October 20, 2011

Card Tutorial using Dies

Hi! This is Gaby from GabyCreates happy to be here on this beautiful Autumn day!

Today I am sharing a tutorial for cards I made during LUFP celebration that I participated on over at my blog. I was asked to please share the "How-To" or a tutorial.  I did create and additional card to show the steps here. 

These are some of the cards I created which generated the interest in me sharing the "How-To"

And this is the card I created to show how I made them using Spellbinders dies.
Before I get started with the tutorial I want to share a new trend.  I usually ink the edges of my papers, but this trend involves sanding your paper (not distressing) to bring out the white on the edge.  I use a Tim Holtz sander, but you can use a nail file? or?   Hope you can see on my card above.  OK on to the tutorial.

First step - Select Spellbinders die (it must have points that meet at same level--at least two)
Second step - Measure your die so that you can cut your cardstock accordingly.
--this particular die measures 4.25" x 5"

Third step - cut your cardstock accordingly after you decide which way you want it to fold, horizontally or vertically.  I chose horizontally this time, but on the pink one with same die, I chose vertically. See below.
 Here is the piece of a bit larger than 4.25" x 10" length folded in half.
Fourth step - Place die on your die cutting machine die side up and place your cardstock or card folded side on top and towards the side you have chosen (horizontal or vertical).
Above picture shows my card fold not being close enough unless you are OK with loosing this much of the design.
On the above picture you can see that I placed it closer -- Additionally and it is totally optional-- you can add a small piece of removable tape to hold it in place -- (some people have a magnetic mat or their cutting plates are fairly new and can hold your die and cardstock in place without much or no movement).

Fifth step - Run through die cutting machine 2-4 times back and forth (depends on the thickness of your cardstock.  Or you may add a shim (piece of cardstock to put a bit more pressure).

Sixth step - After running through die cutting machine clean/take all the extra particles of cardstock out as shown below on the right side.

Seventh step - decorate to taste!

Above you can see the tops or folding point of each card.

 I hope that my tutorial helped at least one of you! and that I did not confuse any...if it did, please leave a comment and I will respond. (I work during the day, so I will reply in the evening).

Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment!  ~Gaby


RoseAnns Thoughts said...

Very pretty! I love the black & white.

Unknown said...

Thanks Gaby, great Tut! I will have to try this also

Diane Hodrick said...

I don't have dies, but I do admire the cleverness of your tutorial...thanks for sharing your tricks! your cards are beautiful!

papillon digital design said...

very cute. TFS

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Gaby these cards are just gorgeous! I love how intricate they are. I have got my first couple of spellbinders dies and I am loving them already.... Now I want a border die! Thes are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing these wonderful cards and great tutorial today.

mfc.melissamade2 said...

Wow Gaby - all of these are GORGEOUS girl! Love the idea of using the nestables for a fancy front! Love each one!

Unknown said...

Very pretty!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Your card is beautiful, I would love to try this... If I could find some extra time...

Angi Barrs said...

Clever tutorial. Love your beautiful creations. :)

Jeannie said...

This is beautiful! I don't have any real dies, maybe I'll have to get some?!?! TFS.

Java Jen's Creations said...

Beautiful cards with such gorgeous detail!!! I love them all!!! Thanks for a great tutorial!!

Audrey Frelx said...

Gaby, this is a masterpiece!!! I love it!!! TFS!

Kelly said...

Fab. Must try this. Lovely cards x

Rosie said...

Oh my, this cards are beautiful!!!!!


Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

this is beautiful!!!!!! love it

Cricut Couple said...

Stunning Gaby! Every single one of them is a masterpiece!!!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [20 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria