Today I have a fun “back to school” card featuring the new pierced dies from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions line. These new dies come in circles, ovals, squares and rectangles. My card features the oval pierced dies —
My first step in making the back to school card was to select an image. I like this stamp by My Favorite Things. Since I wanted to color the image with my Copic markers, I stamped it with Memento ink – an ink that dries quickly and doesn’t react with the alcohol ink markers. I colored the image with my Copics, and then fussy cut it. When I color this image I sometimes use Glossy Accents to highlight the apple, although I didn’t use it on this card.
To make the notebook paper background, I used a sheet of 4.25” x 5.5” white cardstock and placed it in the Darice embossing folder. I ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. I often use this stand-alone machine for my embossing. That is what it is made for, and embossing is what it does really well. I always get a good crisp image from it. Once my image was embossed, I trimmed it to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”. I used colored pencils to add the red vertical line on the left side, and the blue horizontal lines. I also used my 1/8” hole punch to cut the holes in the side of the paper. It just took these few very easy steps to make pretty realistic notebook paper sized for a card.
I chose a solid red paper for the background, and cut it 4.25” x 5.5”. I wanted something very subtle for the image to rest on, so I chose the light blue cardstock. I cut and embossed the light blue cardstock using the middle-sized pierced oval dies (both the straight cutting die and the piercing die).
The Celebra’tions pierced oval die set includes six dies – three of them straight oval cutting dies, and three of them piercing dies. To achieve the effect on my card, I used the middle cutting die and the middle piercing die. You could also use the dies separately – so you could cut a straight oval only, or you could create the pierced effect in the middle of the cardstock only (to highlight a section, for example – but it won’t cut in an oval shape). Of course you can also use these dies to add several layers to your card. These are very versatile dies. Please see the short video for additional information on how the dies can be used.
Or you can view directly on youtube: spellbinders celebrations back to school card
To assemble the card, I attached the notebook paper to the red background using Scor-Tape. I attached the stamped image to the oval using a low dimensional adhesive, and then attached the oval to the background layers using Scor-Tape. I added a ¼” sheer ribbon at the side of the card, and centered it over the red line on the notebook paper. I attached a bow near the top of the image. The chunky pencil sticker adds a little more fun dimension. Super easy card!
As a two-for-Tuesday bonus, I have a golf martini card that features the Celebra’tions pierced rectangle dies –
This is made using most of the same steps as the back to school card. See the supply list below for the additional items needed to complete this card.
I love the new pierced dies – they are so easy to use and add just a pop of dimension to an otherwise plain layer. They work equally well for guy cards and girl cards. How much fun is that?
Spellbinders Celebra’tions pierced dies – I used the pierced oval and pierced rectangle sets
Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Adhesive – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, the ¼” size; Darice low-dimensional adhesive
Darice embossing folder – Notebook paper
Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
Blue and red colored pencils
1/8” hole punch
Copic markers – E00, E02, Y21, Y23, Y26, COO, C0, C1, C2, C6, R27, R29, YG03, YG06
My Favorite Things stamp – al a modes stamp – “An Apple for Teacher”
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Pencil sticker by Jolees
Additional supplies needed for golf martini card — golf ball brad; solid green bakers twine; Impression Obsession stamp 02184 “Golf Martini”; Copic markers B0000, R27, R29, YG03, YG06, E31, E33, C00, C1, C6; plaid paper from Graphic 45 Good Ole Sport collection
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!