Friday, October 12, 2012

Die Cutting Paper: Beware Pop `n Cut Card Tutorial

Hi everyone! Gretchen here and I’m getting ready for Halloween by sharing a tutorial creating this Beware card. I’m using some cool Halloween dies from Sizzix as well as a new Square Ornate Frame Pop `n Cuts Insert that was released this month.

The fabulous Karen Burniston, a licensed designer for Sizzix, has a ton of new dies available this month, both regular Bigz dies and Pop `n Cut inserts. I’m very excited about this release because some of the new PNC’s lay flat giving a whole new dynamic to the card.

Start your card by using the PNC base tray with the Square Ornate Frame Insert to die cut a card base out of cardstock. After die cutting, fold the card in half.

Cut a piece of black cardstock that is 4-1/4” x 4” and adhere to to the back of your card, make sure no adhesive shows through the opening. This piece will cover the back opening that was made by the PNC.

Use the Vintage Market Alphabet to die cut the word “beware”.  Lay the letters down on the bottom of your card and glue down. Cut a piece of patterned paper that is 4-1/4” wide by approximately 6” long. Adhere patterned paper to the front of your card only, above your sentiment. Once again, make sure no adhesive shows through the opening.

Fold the extra edge of the patterned paper over and glue it down to the back of your card.

Note: I was using a 6” x 6” paper pad to create this card. As an alternative, use a longer piece of patterned paper that is 4-1/4” x 8-1/2” and you’ll be able to cover both the front and back openings at once.

When you’re dealing with a flat fold and layers of paper, the outside seem can be tricky. Open your card flat, front side up, and use a bone folder or something similar to press the extra crease down making it as flat as possible. The recipient of your fabulous card will never notice!

Decorate the front of your card with another strip of coordinating patterned paper, the Graveyard On The Edge Die and a bat from the Movers & Shapers Mini Bat & Skull Set. You'll have to trim some of the graveyard scene away to make it fit on your card front.

The front of your card is now complete!

For the inside, you’ll need to die cut a Branch Tree, the skull from the Movers & Shapers Mini Bat & Skull Set, and a second Square Ornate Frame cut from coordinating cardstock. You don’t need to cut a whole other PNC piece, just the frame with the opening and then cut the bottom portion away so it’s its own piece.

After die cutting, glue your tree down to the solid frame slightly above the PNC fold, making sure not to have any stray adhesive. The tree is just a bit to long to fit when the card is closed so use your scissors to cut the tip off once you’ve got it glued in.

Add Glue Dots to the tips of the open frame as indicated in example. Fold and attach the solid and open frames together, matching up edges. (Check out the package instructions for more detail).

Glue your second PNC Square Ornate Frame piece on top of the one that is a part of your card base. Glue your skull down to the front of your open frame using glue dots.

Finish decorating the inside of your card by adding a patterned paper trip towards the bottom, a sentiment in the negative opening created by the open frame, and two more bats. 

While creating my card, I added detail to my card front, inside, and die cuts by outlining them using a black pen and chalks. I tried to make it extra spookey and Halloween-ey!

Beware! Pop `n Cuts are addicting!

die cutting supplies

Cardstock: American Crafts Black and Charcoal; Bazzill Kraft and Straw
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Halloween 6x6 Paper Pad
Stamp: The Stamps of Life solids4Halloween
Ink: Hero Arts Black Dye Ink
Chalk: Craf-T
Pen: Zig Millennium .03
Adhesive: Glue Dots, Zig Glue, Tombow Adhesive

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  1. Gretchen...WOW!! This card is so incredibly cool!! Love the way you've used that frame. Just totally perfect all around!!

  2. Fantastic! In all ways, fantastic! I love the effect of the tree, the skull over the opening, and especially how you used the negative space (hole) as a shadow frame for your sentiment. Brilliant card, G!

  3. This is fabulous Gretchen! Love how the tree sits in between the panel and the skull fit perfectly over the opening. Very cool!

  4. Really great card!!! I so neeeeed to get some of those pop up dies. LenaS


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