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Shaped Cards

Hi crafty friends! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged outside of blog hops and I’m going to catch up on my backlog of cards by making longer technique posts. This one is all about making shaped cards!

For this type of blog post, I’m going to explain the general technique with a couple of different cards as examples, but if you want more details on the individual cards I encourage you to watch the videos!

Now if you’ve been following this blog for a while you know I love to make circle cards. I think they look a little different and sometimes a circular shape just fits a card design better. They’re also really easy to make if you have basic circle dies. I’ll show you two ways to make a circular cardbase. The first one is the quickest but might not work with all paper types or all die cutting machines. If your die cutting machine can cut through two layers of cardstock, this is the technique for you! If not, stick around for a second way to do this.

  • Canson Montval 200 gsm watercolor cardstock
  • My Favorite Things – Winter Wreath
  • My Favorite Things – Spa Day
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink
  • Versamark ink
  • WOW Clear Gloss Super Fine embossing powder
  • WOW Gold Rich Pale embossing powder
  • Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue
  • Foam tape

To make a circle card with only one pass through your die cutting machine, make a folded cardbase that is slightly larger than the die you want to use. Put the die on the cardbase so it hangs slightly over the folded edge and secure it in place with some low tack tape. Run it through your machine and voila! A folded circular cardbase!

  • Clairefontaine DCP 250 gsm cardstock
  • My Favorite Things – Travel Plans stamp set
  • Hero Arts – Wonders of The World cling stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Versamark ink
  • WOW Bright White Super Fine embossing powder
  • Pinkfresh Studio inks: Sweet Mustard, Clementine, Raspberry Bliss, Lavender, Aquamarine, Grassy Knoll
  • Crafty Meraki – Meraki Sparkle Blue Lagoon gems
  • We R Memory Keepers – 1-2-3 Punch Board
  • Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

If you find your die cutting machine doesn’t cut through two layers of the cardstock you want to use, here’s another way to make this! You can simply die cut two separate circles. Take the one you intend to be the back of the card over to your scoring board and put a score line near the top of the circle. I usually put it 1.5 cm from the top. Reinforce the fold with a bone folder and then put glue everywhere above the scoreline to adhere it to the second circle panel. So you’ve essentially created a hinge, your card won’t open all the way, but it will be a perfectly shaped circle!

  • Clairefontaine DCP 250 gsm cardstock
  • Reverse Confetti – Tree Confetti Cuts
  • Reverse Confetti – Circle of Waves Confetti Cuts
  • Reverse Confetti ink cubes: Mist, Iced Aqua, Baby Blue, Navy Blue, Lime Green, RC Aqua, Avocado
  • Hero Arts – Unicorn White Pigment Ink
  • White Gel Pen
  • Finetec Pearl paint
  • Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue
  • Foam Tape
  • We R Memory Keepers – 1-2-3 Punch Board

And you don’t have to stick to circle designs. Shaped cards can be any shape you want them to be. I’ve made a heart card before in the exact same way by just die cutting two hearts and adhering them together as explained above.

  • Canson Montval 200 gsm watercolor cardstock
  • Clairefontaine DCP 250 gsm cardstock
  • Crafty Meraki – Tou The Tropics stamp set
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink
  • WOW Clear Gloss Super Fine embossing powder
  • Mijello Mission Gold watercolor pallette
  • Pinkfresh Studio inks: Mint, Grassy Knoll, Meadow, Emerald, Evergreen
  • Hero Arts – Infinity Hearts nesting dies
  • Gold Posca Paint marker
  • We R Memory Keepers – 1-2-3 Punch Board
  • Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue
  • Foam tape

I’ve even made a shaped card without dies. I made this skull card using digital stamps from Streamside Studios and I just printed out two skulls, one in black, one in a very light orange and cut them both out with scissors. I then adhered them together. This does leave you with that light orange skull line art on the inside of the card but I like that. If you don’t want anything on the inside, just cut out one skull, trace around it on another piece of paper and cut that out.

  • Clairefontaine DCP 250 gsm white cardstock
  • Streamside Studios – Bewitching Mice digi stamp set
  • Déco Time Twinmarkers
  • Pinkfresh Studio ink: Mint, Lemon Whip
  • We R Memory Keepers – 1-2-3 Punch Board
  • Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue

There you go, a bunch of shaped cards! I hope you like them and I hope you check out the videos if you want to know anything more about each specific card. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any!

That finishes up this card! Please let me know if you have any questions. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, I post a new card every day! And subscribe to me on YouTube for video tutorials. In the supply list you can find all the products I used. Where possible I’ve used affiliate links. If you choose to purchase through these links, I will make a small (5 – 10%) commission to no extra cost to you. This helps me out a ton! You can also use code STUDIOKATO at checkout in the Crafty Meraki store or the Joy Clair Designs store to get 10% off your purchase!

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