Saturday, May 07, 2016


Hello dear friends...

It's Saturday today and I'm Anita with my weekly post. I hope you all are enjoying the spring season and the summer fun in your place. In India, it is extremely bright and sunny but I think in many parts of the world, the spring flowers are still blooming.
So lets begin with today's work. In my post today, I will show you a technique of partial die cutting and adding a little twist to the background of a card, with negatives of diecuts as stencils.And we will make a shaker card!!! Sounds difficult !!!!! Of course not !!! It's super easy and fun to play using these and believe me , the results are very pretty.

So here is my full card reveal.

Please follow the pictures below to see how to proceed with my card.
If you are still doubtful about flower making, then follow my flower making video tutorial .

The card measures 5 inches x 7 inches

Cut a  white card stock measuring 4.75 inches by 6.75 inches.
Draw a line with pencil, 3 inches from the top across the card as shown.
Make a mark on either side of the CottageCutz Swan (Elites) die, a little above the final bottom cutting lines and extend the mark at the back of the die so that you know where to place the die, when you turn it on the paper to cut. Coincide the marks with the pencil line.

Now for cutting , place the die and paper on your cutting plates in such a manner, that the part that is below the pencil line will be extending out of the cutting plate and the part above the pencil line will be on the cutting plate. So the part , that is out of the cutting plate, will not cut through the paper when passed through the die cutting machine. This is how it should look.

Now remove the portion attached to the die cut that is on the top of the line, with a craft knife, giving an empty background space behind the die cut.

Cut a rectangle out of the middle die from the CottageCutz Wide Rectangle Stitched Frame die and further cut it as shown.
Adhere around the cut frame of the partial cut swan with foam tape.

Cut another die cut from the swan die , apply glossy accents and sprinkle Fairy dust shimmer glitter on top . Let it dry and attach to the partial die cut of the swan with foam tape.

Let us make the shaker card  now.

Turn the card and attach a piece of transparent acrylic sheet covering the cut portion behind the swan.
Put foam tape all around and add lot of silver sequins in the centre.
Cut a piece of white card stock and colour with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. Further colour with Wink of Stella clear Glitter pen to add a little sparkle .
Attach this to the foam tape on the acrylic sheet.

Make flowers using 3D Flower # 2 and colour the leaves in green using peeled paint distress ink . I have used cutwork leaves and flourish from the CottageCutz Lacey Rose Die.
Arrange on the corner as shown. Finish with pearlised flowers and lace strips.

For the background, Cut out two die cuts from CottageCutz Congratulations die and stick two die cuts together to get a fairly thick expression. Ink with Tumbled glass ink and colour with glitter pen.
Take the negative of the congratulations die cut and use it as stencil to add a print on the background as shown.
Distress with same colour. Add the expression and finish off with sequins.

Attach the final mat card stock on to the front of the card base.

The card is ready.

I hope you liked this post and my card. Do leave your feed back.
The CottageCutz challenge #2 is active now and the theme is spring. CottageCutz has most beautiful spring themed dies that you can find here.

Happy Saturday and keep crafting !!!!


Janja said...

This is so beautiful, Anita.

Mary Marsh said...

Wow Anita this is so beautiful-love the partial die cutting technique-and you explained it well-you have created a fabulous wedding card-great work

Vladuška said...

This is so romantic and beautiful.

Karen in PA said...

Your flowers are always gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this technique to make such a lovely shaker card. I love the swans, too.

creative lady said...

Anita, nice wedding card.