Heartfelt Creations Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card

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Heartfelt Creations Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card for the Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the  April 2019 Alumni Hop!  This month I have a darling Heartfelt Creations Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card to share with you.

Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card: Building the Card Base

Just look at all those cheeky little birdies clustered around the delicate cherry blossoms on this 4″ x 7 1/2″ box style card!  They make my heart sing!  Here’s how I built the base for this sweet card.

  • First cut a 7 1/2″ x 11″ panel of Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Then, place the long side of the paper on your scoring tool.  Then score at 4″, 4 3/4″, 8 3/4″ and again at 10″.  This will leave you with 2 short flaps on the right hand side.  Fold the outermost flap under and adhere.  The remaining flap will form a pocket inside the card.
  • Now crease along all the scored lines to create a little book with a 3/4″ spine on the left.
  • If you wish to use a ribbon closure, as I did on this card, then add it now using 1/2″ Scor-Tape to secure it.
  • Next, cover front and back covers with 3 7/8″ x 7 3/8″ panels of designer paper.
    • TIP: You may machine stitch around the front cover  to add extra texture if desired.
    • TIP: Assemble the card cover before you attach it to the card base.  This makes it easier to assemble the card interior, and protects the card cover from soil or damage.

Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card: Creating the Shaker Element

Here are the steps to follow to create the shaker frame.

  • First, use the Eyelet Oval and Basics Small Die to cut the oval center from the floral card front in the paper collection.  Save the frame for another use.  Keep the decorative center as we will use it for the focal image inside the shaker.
  • Next die cut the frame from Whip Cream Cardstock.  To do this, I layered the Eyelet Oval & Basic Small Die with the #3 die from that set.  A bit of washi tape placed across both dies will keep everything neat and centered.
  • Now use just the outer frame die to cut clear acrylic cardstock.
  • Then adhere the acrylic die cut to the back side of the Whip Cream frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • When the adhesive is set, place a triple layer of Darice Adhesive Foam Strips around the back side of the frame.
    • TIP: Make sure all the tape ends are closely butted up against one another to prevent the shaker elements from leaking out of the shaker box.
  • Now adhere the focal image to the card base.
  • Next,  fill the center of the image completely with Buttons Galore Rainbow Unicorn Shaker Mix.
  • Finally, remove the top layer of liner tape from the foam strips and center the shaker frame over the focal image.  Press in place.
Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card: Creating the Cherry Blossoms

Did you know that Heartfelt Creations now includes 2 sheets of pre-colored images that are all ready to cut out with the matching dies?   This makes is quick and easy to create perfectly color matched flowers for your project.

  • First, cut out flowers, leaves and bird images from the Cherry Blossom Retreat Paper collection using the Tweet Cherry Blossoms Dies.
  • Next, place the items face down in the 3D Cherry Blossoms Shaping Mold.
    • TIP: You can shape up to 3 layers at a time using the mold.  Just spritz each individual layer lightly with water before adding the next layer. I personally find that doing just 2 layers at a time yields the best results.
  • Now, layer the flowers together using hot glue or Dries Clear adhesive.  I did not layer the tiniest flowers on this project.
  • Next, pierce a hole in the center of each layered flower using the Golf piercing tool.
  • Then thread stamens through the holes, securing the back side with a little hot glue.  I used wired stamens on the mid sized blossoms, and rock candy stamens on he large blossoms.
  • Now, use a bit of sponge to tap the petals with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Drop each flower into a container and sprinkle with Rajni Chawla’s Frosting Powder.
  • Next, fill the centers of the smallest blooms with Dries Clear and a sprinkling of TuTu Pink Prills.
  • Finally adhere the prepared flowers to the card.
Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The interior of the card features 2 pockets.

To make the side pocket:

  • First, line the card base with designer paper.
  • Next, fold the flap we scored and secure it to the card base at the top and bottom edges.
  • Finally, cut a border strip to cover the pocket flap.

To make the box style pocket on the left:

  • First, cut a 5 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ panel of Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Now, place the long side on your scoring tool and score at 1/2″, 1″, 4 3/4″, and 5 1/4″.
  • Next, turn this panel so that the short side is against the rail.  Then score at 2 1/2″ and 3″.
  • Crease and burnish all the scored lines.
  • Next, cut away the outermost rectangle on each side of the box pocket. (Refer to photo.)
  • Then cut a slit from the bottom edge to the second crease on each side.  (Refer to photo.)
  • Now, place a dab of adhesive on the back side of the small square at the bottom, and adhere to the tab above it.
  • Now just fold scored lines on the bottom to form the base of the box.  Adhere the small tab to the bottom of the box for extra strength.  (You will see how this works when you are constructing the box.)
  • Finally, fold the sides in and adhere to the box base.
    • TIP: I like to cut a small triangular piece away from the top of the box sides once the pocket is built.  This way, they are less visible.
  • Now adhere the box pocket to the left  hand side of the card base.

Use the Album Tags and Accents Dies to create a little bookmark to tuck into the right hand pocket.  Then, create a little treat wallet using the scraps on your work table and tuck it into the box pocket.

You’ll find a linked supply list for this project below the post. 

On With the Hop!

This hop runs until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, April 29th.

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, and leave a lovely comment.  One comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.

A winner will be announced on this blog, the Heartfelt Creations Blog/Facebook page on Wednesday, April 30th.  The winner will then have 72 hours to claim the prize by contacting socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us.  Please write “Winner of the March Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

The hop starts HERE:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Amarilys  ♥  Gloria ♥  VickiJoann  ♥  SusanCandy

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  For more Heartfelt Creations tutorials, click HERE.

Enjoy the Hop!




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47 thoughts on “Heartfelt Creations Cherry Blossom Retreat Shaker Card

  1. Dawn Thiesen

    Heartfelt Creations just can’t be beat for beautiful designs to work with. Your creation is just stunning, and love the instructions you provided, this is often missing. Thank you!

  2. Helen

    Kathy, this is such a sweet card! Everything lovely happens with Heartfelt Creation themes …your projects always take their products to the next level of creativity. This hop is my monthly favorite! tfs

  3. Dora

    Wow. awesome too!! Fantastic creation. You spend lot of time in decoration/design of this creation. Very beautiful.

  4. Glenda F Brooks

    What a lovely card/folio you have created! I love the collection and those sweet little birds. As always your design and the details all come together!

  5. Jill McAuley

    First stop on the hope and what a great way to begin .Thank you for the detailed tutorial too.

  6. Ruth Pearman

    I love your shaker card!! Such a great idea to include treats!! Thanks for the great easy to follow instructions!!

  7. Kathleen Harrington

    This tutorial came just in time. My mother’s 88th birthday is next week, and I have been agonizing over what super special card to make for her. She is going to love this! Thank you 3>

  8. Sue D

    So pretty with all of the cherry blossoms and sweet little birds. I like the colors of the shaker pieces too and the contents inside.

  9. Martie Rollin

    Love these smaller flowers! You can tuck theme anywhere so easily. This is such a cheerful project…instantly brought a smile to my face! Thanks for the instructions on making that deep pocket…easy to follow instructions and clearly illustrated photos. Many thanks!

  10. Sharon Gullikson

    What a nice, feminine shaker card. I LOVE the goodies you put inside, especially the stripey blue ones.

  11. June

    Kathy, I have many of your projects lined up to do! I have already completed at least four of them. You are so creative – I just have to copy!

  12. Luanne Shearer

    I love those little birds. I haven’t made a shaker card yet, but it’s on my list. Thank you for the clear directions and the inspiration! Just beautiful.

  13. Doris Minear

    Love the Cherry Blossoms, and the shaker card, it is so cheerful, would make everyone smile who received it. I just found your site, and love all that you create, Congratulations on being a creative artist for Graphic 45.

  14. Barbara Zane-Wilson

    Once again you have out done yourself. You have such a talent. I can’t wait to use your inspiration for a card. It is beautiful!

  15. Gena Krannig

    Wow, Kathy! What a beautifully designed card. This collection is simply gorgeous and shouts Spring! OMG, those precious birdies, the lovely flowers and those pretty shaker elements are absolute eye candy! Heartfelt Creations really does have some of the most beautiful paper collections. You’ve used this one to absolute perfection! Thank you for sharing ! Hugs!

  16. Cynthia Pryor

    I love to see what you do with your shaker cards, and Heartfelt Creations is my favorite company by far.

  17. Dana Roepke

    So cheery! Thanks also for such a detailed tutorial – always like to bookmark these for future reference. You now have me hooked on Heartfelt Creations 🙂

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