You do have to use a manual die cutting/embossing machine (it doesn't need to be a Cuttlebug but it must be manual, not electronic). And, you can't mix the two, it must be all manual please. Then make your entry, link into the challenge, link to the challenge in your own blog post and and make sure that you also say what products you used for any die cutting/embossing.
For my card I went for a New Baby card - a neighbour is expecting a new baby any day now. With two boys already I suspect they would love a little girl - I already have a baby boy card to hand so I made a girlie one - just in case:
- 6" x 6" square, white, scalloped edged card - made by Craftwork Cards - tent style
- green backing card made by SU - 'Certainly Celery' - for the main backing and the scalloped circles
- patterned paper is LOTV, from their 'Perfect Pair' paper pad, free with a magazine - probably Quick Cards Made Easy knowing me!
- the image is a pre-loved Penny Black stamp called 'Baby Hammock', stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured with Pro markers. Have had it for ages and this is its very first outing here! As usual, I chose the paper first and matched the colouring to that
- die cut the image using a plain circular Spellbinders die and then popped it onto a 'Certainly Celery' scalloped circle, again die cut using a Spellbinders die
- stamped the sentiment 'A New Baby Girl' using Memento 'Gray Flannel' ink and a LOTV stamp, die cut the sentiment and layered it onto a 'Certainly Celery' scalloped circle
- at that point I could see the proportions of the card layout properly so I stuck a strip of lace across the plain and patterned card (with pink ribbon threaded through the centre of the lace) and the ends wrapped round the backing card. glued it to the card front and added the image and sentiment with sticky pads - and a small ribbon bow using the glue gun
- some gaps needed filling so I die cut two pretty white corners (die was free with 'Papercrafts Essentials' magazine in 2015)
- then added a few white pearls here and there
- final touch, a tickle of clear Wink of Stella on the image, daisies and the butterfly
So now it's your turn! Remember, you can also use up some snippets at the same time as following the 'New' theme - along with manual die cutting and/or embossing. As always, snippets are ideal for die cutting (and embossing) so you can also play in the Snippets Playground!