Alcohol Ink on Acetate – Shaker Card

Welcome back crafty friends! It’s been awhile… or maybe it just feels that way. I always feel like time goes by too quickly and too slowly at the same time. Does that make any sense?? (I’m crazy, I know).

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there are a LOT of people using alcohol inks these days. There are some really awesome tutorials on YouTube if you need an idea of how they work, but they are seriously fun to play around with. It’s not for those of us who are obsessive about perfect results, but if you can let go of that, they’re awesome!

This card uses acetate (I used transparencies) with alcohol ink smudged around on it. It gives the acetate a fun marbled look, and you can make it any color you want. And bonus – the acetate is still transparent after you use alcohol inks so you can see all the glitter!

I simply dripped Denim, Currant, and Salmon alcohol ink on the acetate and moved them around with a foam blender. (I didn’t get pictures of this… I suspect I was high on the fumes. Seriously, open a window when you work with these!) If you hate how it looks, just wipe it off with some rubbing alcohol and start again!


I love that the glitter looks like a bunch of different colors, when really there are only three different ones in there. Trickery!

To make this one I used the Large Party Circle die set from Simon Says Stamp on some pink patterned paper. I also cut out another one of craft foam, and cut the “party” out of the middle so I was left with the perimeter circle. Then I cut out a piece of acetate that was the same size. I traced and cut it because I’m waiting on my circle dies to come in the mail still.

I glued the paper die cut to the top of the acetate (alcohol ink side out), then glued the foam circle on the back with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Make triple sure that you have zero holes in the foam piece or you will have glitter everywhere! I set a heavy book on this to dry for a few hours.


Then I cut a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card base out of white cardstock and traced a light pencil line around where I wanted the die-cut to be. This helps keep the glitter in the right place.

I used three colors of Martha Stewart Hexagon Glitter, orange, silver and light pink, as well as some superfine white glitter I had in my stash (skip this step, you couldn’t see it anyways).

I piled it in between the pencil marks and flattened it out. If you use sequins for this shaker, add another layer of foam or they will all get stuck.


I used an EK Success anti-static powder tool around the inside edge of the shaker to remove any stickiness from the foam, and then glued the shaker window on top of the glitter and put a book on it until it dried again. Resist the urge to shake it until it’s dry or the glitter will stick to the edges. It’s hard, I know!

After that I white heat embossed a birthday sentiment from Altenew’s Birthday Greetings set on black cardstock, and adhered it with foam squares.

I added a few pink circle glitter stickers I had hanging around in my stash, and that was all!


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