Friday, 16 December 2016

Fun Penguin Card - Anchored Shaker Elements

Hello, Janet here with a new card technique featuring the delightful FREE penguin design from Nic Squirrell. I love Nic's designs and have already used a couple from the store to make home decor items for this blog. You can download the penguin design from the here.

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I used Nic's cute penguin design to make a shaker card with a difference. This card has a few tethered shaker elements (shiny fish) that glide below the surface of the icy background (within the shaker aperture).  You could apply this technique to all sorts of other card designs where the shaker elements are bigger and where you don't want them to fall to the base of the card each time it stands upright.


Grey Shimmer and Black Coloured Cardstocks
White Smooth Printable Cardstock
Metallic finish Cardstock (for layered background and fish)
Glitter Paper (for background base)
White Heavyweight Cardstock (for layers)
Acetate Sheet or Clear Packaging
5" x 5" Heavyweight Card Base (300gsm plus)
Extra Strong Double-Sided Adhesive Tape
Invisible Thread
Liquid Card Adhesive
Silhouette Cameo®, Silhouette Portrait® or Silhouette Curio™

Downloaded Files:
Penguin by Nic Squirrell (from Silhouette UK)
Koi Carp Papercut by Nic Squirrell (#153139)
Geometric Lace Card by Jamie Koay (#34743)
Fishing file by Silhouette (#80873)
Sign Post by Silhouette (#2756)


a. Open the three files: penguin, fishing and signpost.  Ungroup and delete any unwanted elements.

b. Resize the elements so that they seem in proportion to a 5" card base.

c. Penguin - cut the base in heavy-weight grey shimmer card, the body in black, and stomach in white card. Cut a scrap of white card and slip it between the grey and black layers before adhering them together to make the contrast in the eye greater.

d. Signpost - cut two backing parts in black and layer together. Type the text for the sign and either write it with a sketch pen or use Print and Cut. Layer with card adhesive.

e. Fishing rod - cut two and layer. I cut one of these from grey card and one filled with grey and then Print and Cut (to give a bit of colour variation). Carefully layer together with card adhesive.

f. Fish - open the Koi Carp Papercut file and release the Compound Path. Move the outline aside and delete the detailed pieces. Reduce the carp outline to about 2" and made a mirrored copy (Replicate > Mirror Right). Make 2 more pairs in slightly smaller sizes. Cut all from green Metallic finish card. Trim the whiskers off.

g. Background - Open the Lace Card file and Release the compound path. Delete the card outline and group the remaining pieces together. Draw a 5" square. Increase the size of the grouped lace pieces to a 4.5" square and centre within the 5" square (Select all > Align > Centre). Cut from white card. Make an internal offset of just the lace pieces (Offset > Internal Offset, 0.03") and cut within a 5" square from dark blue metallic card. Create a further offset and cut from light blue metallic card. Cut a 5" square from silver glitter paper.

h. Shaker Layers - Make a shaker frame of a 4.6" square within a 5" square. Cut 4. Cut one 5" square in acetate.


a. Layer the lace pieces together with the white piece on top.

b. Adhere the glitter paper on to the card base. Assemble the stack, adhering the shaker layer pieces together with liquid card adhesive and attach the stack on top of the glitter base and add double-sided adhesive. For an explanation of the terminology read by earlier posts on shaker cards here and here.

c. Cut some lengths of invisible thread and sandwich between pairs of matching fish, sticking them with tiny pieces of double-sided tape. Peel back the adhesive cover on the frame and push the thread onto the tape. Ensure that there is enough slack in the thread to allow the fish to move a little (my frame is on black paper so that the thread shows up). Replace the cover and rub the it firmly to stick the thread. Remove the cover and add the acetate.

d. Add double-sided tape to the lace front and align it to the card base.  Now you have fish trapped below the ice!

e. To complete the card, attach the penguin (optionally use an action wobble) and the signpost.

Here's the finished card.

I had fun making this card, I hope you'll have fun with this technique too!

Look out for more penguin-themed projects on the this blog over the next few days.

Bye for now,

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  1. Oh that is so cute Janet! I am tempted to start on next year's cards already! Thanks for another brilliant tutorial

    1. It's a pleasure - Thank you for your comments - love getting your feedback.