Nothing says “I care about you” more than handmade cards. If you love paper crafting or just making handmade birthday cards and such for the people in your life, then you’re going to love this easy craft idea.
Here is a way for you to make your very own dimensional and interactive cards to give your loved ones. Have you ever seen those higher-priced 3-D cards in your local store and wondered “Why are these so expensive?” Well, ask no more and make some handmade cards yourself. It can be an easy and inexpensive process. (Not to mention the fact that it is good for the environment!)
First, you will need to dig into the recycling bin and pull out some of those clear (and clean) pieces of clear packaging that seem to come with so many products that we buy every day. Sometimes these are referred to as blister packaging. Trust me, after making some shaker cards, the next time you are shopping you will take notice of these clear beauties.
In the craft industry you can purchase these clear domes and elevated plastic cases to adhere to the front of your own cards. However, they are usually difficult to find and they are expensive considering that they are just a piece of plastic! I prefer to save and collect my own blister packs because it’s much more budget-friendly and thrifty.
Once you become a pro at making these simple shaker cards, you can try a few that are more difficult (like my “When Life Gives You Lemons…” card).
Here is how you can use pieces of clear packaging to embellish your handmade cards.
1. Get a clean blister or piece of clear packaging. If it has a lip that’s even better. Lay some glitter, sequins, or confetti inside the concave portion of the plastic (the part that will be on the facing of the card).
2. Add some adhesive along the lip of the plastic. Lay the face of the card over and let it stick. Once everything is stuck in place, flip the card over and admire your work.
Note: If the lip or edge of the plastic seems unsightly just cover it with some ribbon, Washi tape, or even go over it with a permanent marker pen.