Friday, August 18, 2017

Beautifully Shaped Cards Using Dies - DIY Tutorial

Tired of your basic rectangular card shape?  Looking for a change? Need a unique card for someone extra special?  If so, then this is the perfect place to stop for a super simple card making  DIY tutorial. 

  I'm really bored of making rectangle or square cards.  I need to change things up and add shape to my cardmaking life.  
  I have some incredible Spellbinders dies and head turning paper from Maja Design that will help make this project perfect. 

Along with my DIY tutorial, I also have a give-away opportunity to win the new Maja Design paper collection.   Keep on reading to see both the tutorial and to see how to enter the drawing. 
First up - a little about the products I selected. 
I'm using the  Maja Design - Denim & Friends paper collection  along with a Spellbinders die, Spellbinders Designer Series -Venise Lace Victoriana Crest by Becca Feeken, as my inspiration.  

I've already shared an image of the paper collection.  This is the gorgeous die I used for the card.  Yep go ahead and add it to your "wish list".  

Here Are My Instructions: 
Step 1. Using a 12x12 sheet from Maja Design - Denim & Friends, grab a die that will make a nice card shape. I chose a die that was quite large to make a sizable card.   My paper choice is Jeans & T-Shirt from Denim & Friends, and the die is Spellbinders Designer Series -Venise Lace Victoriana Crest by Becca Feeken .

First, decide how much paper you need and where to cut your paper.   Your paper must be wide enough to fold - meaning you will be die cutting two layers at the same time.   Leave enough width to the right on your paper.  

Place the die on the paper and draw a line to mark how long the die is and where you need to cut and where you will fold.  This step is important. 

Step 2. After cutting the length of paper to fit the die shape, fold the paper.  The die needs to hang over the edge of the paper fold slightly in order to create a card that will open without falling apart into two sections.     Once your die is in place, secure with tape and run the folded paper/die through your die cutter.
Step 3. When you open your card, it should be connected at the fold.  If it is,  Great job!  If it falls apart into two pieces, it just means you probably did not let the die hang over the edge of the fold quite enough.  Just try again and move the die over a bit more.

Handy suggestion...try this technique first on a yucky sheet of paper and not your gorgeous Maja Design papers.

Step 4. The image below is what you should have if the die cutting has been successful.  

Step 5. When I opened the card, there was too much pattern for writing a sentiment.  I cut a separate die to glue on the inside. 

Step 6.       Decorate as desired.  I added another die cut from Spellbinders Designer Series -Venise Lace Victoriana Crest by Becca Feeken .to the center of my piece using foam dots (cardboard, foam tape) for dimension as you can see in the image below. 

To finish off the piece, I used pearl adhesives, a simple ribbon and some  coordinated Petaloo flowers. Petaloo by Floracraft : Darjeeling collection flowers Mini Garden Rosettes in Blue
These are paper flowers from Petaloo by Floracraft -Petaloo by Floracraft : Darjeeling collection flowers Mini Garden Rosettes in Blue .  You can shop for them right here or shop for them here.  

And that's all there is to creating a unique and graceful card that is NOT traditionally shaped.  Ahhhhh makes my heart happy and my creative spirit dance. 

Time to Explain the Giveaway
Would you like to win a set of your very own Denim & Friends paper from Maja Design?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog page.  This raffle is open for the month of August and I'll pick a winner on Sept 1st.  

You can earn additional chances to win by: 
- Checking out my other projects on the blog, created using Denim & Friends.  You can find them right here
 - comment as often as you wish for more chances to win
-share my blog post to your FaceBook page
- visit my Facebook page and leave a comment.

Good luck!
Thanks for your time today.  I value your visit. 

 You can shop for Maja Design products here
You can shop for all your Spellbinders dies here.   They have amazing sales and frequently have BOGO (buy one -get one)sales too!  

I  love being part of the Spellblogger Team.  
If you would like to be a Spellblogger, check out the details here: 

Maja Design  - Denim & Friends paper collection  - Jeans & T-Shirt, Fashion, Sneakers
Spellbinders Designer Series -Venise Lace Victoriana Crest by Becca Feeken S6-125
Petaloo by Floracraft : Darjeeling collection flowers Mini Garden Rosettes in Blue 1492103
Petaloo by Floracraft - Darjeeling collection flowers Mini Garden Rosettes in Blue 1492103
Petaloo by Floracraft flowers - Darjeeling collection - Teastained Dahlias in Cream 1467-105


  1. Such a pretty die, makes a lovely unusual card. Love it.
    Christine (Andypandy) x

  2. I Love these kind of cards, just wish I had more large dies to play with!

  3. Thank you for the tutorial Jen. Awhile back I bought some scalloped dies and have made two cards using that shape having the edge overhang where the fold is. Very cool! Would love to have those Spellbinders dies! They're gorgeous! So are the Maja papers! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  4. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have several big dies and didn't have many ideas for using them!

  5. Beautiful those papers, thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Beautiful those papers, thanks for the tutorial!

  7. Your card design is stunning and the tutorial excellent! I agree with you about the pretty papers too