Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

January 12, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial A2 Basics

Hi Everybody,

For todays tutorial I have used nothing but the basic dies that you may already have in your crafting "Stash".   These are some of the dies that we buy and then push to one side for the fancier ones.

But they are so useful in that they can give you a beautiful base card with the embossed edges, and also lovely ovals, or other shapes,  to layer onto your base.
Spellbinders Supplies:
Other Supplies:

With the largest die from the rectangles in Matting Basics A cut two in white card and  Create a Hinged Card
With the largest die from the B set cut a patterned layer and then in between these two hand cut another layer in plain pink that leaves a small border around the patterned layer
From the stamp set choose the character that you wish to use and stamp and heat emboss it onto the card. Colour any way you prefer.
Choose the plain die that surrounds your character from the Classic Ovals and then from the plain pink card cut another layer from the Classic Scalloped dies to leave a small border around the coloured image.
Cut a larger Scalloped layer from the pink card and use another patterned card that matches the colours scheme with the plain oval.

The size you use will depend on which character you use and which words. And the positioning of them.  The blue card at the bottom of the page is set out differently to the pink one at the top
Layer them together with foam tape in between to give dimension to your card.
Here are the layers that I have and I can now add them together.
I have offset the character on my card and wrapped all the layers with lace and ribbon before adding them to the base.
I have added tiny pearls into the corners as a finishing touch.
This card has used the same die sets, card, ribbon, lace and pearls. I have chosen another stamp from the same set and created this card in blue.
I have used a white gel pen to add Polka Dots to each character

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. Good morning Christina,
    Oh i do like you baby cards, they are so sweet looking and definitely that wee bit different from the run of the mill ones. I think that gingham is so well suited to the age of babies especially the soft pastels tones like these. Any new parent or even grandparent would love to receive one of these beautiful masterpieces through their letterbox. Thank you for stunning cards that are just so sweet.
    love and crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil Village)

  2. They are both very cute, Christina. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Both cards are so adorable! A different image, a change of paper and these cards could work for so many occasions. I love that you used basic dies.
    Sandra Smith

  4. Good Morning Christina :) Ohhhhhh these are just sooooo sweet and precious! Love them both! Thank you for the lovely cards and wonderful tutorial! Enjoy a glorious day! Big Hugs.

  5. 2 very pretty cards. Easy to follow tutorial xxx

  6. Hi Christina,
    Two very cute cards, I think we all forget about our older dies, it's nice to see some in use.

  7. Christina,you did it again..producing a beautiful card....LOVE IT....thanks for the tutorial..the blue is just as nice too.
    Well done

  8. Two beautiful cards, as you say it is good to go back to basics sometimes and back to what we used to make... these are so pretty, thank you for the tutorial Christina....luv Ursula xx

  9. You HV got brilliant ideas which u have shared generously and this is no exception. THANKS CHRISTINA

  10. Hi Christina,
    I love both of the cards but have to say that the blue one stole my heart...mainly because of the cute elephant and those gorgeous footprints you added :). I don't think I've got any oval dies but I'm pretty sure I've got something that can be used in their place, so I'm going to have a go at this - as soon as I can find my worktop lol.
    Bejay xx

  11. Hi Christina two very cute cards and good that you
    are using some of the old dies which get pushed to the bottom of
    the pile and we forget them also forget they cost us money .
    Marion H

  12. These are both very pretty Christina!

  13. Hi Christina, all I can say is....ahhhhhhhhhh so sweet!!! Thanks for the tutorial, I'm loving seeing the use of the older dies, the nestles were the first dies I bought all those years ago.
    Regards Liz.

  14. These are so cute!! We are expecting a new Great Granddaughter any day now. How did you know I was thinking of a baby card? You are amazing! Thank you for the examples.

  15. Hi Christina a brilliant tutorial Christina both cards equally as nice.
    Kind regards
    Anne Owens xx

  16. Hi Christina. Oh what lovely baby cards today. I have these dies and pretty baby papers so must follow your tutorial snd perhaps mine might look as pretty as yours. Thank you x

  17. Hi Christina
    They are both so lovely, any new parents would be delighted to have either one, thanks for showing how to make them
    cheers Kaye

  18. How darling! I pinned.

  19. beautiful cards. thanks for the reminder about our dies sets. xx

  20. Hi Christina,
    Beautiful cards, great tutorial.
    Di B. x

  21. Hi Christina, these are fabulous cards.
    Nancyd xx

  22. Two very beautiful cards and thank you for the tutorial. Have some new oval dies so will give this a try.


Please leave me a message to say you have been ...