Monday, March 13, 2017

1 Greeting, 3 Cards


Recently, my stash of birthday cards have been depleting very quickly. My kids seem to be celebrating a friend's birthday every other week! They try to make cards themselves but more often than not they look to me for one, and lately, they have been turning to me A LOT.

Luckily, with the use of graphics, making birthday cards can be very quick and easy. In today's post, I'm going to show you how you can use a single graphic to make 3 different cards.


For the first card, I printed the image to fit on an A2-size card front. Next, I cut it with my Sizzix Big Shot and a rectangle metal die. I layered that cutout onto an A2-size patterned paper and adhered the whole thing onto the card base. Some bling is added to make the card sparkle. So easy!


Since you can print up to 4 images on a letter size page, you can easily make 4 cards in one go! How's that for speed-crafting? *wink*


For a different look, I also cut out the printed graphic in the shape of a fishtail banner. In this case, I used a banner metal die but if you are using an electronic cutting machine like the Silhouette Cameo, you can definitely use print-and-cut to cut the shape out.


By printing and cutting the same graphic to fit on a small tag, I came up with the 3rd card design. I had initially planned on cutting the tags out using the LD Layered Tags Cut Set but I ended up cutting with a metal die instead as I like the look of the stitched lines. If you do not have a tag-shaped metal die, you can cut using the Layered Tag Cut Set and draw in the stitched lines with a gel pen.


These 3 card ideas are just a few examples of what you can do with this graphic. I think that it'll be really cute as a shaker card too!

Have you used this graphic to make cards? If so, do share your idea! I would love to know what else I can make with it.

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UPDATE (3/13 1pm PST): I posted the link to the incorrect graphic set earlier. I have edited the post to reflect the correct link.

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File used:
Just Smile-Expressions- GS (graphic set)

Other Supplies:
Sizzix Big Shot
Rectangle metal die
Banner metal die
Tag metal die
Scallop rectangle metal die


7 comments :

  1. Lovely cards, I like your projects very much!!

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    1. Thanks for posting, Gwen! I actually used the JUST SMILE-EXPRESSIONS graphic set (not the Just Smile GS as previously mentioned. I have updated the post). This is not an alphabet. CLICK HERE to see what the set includes. You can buy this set for $4 on the LD website or get it as part of the Free Bundle that is on promotion until Mar 24. The details of that promotion can be found by clicking HERE. Hope that helps!

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  3. I think you meant THIS link for the file- the one you shared isnt correct and I had to go searching-
    http://www.letteringdelights.com/cut-sets/cut-sets/just-smile-expressions-cs-p14904c5c12?limit=100

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    1. I literally just edited my post with the correct link and replied to your earlier comment. lol!

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  4. Hi, Jin, I always love seeing how you make your amazing cards!

    I love using my Silhouette software, too, and I figured out a way to get the stitched look using any shape. Do an internal offset and change the style of the line. If you're interested in seeing how it looks, I have a blog post about it here:

    https://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/last-minute-halloween-cards/

    Evelyn

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