This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Ain’t She Crafty Missouri/Kansas Creative Retreat. It was so fun to get away and create just for the sake of creating and to make new friends. While at the retreat, I shared a make-n-take with the ladies. I thought it would be fun to share the make-n-take with you all here too. It is a simple project, but one with a great die cutting tip- die cutting on a fold. By die cutting on a fold, you can make practically any die shape into a card in just one pass through your die cutting machine.
Begin with a folded piece of cardstock that when folded, is slightly larger than the shape you want to die cut. To make things easy for the make-n-take I used file folders.
Place the folded piece of cardstock or paper on the die. Place the folded edge of the paper inside of the shape on the die on the side that you want your card fold to be. By keeping the fold INSIDE of the shape next to the blade instead of over it, the fold will stay intact and will not cut.
You may find it helpful to use a sticky note to hold the paper in place while adding your cutting pads to your stack. Run the stack through your die cutting machine.
After die cutting, all the edges will be cut except for the folded edge. In one pass through your machine, you have created a card. This technique works with tons of shapes and designs. Since I love tags, I chose the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplate die for the make-n-take. I think that turning the tag into a card is a fun way to turn your favorite tag designs into a card.
Die cut two tags from pattern paper for the front of the card and inside. (Paper shown is Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic.) Use an ink blending tool to apply ink to the edges of both tags.
Apply adhesive to the back of the pattern paper tags. (I used my Xyron Creative Station. I love how quick and easy and clean it makes adding adhesive!)
Place one pattern paper tag to the front of the card and one to the inside of the card. You may need to trim the pattern paper tags slightly to match the card. Because it was cut inside the fold, it may be slightly more narrow than the pattern paper tags.
Die cut a small paper doily (Echo Park Note to Self Thinlits set). Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges.
Adhere the doily to the front of the card. I placed mine just below the center of the card to the left so that it hung off of the left edge.
Place a strip of tape down the card from the top to the bottom over the center of the doily.
Place a strip of ribbon over the card. Trim the top of the ribbon to match the top edge of the card. Allow the bottom edge of the ribbon to extend past the bottom of the card. Add a staple at the top and bottom of the ribbon.
Die cut a label frame from manila cardstock. Color the label with Distress Stain. Dry the stain with a heat tool. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the label.
Fun fact- The centers of the to two labels on this die match the insides of the metal Ornate Frames perfectly! If you have this die you can cut a label for inside those frames. No more tracing and guessing! This is just another reason that this die is on my top 10 must have dies list.
Adhere the label to the card front over the top of the ribbon, centered on the doily.
Stamp a sentiment on a piece of manila cardstock (Sizzix Hero Arts Message Frames). Cut the label out using the coordinating Framelit die.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the label.
Adhere the sentiment label over the top of the stained label.
Use Wonder Tape to adhere the metal Ornate Plate to the front of the card. Place the Ornate Plate so that it frames the stamped sentiment.
Place brads through the holes in the frame to help secure it to the card front.
Adhere a small paper flower to the top left corner of the frame. Helmar 450QD will adhere the flower to the metal securely.
You may wish to add a second pattern paper tag to the inside of the card to cover the brad prongs.
How awesome is to be able to cut a card in one pass using your favorite non-card dies? I love it! The ladies at the retreat seemed to thank it was a cool tip too!
Many thanks to Beth Kingston and Julie Conyers from Xyron for having me as a guest at the retreat! It was such a great weekend and really gave me a much needed rest and creative time. Thanks too to my friend and roomie Sally Lynn who came all the way from Connecticut to get crafty and hang with me! How fabulous to get to hang with old and new friends from near and far, get my hangs inky, and share a little die cutting love too!