- Start with a
traditional 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of 1/4" thick foam core.
Note: I have found that black foam core works best for me. It gives a nice
finished appearance and does not reflect light inside the shaker. Also, most
craft stores will trim the board down to card size for you - saving you a
step - and insuring a nice, even cut.
- You will need
plenty of exacto refill blades as foam core dulls them very quickly! Save
changed blades for your regular cards, they are still viable. A sharp
blade is extremely important when cutting foam core. It will give a nice
smooth cut, whereas a dull blade will shred the foam core.
- Choose two
pieces of cardstock. One is for the front (your composition color) and the
other for the back (or color seen through).
- Stamp, cut the
hole out and color (cut first so if you make a mistake you don't waste your
- Place cover
over foam core and trace hole. Then, using the exacto knife, without the
cover card, trim through the foam core cutting outside your lines by
1/8" to 1/4". This will insure that your inner edges will not be
- Place back
sheet under foam core and trace the hole IF you are going to stamp/decorate
within the hole.
- Stamp image
inside your lines and color.
- Glue back sheet
to foam core. Edges can be trimmed when final assembly is complete.
- Measure a piece
of acetate for the shield.
- Fill hole with
shaker items, tape acetate over the hole, and tape cover card on top. Note:
I like to use the Tombow tape runner adhesive for construction of shaker
cards. It is very strong tape.
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