Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

December 01, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Mary Border Strip

Hi Everybody,

Border strips are very popular at present,  especially those with a separate cutting edge that makes them even more versatile.  A few weeks ago I showed you how to create the box sides using another border strip but today we are going to make a card using the Mary Border Strip from Spellbinders

Spellbinders Supplies:
Other Supplies:
With die #7 from Matting basics A cut two and hinge them together to create your base
With die #7 from Matting Basics B cut one panel in white and emboss it with any folder that you have in your "Stash"
With die #6 from Matting Basics A cut another layer in pink 
(Please remember that #1 is always the smallest die)
With the Mary Border Strip cut the solid panel in pink with the outer cutting edge and the with both dies together cut the patterned piece. 
With small foam pads in between the layers,  add these two together
With the pink panel place the inner section of the border strip onto your card keeping it over to one side and pass it though your die cutting machine. Tape the die in place so that it won't move.
Carefully remove it and  add it to the other side of the card and keep it well over to the side.
 Place foam pads in strategic places on the back of the panel so that they cannot be seen from the front and add this to the white embossed layer
Stamp and heat emboss your sentiment onto some parchment that is wide enough to wrap around the layers and be glued on the back
Place the  separate cut out panel in between the two cut into the pink card and use foam pads to give extra height to this one.
 Adding in the foam  creates shadows and depth and makes the card look better than simply being flat
Wrap these layers with pink ribbon and the parchment strip, and secure on the back before adding them to the base card.
I have tied a double bow and added it to the ribbon with a flower centre to cover the knot.
And finally I added in the pearls at the top and bottom of the parchment strip

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. Morning Christina, an absolutely gorgeous card love this striplet and the colour is beautiful.
    Nancyd xx

  2. wow love that, another die for the shopping list, Iv'e been good santa !!!!!!!!
    cheers Kaye

  3. Beautiful tutorial Christina, I made the box with the border strip and was very pleased with the result thanks Ann

  4. Hi Christina
    A very beautiful card and a great Tutorial, i love the little sentiment too.
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  5. Beautiful card,so pretty & delicate.


  6. oh my gosh that is so beautiful and my fav color. the die is very beautiful. thanks Christina. xx

  7. Good morning Christina, another beautiful card, and a brilliant tutorial, and the stamped ribbon is stunning. Thank you for inspiring us all
    Kind regards
    Anne Owens xx

  8. Morning Christina,
    A very pretty card.

  9. Good morning Christina, a very pretty lacy looking pink card, very girlie, and quite simple to make, I really like the ribbon and the sentiment on a ribbon of velum. One I will definitely add to my clean and simple list. Thank you. X Ros

  10. Hi Christina
    Love this card. I'll have a go with the border strip that I have. Thanks
    Love & best wishes
    Jenny C xxx

  11. I have used this die but never thought to do the 2 side strips- a great idea. Once again- thanks Christina - beautiful card, xx

  12. Good Morning Christina :) Ahhhhhhh..... a Most BEAUTIFUL Christina Card this morning!! Thank you so much for sharing and the wonderful tutorial, as well. Enjoy a lovely day. Big Hugs.

  13. I adore this design Christina, an absolutely stunning card. Pat x

  14. Hi, Christina,
    |This is so pretty in pink. I love the way you've used the strip die...I really do need to get some in my stash before too long lol although a set of large alphabet letters is at the top of my wish list right now :)
    Bejay x

  15. I love the way you have used the strip to cut into the main card and also as a strip layed on top.....thank you for the tutorial Christina....It is a beautiful card...luv Ursula xx

  16. I love the card, it is elegant and beautiful. Thanks for the technique with the border die ( cutting the panel at two positions and using the negative spaces). I must use this immediately.


  17. It amazes me what wonderful cards are being made just border dies...
    Christina your card is lovely ....well done

  18. Pretty dainty card Christina, I love this die have used it several times :)

  19. Hi Christina, beautiful card from you again, I do love the striplet dies and own a couple, thanks for the inspiration, thank you for your last newsletter of the year, we owe you a million thanks for all the great video's and tutorials and the beautiful cards you give us the chance to win each week, thanks also to the film crew, Griff you do a great job.
    I am lucky enough to be in Barbados over Christmas and the New Year, so although it's early days I would like to wish you and Griff a wonderful Christmas and the happiest, healthiest New Year.
    To all the ladies on the blog, best wishes for Christmas and a healthy New Year.
    Regards Liz.

    1. Wow have a fabulous Christmas Liz, I love all the inspiration Christina gives us I have learned so much, wish I hadn't left it til I was so old starting the hobby.
      Kind regards
      Anne Owens

  20. Hi Christina, wonderful card and lovely colour. I like the design and the die.
    Best regards Petra

  21. A beautiful card. Thanks for the video and sharing your wonderful talent. You are such an inspiration to us all.

  22. Loving this beautiful card too. The striplet type dies are quickly becoming my favorite because you can do exactly what you did on your card. It's so versatile.

  23. Hi Christina
    A gorgeous card today so very pretty love the colours & a lovely die.
    Thank you so much for your tutorial & inspiration
    Hug's Lynda Brock xx

  24. Such a beautiful card. Thank you so much for the ideas you have given us on different ways to use the strip dies.

  25. Beautiful card today, love the look of the dies. Thanks for the tutorial.

  26. Beautiful card today Christina. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Hi Christina,
    Lovely feminine card.
    Di B. x

  28. I recently purchased a strip die so thank you for the wonderful idea!


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