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Friday 17 February 2012

Greetings my fabulous Bombshell friends!!  I'm here today with a really simple and basic tutorial on how to make shaped cards.  I've had a few questions regarding these and I thought I'd show you two different ways to create cards other than squares and rectangles.  (although, I must admit...those are my "go-tos")

The first way I will show you is essentially cutting by hand.  I have a couple of old templates that were given to me when I worked on one of my first design teams.  I don't *think* they ever went to production as they were difficult to make due to the materials but you could do this with any shaped template, stencil, or free drawn shape you have.  If you have a Cricut, you could cut any shape and use it as a template in the same way I am going to show here.

I have cut my Kraft cardstock at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.
I then laid my template (remember this could be ANY shape you have or would like) on top of my folded card leaving the crease at the top.
Trace lightly around the edges with a pencil and then cut on the line.
 I'll do it again with a different template.
Cool, huh? And no fancy equipment necessary!!!  Love that!

If you do have a Big Shot, Sizzix, etc here is how to do the same thing using any die cuts you have.  I've chosen two different styles of Spellbinder Nestabilities to use.  I have used the largest in each grouping to give me the most surface area for my card.

First, select the shape die you want to use.
You'll notice that I anchored my die just on the crease of my card, holding it in place with low tack painters tape.  That way it won't wiggle when it goes through my machine.

Now you will put it into your machine leaving the CREASE SIDE OUT of your cutting plates.  If you cut all the way through you'll have two pieces but they will not be connected.
Run the plates through making sure that that creased edge is hanging out the entire time.
Here is how it looks when it comes out.  Now all I need to do is take my snips and cut the excess away from the sides of the card.
Sweet, huh?  Ok...one more time using a different shaped die.  Add cutting plate on top and run through leaving the crease side out.

Now all I need to do is cut those little areas to separate it from the outline and my card is ready to decorate.
And here are the four different shaped card bases I've created.  Whether by hand or machine this process is really simple.  Please don't hesitate to ask questions!!  You can either leave a comment in the comments section or come over to my blog Paper Canteen and send me an email with any questions!!
I hope you have enjoyed this crafty, creative shaped card tutorial!!! 

Crafty Hugs!

1 comment:

  1. Cool tutorial, thanks for all the info and pics to go with it :)