A couple of weeks ago we did an article on using the Create a Card dies by Die’sire. One of the featured cards was made by Pat. Followers of this blog will know that Pat not only makes lovely cards but comes up with some of the best card making tips around.
Here we are going to look in depth at 2 cards created by Pat using the Christmas Create a Card die Christmas Eve.
The Create a Card dies cut an aperture in the card which means the die can either be used to create an aperture card in the creased card or a card front with an aperture to mount onto a card. The piece that is left over when the aperture is cut is used to create another card so that from the one die you can make two cards.
The Aperture Card
This is how the card was made:
- Take a 148 x 148 white card blank (a one from the 50 pack of cards and envelopes will do nicely) and run it through the die cutting machine with the Create a Card die. You’ll need to run it through twice – once to cut and then using your rubber mat once again to emboss.
- Keeping the card in the die so that ink only is applied to the embossed sections, apply ink using a sponge tool. Pat used Tim Holtz Stormy Sky distressed ink. Do the embossed sections of the aperture piece at the same time.
- Remove the card from the die.
- Apply embossing powder to the antlers of the reindeer and the snowflakes only masking off the other parts of the card with a scrap of paper. Again do both the main card and the aperture piece at the same time. Pat used crystal embossing powder for this.
- Set the embossing powder with a heat gun.
- Create a 3 layer snowflake using any snowflake dies you have of 3 different sizes. Pat used silver glitter paper for the largest and smallest snowflakes and marine blue smooth card for the medium snowflake layering them together with photo glue.
- Glue the layered snowflakes to the top right corner of the aperture.
- Cut a piece of Stardream paper to 142mm x to create the insert and glue it into the card.
- The centrepiece is a die cut Merry Christmas using the Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas die and glued centrally onto the insert. Alternatively, if you have a large Merry Christmas stamp you could use it with white embossing powder to create the centre greeting.
The Reindeer Card
This card is made with the centrepiece from the aperture card and is really simple to make.
- Stardream Crystal was used to make the card blank by cutting a piece to 200mm x 100mm (about 8 ins x 4 ins) and then scored in the centre to create a 100mm x 100mm (4 x 4ins) card blank.
- The card was run through a die cutting machine using a snowflake embossing folder so that only the front of the card is embossed.
- Finally, the inked and embossed centrepiece from the Create a Card die was attached at a slight angle.