Thursday, January 08, 2009

Hinged Die Cut Card Tutorial

You asked, so I did it! I finally put together a tutorial on how I made these cards. In this tutorial I used the Label One Nestabilities die from Spellbinders, but any shaped die will work. This label shape and the round scalloped are my favs!

I start by making a square card that is slightly larger than the die I am using. For instance, if the die is 4 inches wide, I make my card 4.5 x 4.5 inches. You need the extra space to tape your die down, but you don't want to make it too big, or you're just wasting cardstock.

The next step is position the die on the fold in such a way so as it doesn't cut all the way through the fold (see above). I try to get it as close as I possibly can, to preserve the shape, but yet keep enough so that the card will open and close nicely. This took a few practice tries to get it just right, so use some scrap cardstock on your first few cards.

Once I get the die where I want it, I tape it down with Scotch tape. I usually stick the tape to the back of my hand a few times so that it's not super sticky and hard to remove later. You want to make sure that you don't place the tape on the inside of the die, which will become your card. You want to stick it to the "waste" part of your cardstock, outside of the die. Are you still with me?

Now run it through your die cutting machine! I have a Cuttlebug and it works just great! You will need to run it through two or three times, depending on the thickness of your cardstock. You want to make sure you get a nice, clean cut all the way through. When it's cut, you simply remove the tape and the die, and you have a hinged card in a unique shape! And here's what I did with mine:

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. This is much easier to do when you're "hands on" rather than just reading it. Give it a try!

Stamps: Heart Prints (PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Cardstock: SS White and Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Ribbon: Brown satin wired
Tools: Medium Heart punch (EK Success), Tiny Tags for Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft), Labels One Nestabilities die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft)
Other: foam mounting tape (3m)


Molly B said...

Super cute card. Love the shaped cards you make. I must try them soon. Are you close to where all of the horrible floods are? I thought of you last night when I saw the news. Hope you are all safe. -Molly B

TracieClaiborne said...

Thank you Jennifer!!! I guess I could have figured that out myself if I had given it a try. LOL I appreciate you taking the time to show me. It makes sense!

One question, what is your "recipe" for using Nesties in your Cuttlebug. I'm doing...

b plate
nestabilities die
c plate
a plate

Is that what you do?
I saw my recipe on a blog tutorial.

Charlene Austin said...

Total Cuteness Jennifer! I love that shape as a card base. I must give that a try. TFS!!!

Shirley said...

Love your creation and the die cut too~ Beautiful~!

kim's kreations said...

Gotta make a few of these ...they are way too cute!!

Anonymous said...

really cute card. I love how you used the die to make the card. thanks for the idea.

Babies- Beth said...

This ones a keeper, Jennifer- I really do not use the nesties enough to make cards- you've inspired me to rethink!

Linda Beeson said...

I just checked out this wonderful card with this wonderful idea and I am sooooo going to try that! I am in love with that shape!

joanne said...

got a youtube page?? You always have some pretty cards!


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