Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

January 05, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial - Bracket Borders One

Hi Everybody,

Todays pretty card is once again using an older die that some of you may already have in your crafting "Stash"  I know that many of you have said that you really appreciate tutorials with older Spellbinders dies as we sometimes forget that we have them stuffed away in a cupboard.

Well it's time to get them out again and put them back to work making you some lovely cards. After all dies from any company are a considered purchase and we want to get as much out of them as we can ... Right ?? Right !!
 Spellbinders Supplies:

With  die #7 Matting Basics A cut two panels in white to  Create a hinged card
With  die #7 Matting Basics B Cut one layer in pink
With die #6 Matting Basics A cut another panel in white 
(Please remember that #1 is always the smallest die)
With the smaller white panel choose one of the cutting edges and one patterns from the Border dies.
Add them to your card with the cutting edge facing down and tape in place to prevent them crossing over each other.
I placed mine about two thirds of the way down the card. This will give you two pieces once the die is removed
There is no need to emboss with the die as you are going to place these into a lattice folder and dry emboss them
Once embossed lay them onto your pink layer and decide on the sentiment. Stamp and heat emboss this in white leaving enough of a gap in between the two fancy edge to be able to read it 
Trim down these two panels so that a small border of the pink card shows around the edge
Add foam tape to the back  of both pieces and wrap the top and bottom panels with some ribbon.
Secure the ribbon at the back and then add both panels to the pink layer and then add all to the base card
From the ribbon make some small bows to be added to the top and bottom.
Arrange the flowers as you would like them to cross the channel you have created and then finally add a small pearl or gemstone to each of the cross sections in the lattice pattern
Add larger pearls to the knot in the bow

The particular die that I have used is now retired from Spellbinders website but if you don't have one and like the look then you could always go for the  Scalloped Borders Three  which has a very similar shape

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx


  1. Love this Christina. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Very nice card, makes me want to get crafting after a holiday break
    cheers Kaye

  3. Morning Christina, this is a gorgeous card I bought all the border dies when C&C had them on a special and as you say we must use all our old dies I used them the last time you showed us a card with them not so long ago but really must use them more and I love the way you have placed the flowers in a kind of S shape.
    Nancyd xx

  4. Such a pretty card Christina, and I'm pleased to say they are all dies I have so will definitely be having a go, thanks Ann

  5. Gorgeous card & I have the border dies so I might try to re-create this lovely card.


  6. Beautiful card Christina and thank you for the tutorial


  7. Hi Christina, glad to be back. I have really missed a whole lot,can't wait to sit back and enjoy all the video tutorials you have made.its true using old dies is a nice concept,its all about creativity(incorporating new ideas) and that's exactly what you have done.Its a lovely card,fitting for its purpose.

  8. Right ! spot on Christina , i for one forget what i have once new Dies come along .
    What a beautiful card you have made with the Scalloped Borders , i have these dies Christina and will be trying your style of card out this weekend , thank you for the tutorial too.
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  9. Hi Christina,
    Stunning card, love the colours, very feminine.
    Di B. x

  10. Hi Christina. This card is so pretty and beautiful I absolutely love it. So clever the way it has turned out. I am going to try and make this I have a border die but it is not as pretty as yours. The colours are beautiful and I love the lattice folder. I haven't had any of my cardmaking stuff out since I made my Christmas Cards, will have to get back into my cardmaking. Thank you for inspiring me to keep cardmaking.
    Kind regards
    Anne Owens xx

  11. Morning Christina,
    A gorgeous card, it's good to see some of the older dies in use, I think we all tend to forget them.

  12. Thank you, Christina, for the tutorial!
    And the card is very pretty!

  13. Hi Christina beautiful card.i bought these dies ages a go but never got the hang of how to use them ,will have to get them out and have a go.
    Marion H

  14. Hi Christina
    Stunning card today. Thanks for the tutorial. As you say we always forget the older dies we have. I'll give thus one a go.

  15. As others have already said- I will have to start again after making all my Christmas cards - this card is an ideal starting

  16. Stunning, stunning stunning card. Great tutorial to start the mojo working again

  17. Morning, Christina,
    This card has everything that is 'you', ribbons, pearls, a pink card and a wonderful hat pin :). I actually discovered a couple of border dies in my stash the other day. I'm not sure how long they've been there or what make they are lol. I'm going to get them out, blow all the dust and cobwebs off them and start having a play. Sadly the 'real world' is biting at my ankles telling me I need to get a new carpet shampooer and hoover before I buy any more new dies, so the 5x7 matting basics sets are staying on my Amazon wish list for a little while longer. Who knows though, that may work in my favour as the prices keep going up and down and I may catch them on the downward shift lol. Meanwhile I can manage without them and do it the old-fashioned way. lol.
    Thanks for the great tutorial :)
    Bejay xx

  18. Good Morning Christina :) Ahhhhhhh... Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls... Oh My! Sooooo Feminine. Just Love, Love, Love it! Thank you for the Beautiful Card this morning and the wonderful tutorial. Enjoy a fabulous day. Big Hugs.

  19. Hi Christina,
    I love this card. Very beautiful.
    QUESTION: What Lattice embossing folder is that? I'm fairly new to card making so my stash is not so big. I would like to get that one.
    Thank you

    1. I think Christina has used the "tied together" embossing folder, I have one and got mine from Joanna Sheen. it is out of stock at the moment, but if you go there and click on the link to give you email address to let you know when it is back in stock, you may find (and it has been my experience every time!)that you get an email within a very few days, to say they have it back in stock!!It is a brilliant site! Hope this helps!
      Kazzie (Karen)xx

  20. Christina, what a beautiful card using old dies...
    everything you added to your card is just in the right place.
    well done

  21. Gorgeous card and love your choice of colours. I don't own that pretty die but I so have one that I could use. Thanks for the tutorial. Dianne

  22. Oh this is so pretty Christina, I love my border dies and use them quite often....Thanks for the tutorial....luv Ursula xx

  23. Wow! I love today's card.
    Thank you for the Tutorial, will be doing that later.
    Patricia x

  24. A really beautiful card Christina! Love everything about it. I am fortunate in having those dies so with your tutorial maybe I can manage something similar Thank you for the inspiration!

  25. I LOVE this gorgeous card! The border die line from Spellbinders are among my favorites , the embossing is beautiful and it's PINK! Definitely loving the tutorials using older dies too!

  26. Stunning card! I love the color, the dies, just gorgeous!

  27. Hi Christina, love this very pretty and elegant card. I must drag out my bracket 1 die. Janelle x

  28. Gorgeous card Christina & thank you for your easy to follow instructions.
    Very pretty colours & flowers are lovely.
    Hug's Lynda Brock.xx

  29. Hi Christina, I just love this card, we do have dies that are not getting used, I have a couple of the bracket dies and did resurrect one to make a Christmas Card which I was so pleased with so made a resolution to use my older dies this year, love the colour and design of this card.
    Regards Liz

  30. Stunning card Christina. I have those dies & will def give your design a try. Thanks for sharing. Pat xx

  31. This is a gorgeous card Christina. I don't have that particular embossing folder or the edging but will have a go using the similar dies I do have. Your tutorials are so helpful. Thank you x

  32. GORGEOUS card Christina!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  33. I love this card, the pink and white is so feminine and I love the use of the dies.

  34. Oh Christina, this card is so elegant and OH,SO, PRETTY!

  35. Thanks Christina, for this great tutorial.I do have this die and I am ashamed to say, never used it. Now you have motivated me, BUT... I am at the moment, with my right hand and arm, in plaster (silly accident involving a hot glue gun and a severe burn that got badly infected, tracking up the tendon to armpit. So they had to immobilise the whole lot!) which means, I can't do much playing for now, but as I am left handed, I can at least, do some colouring, ready to use with what you have shown us here, when this silly plaster comes off!! lol! I never intended getting THIS kind of plastered! lol! The hazzards of the hot glue gun eh?! lol!
    Thanks again, Christina, this is another of your great ideas I am longing to try!!
    Karen xxx

  36. Loved the tutorial. A couple of years ago, I purchased on one of your sites a premade small flower wreath that was made with little flowers and had a hat pin attached to it. They came in different colors. Do you still have them available, as I would like to purchase more. I did not see them on your etsy page. Thank you.


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