Monday, April 16, 2007

Daily Special - Technique Day - CD Envelope Shaker Card Tutorial

Whoohoo! I came up with another envelope project! If I'm not careful, I'll be called the "Envelope Lady". I don't know if any of you actually "read" my blog but I've written on several post that I come up with ideas for rubber stamping and card projects when I'm in bed, right before I fall asleep. I have a sketch book at the side of my bed so in the morning I can note whatever I came up with the night before and while its fresh in my mind.

Well, a while ago I bought a box of CD envelopes with the purpose of using them as card envelopes with a picture window. I've made a few cards and used the CD envelopes as actual mailing envelopes. I also use the CD envelopes as envelopes for chipboard coaster projects.

A few weeks ago, I thought of an idea of using the CD envelopes for the purpose of using them as shaker boxes. I drew the design but never executed the process. I kept putting the project aside but last night I decided to make it and see if it worked. And. . . .it did!

I'm so excited about it because my goodness, the shaker cards are sooooooooooooo easy to make. No more foam tapes, punched windows, and the long drawn out process of making a shaker box. What I hate most is to make a card that takes a lot of detailed steps. I avoid these types of projects because when I do manage to finish the project, I feel tired and don't want to make any more of them.

A box of 5" x 5" CD envelopes can run between $10 to $15 for a 100 envelopes. That's not bad considering each envelope will only cost 10 cents to 15 cents. If 10 cents can save me time, I'll buy it. There's also smaller paper envelopes for mini CDs that you can use to create smaller CD envelope shaker boxes. I couldn't find them at my local office supply store so I will need to look for them online.

Try out the tutorial! I really, really believe you'll think it's easy. Try it out and if you'll be nice enough give me your opinion and send me a sample. I'll post your creation on my blog as a guest stamper. If you have a better idea on how to tweak the process of making the project, let me know. Many heads of ideas are better than one.

Card Detail:

Stamp set: Bodacious Bouquet, Cute Converse
Paper: Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Sage Shadow
Ink: Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: CD Envelopes, Basic Basic Ribbon, Round Tab Punch, Word Window Punch, Gold Metallic Cord, Stickles glitter, Metallic Gel pen

I also posted this tutorial on to my Card Inspired Blog Site with another card sample.

Anyway, have fun making it! Email me if you have any questions at

Until later. . .


Unknown said...

Neat idea Maria (again)...thanks for doing all the legwork on these!

Anonymous said...

Lovely card, and wonderful idea. I didn't know CD envelopes were even available. I think I will try my hand at your tutorial, and when I do, I'll e-mail you for your address.

Bonnie Weiss said...

Thanks for the great idea, Maria. I love shaker cards but I hate all the work involved...this looks like a much easier method with great results!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Maria, you are the greatest at sharing your talents and ideas and for putting together so many fantastic tutorials. I have learned so much from you. Thank You!!

Kay Vinson
Sydney, Australia

Anonymous said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing the instructions!!!!!

Sheri from BC

Nettie said...

Oh how creative I have a few envies and now must run and try this out. Your finished card is extremely pretty!

Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great idea, Maria. I cannot wait to try this. As others have stated - I didn't even know about these envelopes. Must get some tomorrow. Looks like it would be a lot less putzy than the other way.

in Wisconsin

grandmascraps said...

Maria, this tutorial is wonderful, you make it look so easy, that I am going to try and teach it to my upline group at our next meeting. You show so many wonderful things at thses blogsites, that I can't wait to look at them each day. :)

Little C's Creations said...

This is such a GR8 idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!! I'll have to use this one day - and look "good" in front of the girls over here. Nah, of course I going tell them about your blog!!! Right on, sistah!!! Keep it going!!! Looks good!!!

Little C's Creations said...

hey girl - I finally got around to creating a card like this one...thanks for the inspiration!!! You can find my card here:

hugs n' aloha,

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this idea and instructions. I've been searching for ideas for a Valentine's shaker card for both my daughters and this wil work great!

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