Die-Cut Designs: Creating Your Own Custom Shaped Cards

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Hey there! In today’s post, we're putting a spotlight on shaped cards. We’re taking the elegant arch design and crafting something special. If you're into die cutting and clean, beautiful lines, you’ll want to see what we’ve created with our latest dies. Let’s get into it!

For this creative session, I’ve chosen the ‘Brighter Days’ Gerbera Daisy, beautifully illustrated by Kelly Taylor, and coupled it with the versatile Basic Die Cutting Set 1. This set is a true crafting powerhouse, boasting arches, ovals, windows, and more to spark your imagination.

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The Project

1. Start by stamping the Gerbera Daisy on alcohol-friendly paper with alcohol friendly ink. Color in those petals withBV02, BV04, BV08, the center withYR24, YR27, Y13, and leaves in YG01, YG05, G09. For a touch of realism, add texture with a stippling effect with the darkest colors and some white gel pen dots, and then die cut. 

2. Heat emboss your sentiment on black cardstock and die cut.

3. Die cut the largest arch frame in white cardstock twice and once more with one of the Clouds of Dreams glossy card fronts.

4. Use the largest and smallest arch to create a frame.

5. For the card base, trim it a smidge larger than A2 size. Use the largest arch to cut the base, allowing part of the die to hang off the side for that unique shape.The second photo shows how to leave the edge if you want to make the card base open at the side. 

TOP TIP: The beauty of this technique isn’t just for arches - it’s a universal trick! Feel free to apply this step to any shaped die in your collection, be it ovals, squares, rectangles, circles, etc. It’s all about getting creative and making each project uniquely yours.

6. Cut the SL oval fence from white cardstock and give it a slight curve.

7. Layer the second white arch over your card base, follow with the cloud panel, and then the arch frame on foam pads.

8. Mount the daisy with foam pads, add the fence, and pop on the sentiments. Please note I changed the clouds of dreams background (there are three different ones in the set) but forgot to take a photo!

9. Finish off with a sprinkle of sequins for that sparkly touch.

And there you have it, a stunning shaped card that's as fun to make as it is to give. Shaped cards are a great way to mix things up and add that special touch to your cardmaking projects. Thanks for hanging out with me today!

Thanks for crafting with me today! And remember, sometimes all it takes for a standout card is a few simple die cuts.

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