Because Sometimes You Want Clear Shaker Sides

So. Here's the thing. I had a vision. I made a sketch. It was going to be GREAT! It all started with this photo, but there was a problem.

This is the current inspiration photo from the Runway Inspired Challenge. As soon as I saw it, an idea popped into my head, so I grabbed my trusty Post-It notes and sketched out a card. I love the sketch and finally go to turn that vision into a reality last night. Only one problem. My vision had a shaker going across the front of the card. See those floral panels on her jacket? For some reason they screamed WINDOW to me, so my mind went to a shaker card. BUT...the design I had sketched sort of neglected to remember the fact that sequins will fall out if shakers don't have sides. My shaker didn't have sides.

Sydney Shaker


Yes, my friends, despite having not thought through the engineering quite as thoroughly as I perhaps should have in the sketching stage, I managed to maintain my original design idea and still have my shaker card. WHAT?! Yup. For reals, you guys. How did I complete these feat of awesomeness, you ask? Kool Tac Clear Foam Tape, my friends. To. The. Rescue. Yup. The sides are sealed with clear foam tape. Under the acetate. And you can barely see it. And I love that. And this card, you guys... THIS CARD!

Sydney Shaker (detail)

I heat embossed the bottom panel with Wide stripes for a subtle bit of texture. The red stripe was inspired by the belt buckle in the photo, along with the stripes found throughout. I just really love how this all came together. It's one of my favorites, for sure! You can find my complete supply list below. (All Simon Says Stamp links are affiliate links and your support is always appreciated.)

White Cardstock: Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth White
Black and Red Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp
Gold Cardstock: Bazzill Gold Metallic Cardstock (Again... SO WORTH IT!)
Stamps: Altenew Sketchy Cities Abroad, Simon Says Stamp Wide Stripe
Dies: Spellbinders Celebration Two
Adhesive: Kool Tac Clear Foam Tape, Giant Roll of Scotch Foam Tape
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark
Sequins: Hazel and Ruby
Acetate: Judikins Embossable Window Sheets

Have a Happy!


  1. I have been wanting some of that stuff FOREVER. This is Amazeballs!
    Uh, how weird is it that my computer autocorrects to capitalize Amazeballs?

  2. Love this! I have some of the Kool Tack and it's awesome. I bought it for shakers.

  3. Awesome card! I love that you used the clear foam tape at the edges (I'm inspired! Wasn't sure how clear it would look, but yours turned out amazing!)
    I'm enabled on the cardstock. Loves how it looks! Need some now...

  4. OK that is really cool! Love how this turned out and I love those subtle stripes too!

  5. Love your card and what an awesome product. Clear foam tape????? Wowza.

  6. Clear foam tape? That's genius!! Your card is ah-mazing!!! And you have inspired me to look at shaker cards in a whole different way! But first, I must buy some of this clear foam tape LOL

  7. Totally terrific! And how much do I love the embossing???? Jo x

  8. Fabulous card! Once supply you didn't list was your embossing powder. What kind do you use? I love how white it is.

  9. It turned out amazing!!!!!! LOVES the boldness and clear tape...DUDE! You just took shaker cards to a whole new level! Beautiful card!! Sooooooooo amazing! Way to work it out!

  10. This is one fabulous and unique shaker card! You worked it (the shaker part) into your design perfectly! This tape will be sold out in record time.

  11. Ahh...so, yeah. This is beyond AMAZING!!! WOW.

  12. Yep, totally awesome card! You blow my mind!

  13. Oh what a beautiful design and genius solution! Your card is so amazing!

  14. WOW! Love the embossing you did at the bottom of the card!

  15. This card is so awesome! Glad you could find a solution for your little technical problem! Have been wanting to get Kool Tak for a long time... Should finally order it...

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  17. The clear adhesive on the sides was certainly a stroke of brilliance! I love the whole look of this card. Shaker cards were never really my thing, but you just may have converted me!! :) Thanks so much for joining us on the Runway!


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