Beachy Thank You Shaker Card

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Thank You Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you  know how very much I love the beach.  Two days after Valentine’s Day, Dale and I ran away to the shore to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary.  One of Dale’s customers owns a lovely oceanfront condo in Myrtle Beach and gave us great off season rates for a weekend rental.  Can you say heaven on earth?  To thank them for their kindness, I created this Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Thank You Card.  The color palette of this paper collection matches their decor so perfectly that I (almost) could not wait to get home and make it for them.

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die Vignette Frame Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

My favorite fancy fold card design has to be the easel card.  The fact that they stand upright allows them to double as home decor.  .

TIP: Score a 1/2″ spine when creating the card base to allow the card cover to fold neatly over the floral elements.

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die Vignette Frame Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Once again, I’ve used a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame as the box for my shaker element. (Learn how to create this shaker frame element HERE.)

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die Vignette Frame Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 03

TIP: Mat the 3″ wide “stopper” for the easel with waste chipboard.  This will elevate it just enough to act as a brake when the easel card is opened for display.   You can also mat the Sea Maiden oval Cardstock Component sentiment on waste chipboard to further elevate the stopper.

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Thank You Shaker Card: Make Your Own Embellishments!

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die Vignette Frame Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 04


It’s a snap to create this realistic looking seahorse and starfish.  Here’s how:

  • First, die cut a chipboard seahorse and starfish using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Sand & Sea Die.
  • Next, die cut a second seahorse from the pretty blue mosaic tile paper.  Adhere to the chipboard seahorse.
  • Now, Ink the edges with brown Distress Ink.
  • Then cover the entire shape with an even layer of Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Now place the chipboard in a funnel tray or over a clean piece of printer paper.  Sprinkle on a generous coating of Emerald Creek Fractured Ice Allure Powder.  Remove from the funnel tray, gently tap off the excess and heat emboss. When finished, pour the extra powder back into the jar.
Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Thank You Shaker Card: Dirty Sand

Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Die Vignette Frame Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 05

TIP: Prevent burned fingertips by holding the chipboard between tweezers.

  • Let the seahorse cool while you work on the starfish.  Begin by sponging Ground Espresso Distress Ink all over the surface of the chipboard starfish.
  • Next, cover it with Versamark Embossing ink and heat emboss with Fractured Ice, as you did the seahorse.  The brown ink will come through the embossed layer, which looks really cool.  Set this aside and go back to the seahorse.
  • Randomly tap the cooled seahorse with Versamark.  Sprinkle on Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Texture.  If you get too much, brush some away with your finger.  Heat emboss as before.  Do a happy dance at the wonderful texture you’ve just created!
  • Repeat this step with the starfish, but add more Baked Sand for realistic texture.

I’ll add a linked supply list below for your convenience.

I hope this Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Shaker Thank You Card post has given you some tips, tricks and inspiration for your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



Authentique Sea Maiden Beachy Thank You Shaker Card Supply List

15 thoughts on “Beachy Thank You Shaker Card

  1. carol edwards

    Hello dear friend and Happy Anniversary wishes again to you and Dale.I love the seahorse and how realistic he/she is looking. Such a beautiful thank you card , I sure it was gratefully received just as much as your wonderful beach getaway. Hugs xx

  2. sandart999

    Happy, Happy, Happy Anniversary, Kathy, and blessings for many more celebrations to come!
    What a great card! I love everything about it…the fun-in-the-sun colors, that spectacular seahorse embellishment and the eye-catching shaker frame.
    Love & blessings, Sandy

  3. Suzy Q

    Oh my my ….what a beautiful, beautiful thank you card Kathy! And a very Happy 45th Anniversary to you and Dale! So glad you got to whisk away to one of your favorite places for your anniversary! How sweet! Thanks so much for sharing this easel card …they are so unique! I remember my first one I learned from you …over a year ago now! Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun …in more ways than one!!! Lol! Thanks for sharing! Big hugs, Suzy Q

  4. Jessica Eiss

    This is so beautiful! Any thoughts on making a folio??? (hint, hint!) I’m really digging your shaker fronts, and that’s so easy to put together.

  5. Anita Houston

    I have seen that seahorse a zillion times, and never has it looked better. WOW!!! I need some of those powders. Everyone has them but me if you can believe that. LOL! This is a stunner! AND Happy Anniversary!!! You inspire me in more ways than one!

  6. Carol Starkovich

    Eric and I just went out to your web page and we were so surprised to see the beautiful gift you made us listed as the ‘Beachy Thank You Shaker Card’. It is absolutely stunning work and the colors you used matched our decor perfectly. We love it and are so appreciative for all the time and effort you put into it for us. We certainly will treasure it and hope you and Dale will enjoy seeing it as part of our condo’s beach decor on your next visit to the Beach. Thanks for making us feel so special!

    Eric and Carol

  7. soozyb2013

    SO pretty, love the colours, definitely beachy. lol Great work as usual my friend. Have a great Wednesday.

  8. Helen

    Happy Anniversary! So glad you could celebrate at the beach.

    As for your card…what’s not to like?! You’ve gathered so many “beachy” elements that work together so well. The “dirty sand” creates such great texture…it’s going on my wish list. I especially like the floral/sentiment at the base of your card–it makes such a stunning base for the easel design. tfs

  9. Sherry

    This is just beautiful. Love your easel cards- always fun to try something new but this is my go to for a quick card. Your tips and tricks are always fun and so instructional. My husband of 45 years in June has rued the day I found your lovely cards on etsy

  10. Sara Emily Barker

    Wow, Kathy! What a fabulous way to thank your husband’s client for his generosity and hospitality! I love that shaker and how you’ve layered your embossing powders to create that crusty seahorse/starfish. These truly look like you collected them off the ocean floor! What a beautiful, creative make! LOVE this! Hugs! PS I’m so happy you were able to celebrate your special milestone in MB; I hope you had some good weather!

  11. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, seeing this beauty really made my day. And so appropriate since I just came down to Galveston yesterday to spend a couple of days and visit with friends. You know how I love the seaside and all things beachy! This card is just gorgeous. Those color combinations and shaker elements are divine! I especially love the shiny green pearls. And oh my, that seahorse! How beautiful! I’ve always thought seahorses were so magical. Such perfect sentiments too! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  12. Anne R

    Kathy, you have just melted my heart with this stunning seaside shaker card, like you I just love anything to do with beach/sea/ocean and seahorses are my favourite ever creatures! I am totally in love with this beauty!

    How lovely to have a little get-away with your hubby, huge congratulations on your anniversary!

    Hugs, Anne xx

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