details:

The first step in making this card was to make the background. I placed the white card stock onto a non-stick craft mat and applied horizontal stripes of minc reactive paint. Although the paint is clear as I applied it, I titled the card in the light to see where my lines were to try and evenly space them apart.

Before you apply the foil, you need to let the paint dry completely. If you don’t, it could ruin your carrier sheet when sent through your machine. You may wish to dry the card with a heat gun if you are impatient – just bare in mind it may warp your card.

Once my background had dried completely, I covered the sheet with foil and sent it through the Minc machine on heat setting 3. If you don’t have a Minc machine, you can use a laminator for this step.

In my Silhouette Studio, I mapped out the card size and added an internal offset dashed line. I wanted a faux stitched border added to the card. As this was going to be a modern masculine card, I wanted to using a very simple clean font for the big bold DAD.  When I was happy with the overall design, I applied my foiled background to my mat and cut using Blade 3, thickness 20, speed 4. 

Alternatively use dies and a manual die cutting machine if you prefer.  

I wanted the small ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment to match with the foiled background. Therefore, in the Silhouette Studio,  I designed a small flag and filled this in with black. I applied the sentiment in white over the top of the flag and printed this out on my toner printer. The toner enables me to send this through the Minc machine – an inkjet printer will not work. Alternatively you could stamp and heat emboss a sentiment. 

Assembling the card

To create the shaker window, I applied an oblong sheet of acetate behind the die cut sentiment with adhesive tape. I applied a small amount of adhesive to the small inner parts of the D’s and A to sit on the front of the window. 

On the back of the acetate, I applied a layer of adhesive foam tape. I placed a variety of sequins in the space and sealed with a small sheet of white card. Sealing the back of the window like this makes it much more easier to position the background evenly on your card base without all the shaker bits going everywhere!

I applied more adhesive foam tape to the background to ensure the card would sit and mounted onto the card base. Lastly, I foam mounted the smaller sentiment, offsetting to one side. 

I love how using a monochromatic colour scheme along with foil has created a sophisticated yet modern card. The shaker window has helped add a little fun to the card. 

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About Me

Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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