How about a double-duty card today? I needed a college graduation card for a niece this past Saturday, and I also needed a card to help introduce the JustRite Stampers Because I Care and Just Because sets. Lucky for me, there was an ap a sentiment for that!
I have shown you in a previous post how I cut shaped card end with my Spellbinders Grand dies, but I don't think I've shown you how to get an inside layer of patterned paper. It's simple, so you've probably figured it out already; I usually trace the inside of the die on the back of my patterned paper and use sharp, small scissors to cut directly on the line. Next I line it up exactly where I want it on my card base, then turn the cardstock/paper over and pencil in a line at the top (or side, as the case may be). Finally I trim 1/16" or 1/8" down further han my penciled line, depending up the amount of reveal I want on all sides of the card. This card happened to be close to 1/8". (Die is a Grand Labels Eleven, and papers are from the This and That Tiny Tablet by Lily Bee Design.)
Since the frame I chose coordinates with the Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two set, I used Fancy Tags Two to cut and emboss my silver heat-embossed frame, then trimmed the center out with a craft knife. I used a second die from Fancy Tags Two to create a black mat layer.
Someone asked a few days ago how to get the intricate pieces out of the dies; I was reminded of the question as I tried to get the black cardstock out of this die! What I usually do is to use a pointed tool (like a really small embossing tool or the top of my pointed tweezers) to push anything I can through the little holes in the non-cutting side of the die. That generally loosens up the piece that I need. Next I try to get the edge of that same tool between the die and the cardstock that I want to get out of the die. I very carefully work my way around the die, pulling the cardstock out. I hope that makes sense--there really aren't many dies that I have to do this with, but sometimes the intricate shapes require a bit of extra love.
Other dies used include the Labels Four and the Labels Four Small sets. Black ribbon is white seam binding that I dyed with Copic 100 Various Inks, and pearls are from Zva Creative (PE-02CB-139 and PE-02CB-107).
When I cut this card base, I allowed extra cardstock so that I could fold a money pocket on the inside of the card. The sides are stitched shut. That's it--two needs met in one card! If you would like to see some lovely projects made with the Just Because and Because I Care sets, be sure to check out these blogs, and thanks for visiting!