Category Archives: Tutorials

Tutorial – how to create a cracker with the Envelope Punchboard


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.




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.



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).


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





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.



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.



Tutorial – how to create square seal envelopes

Tania recently asked how to use the Adorning Accents on an envelope created with the SU! Scoring Tool which results in a triangle flap.

One option is to create an envelope with a square seal rather than triangle seal. Here we’ve kept the seal squared off and applied the Adorning Accents edgelits and embossing folder as a decorative touch.

square seal envelope

Here’s how:

square envelope - step 1

Step 1 – Cut your card/DSP to 7-3/4″ x 10-3/4″. These dimensions create an envelope to hold an A6 card. The seal is quite deep to allow for die cutting and embossing. Place the short edge against the top of the Scoring Tool and score at 3/4″ and 7″.

square envelope - step 2

Step 2 – Turn the card/paper so that the long edge is against the top of the Scoring Tool and score at 2-1/4″ and 6-5/8″.



square envelope - step 3

Step 3 – Remove all four outer corners along the score lines as shown in the photo.




square envelope - step 4

Step 4 – Optional – If preferred, taper the top and bottom of the envelope slightly (shown on the left and right in the photo). Tip – if tapering then we recommend no more than 1/4″ to start (you can always take a little more off if needed later but can’t add back on). A corner rounder punch can be used on the corners of the side panels for an additional touch.

square envelope - step 5

Step 5 – Die cut and emboss the edge of the top of the envelope (on the left in the photo) following our technique. Tip – we found we needed to taper the top of the envelope a little more to reduce it to the size of the embossing folder.

square envelope - step 6

Step 6 – Fold the envelope sides in and adhere the bottom of the envelope to the sides (taking care not to get any adhesive beyond the sides or you’ll stick the envelope closed). Add Sticky Strip to the inside top of the envelope, ready to seal it shut when needed.


Tutorial – how to stitch paper piercing

Whilst our paper piercing templates are easy to use to create pretty pierced frames, your projects will look even more special if you can take the time to actually stitch them.

You can use any type of embroidery floss or specialty thread. If stitching a large area then you’ll probably need to use multiple lengths of thread – simply secure the beginning and end of the thread on the reverse and pick up at the next pierced hole in the sequence.

This is an enlarged mock-up of a piercing design to act as a stitching map and visual guide when reading the instructions below.


Step 1 – Die cut your shape, place it on the paper piercing mat and line up the matching template over the top of the shape. Holding the template steady, pierce through each hole with the paper piercing tool.


Step 2 – Thread a needle with your chosen thread. Secure the end of the thread on the reverse of the die cut with a small piece of Sticky Strip.



Step 3 – Although you can start anywhere on the design I recommend that you bring the needle up through a hole  at the very top of the shape (this allows the option of stitching an open design if preferred) – point 1 on the stitching map. Skip a set number of holes (here I skipped 4) and take the needle back down through the next hole – point 5 on the stitching map. The more holes you skip, the smaller will be the gap in the centre of the stitching over the die cut.

Step 4 – Come back up through the next adjacent hole (moving away from the original) – point 6 on the stitching map.



Step 5 – Stitch back down through the hole very next to the original (working towards where you’ve already stitched) – point 2 on the stitching map.



Step 6 – Come back up through the next hole – point 3 on the stitching map. Skip another four holes and stitch back down – point 7 on the stitching map.



Step 7 – Continue around the pierced holes, moving to the next hole and working backward/forward the same number of holes each time until there are two threads in each hole.


Step 8 – Secure the end of the thread on the reverse of the die cut with another small piece of Sticky Strip.





Tutorial – how to create a paper ornament

I recently shared a couple of these paper strip ornaments; a pumpkin and this Christmas bauble:

Although the ornament looks striking made in a single colour/single piece of paper flipped over alternately, it’s also great for using up your spare scraps of paper to make a multi-coloured bauble. Different width strips of paper when using scraps will also work just as well, as long as they are all the same length.

Step 1 – Cut approximately 12 strips of paper to the same length. (Here I used strips 3″ long x 0.5″ wide). You may need a few more or less strips depending on the size of the strips and therefore the size of the finished bauble. Punch a small hole at the same position at either end of each strip.

Step 2 – Tie a substantial knot in the end of thin/sheer ribbon. (Here I used Real Red Taffeta Ribbon approx. 6″ long). Thread the strips of paper onto the ribbon, alternating the design shown if desired.


Step 3 – Starting with the first strip threaded and carrying on in the same order, thread the other end of the strip onto the ribbon. Push down the ribbon to create an arc in the paper to your desired shape. Carry on threading all the other strips in order, fanning out the paper strips as you work around to the starting piece.

Step 4 – Thread any leaf/other embellishments through the ribbon so that they sit on the top of the ornament (or adhere separately afterwards). Tie another knot and or a loop in the ribbon to hold the paper strips in place.

Tutorial – how to create a teeny tiny box

I recently shared a couple of these teeny tiny boxes; a Halloween pumpkin box and this Christmas present box.

They’re simple and straightforward to make as you’ll see from the tutorial below.

Step 1 – Punch four Petal Card Doubles from your chosen colour of cardstock. (Tip – see here for how to get the best results with this punch)




Step 2 – Cut one petal from each piece, just outside the scoreline.

Halloween box – if making an open box then cut two adjacent petals from each piece so that each one looks like a heart.

Step 3 – Adhere each piece to the next, keeping all the petals above and below (or above or below for an open box) and leaving one sticking out at one edge.



Step 4 – Fold the last middle petal into the centre, apply adhesive and fold the other, straight edge over onto it. (Tip – take care not to use too much adhesive or the box will stick to itself!).


Step 5 – Decorate the outside panels if wished, before assembling the box.




Step 6 – Assemble the box, folding the petals into each other in an interlocking design as shown in the photo.

Decorate further as wished.



Tutorial – how to weave a background

I recently shared a couple of cards, each with a weave background. The Halloween card here used the same woven ribbon in both directions. This Christmas card uses two different papers, woven in different directions.

Cut a card base (scrap card will be enough) to the size you want your finished piece. Trim strips of card to fit the size of the card base with an extra 1-2cm (approx. 1/2″) at each end of the strip eg. the Christmas card has a 3-1/2″ square base with seven 1/2″ strips along each side for weaving.

If using paper then SNAIL or Multi-purpose Adhesive will be sufficient to adhere the strips to the back of the card base. If using ribbon then I recommend using Sticky Strip to adhere it.

Step 1 – Apply adhesive along one edge of the card base. Adhere the strips of paper to the card base, right side up and keeping the strips close together. Maintain the pattern of the paper if wished (I didn’t think about this initially and had to remove and re-adhere my strips which is why you can see some minor damage along the edge but it will be hidden later).

Step 2 – Turn the card 90° and apply adhesive along the adjacent edge. Adhere the next set of strips of paper to the card base, also right side up and keeping the strips close together.


Step 3 – Flip the base card over and fold both sets of strips to the front. Start folding one set of strips under and over the other set, alternating the under/over pattern from one row to the next.


Step 4 – Continue weaving the strips over and under until all the strips have been woven in. Fold the ends of all the strips over to the back  of the base card. Butt all the strips up close to one another so that they fit fully onto the base card.

Step 5 – Adhere the folded over ends to the back of the base card.




Step 6 – The woven background is now ready to use.






Tutorial – create an origami box

I’ve had a lot of requests to post a tutorial for this origami box:

So here it is …

To make this size (which holds 4 Ferrero Rocher chocolatesWink), you will need to start with a 9″ square piece of DSP for the lid and an 8-1/2″ square piece of DSP for the base. The box can also be made with card, but this adds more bulk and requires sharper, cleaner folds.

(I’ve kept the first couple of photos large to help see the score lines more clearly).

Step 1 – With the Diagonal Plate on top of your Scoring Tool (arrow pointing to the top),  and starting with the 9″ lid of DSP (wrong side facing up), score at:

  • 2-1/4″
  • 4-1/2″
  • 6-3/4″

Rotate the paper and repeat the scoring at the same measurements on all four sides.

Step 2 – Remove the Diagonal Plate and at the 4-1/2″ mark, score down the middle of the centre top diamond (created by the diagonal lines), just as far as the intersection of lines. Rotate the paper and repeat scoring the middle of the diamonds on all four sides. These diamonds are the key to folding the box together smartly.

Step 3 – Taking two opposite corners, fold them to meet in the centre (along the middle scoreline of the three) and burnish the folds with a bone folder.



Step 4 – Fold the outer edges into the centre (along the inner score lines of the three) and burnish these folds with the bone folder.



Step 5 – Unfold the paper and repeat steps 3-4 with the remaining, uncreased opposite corners. Unfold part way so that a pair of corners meet in the centre and two folds stand vertical, creating the box sides.


Step 6 – Find a pair of opposite diamonds along each edge of the paper. Push along the centre line of each diamond, pressing them to create two “v” shaped wedges that meet in the centre.


Step 7 – Fold the corner flap of paper over the top of the wedges and into the centre of the box.




Step 8 – Repeat steps 6-7 with the remaining, untucked corner to create the box lid.




Step 9 – The triangles that meet in the centre of the inside box lid tend to flap a little. They can be adhered down if preferred, or a square of card can be inserted to hold them in place (see step ).


Step 10 – With the Diagonal Plate back on top of your Scoring Tool (arrow pointing to the top),  and using the 8-1/2″ base of DSP (wrong side facing up), score at:


  • 2-1/8″
  • 4-1/4″
  • 6-3/8″

Rotate the paper and repeat the scoring at the same measurements on all four sides. Remove the Diagonal Plate and at the 4-1/4″ mark, score down the middle of centre top diamond (created by the diagonal lines), just as far as the intersection of lines. Rotate the paper and repeat scoring the middle of the diamonds on all four sides.

Step 11 – Repeat the folds of steps 3-8 for the box base. If adding inserts to hold the triangles in place, then the box lid is approximately 3-1/8″ square and the box base is approximately 3″ square (you may need to shave a tiny edge from each side if the fold lines weren’t exact).

Step 12 – Slide the box base inside the box lid (it’s a snug fit). Embellish/decorate and fill as preferred!




Here’s one I made earlier Laughing

Enjoy making your origami boxes.

Sara xx

Tutorial – create a double pocket card

Here, at last, is the tutorial for this double pocket card that I shared here.

You will find this project very easy, using both the Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334) and the Diagonal Score Plate (125586). So that you can make this card without having to have the Metric Scoring Plate (I’d invest in the Diagonal one first ), I’ve started with a sheet of DSP that measures 11-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ (just one end trimmed from an edge of A4 size).

You can also use cardstock to make this but you then have a little more bulk, so I prefer paper.

I recommend folding and unfolding before adhering (as shown below) so that you can be sure that your folds are in the right place.

Step 1 – Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool on its own (no Diagonal Plate) and with the short end of the paper (right side facing up) across the top, score at 4-1/8″.

(Tip – use the large end of the ball tool to score paper.)

Step 2 – Rotate the paper so that the long edge is across the top and score at 5-3/4″.





Step 3 – Place the Diagonal Score Plate on top of the Scoring Tool (ensuring that the arrow on the back points to the top of the board). With the short end of the paper across the top, score again at 4-1/8″ (this time diagonally).


Step 4 – Rotate the paper a full 180 degrees so that the other short edge is across the top. Score at 5-1/8″. This gives a 1″ gap between your pockets. You can make this gap narrower or larger by scoring nearer or farther from the centre score line.


Step 5 – Flip the paper over to the wring side and fold the corners along the diagonal lines just scored. With the smaller triangle in the upper right corner, cut along the centre scoreline from the top to the vertical centre.


Step 6 – fold the top right quarter down and crease well along the fold line with a bone folder.




Step 7 – Fold the left half over to the right  so that the diagonal folds overlap (I’ve rotated the piece in the pic). Crease well along the fold line with a bone folder.



Step 8 – Fold the left half behind the card so that the double pocket remains at the front. Crease again along the fold line with a bone folder.



Step 9 – Unfold the straight folds again. Apply any chosen edging behind the diagonal folds. Apply your chosen adhesive where you see the red Sticky Strip in the photo. Refold as in steps 6-8 to adhere the pockets in place.


Now, decorate/embellish your card as wished.

Tutorial – create a teabag holder using the Simply Scored Tool

This teabag holder makes a cute gift at any time of the year. Simply pop a teabag in one side, a mini card in the other and sandwich a little packet of biscuits in between Smile

Stamp sets: Tea Shoppe (W125545 0r C125547)
Plain Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz (121693), Whisper White (106549)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz (119784)
DSP: Twitterpated (125406)1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon: Old Olive (119256)
Punches: Scallop Oval (119856), Large Oval (119855)
Tools: Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Crop-a-dile (108362)

Begin by trimming off 3-1/2″ from the edge of a piece of 12″ x 12″ DSP so that you have a piece that measures 8-1/2″ x 12″.

Tip – when scoring paper, use the large end of the stylus with a light/medium pressure to avoid ripping/tearing.

Step 1 –  Place DSP onto the Score Tool, wrong side facing you, with the short edge at the top and score at:

  • 2-1/2″
  • 6″


Step 2 – Turn the paper so that the long edge is at the top and score at:

  • 1-1/4″
  • 2-1/2″
  • 5″
  • 7″
  • 9-1/2″
  • 10-3/4″

Step 3 – Cut away the four outside corner squares  – the full 2-1/2″ which will have a crease down the centre. (These scraps are good for punching small flowers from).



Step  4 – Fold the top and bottom left and right squares diagonally into the centre so that the points line up with the centre score lines.



Step 5 – Fold the top section along the top scoreline, towards the centre. Fold the bottom section along the bottom scoreline towards the centre.



Step 6 – Flip the paper over (so that only one (right side)  pattern is showing) and fold the left and right sections upwards along the innermost scorelines to create a “U” shape with the holder.


 Step 7 – Fold over the top flap of DSP on either side.





Step 8 – Holding the tops of the holder together, use the Crop-a-dile to punch holes. Thread with ribbon and tie in a bow.



Step 9 – Using Pear Pizzazz ink (or your preferred colour), stamp The White Peony onto Whisper White card and punch out with the Large Oval. Punch a Scalloped Oval from matching cardstock.


Step 10 – Layer the ovals with dimensionals in between, then pop the layers up on more dimensionals on the front of the holder. (Tip – keep the dimensionals widely spaced so that they don’t stick to the back of the holder).

Here’s the same project in an alternative colour combo:

Tutorial – create a framelit purse

This little purse is perfect for a girlie gift of choccie or biscuits or similar. It’s made using the larger size of Labels Collection Framelit dies – here I used the second largest size.

Step 1 – die cut 2 large labels from your chosen cardstock.





Step 2 – Trim off the side of the label, right at the point where the design steps down (see pic). Repeat with the second label on the same edge.



Step 3 – Score 1″ from the cut edge. Repeat with the second label.

If you wish to emboss your purse then add the embossing before moving to the next step.


Step 4 – Adhere the two labels together, overlapping the scored edges.

If the contents are to be enclosed only lightly, then they can be added at this stage and the purse decorated and closed.


Step 5 – for a more secure enclosure, cut two strips of matching card 1″ x 3″ and score at 1″ and 2″ along the long edge on each piece.




Step 6 – Adhere one square of each strip to the inside edges of the purse, right against the scoreline.




Step 7 – Fold over the purse and adhered the other squares to the opposite side to create a box.

Decorate as preferred.