I was watching Jennifer McGuire’s channel recently and she showed a technique called an Inside-Out Window Surprise card. It intrigued me because she chose to create a shaker with layers of cardstock instead of foam tape. The main feature is a clear shaker window that allows you to see from the front to the back or the inside to outside of the card. The surprise is a sentiment that can’t be seen when the card is closed because it’s hidden by something on the window like another sentiment or a die cut.

I decided to give this a try myself using window shapes and stamp sets in my collection. The two I chose are Hero Arts stamps that came out last year. They are lemon themed and feel so fresh to use at this time of year. The background is called Fresh Citrus Bold Print. The lemon images are from a set called Zest Wishes.

I made two cards in this style and made a video tutorial of it. I definitely learned a few things and made some simple mistakes that I recovered from. I hope my experience and tips will make this even easier for you if you choose to try making this card.

When I ink blend, the first cardstock I reach for is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. This is available from CutCardstock in 80 lb or 110 lb weight. I use the 110 lb weight which is perfect for this because the smooth surface encourages easy blending and it’s nice and thick so ink doesn’t seep through badly. For this reason, I often use for Copic coloring as well and many colorist also use it.

To start, I stamped an A2 sized panel of the Solar White with the Fresh Citrus background stamp and Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail powder in white. Then I blended four colors of Ranger Distress Oxide inks on the panel with Squeezed Lemonade, Fosilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Cracked Pistachio. I cut this panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4.” I also stamped a lemon, two leaves and a stem and heat embossed them too. Then I used the same Oxide inks (except Spiced Marmalade) to color the fruit and leaves. I fussy cut these images out and glued them together to form the image you see on the left card above.

For the right card above, I chose to color the images on the front of the card with Copic markers. The colors used are shown below.

Next I cut a window in the colored panel which is used for the shaker element.

I then used a die one size smaller and cut the shape slightly smaller. This will create a frame of color from the card base when seen through the window.

Next I cut a sheet of Neenah Classic Natural White into four panels measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″. I used the die and the already cut front panel as a template to cut each of the four panels in the same place as the card front.

The next step is to glue an acetate sheet behind the colored panel to form the window front. Then the succeeding four layers of Classic White were stacked on the back forming a well that is deep enough to allow shaker bits to move around. I filled my shaker with various sequins, gems and beads before sealing it with another layer of acetate. Below is my shaker just before I sealed the shaker window with my second piece of acetate.

This finished the shaker element so I glued the back of my completed shaker panel to the front of the card and that created the see through shaker element on this card.

I then glued the die cuts I had made on the front of the shaker element and also glued the slightly smaller colored shape that had been cut earlier so that it showed through the shaker element. I applied heat embossed sentiments both on the front and on the inside in such a way that you can’t detect the inside sentiments in the center until you open the card. This is the surprise element. Because your brain thinks it’s seeing the inside of the card, you get a little surprise sensation when something is revealed after opening the card. I know this sounds a little silly but it’s absolutely true and you can’t experience the sensation until you actually try it.

Using the Classic Crest Natural White to form the shaker creates a nice finished look to the edges of it. Since it’s a heavy weight, it stacks up nicely because it’s thick and solid. Using double-sided foam tape would not look as neat and that matters in this case because you see the edges of the shaker from all angles as you open the card.

I hope you will give this card a try. Check out Jennifer’s video too. She is always full of inspiration!

Have a great week!

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Janet Axtman - SugarShine Designs

My passion is to teach and inspire others in the same way that I've been inspired by so many others over the years. I enjoy using electronic paper cutters to create cards and 3D projects of all types. Stamping, coloring and designing is my happy place. Join me over at my Blog or at my YouTube Channel.