A couple of weeks ago I sent Maura her Presscut 'Step Card Cutting' set of dies, won in the Playground, and enclosed a card as I always aim to do. The package has now arrived so I can post this on the blog :)
I thought it would be an idea to make her a step card using my own die set - I know that when I first tried my own set out I was so very grateful to have the lovely card that Liz had sent me a little while ago as a reference.
My card was made very quickly as I wanted to get the prize off to Maura ASAP:
- A4 300gsm white card, full length but cut to 5.75" width - just enough to accommodate the die and also go through the Cuttlebug with a smidgen to spare on either side
- a hint - if you buy this die set and only have a small cutting machine like me, you'll need to tape the die in place onto the card stock and then carefully turn it round after cutting one half. And, I almost wrecked my Cuttlebug by trying to push the sandwich through with the top of the long die aligned right up to the edges of the cutting plates. They need about an inch of 'freedom' to go through the rollers before meeting up with the die, then it works fine - and the same when you cut the other half of course
- after folding the card I flattened it out again and added the scalloped edge rectangle and strips, die cut from a 6" square sheet' of paper from the Wild Rose Studio 'Vintage Rose' paper pack
- the image is a Penny Black Stickeroo from the 'A Bunch of Love' sheet, popped onto a piece of white card and then die cut using a Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die
- the sentiment is by SU from their 'A Word for You' set, stamped using Memento 'London Fog' ink and then punched using SU's 'Modern Label' punch
- too late to photograph now but I also used the slightly odd looking 'spare' die to cut a liner from more patterned paper, then stuck a plain white scalloped rectangle on for the message to Maura :)
It might be 'cos I'm using a Cuttlebug which is really on the edge and quite a snug fit, but I did feel that some of the cut edges on the card itself needed something like a burnishing tool or even a bone folder held flat and rubbed over them just to take away any little lines that you often get when cutting solid shapes. Apart from that - it's a star here!
Oh Di, this is such a cute, fun, and festive hedgie card! I love the papers and stitched panel, and the fancy cut looks downright gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Oooh so happy he looks!!ReplyDelete
Feminine and fun! And you are an angel to include this wonderful card as part of the gift and also as a reference. So sweet!ReplyDelete
True happiness :)ReplyDelete
So cute Di, looks like a great designReplyDelete
A lovely cute card.ReplyDelete
A lovely creation in such pretty colours Di, could almost dream we are headed towards Spring - I wish.ReplyDelete
Hedgie images are always tops and you've made such a pretty card here - thanks for the explanation about the die cutting which could be handy if I get a similar die.ReplyDelete
What a lovely 'happy hedgehog' card, Di :)ReplyDelete
Can I pls have some of whatever she's on???
Very joyful looking hedgie and a gorgeous card with that splendid die.ReplyDelete
Another tip I read about somewhere online was to put any straight edged dies at a slight ANGLE before running through the rollers. Apparently the slight angle makes for an easier passage when it first hits the rollers!
Hugs, Sarn xxx
Great tip Sarn! The problem with the step card die is that it literally takes up almost the whole width of the cutting plates on the Cuttlebug - just a gnat's whisker left on either side. Maybe I need a bigger machine? Tee, hee :)Delete
Simply delightful, Luv Sam xReplyDelete
Cute hedgie Di and a great card! xReplyDelete
Gorgeous card Di, love the cute hedgie and pretty paper!ReplyDelete
Hugs Hazel xx
Love this card Di...quick of not it's lovely with the happy hedgy and great design.ReplyDelete
A gorgeous card Di and the WRS paper is so pretty and goes so well with the PB hedgie stickeroo which looks great as a topper on the stitched mat. xReplyDelete
After being a non-blogger for such a long time, it has been a real treat to come back and visit here - and Di, your cards are just as beautiful and amazing as ever they were! :)ReplyDelete
Well, your card is certainly a star, Di!! Happiness and joy just exudes from every angle of this step design!! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, DarnellReplyDelete
Aww Di this is such a cute card...I love it xReplyDelete
Your card is lovely Di. The paper is really pretty and the image so cute.ReplyDelete
Now I must tell you that I felt enabled by you and Liz after seeing your lovely cards to buy that die set and I love it. I've really used it a lot and I'm so glad that you mentioned that extra strange die. I wasn't quite sure what it was for hehe. Barbxx
Stunning Di, love it, the papers are so fabulous with the image.ReplyDelete
I have this die too and I must admit I use it on my Gran Caliber rather than my Cuttlebug, I also think it depends on the thickness of the card, while whatever thickness I use it cuts fine but it is the folding that definitely needs a bone folder.
Hope you are improving.
So much joy in your card, makes me happy to just look at it!ReplyDelete
Aww this is gorgeous Miss. I love the Hedgie as well as the design of card. I need to make some step cards as I haven't for ages.ReplyDelete
Hugs to you.
Oh, love it!! Very very sweet and cute!ReplyDelete
A lovely happy card Di, such pretty paper too.ReplyDelete
Adorable, gorgeous card.ReplyDelete
Gorgous happy card Di. Love that stickeroo hedgie xxReplyDelete
This is the sweetest hedgie ever! I love the tiny flower design with it.ReplyDelete
Beautiful card Di, I do like your hedgehog ones.ReplyDelete
Fabulous card, Di. The patterned paper goes so well with the cute image. The stepper die a great one to have. I use mine on my Calibur and it seems to cut cleanly every time, so it may well be the snug fit of using it on a Cuttlebug causes the problem with the edges. As you say, a bit of gentle rubbing should solve the problem. xReplyDelete
You know that I LOVE this card, Di!!! Glad you posted it because it's a winner - so very pretty!ReplyDelete