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Louise Dunbar shows you how you can use one die set to create three different cards…
Take your 7x7 card blank then create a mat and layer from your chosen colours of card stock, then mat and layer these onto the card front using either glue or tape.
Now to die cut the elements. Take two co-ordinating colours of card stock and cut the following dies from this colour, the largest die, the circle and the words, then with your second colour cut out the doily part and the mat for the words.
Assemble the words onto the mat for them, then if you want to add dimension use 3D foam pads to put these onto the circle piece. Poke out the pieces from the doily die cut and glue this onto its mat. Again, if you want dimension, you can add 3D foam pads to each of the die cut elements or if you want the card flat, simply glue them down in place. Pop onto your card front and there you have, a beautiful simple card. Don’t forget that you can mix your die sets together to create even more interest. I added a few flowers, flourishes and Nuvo drops to finish my card off.
Take an A4 piece of card and fold it in half, you’ll want a decent card weight for this as this will become your card base. With the largest of the dies from the set, place it over your folded card making sure to leave the top cutting edge hanging over the card (so it won’t cut). Run it through your die cutting machine and when you take it out, you’ll see that the piece that didn’t cut becomes the folded part of your shaped card. You can of course leave it as just a shaped card, but to extend this further and make an easel, all you have to do is score along the centre of the front piece of the card.
Cut another piece of card stock using the largest of the dies and attach it to the folded piece, this then gives you a shaped easel card. Now all you have to do is cut the rest of the dies out using the same format as steps 2-3 from card 1(simple 7X7 card). The only other thing you’ll have to do is cut layers for the bottom piece of your easel card and remember to add a stopper to keep the easel in place when opened.
Take 2 pieces of card stock and cut these to 8x7’, then score along the 8’ length at ½’’ and 7½’’.
Cut your chosen colour of card to 6 ½’’ to 6 ½’’ and stick this centrally between the 2 score lines on one of the 8x7’’ pieces. Then taking the largest of the dies from the set, cut out from the centre of this pieces to create a window. Keep this piece for the inside.
Die cut the rest of the layers out, alternating colours like before (in card 2: shaped easel card). To assemble the card together, burnish the score lines you created before on both pieces of card stock. The piece with the aperture cut out becomes the front piece so make sure you fold the lines in the right way. Glue the folded edges together to create a box shape, with the aperture at the front, then place the doily piece to the inside of the window making sure it lines up with the window. Using 3D foam pads for this card will add dimension and make it pop. Add a ribbon bow and a few gems or nuvo drops to finish and there you have it, a shadow box card.
Whenever I buy a die set, I always try to come up with different ways to use it to make it as versatile as possible, getting the most out of the money I’ve spent. I also love doing shaped and dimensional cards as I feel this adds more interest and becomes a talking point whenever the recipient receives them. The only thing you have to bear in mind is how much dimension you add if you’re going to be sending cards in the post, the heavier and bulkier, the more postage you’ll pay.