We love Marianne Creatables Anja’s Squares. There’s so many ways a card maker can use them either as the full set or just one of them or in any combinations. Perfect for matting and layering there are 5 dies in the set – 4 squares and a flower die – but you wouldn’t expect squares from Marianne Design to be, well, squares. These are squares that are rather fancy in their (almost) square shape.
Here are just a few ideas of what you can make with this versatile die set and your die cutting machine.
Card Making Idea – 4 Dies
Some card, a small topper, and a bead embellishment is all it takes to make this card. This pretty wedding day card, on a 140 x 140 square card made from a sheet of Crystal double sided pearlescent card, uses all 4 square dies – even the little card topper, also by Marianne Design, is cut using the smallest of the Anja’s squares dies.
Card Making Ideas – 3 Dies
Anja’s Squares don’t have to be square – try them as a diamond as on this card here where the Anja’s Squares has been used as a mount for the decoupage. For this card a 173mm x 173mm (just a tad smaller than 7 x 7 inches) card blank was used. The layers are of differing heights achieved by using Pinflair glue but, if you prefer 3D foam pads to 3D glue, the same effect can be achieved by using foam pads of different thickness.
One of the great things about most dies is that they can be given different looks to suit different occasions – birthdays, wedding days, anniversaries – or, as with this card, Christmas. Gold mirror card, a robin card topper and a red bow create this Christmas card. This time, the die cuts aren’t 2 pieces of card layered but one piece of gold card – the 2 dies being nested one inside the other and run through the die cutting machine together with the gold mirror card.
Card Making Ideas – 2 Dies
Just 2 dies – the small square and the flower have been used to create a topper for this card design where the papers, from the Marianne Rose Garden paper pad, take centre stage. The flower from the Anja’s Squares set works with other flowers – either already made such as roses and smaller blooms, or punched or die cut flowers – to create a layered flower centrepiece.
A simple, elegant card that uses paper, again from the Marianne Rose Garden paper pad, as the main feature using the paper both as a backing paper and to create the topper. Here the second largest and smallest of the squares are used. The die cuts were made from Stardream Sapphire card to co-ordinate with the colour of the birds.
Those who like stamping and heat embossing will know that when you have a large stamp it’s sometimes it is difficult to find a die large enough to cut a piece of card to take it. The second largest of the Anja’s Squares takes this large Christmas message stamp and the layering of white card onto red Stardream Jupiter card reflects the red of the embossing powder. That’s one of the great benefits of die cutting – you can choose the colour of card to coordinate your embossing powder, topper, backing paper, embellishment or decoupage – it just looks so much more professional.
Card Making Idea – 1 Die
Only the flower is used on this card for the perfect finishing touch.
2 flowers were cut and then brushed with glue and dipped into mother of pearl glitter then given a 10mm pearl centre.
What do you make with your die set?
We hope these seven examples have given you lots of ideas – we feel that we’ve only just scratched the surface of what you can do with this lovely die set. We’d love to see your photos of the cards you’ve made using Anja’s Squares.