I’ve always loved the look of fancy-fold cards, but rarely take the time to make one unless I happen to have purchased some pre-cut and scored card bases. So, when I had the chance to try out the new Create-A-Card Pop-out dies from Crafter’s Companion that will be debuting on HSN on May 9th, I dove right in!
“Shutter Card” is one of two sets of dies that will be part of a large bundle during the 24-hour Craft Event (I’ll share the other main die set next week!) and although I don’t know the price, it’s sure to be a good one because it’s also the Today’s Special Value. The set comes with 19 separate pieces to make creating this type of card base super easy…you can choose to use all of the pieces for an ornate look like I’ve done here, or just a few basic dies for a simple layered look.
My card base is just a piece of 110 lb. black cardstock that I cut and scored with the large center die that kind of resembles a tic tac toe board (instruction manuals and a dvd are included to explain everything, but it’s pretty simple). To create the bright, almost tie-dyed look on the ornate panels, I started by scribbling a handful of colors onto Crafter’s Companion Watercolor Cardstock with my Spectrum Aqua markers.
I liberally sprayed water all over the page until the colors began to mix a bit. When I was satisfied with the patterns and colors, I sopped up any extra water and left the page to dry for a few hours.
I love how this type of color mixing looks when combined with an intricate die…so I cut all of the cover panels for the shutter card out of this page and adhered them to the black cardbase with liquid glue. For a different look, you can add plain or embossed panels to some or all of the sections too.
The base easily folds up to an A2-sized card, but I knew this is the type of card I would hand-deliver so I decided pile on the dimensional elements (admittedly, the base is pretty enough as is, so just a sentiment would have worked too!). I cut and embossed a ton of flowers and butterflies (various sets by Crafter’s Companion) from the new gorgeous silver matte mirror card that can be found in the Luxury Cardstock packs and love how they came out looking like metal!
I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek at one of the new items coming to HSN next month…I’ll be back next week to show you more of the bundle!