Sunday 20 August 2023

Sunday Snippets and the 'Fractured Card' technique

I spotted a 'new to me' technique the other day, perfect for using up a few snippets. and this was my first play, and the snippets I used:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4" white card blank, tent style

-  a snippet of black and white patterned paper, found in the back of my Studio Calico 'Snippets' paper pad - it was only 3.75 " wide, which is why my card blank is slightly narrower than a true A2 size. Trimmed the paper to 5.25" long and put it to one side

- then die cut a snippet of white card using a die from The Works 'Square Stitched' set of eight dies, one of my best bargains ever, but sadly no longer sold by them. The square measures just over 2" square BTW

- for the first time I used some Sizzix grid-lined sticky plastic in the mini Mistii to grip the square whilst I stamped the sentiment **

- stamped 'Happy Birthday' using a sentiment from Woodware's'Deco Sayings set and a VersaFine Clair 'Nocturne' ink pad onto the white square, twisted to a diamond shape

- glued the sentiment onto the piece of black and white patterned paper

- cut four quarter inch wide strips of reddish paper - from the same 'Snippets' paper pad

- then, one at a time I used a glue pen to glue them from a corner of each side of the sentiment panel, right down to the edge of the paper

- flipped the paper over and trimmed off the 'overhanging bits'

- glued the completed panel onto the card blank - finished!

** Another time I will probably stick the double sided Sizzix Sticky mat to a piece of appropriately trimmed thickish acetate to fit inside the Misti aperture. Less mess and curling IMHO. I do have the Misti Sticky mats as well - but the cost makes me shudder 

Here's the link to the best tutorial for making a 'Fractured Card' that I found on YouTube.  There are plenty around, some using mixed papers - even better for using snippets, but this one appealed to me the most, due to the clarity, speed and simplicity.

I might make a bunch of these using Christmas paper - they really are rather effective and so very easy and therapeutic to make, I made this particular card with one of Len's G. Nephews in mind. He will be 18 so I might add a die cut 18 in the lower right hand corner. Still plenty of time to decide though.

We now have our latest Challenge, run by Sarn, over in the Snippets Playground HERE - with a lovely prize made up of several goodies.

Dudley Pupdate: Not much to report about Dudley really, he's been feeling the heat lately, despite the rain and even though we've previously had higher temperatures. I think the 'muggy' atmosphere affects him much as it does us - we tend to turn into sloths! There again, perhaps he's almost ready for yet another 'puppy cut' - whisper that one! 

I thought he'd run away the other day - major panic stations - and a 'dog hunt' through the house and garden. Turns out, there he was quietly cooling off .................... tucked in between the cool porcelain toilet and the tiled walls in the shower room having a little snooze! It seems as if no place is 'off limits', once he makes his mind up. 😃 And the way he looked up, rather indignantly, when I disturbed his dream cracked me up!

Love from Dudley - and of course me,  


  1. Love your card Di - it's a great use of the technique, and I suspect will be well received by an 18 yr old!... I must keep that in mind.
    Dudley sounds like the resident kitten here - nowhere is off limits, not even my planter of daffodils... after restoring it this morning, including replanting several bulbs, it is now well laced with cayenne pepper!! Thankfully he did not uproot the flowering ones... or he may have been history...

  2. Looks like a good technique for using snippets so will be checking this out along with the sticky mat idea. Had to smile at the Dudley story this week, bless him.

  3. Great card, seen this a lot, so glad you’ve shared and shown it’s not too difficult. Ha Dudley picked a good spot! Xxx

  4. Super looking card Di. Will check out your video to TFS. I reckon it would be brilliant for all sorts of “age” cards by adding the relevant numbers.

    Laughing at Dudley’s choice of cool spot!

  5. Great card Di and again using snippets and what a fabulous technique you came across you put it to good use .......Dudley really does keep you on your toes it can be a worry nice he was just cooling off xx

  6. Hi Di, this is a very classy and modern card, with the great bonus that the design looks very interesting to use snippets and leftover stripes! Thanks for the link to the video tutorial!
    Dudley always makes me laugh :D Animals have the most developed senses of us and their survival strategies always surprise me! Dudley has found the coolest place in the house to cope with the heat, well done little chap, although to us it may seem inappropriate for etiquette! LOL :D I think that a "puppy cut" is necessary.... Shhhhhh!!!! :D I say it quietly, of course!! :D
    Hugs, and so much cuddles to him!!

  7. Your card is really impressive and I love the color combo as well as the patterns you used. TFS the tutorial and Dudley just keeps you and Len chuckling with more fun adventures and that's a good thing! Stay cool.

  8. Fabulous fractured card, I made my first one two days ago!

    1. Great minds think alike Donna - aren't they huge fun to make!? I whipped up two more this afternoon in what seemed like no time at all.

  9. I've seen this card around, but have to admit to loving your paper choices Di. A Super card for an 18 year old. Thanks for the link and instructions.

  10. This is great Di, the shape is interesting anf I love the black and red together...very elegant, and I love the nice sized sentiment in that Art Deco font..a really pretty card. I laughed at your story of Dudley hiding away and cooling off having a snooze. x

  11. Really terrific technique for using your snippets! Your card could be used for any occasion with a few different options -- always a good thing to keep in mind. As for Dudley, he seems like he knows where to hide when trying to stay cool... we had a dog that always stayed off the carpet and onto the wood floors during the summer


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