Sunday 7 May 2023

Sunday Snippets and a new Lattice card idea

I really like the very clever crafter Ann Melvin's YouTube channel and often watch her to pick up new ideas. This is the link to Ann's actual YouTube video showing the technique HERE - she has her own online store called 'Positively Papercraft'  HERE - well worth a visit if you're in the UK. 

And this is what I made:

I used:

- card blank measuring approx. 6" (just under 6" in fact) x 4.25" - cut later to the same size as the finished card front panel

- two absolutely identical pieces of paper from the DCWV 12" paper pad called 'Quince & Blossom'  - I cut the two layers at once to be sure they were lined up and identical - they are foiled and so very pretty

- then 'outline' die cut the pieces together, only  using the outer frame from Ann's 'Positively Papercraft 'Cracked Glass' pair of dies

- then die cut just one of the resulting background pieces again, using the inner lattice part of the 'Cracked Glass' pair of dies

- suddenly realised that the paper would be too floppy for the top layer, so I die cut just the inner part of the panel from a snippet of white card, trimmed it down then added it behind the patterned layer using a glue pen. I had to do it that way as it would have been almost impossible to die cut exactly the same panel using both the dies, the alignment needed to be perfect with no over-hang

- and at that point I pushed it to one side as I'd done four similar panels from the same paper pad and felt they would all 'sag', despite the additional strengthening die cut lattice card layer

- went back to them and layered the other lattice layers onto the backgrounds using narrow foam tape, with glue stick on top for some slide - then pushed them to one side, yet again

- still convinced they would sag - even with the additional thickness of the white card snippet underneath the lattice panel - I fairly gently added a Pink Fresh pre-foiled die cut sentiment to the lower right corner of the card using a glue pen right around the back of the sentiment and being careful not to totally press it down onto the very back layer of patterned paper

- AND, it worked! No sagging to be worried about really

Well, knock me down with a feather - what a really lovely surprise! Love the sentiment itself - so positive. And good for a teen wearing braces on their teeth!

My snippet is well hidden, I used a left over piece of white card to back the lattice layer for added strength.

So, now I need to just make up the other three panels into cards - with a load more confidence than I had! Yay! I'd like to add this card into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #50 HERE. The Positively Papercraft ' Cracked Glass' die set was having its first outing.

The results of Challenge #452 are over on the Snippets Blog for you.

Dudley Pupdate: A good friend was here the other day and Dudley fell in love with her and wanted to go home with her when she left the house, but we all know he would he would have been squealing before she left our road. He absolutely flung himself at me this morning in affection - then I realised that he thought there might be a second 'morning treat' hidden about my person! Little monkey. Mind you, on reflection, he's the same with both of us where treats are concerned - albeit with just a tad more respect for his 'Dad'!

We watched quite a bit of the Coronation - history in the making. And it rained. 

Hope you all have a lovely week. 

Much love from Di and Dudley Dog


  1. What a fantastic card Di. Lovely sentiment and I like the subtle gold elements. Really pretty xxx

  2. Wow fabulous card Di…….off to peek at the shop… finding new things, funny how they’re often not as easy as they look! Xxx

  3. I had to take a good look at your card how it is made. Wow, what a great idea!
    Lia xx

  4. Brilliant choice of image for this clever card style, also a great die and sentiment. Thanks (I think) for the link to the source of more crafting goodies we might NEED 🤣.

  5. This is beautiful Di, looks so intricate and involved but beautiful and I think the soft colours you used all add to the elegance.

  6. Wow Di this is a beautiful card so elegant and intricate as many have specified l like her site and have bought from her before well worth the visit xx

  7. I'm addicted to this technique and some of Ann's other ones too! This is a great design.

  8. I already saw this technique on Ann Melvin's YouTube channel as I'm a follower, but never tried. Your card looks amazing, so elegant and delicate!!
    Surely Dudley would be in deep crisis if he did not see you, even me would not have had any doubt about the outcome of the little walk with your friend! :D
    Happy Sunday, hugs and the usual cuddles to my friend Dudley ;)

  9. Well Di this is a lovely card, so different and despite the time it must have taken you to perfect, it is perfect! Lovely card. x

  10. Another blogger who I follow has done this technique and I was at first intrigued by it as I could not at first figure it out, but then she pointed me in the direct of a you tube and all became clear, and it is a great use of papers and I do intend to give it a try and this die and the papers work brilliantly and you have finished up with a really beautiful card Di. x

  11. You did a great job with this one. I watched that video too, but haven't tried the technique yet. Your card looks stunning xx

  12. Awesome card. Love that die. Hugz

  13. So glad you persevered Di - this is a stunning card!!
    I didn't watch the coronation - various reasons, not just any one single one.

  14. The lucky person who gets this card will feel very special indeed, Di. Not only is it drop-dead gorgeous, but you put a lot of work and love into it! Thank you for the Dudley update (they can smell a treat a block away!) and thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  15. WOW! Di, this is an amazing card, I must pay more attention to Anne's videos. I saw all the Coronation too, my second!

  16. This is just over-the-top beautiful and I've never seen that technique before, but it's perked my interest and now I need to have a closer look! My goodness, this must have taken lots of patience and time to create but it's just stunning!

    1. Thanks for the kind words Carol. It's actually easier than it looks so long as the precision is spot on - have a try! Hugs, Di xx

  17. What a great card Di, a lovely technique. I will definitely take a look at that You Tube channel xx

  18. This is fabulous - gorgeous paper and die Di! I sort of did this not long ago with my dashing crow card - except I stamped the image and it wasn't a full page which made it much easier to line up. BUT the effect of the gears on the image was barely visible and I realize now that I should have done what you did and add more layers and even perhaps even some foam tape for dimension - which I will do next time! Hugs and a thank you for inspiring on my creative journey, Kate!


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