It’s that time of year to send some loved ones holiday snail mail! You can do the obvious and get a box of cards (there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that), but if you like to make your own cards, why not go over the top and create one of these shaker cards! The thing we love about this card, is you can customize it to fit the city you live in or hold close in your heart!
This is a bit of a time consuming project with lots of steps, but this time of year we love to pop in our favorite holiday movies and just immerse ourselves in the activity!
- Different Colored Cardstock
- ReNew Scissors
- Confetti Punches
- Glue Stick
- Paper Cutter
- Clear Vellum Paper
- Gold Paint Pen
- Black Pen
- Double Sided Tape
- Double Sided Foam Tape
Cut and Fold the Card:
Use the paper cutter to cut a piece of cardstock to 6.5” x 9”. Fold the cardstock in half using the boning tool to get a nice clean edge.
Cut out a second piece of cardstock for the top of the card. (6” x 4”)
Take a lid of a jar and place it onto of the top piece of cardstock. Trace it in the center of the card and then cut it out.
Tip: Open the pair of scissors and pierce one end into the center of the circle then cut the circle out from the hole you just made.
Create the Buildings:
Think about the a city that you want to represent on your card and try to mimic them with the shapes you cut. We live in Queens, so NYC is the city we are replicating!
On different colored cardstock, use a metallic paint marker and draw different patterns and designs for the wrapping paper patterns.
Cut out different sized rectangles, once each piece is cut out, take a black pen and draw on simple ribbons and bows.
Tip: Keep the sketches light and easy, the black pen really gives a “The New Yorker” cartoon vibe.
Glue The Buildings On The Card:
Glue the presents on top of each other to create the buildings. Glue the buildings onto the folded card.
Tip: Place the top card onto of the folded card as you’re gluing to help make sure that the buildings lined up correctly.
Cut out two pieces of vellum paper to fit the top card. Flip the top card over and tape one of the vellum pieces to the back. We like to use double sided tape, but you could use a glue stick.
Take the other piece of vellum paper and tape it onto the folded card onto of the buildings. This is an important step, because it will allow the confetti to shake around without getting caught in the buildings. This step is not shown, because it was something we figured out after we made the card!
On the back of the top card, create a boarder with the double sided foam tape around the top card. This will create a space for the confetti to really move.
Tip: If your foam tape is thick, cut it down so it is more narrow.
Create Confetti Snow:
Use the confetti punches to create different shaped snowflakes. You can get really creative with the colored cardstock you use.
Add Embellishments And Assemble:
Get creative with this part, print out a seasons greetings on computer paper and cut it out to look like a banner. Create the base of a snow globe and use the gold paint maker to embellish it!
Assemble the card by placing the confetti in the center of the card and taking off the foam tape lining and sandwich the card together!
This card is definitely over the top and a bit time consuming, but it’s enjoyable to make and would be great as a festive activity during a holiday get together!
Watch the full tutorial from our live class we did with Fiskars through Michaels!