Category Archives: Tutorials

Tutorial for creating a partial die cut z fold card

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On Sunday I shared this partial die cut butterfly card.

As promised, here is a quick tutorial for how to do this.

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Step 1 – Score an A6 card (portrait ways) at the halfway mark (4-1/8″) then mark a light pencil line down the centre of the card front (2-1/16″).

 

 

partial die cut 2Step 2 – Line the pencil line up with the edge of the cutting plate and platform of your die cutting machine and position the butterfly die along the pencil mark (ensuring there is enough room above and below for your other butterflies). Place the other cutting plate over the top as far as the pencil line. The butterfly will only be cut along the portion on the platform, not beyond it.

partial die cut 3Step 3 – Repeat with the other butterflies. (Tip – I found the the smaller butterfly wanted to jump around on the magnets when using the magnetic plate so I switched to a regular platform and wash tape to keep the die in place). I like to work to the right of the platform so I needed the card upside down. If you want to work with the card the correct way up you will need to position everything on the left side of the platform.

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Step 4 – With everything still flat, stamp your butterflies. Score along the pencil mark, above and below all the butterflies (but not through them). Erase the pencil mark. Fold the card closed along the centre line, with the butterflies on the inside and then fold back along the new score line leaving the butterflies flat. This then shows the butterflies in full from the front and creates an aperture on the inside.

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Have fun!

Sara xx

Tutorial for creating a window in a box

star window box

Yesterday I shared this box with a window in the lid.

As promised, here is a quick tutorial for how to do this.

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Step 1 – Select a star from the Many Merry Stars kit to form the box lid. Select a Star framelit that fits easily inside it, centre it and die cut out.

 

 

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Step 2 – Remove the centre star (this can retained to use on another project). Add Window Sheet behind the aperture. Finish assembling the box lid, removing all the liner tape covering the adhesive.

 

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Step 3 – Cut a lining for the lid (see tip here (at step 4)). Die cut an aperture from the lining using the next size die larger than your original.

 

 

 

star window 4Step 4 – Adhere the lining in place inside the box lid to cover the exposed adhesive. Assemble and line the box base.

 

 

Don’t forget – this kit is only available while stocks last!

Sara xx

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Tutorial for transforming All is Calm Specialty DSP

Yesterday I shared this card

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… and asked which of the All is Calm Specialty papers it was 😉

 

It’s actually the spotted Silver foiled piece used on this card

All is calm

… but transformed 🙂

transform all is calm 1To match your Silver foiled DSP to your project, simply ink a brayer or a sponge with your chosen ink and apply it over the foiled piece of DSP. The paper absorbs ink quickly, making blending difficult. Build to a strong intensity of colour to prevent brayer lines being visible, or sponge lightly for a more delicate effect.

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Wipe away any excess ink that has pooled on the foiled areas with kitchen towel and allow the paper to dry before using on your project. The damp paper may curl as it dries so either use extra adhesive to flatten it direct to your project or flatten under heavy books (or something similar) when dry, to use loose.

Now you don’t have to stick with white foiled paper – go transform your world!

Sara xx

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Tutorial for using the Gift Bow die

gift bow birthday card

Yesterday I shared this 3D gift bow birthday card and today I’m back with a tutorial for how to use the gift bow die to make some simple variations on the basic bow.

gift bow 11 – Cut the pieces of your DSP/card using the gift bow die. Depending on the version you wish to make you may need to cut (just) the circled piece a second time. Tip – one of the pieces cuts at an angle so small patterned designs work best.

 

gift bow 22 – If you flip the circled piece over and lay to over the long piece you can see that it is smaller – this is our inner bow, the long piece is our outer bow, the fish tails are exactly that and the small rectangle is our centre wrap.

 

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3 – Curl any inner and outer bow pieces over a bone folder. This breaks the fibres and allows the paper/card to bend rather than crease when you work it.

 

 

gift bow 44 – Add a small piece of Sticky Strip or wet glue to the centre of the outer bow (there will be stress on the glue at this point and SNAIL may not be strong enough to hold it)and fold the edge tab to the centre, aligning the curves. Repeat on the other side.

 

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5 – For version A of the bow,  adhere the fish tails in line behind the outer bow and adhere the centre wrap around the middle and you have a finished bow.

 

 

gift bow 66 – For version B of the bow, adhere the centre wrap around the middle of the outer bow and then position the fish tails behind at an angle and overlapping (tip – you may need to trim away the small pyramid at the top of the overlapping fish tails so that it doesn’t show behind the bow).

gift bow 77 – For version C of the bow, firstadhere the outer tab of a single inner bow piece to form a loop.

 

 

 

 

gift bow 88 – With the fish tails adhered in line behind the outer bow (you can leave off the centre wrap, adhere the inner bow loop in the centre of the bow.

 

 

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9 – For version D of the bow you will need two inner bow pieces. Adhere both tabs on a piece to each other to form a flattened tab. Repeat with the other piece.

 

 

gift bow 1010 – Adhere the inner bow pieces to the centre of the outer bow and fasten the centre wrap around all. Arrange the fish tails behind (as at step 6). This is the version of the bow that we used on our card.

 

Try experimenting to find your own versions. Build multiple bows across the centres of each other to create entirely new bows:

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Have fun!

Sara xx

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Tutorial for a quick and easy paper bow

Venetian romance box

The Envelope Punch Board (133774) is ideal for making quick and easy bows to match and embellish your card making and 3D projects.

Here are the simple steps needed to create one.

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Step 1 – Start with a strip of paper 1″ x 7″. Line the paper up on the board at 1-1/2″ and punch. Move along to  3-1/2″ and punch again.

 

 

bow2Step 2 – Flip the paper over to the reverse side. Line the paper up at 1-1/2″ and punch. Move along to 3-1/2″ and punch again.

 

 

bow3Step 3 – Turn the paper around so the “notches” are on the right.  Line the paper up at 1-1/2″ and punch. Flip the paper over to the reverse, line it up at 1-1/2″ and punch.

 

bow4Step 4 – To create the fish-tails, insert the short end of the paper evenly into the punch area and punch again. Repeat at the other short end.

 

 

bow5Step 5 – To get a rolled bow look, curl the centre sections over a bone folder.

 

 

 

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Step 6 – Add a small piece of Sticky Strip to the centre back of the bow. (The bow will have some tension so Sticky Strip will hold better than Snail). Don’t remove the backing from the Strip yet.

 

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Step 7 – Fold the fish tail ends back over the centre front of the bow, aligning the main and the fishtail section and crease in place.

 

 

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Step 8 – With the bow face down, remove the backing from the Strip and adhere the fold into the centre, taking care not to flatten the outer curve. Repeat on the other side.

 

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Step 9 – Your bow is now ready to use. Optional – decorate further by adding another strip of DSP, a Pearl, a Rhinestone or similar to the centre of the bow.

 

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Tutorial to make a Scalloped Tag Topper Treat Pouch

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Happy Mother’s Day to the Mums reading and a happy day to everyone else!

I had a question recently from Jean about how to make the tag topper treat bag above. Great question Jean! I hadn’t been very precise in my instructions – I said to snip away the centre piece but didn’t say whether this was the centre before or after folding Frown

I actually meant the piece that’s in the centre once it’s folded, but the question sent me back to testing and I realised you get a different pattern showing on the front flap, depending on which portion you cut away. So here is a tutorial showing both ways and you can choose which you prefer Smile

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Step 1 – Cut your chosen paper to 9″ x 6″. It needs to be either spot on 6″ or just a smidge under so that it will fold into the punch. With the short edge at the top, score at 2″ and 4″ and fold each side into the centre.

 

 

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Step 2 – Insert the folded paper all the way into the Tag Topper and punch. We’ve used the Scalloped Tag Topper (133324) but either one works.

 

 

treat pouch 3Step 3 – Cut down each scoreline from the top, approx. 2″. Cut away the centre portion from the point you’ve cut down to. This can either be what will be the centre once folded but is actually the right hand outer edge at this stage (shown on the left in the pic); or it can be the centre whilst it is unfolded (shown on the right in the pic).

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Step 4 – Fold over from the right.

 

 

 

 

treat pouch 5Step 5 – Fold over again from the right and fold down the front flap. If the piece you cut away is on the outer edge then your front flap will match the back of the treat pouch (on the left on the pic) . If the piece you cut away is the unfolded centre, your front flap will match the front of your treat pouch (on the right in the pic).

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Step 6 – Whichever version you choose, unfold and apply glue in an “L” shape along the outer edge and bottom of the back of the treat pouch. We prefer a strong adhesive such as Sticky Strip or Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue as there will be some stress on it.

treat pouch 7Step 7 – Fold back over and adhere in place. Decorate as preferred and fill with your treat.

 

 

 
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Tutorial to change words/letters in MDS

MDS SAB

MDS is a great way to make subtle changes to stamped images that would be much harder to achieve with real life stamps. Here I was able to change the spelling of “gray” on one of the See Ya Later stamps, to “grey”.

There are multiple ways to achieve the same results in MDS, so you may find alternatives to the steps below or prefer to change the order of some steps – that’s okay, experiment and remember there’s a back button to undo changes if they don’t work 🙂

Here’s a tutorial to show step by step how I made the changes:

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Step 1 – Drag/click the stamp onto your project (tip – enlarge it so that it’s clear enough to work on, you can always reduce the size again afterwards). In the Stamps palette of the Design Centre (right hand side), click on the Coloring Tool.

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Step 2 – Choose a brush size suitable for your text and select the colour of your background. Paint over the letter/word that you want to change and click OK.

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Step 3 – Select the stamp again and copy and paste it, moving the second copy so that you can see them both. With just one of the versions selected, click on the Crop tool in the Stamps palette.

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Step 4 – Click and drag over the letter/word you want to copy and replace the original  and click OK. The unselected area will disappear.

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Step 5 – Drag your selected replacement into position.

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Step 6 – If the new letter/word isn’t complete then it may be covered by the “whited out” version. If so then select the original  full stamp, click on the Layers tool on the top menu bar and click Send Backward.

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Step 7 – The replacement letter should now be clear and may just need nudging into position with your arrow keys.

If the word/letter you need isn’t contained within the stamp then you may be able to achieve the same effect by using the Text Tool, however this is dependent upon being able to find the same font as used in the stamp.

Don’t forget that you can test drive the FREE 30 day trial of MDS yourself and you can also get the One Big Sale-a-bration MDS bundle free with a £45 purchase. The bundle contains digital versions of almost all the Sale-a-bration goodies.

Sara xx

Tutorial to make popcorn and a movie packet

joyful christmas box

Yesterday I shared a popcorn and movie gift package and today I’m back with a tutorial for how to make it.

score guide

You’ll need the Envelope Punch Board (133774).

In the instructions below, I refer to the score guide – this is the little marker just below the punch mechanism (pictured right).

 

movie box step 1

Step 1 – Start with a piece of card 9-1/4″ x 9-1/4″. Line up the edge of the card at the 3-3/8″ mark, punch and score, then move to 4-3/8″, punch and score. You’ll run out of board before you get to the edge of the card on the first scoreline but score as far as you are able.

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Step 2 – Rotate the card, 180° so that the first set of score lines are bottom left corner. Again line up the edge of the card at 3-3/8″ mark, punch and score, then move to 4-3/8″, punch and score. This is the last bit of measuring you need to do.

 

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Step 3 – Rotate the card 90° and this time line up each of the score lines with the score guide (see above), punch and score again for each line.

 

 

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Step 4 – Rotate the card 180°, line up each of the score lines with the score guide and punch and score again for both the final lines.

 

 

 

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Step 5 – Round the corners  using the the outside punch at the top of the board.

 

 

 

 

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Step 6 – Snip up/down the scorelines of the tiny small squares at each intersection, only as far as the next scoreline (and tidy as needed – there’s a tiny curve that you may prefer to snip away).

 

 

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Step 7 – Adhere ribbon to the centre of the box front. Pop your stamped and matted panels up on dimensionals over the top of the ribbon.

 

 

 

joyful christmas box wrapped

Then turn the whole package over and tie it together with the ribbon.

 

 

 

 
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Tutorial – how to create a mini card box with the Envelope Punchboard

mini card box

This cute little box is easy to make with the Envelope Punch Board (133774). This version is sized to hold a set of 3″ x 3″ mini cards and their envelopes. Here’s how to put it together.

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Step 1 – Start with a piece of card 6-1/4″ x 6-1/4″. Line up the edge of the card at the
2-5/8″ mark, punch and score, then move to 3-5/8″, punch and score.

 

 

mini card box 2Step 2 – Rotate the card, line up each of the score lines with the score line guide (the plastic bit that extends out from the punch at the top), punch and score again for both lines. Repeat all the way around the four sides.

 

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Step 3 – Round the corner(s) as preferred using the the outside punch at the top of the board.

 

 

 

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Step 4 – Snip up/down the scorelines of the tiny small squares at each intersection, only as far as the next scoreline (and tidy as needed – there’s a tiny curve that you may prefer to snip away). (Tip – you may find it easier to add any matting layers at this stage whilst the box is flat).

 

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Step 5 – Fold along all scorelines and apply adhesive to the lower outside edge of each side piece (here we used Sticky Strip for a strong bond).

 

 

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Step 6 – Taking care to keep the box, squared off, fold over each side piece and adhering it to the bottom piece.

 

 

 

mini card box 7Step 7 – Adhere ribbon to the centre of the box front.

 

 

 

 

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Step 8 – Pop your box topper up on dimensionals over the ribbon. Insert your cards and envelopes and tie the box closed.

 

 

 

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Tutorial – how to create a cracker with the Envelope Punchboard

weddingcracker

These crackers make great party or wedding favours  (see our Christmas version here).

I’ve seen a few videos on youtube using the Envelope Punchboard (133774) to make them but most start with a piece of paper around 8″ x 6-1/2″ which means that you can only get one from a sheet of 12″ x 12″ DSP. Being a true yorkshire woman I like to make my supplies go further and so adapted the design to use a starting piece that is 6″ x 5-1/2″ – so you can get four of these crackers from one sheet of paper with a sliver left over for decoration Smile

cracker1 Step 1 – Start with a piece of DSP 6″ x 5-1/2″. With the 6″ side across the top, score at 1″,   1-1/2″, 2″, 4″, 4-1/2″ and 5″.

 

 

cracker2Step 2 – Rotate the paper and with the 5-1/2″ side across the top, score at 1-1/4″, 2-1/2″, 3-3/4″ and 5″. Prefold along all the score lines.

 

 

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Step 3 – Turning the paper so that the 6″ is across the top again, fold at the first horizontal scoreline, line up at the 1-1/2″ mark on the envelope punch board and punch.

 

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Step 4 – Unfold, refold at the next scoreline, line up at the 1-1/2″ mark on the envelope punch board and punch. Repeat all the way down the score lines. Punch also at the wider outside edge (see pic below for how the punched areas are positioned).

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Step 5 – Flip the paper over and repeat on the other side, lining up on each scoreline again at 1-1/2″.

 

 

 

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Step 6 – With your paper right (preferred) side down and the 6″ along the top, fold inward along the inner most vertical scoreline, just beyond the punched area. Fold outward along the scoreline running down the punched area and then fold inward again  along the outer most vertical scoreline, just beyond the punched area.

cracker7Step 7 – Repeat on the opposite side. Flip the paper back over to the right (preferred side) and apply adhesive to the tabbed edge (the narrowest outer edge), keeping the adhesive close to the scoreline.

 

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Step 8 – Roll/fold the edges together and adhere together to form the cracker.

 

 

 

cracker9Step 9 – The ends of the cracker do leave a small opening so it’s best not to fill with anything too small. Alternatively, punch/cut a small square and use to “plug” the ends. Decorate your cracker as desired.

 

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