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February 23, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial - Combining Dies

Hi Everybody,

For todays tutorial I have combined several dies from my collection and they have all been around for quite a while. But no matter how old or new your dies are they will all play nicely together to make a really pretty card for you. 
 Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Cut two pieces of white card from #7 Matting Basics A and create a hinged card with the fold at the top of the card
With #7 from Matting Basics B cut one panel in yellow
With #5 from Fancy Diamonds cut one piece in yellow
Create the frame  in white with #3 from the Decorative Fancy Diamond and #4 from the plain diamond 
Put some small foam pads around the edge of the frame and add it to the yellow diamond

Cut two pieces in white from the corner die and loop the two pieces together using the curls in the pattern, as shown in the photo. 
 Add a spot of glue to hold them together
Place small foam pads around this so that they are hidden in the swirls and this will be layered on top of the Fancy Diamonds shape
Cut the phrase that you wish to use in the set from black card and craft foam and glue them together
Again add small foam pads to the back layering them to the height that is required to span across the centre piece
Ink up the texture plate and lay some white card on top and run it through your machine with the emboss sandwich to create the letter press pattern
You will need two of these so you can move the texture plate along the card, being careful to match up the pattern and repeat the process ... OR you can simply do it twice and have two separate panels
If you create two separate panels then you will need to match up the patterns and once glued you can cut them to the size of the card.  I layered mine to some yellow card to leave a small border around the sides
The lace and the ribbon will wrap around the panel and hide the join
Once all these components are done you can now start to build the card.
Add some small pearls to the textured panel 
I decided to use some wider lace on my card and I think it looks much better.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. Morning Christina, what a pretty card and a great tutorial.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Hi Christina , that is really lovely, you have such great ideas and very kindly share them
    cheers Kaye

  3. Hi Christina
    A lovely card again, your tutorials are always so easily explained Thank you .
    Elaine H X

  4. Beautiful card Christina, I do wonder how you continue to come up with such spectacular creations, thanks Ann

  5. Hi Christina, I must admit I tend to forget about my older dies which I shouldnt. Lovely Springlike card today, so pretty.
    Love Val in Spain x

  6. Just beautiful!
    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  7. Morning Christina,
    Lovely card.

  8. Hello Christina,
    Very clever use of dies, I love the yellow too - it is very springlike.
    Thank you,
    Sue Mac

  9. A beautiful card! Love the yellow color!
    Sandra Smith

  10. I wish I could do cards like yours they are always so lovely and clever. Love to receive your tutorials every week,keep it up,hugs to you too xx

  11. Morning, Christina,
    Oh wow, I do like this one. The effect you achieved with the texture plate is begin with I thought it was a die-cut grate stuck on the backing card :). I love the way that all the dies play well together, you can end up with fantastic results can't you. I saw the Phrases Two die on offer somewhere at a great price, so I may just have to treat myself before I get the matting basics lol.
    The sun is actually shining down here in Cornwall today, so I hope it's nice up with you as well. I went out and dug up some fruit bushes as I'm going to re-organise the back garden. My back is now screaming in agony, so I think I just might have to spend some time in the craft room to recover lol.
    Bejay xx

  12. christina this card is beautiful. i wonder is that corner die is still available . it is stunning. xx

  13. Good Morning Christina :) Very pretty sunshiny card this morning! Thank you for a wonderful tutorial and all the hard work you put into bringing it to us. Enjoy a glorious day. Big Hugs.

  14. Hi Christina
    What a pretty card. Thanjs for reminding us that the older dies xan work with the newer ones to create something lovely
    Love & best wishes
    Jenny C xxx

  15. Hello Christine,
    What a lovely idea for using corner dies. Very pretty card once again.

  16. I just love this card today Christina, never seen that texture plate before....must have a look at it....thanks for the tutorial...luv Ursula xx

  17. Lovely card. Like what you did with the corner dies.

  18. Your ideas are widen my thinking ability with your excellent creations. Thanks christina

  19. Another cracking card today and your use of dies love the finished card.
    Kind regards Anne Owens xx

  20. Very pretty card Christina. Love the colour.

  21. Evening Christinia what a pretty card and the colours and design are wonderful.
    Debs xxx
    {Debs Cards}

  22. Great tutorial, thank you. I love the die that you've used for the background. Pat x

  23. Hi Christina. A beautiful bright and sunny card. Love it x

  24. Thanks for the tutorial Christina, what a lovely card. Love the corner die and the way you have put them together.

  25. Very nice card's always nice to see different dies to make a cards..well done


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