Foiled Charming Floral Border (and a variation)

Foiled Charming Floral Border (and a variation)

This card features the “Charming Floral Border” hot foil plate along with the coordinating layering stencils and die all from Pink Fresh Studios.

The background panel was created with the Spellbinders “Skinny Stripe Background” hot foil plate.

I used the “Solid” hot foil plate from Pink Fresh Studios to create a piece of gold card stock and then cut the greeting from it using a die from the “Happy Birthday Friendship Script” die set from Memory Box.

You can see all the shine with more light hitting it in this photo:

The sentiment strip was heat embossed in gold with a stamp from the “Tiny Words” stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and then cut with a die from thePhotoPlay “Sentiment Strips” set.

All of the foiling was done with Spellbinders Gold glimmer foil. Inks used were Gina K Designs Peach Bellini, Tomato Soup, Moonlit Fog, and Dark Sage. The card stock was GKD Peach Bellini (no longer available?) and white.


My initial idea for this card was to use the die to create a shaped border. Because this was still in the planning stages, I left the Charming Floral Border panel uncolored and ended up liking the simplicity of the gold and white. I felt like the top half needed a little something more, and I added a few gold dot embellishments (cut with a die from the Cuttlebug “Celebration Confetti” set along with the greeting. Here is that version.

Here’s a photo with a little more light:

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Twisted Easel Mother’s Day Card

Twisted Easel Mother’s Day Card

(inside: To an amazing Mom)

Easel cards look like you fussed a little more than a traditional, folded card, but they are actually SUPER easy to make! Simply create a folded card base as usual and then fold the front in half. Basic easel cards are folded in half parallel to the fold. For a twisted easel, fold the front in half on a diagonal instead of parallel to the fold. Then, add a focal panel to your decorated base. (More detailed instructions are included below.)

You can see the two (diagonal) halves of the card front in this photo:

The base is also the “inside” of the card.

And this is what it looks like when it comes out of the envelope (folded flat):

Here’s how I created my twisted easel card:

Create the base. (Decorate as desired.)

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Cut and decorate your focal panel and adhere to card base as shown. (DO NOT put adhesive on the entire back of the focal panel. While the panel will ultimately be centered on the card front, the adhesive should not cross the fold.)

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Use the diagonal score line to help you line up your focal image.

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With the closed card flat on the table, open the card and fold the front down (mountain fold). The attached focal panel stands up creating the easel effect.


Here are my panel measurements:

For the front:

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For the inside:

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I used a square for my focal panel, but other shapes could also be used.

Originally, I had a square panel on the inside, and then I struggled with what to add as a “stopper” so the easel stayed up when opened. In the past, I’ve popped up a sentiment or die cut to sit in front of the opened easel. I had already made my sentiment panel and everything else I tried to add to the patterned paper interfered with the soft print. I ended up splitting the inside panel into triangles, and now the easel can sit in the center channel.

The paper I used is from the “Our Family Tree” 12 x 12 paper pad from The Paper Studio. I wanted to use silver card stock for the mats to add some elegance, but the paper is kind of vintage looking, so I made my borders super thin for just a touch of silver. My focal panel is pretty big to accommodate the large greeting die cut. Measurements can be adjusted if you want larger borders or a smaller focal panel.

The greeting was cut with the “Happy Mother’s Day Phrase” die by Cottage Cutz. The circles were made with my “Bubbles Border Punch” by Fiskars (no longer available?). The inside sentiment is from the “Fabulous Holiday Fillers” stamp set by Gina K Designs (no longer available).

I made a square envelope for this card using my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 (envelope) Punch Board and will need to mail at the Post Office.

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Happy Mother’s Day with Floral Strips

Happy Mother’s Day with Floral Strips

In my continuing effort to use more of my patterned paper, I decided to revisit a technique I had done several years ago on this card after watching this video by Gina K. (Click on the video link just to hear the nostalgic StampTV theme song – lol!)

I don’t have a box of strips/scraps like she did, so I just cut strips (mine are 3/4″ wide) from a single sheet from the “Floral Essentials” paper pack by Gina K Designs (no longer available although any patterned paper would work for this technique). I paired this paper with some GKD Wild Lilac card stock and ink.

The dies I used were “Grosgrain Ribbon” by Poppy Stamps, “Mini Fanciful Flourish – Left” by Cheery Lynn Designs (no longer available?), a circle from the “Standard Circles Large S4-114” by Spellbinders, and an unbranded scalloped circle die.

The greeting stamp is from an old set that coodinates with some Spellbinders label dies. I no longer have the original packaging (and cannot find it online) so I’m not sure exactly what it is called (or the company that made it), but when I labeled it for storage (eons ago), I called it Spellbinders – Labels 2, 4. and 8. Hmmm… (If anyone knows what this stamp set is called, please let me know.)

One more sheet used….

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Happy Easter Free Standing Tunnel Card (and another card sample)

Happy Easter Free Standing Tunnel Card (and another card sample)

Happy Easter!

This “box card” features the “Happy Easter” die (#367-J) from Impression Obsession and the crosses from the “Easter Edges” die set (D21024) from Creek bank Creations.

The white heavy weight “base” for this card was cut from the “Free Standing Tunnel Die Set” from Creek Bank Creations. HERE is a video showing how to use this die set. There is also an oval die set (available for purchase separately) to use instead of the rectangle openings.

The greeting and crosses were cut from Recollections holographic foil card stock and mounted on a piece of acetate before adding to the center layer of the card. The tutorial does not demonstrate using the acetate, but my greeting was not wide enough to attach directly to the edges of the opening. (CBC recommends that you use edge/border dies in this type of card.) With the acetate, any dies can be used on the front or middle panel.

The background paper is “Blue Agate” by The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby).

I attached a panel on the back for my sentiment and signature.

This card folds flat and fits in an A2 size envelope for mailing.

Here’s a head-on view where you can see the holographic effect a bit better…

The holographic foil looks silver when light is not shining directly on it…

This card was very difficult to photograph! Acetate, holographic foil, and layers creating shadows caused issues with glare, reflections, lighting, focus… Ugh!! I think it looks quite elegant in real life.


While I had the papers out…

This simple card features the beautiful “Outline Floral Cross” wafer die from Simon Says Stamp (and an unbranded frame die). You may be able to see that the cross die cuts in two pieces, and the center cross can be removed so you can use each of the die cuts on its own or paired as I have done here. With no greeting on the front, it could be used for a variety of occasions (Easter, baptism, first communion, sympathy, etc.).

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Row Boat Birthday Card

Row Boat Birthday Card

I love the sketched scene on this stamp called “Lake with Rowing Boat” by Nellie Snellen (#IFS050). So peaceful and relaxing!

I stamped the image onto a piece of white card stock with black ink.  Then I cut a frame with a stitched frame die (unbranded) from the stamped panel.  I cut two more frames from thick, plain white card stock and stacked/glued them under the stamped frame; this made the frame thicker than the center panel.  I put the panel and layered frame back together and adhered them to a black panel, a white panel, and then a white card base. The greeting is a printable sentiment strip.

The stamp I used here is a single stamp with the whole scene on it, but you could also create your own scene before cutting the frame.

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