Friday 15 September 2023

Christmas cards and the 'Fractured Card' technique

Ages since i posted on here, other than on a Sunday - gotcha!

I revisited the Fractured Card ' technique the other day. Using just two pieces of patterned paper and one and a bit of 'almost minus a pattern' pieces of beige paper from the same pad - I made four cards. Two of each colour layout and here's a couple of them - the light caught the right hand card so the left hand one is the truer colours:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" cream card blank, side opening

- a snippet of white card measuring an eight of an inch less than the card blank on all four sides as the base for the patterned paper layer

-  whole sheets of 6" x 6" paper from the First Edition 'Perfect Christmas' paper pad

- die cut a piece of beige very lightly patterned card from the paper pad using a die from The Works 'Square Stitched' set of eight dies

- this time I used one of Ann Melvin's sticky pads in the mini Misti - I love it (thanks for the tip-off Val). And  stamped 'MERRY and BRIGHT' using a sentiment from Penny Black's 'Yuletide Wishes' set of stamps and a VersaFine Clair 'Shady Lane' ink pad (think I first spotted Kathy K using this gorgeous colour - love it!) 

- glued the sentiment die cut onto a further piece of the same paper, already die cut with the same die to make it into a double layer then glued it onto the 'base' piece of white card 

- cut four quarter inch wide strips of the beige lightly patterned paper 

- 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 white card layer

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

- then used the two complimenting patterned papers to 'fill in the blank spaces'. It's very easy, so long as you always butt a 90 degree corner of the patterned paper into the 90 degree angles you've created with the strips

- and also remember to alternate the patterned papers!

- I just trimmed them by hand, first of all roughly so I could move onto the next area and then from the back, using a large pair of Fiskars dressmaking scissors - kept purely for card making. My dressmaking scissors are almost under lock and key key here

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

Oh boy, what bliss to have the drop in temperatures here. We've all slept quite well for at least two nights now - not sure how long it will last but we do feel really refreshed!

I had a lovely Birthday on Tuesday - still trying to get round to thank everyone for the lovely cards and good wishes. You helped to make the day wonderful! Mwah!! x 


  1. Great card Di, glad you enjoyed your birthday xxx

  2. What a beautiful pair of cards you have created Di - love the technique, simple but very effective!
    We are finally starting to warm up a bit, but there is another frost forecast for tonight..

  3. Pangs of guilt here Di as I had no idea it was your Birthday, so belated Happy Birthday. Love this design technique, so effective, might need to try to use some of the DP's I buy and never get beyond stroking.

    B x

  4. LOVE this technique and the pretty Christmas cards you’ve made with it.

    Glad you enjoyed your birthday. Xxx

  5. These are very effective and I do like the idea of using the same paper/card for the centre square and the strips. Seems like a good way of using up some of those smaller pieces of patterned papers we all 'save' too.

  6. What wonderful papers and I love the green ink for the sentiment Di. They look very elegant using this Fractured Card design and use up more of those papers we accumulate. Relief here that the weather is cooler again now, and know what you mean about it being great to get some proper sleep. I'm sure Dudley is happier too. Glad you had a lovely birthday and I send my belated Happy Birthday wishes to you. x

  7. Happy Birthday, glad you had a good time 🎂. This is a great idea for a card, I'm sure I have those papers. They look very smart and not too tricky. Certainly a good way of using those papers. Very glad to be cooler here too. I did struggle last week. x

    1. There are some lovely papers in that pad Alison - wonderful to mix and match. Basically, they almost do the work for you - and the making of those cards is really therapeutic! x

  8. I love this technique and the fun papers you used to work with it. Your cards turned out so pretty! We too had a major drop in temps 2 nights ago and it's been great sleeping weather for a change. I'm enjoying it while it's here. So sorry I missed sending you birthday wishes, but hopefully it was a great birthday and lots of fun and celebration for you! Have a great weekend!

  9. It's a lovely technique (perfect to use scraps!!) and your Christmas cards look so pretty, very festive and cheerful! Love the beautiful papers you used!
    I miss the notice of your Birthday, so sorry! Happy Birthday also I'm late!
    Here the days are still hot, but nights more cool! Glad to hear that you (and Dudley) can sleep well, now!
    Love and hugs to you and to my little friend named Dudley! :D

  10. I love the design and thanks for explaining how you did it. Love the papers. Sorry I missed your birthday, I hope you had a wonderful day. As for the sleeping, I must be making up for lost time it was 9.15, when we woke this morning!

  11. Beautiful cards Di so pleased you enjoyed your birthday xx

  12. I’m a bit late commenting, but better late than never! Love these cards, so very pretty. Off to have a go at the technique this afternoon.


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