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Clear Shaker Coffee Cup Card Tutorial

Sometimes I’m too tired to put away my stamps, papers, and ribbons after I finish a project. When I come back to my closet later, I’ll often sit down and, with everything already in front of me, can just start making some new cards. Efficient, right? Either way, I just love making coffee cards so here’s a new shaker card with a new style to help you stay caffeinated.

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Instructions for this card:

Cut your pieces:

Card Base

White cardstock 4 ½” x 11”, fold in half for a tall fold card.

2 panels

4 ¼” x 5 ¼”, one white and 1 designer paper. The designer paper I’m using is from Stampin Up, but stamping a coffee ring (or various circles) in a few different browns also makes a fun effect.

2 pieces of clear acetate

4” x 4”. Larger than the window, but smaller than the card.

Die cut the cups:

Make a sandwich with the DSP panel on top, the front of the card base in the middle, and the white panel on the bottom.

  • Run your sandwich through your Sizzix embossing machine with a coffee cut die placed towards the center.
  • It should be able to cut through the three layers.
  • Remember to leave enough room on the top for whipped cream or a straw!

Save one of the cups (no waste!) and color it. I used a few green markers and, in an ombre style, colored a few stripes so my card might look like the fancy green tea drink from Starbucks. It’s a lot easier than I thought it would be.

  • Using the darkest green at the base of the cup, color back and forth for a few stripes.
  • Use the next darkest green above it the same way and try to mix the colors where they meet.
  • Repeat until about an inch from the top.
  • If you hate how it looks, you have a second cut-out cup to color.

Glue the cup on the inside of your card so that it’ll show through your window.

Stamp!

Stamp a sentiment on one of the acetate pieces. I used “Life happens. Coffee Helps” with Staz-On ink in black. Make sure this is dry before you try to work with it. You can stamp something on the inside, but remember that the cup is going to show through the window.

Make your sandwich:

Simply, we are sandwiching the acetate pieces around the card base, and covering over it with the two panels.

Gluing around the edge, adhere the stamped acetate on the front of the card panel, Make sure the stamped sentiment is over the window.  Adhere the DSP panel to the front of the card over the acetate.

Now to make the magic, flip to the inside of the card, and put sequins in the center of the acetate cup. I used white sequins as well as some clear beads. I like to add multiple medias for dimension. As long as they are flat enough to fit between the sheets, they’ll work. (“If it fits, it sits!”) Add glue around the inside cup window, and cover the sequins with your second piece of acetate. Lastly, glue your white panel over the acetate, ensuring the cups line up.  Shake!

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Embellish:

I stamped and cut out some whipped cream to add to both the front and the inside of the card. I added a touch of flocking to the front whipped cream for texture. For the final touch, let’s add a straw. You can use a scrap of green, or I chose to use a scrap of white and colored it green with my marker. I cut out 2 straws (3 ½” x ¼”) and adhered one to the inside cup at a drinking angle. Then I adhered 1” of the second straw to the front of my card at the same angle, so they looked like the same straw.

I hope this tutorial was helpful. This style of shaker card can be used with a lot of die cuts! Leave a comment below if you’d like to share!

Happy Crafting!

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