Have a Beary Cool Day

Debbie’s back with some cool inspiration. You’re going to love her tips for creating seamless shaker cards and adding texture to your colored images.

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Merry Christmas Eve, everybody—I hope that you are more prepared than I am! Today I’d like to shake things up with a couple of (you guessed it) shaker cards. I’ve been playing with the delightful Cool Day stamp set and just really wanted both of those bears to experience snow!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown Cool Day

I thought I would show a couple of stepped out pictures of my first card, just in case you haven’t made a shaker card before. Shaker cards can be made in many ways but they all have similarities. Somehow you need to contain a tiny shaker material (glitter, micro beads, faux snow, sequins—whatever!) with a picture underneath or sometimes on top of the shaker pocket.

Shaker card construction

Some people use fun foam and glue rather than foam tape, and that works well (and definitely looks neater on the back). Lately I’ve seen several people use plastic page protector type sheets, sealed with a heating tool. That seems like a really simple way to make a shaker, but I don’t have one of those tools yet (and don’t know where I’d put it if I did!) I most often use foam tape, mostly because I always have that in my stash.

On the back side of my card front layer, I glued a clear plastic/acetate piece that was larger than my window area. Next I cut strips of foam tape and clipped them partially through so that I could curve the foam tape, similar to the way you clip a seam in a sleeve to allow it to flex around a curve. I kept my foam tap close to my window, but out of sight.

Shaker card construction

Here is the front side—that looks better! I had used a Circle STAX to cut my plain circle in the card front. I used the Stitched Mini Scalloped Circle STAX to create the outside of my white frame, and a smaller Circle STAX to cut the inside of my frame. The wavy pieces in the background are my water and snow, created with the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics.

I placed my snow drifts face up, put a small pile of faux snow in the center of the window area, removed the backer from the tape on the perimeter of the shaker window, and carefully placed it on top of the snow drifts. TIP: Use less shaker material than you THINK you might need. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a bit too much in so that it doesn’t move freely or obstructs the picture. And, believe me, taking a shaker card apart is no picnic!

Birdie Brown Copic colors from Debbie Olson

Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Cool Day image. I started by coloring the bear’s sweater red, and then I applied colorless blender to a scrap of cotton sweater and placed that dampened scrap on top of my red sweater for about 8 seconds. When I removed it, the colorless blender had worked its magic and made that little sweater pattern in the red ink.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown Cool Day

He’s huggable! I didn’t have the dies for this particular stamp set, so he is hand trimmed. (Yes, they are on a future shopping list.) I popped up his coffee cup with a bit of foam tape. It has to be coffee, because he’s wearing that same dazed expression that I wear before my morning cup of coffee.

My next Cool Day shaker is simpler, so I didn’t step it out. I followed the same process as I did above, except I used four strips of foam tape and didn’t need to clip the curve. This card could work as a winter birthday card. I did a bit of masking to get that word “beary” into the sentiment—you’re not seeing a different sentiment from your set!

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown Cool Day

Shown below are the markers that I used to color the Cool Day image. I used the Rectangle Frames Die-namics for my frame and a banner shape from Blueprints 20. The snow drifts are from Stitched Snow Drifts.

Birdie Brown Copic colors from Debbie Olson

I pulled scarf and hat color inspiration from the MFT Plaid Patterns Paper Pack.

Handmade card from Debbie Olson featuring Birdie Brown Cool Day

That’s it—now go shake things up!


Tackling some cold weather crafting yourself? Be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your project on social media – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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  • Karen S

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    Beautiful! I especially love the red sweater and the fold in the scarf!

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  • Julie

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    He couldn’t be cuter! Love the use of color!

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  • Rannah Romps

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    I just love your shading and always the right choice of colors!

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  • Robin T

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    Such cute cards Debbie! Love your coloring and how you incorporated the snow drifts into the shaker background!!!

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  • Rebecca Ednie

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    This is super cute. Your colouring of the mug looks amazing and your frame around the first shaker is so cute! Love the sweater pattern too.

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  • Mendi Yoshikawa

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    These are both completely adorable! I just pinned them. 🙂

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  • Cindy H.

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    Fabulous shaker cards, Debbie, and awesome coloring as well!! I think that sweet bear needs to come home to live with me, too 🙂

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  • Michele F

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    LOve these, and your colors, Debbie! He’s still one of my favorites! Thanks, and Merry Christmas!
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  • Diane

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    Two fabulous shakers using that adorable bear!!

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  • Linda M

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    I love both of these cards. They are absolutely adorable!

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  • Kathy Stacy

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    Love the blue and purple version!! Such a master colorist. Just amazing and always so glorious to see.

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  • Lanette

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    Absolutely love the bears! well, ..thank you for showing that the back looks like mine! LOL

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  • Lola

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    Awesome tutorial!

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  • Gabbu

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    Two TERRIFIC cards! Love the designs, colors, coloring … totally BEARY COOL! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas Debbie 🙂

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  • Nana Griffin

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    Oh I just love these. Love this bear set too and you certainly came up with two cute ideas for the shaker cards.

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