Interactive Cards

Shaker box cards

Shaker Card with a See Through Window

Here is a tutorial on how I do a shaker card with a see through window.

You canp add beads, glitter, sequins, confetti, and small paper pieces such as leaves, flowers, birds or even words. 

I am sure that there are other ways to do this. Maybe even better ways. Here is what I do.

I choose a frame and image that I want to be seen through the window. This will determine what size and shape my window will be. In the examples above the blue card has a 4 inch square opening and a cool little snowman is visable through the window. In the pink card I have a rectangular opening with a cute little duckie peaking through the window. The snowman and the duck are attached to the inside of the card. You don't have to see all of the image through the window. It's always good to leave a little bit to the imagination...LOL.

Notice that I have stacked two frames on top of each other in each of the example cards. That was not just a design choice. Actually it was a happy accident. The frames were a little too narrow to hide my foam tape. I added another frame to each card to cover up my mess,

Ok, here is what you need for the window.

2 sets of frames - one set for the front of card and one set for the inside of card where you see the other side of the window. (oops, you can't see the other blue frame in this picture)

2 pieces of acetate or transperancy film (you could also use clear plastic from packaging) I traced around the edges of my acetate to help you see it better.

Foam tape

card base - not pictured

pencil -not pictured

1) Attach both sets of frames together (front set and back set)

2) Position (don't adhere yet) frame where you want it to be on the front of your card. Use a pencil to trace around the inside of the frame. Cut a hole in the front of the card slightly larger than the inside edge of the frame that you just outlined. Make sure that the frame will still cover up the opening in the card.

3) Measure and cut foam tape pieces to fit around  and slightly over the edges of the acetate. Make sure there are no big gaps where the pieces of tape meet. In this picture, I overlaped the edges with the long pieces and made the short pieces butt up next to them.

4) Place a piece of acetate over the card opening.

5) Place tape over acetate and going over the edge and onto the card base. (as if taping the edges of the plastic to the card)

6) Place whatever materials you want in the center. I have glitter in the center of the 2 example cards above and sequins in the picture below. (pretend that is on a card)

7) Remove covering on the tape and place the other acetate piece on top.

If you look close, you can see that the tape extends out from under the edges of the plastic.

8) Center and place your frame on top.

Please excuse my messy example, I used scrap materials that were left over from other projects.

9) Place frame on inside of card.
Not pretty, but you get the idea

10) Make sure the image you want on the inside of the card is centered when looking through the window and attach.

Step cards

There are several different kinds of step-cards. Here are measurements for a few.

Step card or tri-shutter card

You start with a piece of paper that is 12 inches long and 5 1/2 inches wide. Make a 5 1/2 score line (from top to bottom) at 2, 4, 8, & 10 inches from the left side of the card. Between the 2 inch and 10 inch score lines, make an 8 inch cut line 1 1/2 inches from the top of the card. Repeat this cut line 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the card.
Refer to pictures to see how to fold.

You are welcome to the cut files, but NOTE:
The finished card is 12 inches long. You will need to resize the image so it will fit on the page. These are just the cut lines. You will need to score the card by hand.

Cut files:

Without score lines:   SVG   SCAL2   EPS   DXF

Measurements and info: PDF


Center Step Card

 I found a tutorial at Split Coast Stampers. I made some pictures to help explain it. (I am such a visual learner....I think everything should be in pictures LOL)

Start with a piece of card stock that is 5 1/2 by 11 inches.
Make a cut line 1 inch from the left side that starts at the 1 inch mark and ends at 6 1/2 inches. Repeat on the right side. 
(or you can just download this free svg cut file or pdf template LOL)

Score the sides at 1inch, 2 inches, and 6 1/2 inches.
Score the middle section at 5 1/2 inches.
Refer to the right side of the diagram to see how to fold on the score lines. M stands for "mountain" so the fold goes up and V stands for "valley" so fold goes down.

I have to say this is one of the easiest step cards I have tried.  I was surprised. You should definitely try one of these if you have not done so before. If you are anxious about it just download the pdf template above and cut and fold where indicated

Here is a video tutorial

Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Stair Step Card

*Revised Side Step Card*

*Old *Side Step Card

Here are the measurements for a side step card.

I usually cut and score my cards by hand but here are the cut files and score line guides.
***********************If you do not want the perforated lines to cut for the score lines, you will need to delete them before you cut.************************

See these posts for examples of side step cards:

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