Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps

Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design-Photo 01

Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to show you how to create a lovely Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps.  Do you ever end up with a little pile of patterned papers and images from a favorite paper collection?  You love every bit of that paper, and you don’t want to throw it out.  But how do you use those small bits to create a card?  I hope today’s Throwback Thursday tutorial will give you some simple tips you can use when you find yourself in this dilemma.

Tip #1: Layer Small Panels

The first tip is to layer small panels together.  For this card, I had the focal image and 2 smallish 4 1/2″ x 4 panels of patterned paper.  Overlap the papers on a cardstock mat and machine stitch them to give them a designer look.

I also had a single 4×6 panel left over from this Authentique July Calendar paper collection.  So I matted it on red cardstock and machine stitched around it, too.  This layer provided a nice backdrop for my focal image.  Stitch around the focal image and pop it up on foam tape to give it more presence on the page.

Tip #2: Use Large Embellishments!

Even after I layered my patterned papers, text panel and focal image, the entire bottom half of my card was mostly blank.  What’s the solution?  Large embellishments!  Here’s what I did:

  • First, I die cut 2 large stitched stars from white glitter paper.
  • Next, I centered the  next smallest stitched star die inside one of the stars.  Then I die cut it.  This created a lovely frame.
  • Now back die cut frame with acetate (clear cardstock) and trimmed it out with sharp scissors.  Easy, right?
  • Then, add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam adhesive on the back side of the star frame.  Fill the frame with your shaker mix, remove the liner tape, and press the solid star over the foam tape to create the shaker element.
  • Rosettes are also large embellishments that take up a lot of space on a card.  Plus, they look festive!
A Peek Inside

I was able to add strips of patterned paper to the inside of the card along with one other focal image.  Lining the card interior with cardstock really helped fill in the gaps.

I even had enough paper left over to make this cute gift card wallet. Neat, huh?

Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps Tutorial on You Tube

If you’d like to see me put this quick and easy card together, please enjoy this short YouTube tutorial.

Since this is Throwback Thursday, many of the products I’ve used in this project are no longer available.  But I’ll link to the ones that you can still find in the supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




8 thoughts on “Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps

  1. lynn legge

    ohh kathy i sure love the vintage feel of this card. the shaker cards are always a treat
    you sure have a way to make the card so beautiful
    have a blessed week

  2. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this card is just fabulous! I love the vintage looking image of that precious little girl on the front and also the one flying down the road on her bicycle! The way you have layered and stitched the front of the card is just perfection. The pinwheel, shaker star and buttons are beautiful and really add so much pizazz! I always love and look forward to seeing your patriotic cards! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  3. Sandi Smith

    This cad is absolutely fantastic! I love the red white and blue combination but the way you blended different papers and patterns is outstanding. Just when I thought you had everything on the front of the card that it would handle, you brought out the flowers and they worked! It’s always amazing to me the ease that you create and the way you layer everything. Another beautiful card!

    Sandi Smith
    Queen Creek

  4. Dana Roepke

    Love this card, paper and the vintage designs. Always appreciate your tips for using up scraps and reminders of things like the rosettes. I have several rosette dies and never think to use them.

  5. Laura Clark

    Such a cute card from scraps! I love your addition of the rosette. I never think of using them on cards but I will now.

  6. Priscilla Hughs

    Oh to be able to find bright papers like that…esp the plaids! Adorable card and the insides are delightful! Thanks for all of the good ideas…my creative juices are kicking in!

  7. Rosemary S

    I just love this card and everything red/white/blue. I like to make a printed copy of what you do for future reference if I can’t make it right away. Lately, I can only get one printed picture if I’m lucky and the rest is words. I try to put the date on it so I can go back and view the video. Do you have any suggestions of why all the photos won’t print? I only use your designs for my self or send to others in gifts.

  8. Joni E

    Such a cute card made with leftover pieces of paper! I think we all have plenty of scrap paper that could be put to good use. Thanks for the video sharing your tips and tricks!

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