Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card with Simple Stories Autumn Splendor
Hello, Friends! After I finished this week’s Throwback Thursday project, I decided to make this Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card. After all, the papers, leaves, flowers, etc. were already out on my desk. The old mojo was flowing, and it was not quite time to fix dinner. Plenty of good reasons to make “just one more” card with this lovely fall collection. Do you ever do that? I find it so tempting to ignore the load of laundry that needs to be folded in favor of working with a favorite paper collection. Once the idea popped into my head to make a shaker card, well, let’s just say the laundry got folded later!
Putting It Together
Here’s how this cheery fall card came together:
- First, cut a 5 1/2″ x 11 panel of kraft cardstock. Score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
- Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square of patterned paper to line the interior of the card base,
- Then cut a 6 1/2″ x 3″ panel of kraft cardstock. Score 1/2″ on the sides and bottom, trim out the corners, and fold the flaps to create a pocket/brake for the easel.
- Now cut a 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ panel of kraft cardstock. This will be the card front.
- Next cut 5 1/4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 5 3/4″ mats with green and bittersweet cardstock.
- Now top the layers with a 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of the floral print.
Making the Shaker Element
Oh, how I love a shaker frame on a card! Especially when it is wrapped with knitted trim and wooden buttons! Here’s how I put this one together.
- First, trace the outside edge of the frame onto a piece of clear acrylic cardstock. Then trim along the traced lines.
- Next, adhere the clear cardstock (acetate) to the back of the chipboard frame.
- Now, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the sides of the frame. Be sure not to leave any gaps where beads or glitter might escape.
- Then, lightly sand the top, bottom and right hand side of the Simple Stories Autumn Glory Frame. This will help the glue grab the surface of the frame.
- Next, place 1/4″ Scor-Tape on the frame, and adhere strips of textured trim over it.
- Now, lightly fray the edges where the trim meets in the corners.
- Then top the corners with inked and threaded wooden buttons.
- Next, adhere the 2×2 image from the paper collection on the card front base.
- Now place your mix of sequins, buttons, beads and rhinestone leaves on the card base.
- Finally, remove the liner tape and press the frame in place.
A Peek Inside
Don’t you just love it when a card element can perform double duty? The stopper for this easel card is also a pocket! Now this pretty card can function as a gift!
Turn a 3×4 image into a mini folio and tuck it inside the pocket.
Add a mini Lindt chocolate a fancy herbal tea bag inside the folio pocket. And there’s plenty of room to tuck a honey stick inside the larger pocket.
This would make a great fall birthday card, or a thoughtful get well card. As you can tell, I’m hanging on to my fall papers as long as I can. They are just so lovely to work with! Keep an eye out for Christmas projects starting this week, though. (But you never know when I will give in to the temptation to make just one more autumn creation!)
You can find a linked supply list below the post.
Thanks for stopping by!
- Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Collection Kit
- Clear Cardstock (acetate sheets)
- Safari Sunrise Shaker Mix
- 1/8″ foam strips
- rhinestone leaf buttons and flowers from my stash
- Brown and Cream Plaid Ribbon