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Die cut flower and bird cage cards

Hi everyone,

Today I’m writing a bit about my new Cuttlebug flower dies. I got these on ebay a few weeks ago and they cut brilliantly and make super cute flowers that you can layer up to make all kinds of different designs.

Flower, birdcage and botanical swirls dies

The other two dies in the picture are the Marianne Creatables birdcage die (which is good for vintage style cards) and the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Swirls expandable pattern die, which makes very intricate backgrounds.

The first card I made is this birdcage one in cream and blue.

flower dies - cream and blue birdcage card

I used some of the die cut petals to make raindrops and added blue gems to the centre of the layered flowers.

The second card has very simple colours using kraft card and blue paper. This is one of my favourites because the focus is on the intricate designs of the die cuts.

Botanical swirls kraft card

I layered the flowers with glue and foam tabs to create different heights and a more three dimensional design that pops off the card. I also added a silver gem to the centre of each flower, and a Papermania die cut sentiment to finish it off. I like the way that die cuts can make a card look clean and professional (which is normally ruined by me splodging glue everywhere).

I am entering these two cards for the Country View Crafts June challenge ‘Die Cuts’ – details here. Good luck little cards!

At work this week I set up two little stands to sell my cards for charity. I donated all the cards that I’ve been making over the past few weeks and there’s a little box where people can make a donation and choose the card they want. I made the stands myself (well, hubby constructed the cardboard and I covered it messily with paper). Here’s the better looking one:

Card stand

And here’s my little test with the cards on them:

Card stand with cards!

They held up well! Though I apologise for the rubbish pic. This was three hours later when I was bleary eyed and just about sick of paper and card (for once). I think the cards are off to a good start though – someone donated £5 yesterday for just one! Hubby says I should sell some myself and stop giving them all away, so maybe I will sell ones that people request and then just make others in my spare time to give away. So if you want me to make you a card you should email me ^_^

Comments

  1. Jennie Atkinson | June 30, 2013 Reply

    Great cards and you obviously had great fun with our dies. Thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts this month. Jennie

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