Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for this Throwback Thursday Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial?  It’s just loaded with fall goodness from top to bottom and side to side! This Simple Stories collection came out in 2021, but it’s still one of my favorite autumn collections.  When I found myself wanting to make a little project that could double as a bit of fall home décor, I knew this was just the right paper to work with!

Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

My focus for this tutorial was on sharing tips for adding lots of texture and layers.  You will learn how to build the 6×6 easel card base, see how I turned the chipboard frame into a shaker box, find out how to layer the leaves and flowers around the box, and how to add the pocket/stopper on the inside of the card.

Bee-Utiful Shaker Box Embellishment

Autumn Splendor Shaker Box Embellishment by Kathy Clement

Chipboard frames lend themselves beautifully to being transformed into a shaker box!  It’s just too easy NOT to do it!  Here’s how:

  • First, lightly sand the surface of the frame so you can add a little color with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I do this by smooshing the ink pad on my non-stick craft sheet.  Then I spritz the ink with a little water so that bead of color form.  Next, I tap the frame lightly into the beads and heat dry.  Repeat this process until you are happy with the way the frame looks.
  • Now, back the frame with 1/4″ Scor-Tape or Red Line Tape.  Then adhere clear acrylic cardstock (acetate) to the back of the frame.  Follow up with 3 rows of 1/8″ foam adhesive strips.
  • Next, cut the bee and woodgrain paper to fit the back of the frame.
  • Then, place the frame face down and fill with your shaker elements.
  • Finally, remove the foam adhesive liner and adhere the patterned paper to the back of the box.
Adding Texture and Visual Interest

Flowers, ribbon and burlap string add great texture to the card composition.  I dug into my stash of retired Petaloo flowers and found these lovely textured blooms.

**Note: I added the chipboard pumpkin to my card AFTER I finished the video tutorial.  In the process of cleaning my desk, I found it buried under a scrap of paper.  It fit so nicely behind the flower that I just had to tuck it in.  If you decide to add it, too, make your life easier by adding it in BEFORE you glue down the flower!

Embellishments can help “tell the story” on a card when they are used well.  This little embellishment cluster features a monocle charm, acorn charm and bee charm all strung on burlap string and topped with a gingham bow.

A Peek Inside

We’ll decorate the inside of the card together, so I won’t bore you with details.  I just thought you might like to see some photos.

Create a 5 1/2″ photo wallet with leftover bits of cardstock and paper.  Then dress up the cover with some of your ephemera bits.

Tuck a little Pumpkin Spice tea bag inside as a special treat.  This would also be a great place to add your favorite gingerbread or tea bread recipe.

Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to see how this pretty card comes together, please enjoy the video tutorial.

Did you enjoy this Throwback Thursday?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!




**Please note: Throwback Thursday Tutorials are designed to inspire you to use retired papers and embellishments from your stash.  For that reason, not all items can be readily found online.  I will link whenever possible, but if an item is missing from the list, it is because I couldn’t find it.  Thanks for understanding!



7 thoughts on “Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

  1. Helen Budz

    This Throwback is my favorite to date, Kathy. The Autumn look and feel of this card is amazing. Every element from bows and flowers to the shaker and the charm works so well with this lovely paper set. Seeing another way of creating with the fold design you used several years ago with the Authentique monthly calendars has given me some great ideas for seasonal home decor. tfs-stay well. Hugs.

  2. 1sassy1

    I’ve been missing your post and saw this fabulous card with a video and knew I needed to take a few minutes to watch. I wasn’t disappointed but I knew I wouldn’t be. No one could ever regret watching your tutorials. I love them and this beautiful card reminds me to check in more often in spite of my health challenges. This card is definitely my favorite fall card. I love the addition of a shaker element and how easy you make it look. Thank you for your videos and for continuing to inspire. God bless

    Sandra Smith
    Queen Creek

  3. Susan Steele

    Oh my …I agree with Gena …this is one of the prettiest Autumn cards ever!!! Just luv all the fall colors and your flowers and copper bows just suit this card to a “T” ! And simply luv how you’ve placed everything on this card front …skaker and all! And the inside with the pocket to hold the extra pictures is great too! Haven’t done that to an easel card yet …but I’m gonna give that a try! Thanks for sharing your beautiful “Autumn” card creation Kathy! And great tutorial!!! Hugs, Suzy Q

  4. Cheryl Wells

    Beautiful card with all the rich colors of Fall – Love all the attention to the details – thank you Kathy!!!

  5. soozyb2013

    You are the shaker card queen! Another spicey autumn card! Your cards aren’t just cards they are mini works of art!! Love this one Kathy, you can feel the crisp of autumn.

  6. Priscilla Hughs

    The Queen of Shabby Chic has done it again! Darling, colorful fall card! Who wouldn’t love to receive it as a gift…or keep! My favorite time of year, started my fall card making yesterday, thanks again for sharing your creativity with us!

  7. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this is one of the prettiest Autumn cards ever! The front is gorgeous with that shaker window and the arrangement of Fall flowers and the pumpkin. And oh yes, that little charm cluster is a delight! Your design and placement of embellishments is always absolutely perfect and so pleasing to look at. Going now to watch the tutorial! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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